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ONE STEP CLOSER: Illinois House passes SB 690

  • After years of lobbying, the finish line is within reach for the Resort at Walker's Bluff.

    After years of lobbying, the finish line is within reach for the Resort at Walker's Bluff.
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BY HOLLY KEE
Staff Writer
hkee@localsouthernnews.com
Posted on 6/1/2019, 6:53 PM

WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- Hundreds of jobs could be on the way to southern Illinois as the Illinois House passed SB 690 this evening, 87-27.

That bill, which now goes to the Illinois Senate tomorrow for concurrence, includes a measure that would allow a gaming license for a land-based casino for Walker's Bluff.

Owner Cynde Bunch has tenaciously worked for that license for several years to allow for the construction of a top-tier destination resort that would include a water park, hotel, convention center, spa, and restaurants, as well as the casino.

The Marion Republican will have a full story on the future of the resort in our Tuesday publication.