EDITORIAL: Is the Chicago casino about to deal a losing hand for aldermanic privilege?

EDITORIAL: Is the Chicago casino about to deal a losing hand for aldermanic privilege?

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  • Chicago Tribune Editorial Board,
April 25, 2022 11:09 PM
  • Chicago Tribune Editorial Board,

    One thing is becoming very clear: In order to push through the Chicago casino, and score the projected $150 million or so in new city revenue, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is going to have to go all in against aldermanic prerogative.

    Why? Simple. All of the aldermen representing the wards still in consideration for the big gambling emporium say they would prefer the mayor take her craps tables someplace else.

    This is hardly surprising. Aldermanic fortunes rise and fall based on how the residents of their wards perceive the quality of their representation at City Hall. And now that all the projected sites…have had their public meetings, we can authoritatively state that almost no one in Chicago wants to live right next to a casino.