Illinois court rejects casino hopeful’s case seeking cash damages from Waukegan

Illinois court rejects casino hopeful’s case seeking cash damages from Waukegan

Article brief provided by Lake County News-Sun
  • Steve Sadin, Lake County News-Sun
August 13, 2023 7:35 PM
  • Steve Sadin, Lake County News-Sun

A developer whose longtime dream of bringing a casino to Waukegan was dashed when a partner pulled the plug has received another disappointment from the Second District Illinois Appellate Court.

Alan Ludwig, a principal of Waukegan Gaming, LLC, first signed a predevelopment agreement with the City of Waukegan in 2003 giving him the right to bring a casino to the city.

Eventually Ludwig joined forces with a finalist for the casino license issued in 2021—Rush Street Gaming—giving that company final decision- making power. Rush Street withdrew from the competition and Ludwig’s hopes went with it.

Hoping to salvage something from years of trying, Waukegan Gaming sued the City of Waukegan in March of last year.