Iowa: What the future of gaming means to the Quad Cities

Iowa: What the future of gaming means to the Quad Cities

Article brief provided by The Quad-City Times
  • Gretchen Teske, The Quad-City Times
December 5, 2022 4:33 PM
  • Gretchen Teske, The Quad-City Times
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Commercial Casinos

The hospitality industry is among those hardest hit by the one-two punch of the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation, but leaders say relief is coming.

In Davenport, Elite Casino Resorts Regional Vice President Mo Hyder points to a sign of a turnaround: The company is expanding into Illinois.

Rhythm City’s parent company, Elite Casino Resorts, opened their $110 million Davenport property in 2016. The Iowa-based group owns two other locations in the state — Larchwood and Riverside.

“We decided to take the company and expand our horizons a little bit, so we took it to Illinois,” Hyder said.

The casino will be located in Carterville, Ill., just outside Carbondale, where the project got underway in 2018. According to its website, Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort will feature more than 650 slot machines and 14 live tables.