BREAKING: Gaming Board approves Walker's Bluff casino license
9/9/2021 | 10:50 a.m.
WILLIAMSON COUNTY - The Illinois Gaming Board has officially approved a casino license for the new Walker's Bluff Resort.
Elite Casino Resorts has requested approval from the Illinois Gaming Board to move directly to a permanent facility. The new plan sets up a combination of casino and amenities to welcome future guests to Walker's Bluff Casino Resort from the very first day.
According to a representative for the project, construction on the resort is expected to take around 18 months to complete, and a groundbreaking could take place as soon as late September pending the board's approval to begin construction.
Meanwhile, construction on roadways into the Walker's Bluff Resort is also expected to begin soon, and take roughly 10 months to complete.
The proposed permanent casino resort will feature over 650 slot machines, 20 table games, ELITE Sportsbook™, a 116-room hotel, pool, spa, a retail shop, show lounge, event center for concerts and events, and signature restaurants including a family dining outlet, Ruthie’s Steak and Seafood and Draft Day Sports Lounge®.
“Together with Elite Casino Resorts and the Kehl Family, Southern Illinois will build a destination gaming resort experience that will provide good jobs and a solid foundation for tourism as a new industry for our region. With our shared values of connection and excellence, we will continue to build opportunities that support a strong, prosperous and diverse community," said Cynde Bunch, Partner at Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort.
More information on the resort can be found by visiting their website. This is a developing story. Stay with WFCN News for updates.