DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — The city is one step closer to getting a casino. There’s been talk of a casino coming to town for years.
Lawmakers just put a bill on the Indiana governor’s desk which could bring one to Terre Haute. It’s been a struggle to get people to talk today. It’s a touchy subject.
Mayor Rickey Williams said he didn’t want to comment. People with Vermilion Advantage also refused to comment.
Only three of nine council members would talk about it. Two said they can’t remember the last time the topic was talked about in a serious manner. The third said nothing can be done unless state lawmakers pave the path for a casino.
Former mayor, Scott Eisenhauer, pushed for a casino for a long time. One downtown business owner says she supports it because it would bring people to the area.
“The hope was it’d bring in more out of town people and bring in tourism because really, people don’t come to Danville unless they know someone who lives here or is from here. It would have just been a good tourist thing for them to come and check out,” says Carla Cahill.
The Vermillion County Board chairman says this has been a conversation for nearly two decades and the city should work with state leaders and fight for the employment and tourism dollars they could get from a casino.
Not everyone supports a casino. Some say it might help the economy, but it could leave those who gamble with financial problems.