Last Casino License Could Help Needy

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One of the three companies bidding for the state's last casino license says it will share some of its revenues with ten of the poorest communities in Cook County.

One of the communities that's included is Summit, which wanted a casino located in its borders.

Midwest Gaming and Entertainment officials say the communities they plan to share revenue with were part of the company's proposal long before state gambling regulators opted against two competing bids to build casinos in Summit and Country Club Hills.

Midwest chairman Neil Bluhm says Dixmore, Ford Heights, Phoenix, Robbins, Markham, Riverdale, Summit, Chicago Heights, Cicero and Harvey will benefit from the revenue sharing plan.

Bluhm's company proposes building a casino in Des Plaines. It is one of three finalists outlining their proposals to the state Gaming Board Monday.