CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Voters have until 8 p.m. to render their decisions on whether they support a casino in downtown Cedar Rapids.
If Linn County voters approve the measure Tuesday, developers would begin trying to persuade the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to approve the state’s first license for a new casino since 2010.
A group of Cedar Rapids investors is pledging to spend $80 million to construct a casino near the city’s new convention and events center complex.
Supporters say the plan would add another element to the city’s ongoing rebuilding after the 2008 flood, creating jobs and millions in revenue for government services and charities. Critics say the plan would siphon business away from the casino in Riverside, 35 miles south of Cedar Rapids, and others in Waterloo, Dubuque, and Tama.
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