Study says Chicago casino wouldn’t be profitable

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A consultant has determined that a casino in Chicago would not be profitable enough.

The study by Union Gaming Analytics released Tuesday concludes that Illinois casino tax and fee structures are too “onerous” to allow a developer to make more than 1% or 2% profit.

Casino gambling in Chicago was authorized this year by the General Assembly. A Chicago casino operator would have to pay a $250,000 application fee upfront, a $15 million “reconciliation” fee when the license is issued and up to $120 million in gambling position fees.

The Illinois Gaming Board has the authority to ask lawmakers in the next 90 to change the terms for the Chicago site.

The study found a Chicago casino would bring $260 million in revenue back from Indiana.

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