The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 3, 2014

Cedar Rapids casino backers to push for approval

Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS — Supporters of a proposed $164 million casino development in Cedar Rapids are making one final push to convince regulators to approve the project.

Members of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission are visiting the proposed site of the Cedar Crossing Casino on Thursday morning.

They will then hold a public hearing where backers as well as critics are expected to weigh in.

Mayor Ron Corbett has urged city residents to come out in large numbers to show the commission their support. More than 61 percent of Linn County voters approved the casino plan last year.

Supporters say the casino would give an economic boost to downtown Cedar Rapids.

But representatives of casinos in Riverside and Waterloo are fighting the plan, which they say would take business away from them.