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CASINO PROPOSALS: Which County Will Get Licensed?

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Iowa has 18 state-licensed casinos and if developers have their way there could soon be a few more.

Linn County voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide on a downtown Cedar Rapids casino proposal.

If the referendum passes, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission would still need to approve a casino license. The commission has denied several recent license requests.

On the opposite side of the state, three proposals are on the table for a new, land-based casino in Sioux City. State investigators are wrapping up months of background checks on the companies. The Division of Criminal Investigation will present its finding to the IRGC in Des Moines during a closed-door meeting Wednesday.

The commission is slated to issue a gaming license to one of the projects on April 18th.

Plans for a new casino in central Iowa are also in the works, but they haven’t moved past the proposal stage. Backers in Warren County are working to collect 2,600 signatures in order to get the project on the ballot in May.

The IRGC has some tough decisions to make in the next few months, but all the counties say the same thing, a casino would create jobs, and boost revenue.

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