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The Empress Casino gambling boat makes its way down the Des Plaines River in 1993. (John Smierciak, Chicago Tribune / June 21, 2012)

Winners and losers: Chicago-area casinos 20 years later

The first suburban Chicago casino opened 20 years ago this month, bringing with it hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in taxes, but also … Read more ›

William McIlroy, director of food and beverage at Rivers Casino, left, stands next to a chef from Pacific Garden Mission inside a cooler filled with trays of food donated from the northwest suburban casino. (Jennifer Delgado/Tribune)

Casino’s excess food aids Chicago homeless shelter

Prime rib, oysters and shrimp aren’t typically served to the homeless at the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, but high-end fare has been popping up … Read more ›

City fines restaurant $3K, suspends liquor license for 21 days

A Des Plaines restaurant accused of allowing a waitress, her boyfriend and a teenager to sell drugs on the premises will have to pay a … Read more ›

Report: Rivers Casino makes $35M in May

The Rivers Casino in Des Plaines made $35.2 million last month and continues to outpace other riverboats in the state, according to figures released by … Read more ›

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Legacy Systems: Options & Opportunities

• Do you have software from a vendor that is no longer in business? • Are your software systems not currently supported by your vendor? … Read more ›

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Legacy Systems: Options & Opportunities

• Do you have software from a vendor that is no longer in business? • Are your software systems not currently supported by your vendor? … Read more ›

Des Plaines to pay state, suburbs $7.1M from gaming taxes

Together, the state and 10 Chicago area communities will be $7.1 million richer this week thanks to Des Plaines’ share from 2011 Rivers Casino gaming … Read more ›

From the community

Des Plaines Entrepreneur Ken Smith Honored for Providing Outstanding Customer Service

As a business leader and involved citizen in the Des Plaines area, Allstate exclusive agency owner Ken Smith of the Ken Smith Agencies Inc. has … Read more ›

The new Fishing Pier is one of many new amenities at North Lake Park.
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Des Plaines Park District Announces the Grand Opening of North Lake Park

On Saturday, June 2, from 10:00am to 11:30am, the community is invited to join the Des Plaines Park District staff and Park Board of Commissioners … Read more ›

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Art of Negotiating and Legal Ethics to be Covered During Chicago/Midwest TMA Workshop

Achieving success through proven negotiation strategies will be the topic of a full day seminar hosted by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the Turnaround Management Association … Read more ›