- Boys & Girls Club Donation
- Sledding Liability Bill Signed Into Law
- GOP Rejects School Funding Compromise
- Panel OKs Mental Health Facility Bill
- Kirkwood Helps Vets with Press
- Iowa House Panel OKs Broadband Bill
- Wiccan Will Give Iowa House Invocation
- Man Arrested for Waterloo Stabbing
- Graduation Rate Increases in Iowa
- 2 Arrested in Cedar Falls Burglary
- NASCAR Criticizes Indiana Law
- IA Farmland Values Fall
- Uber Likes Statewide Ordinance
- Inmate Dies in Jones Co. Jail
- Creator of Pet Rock Dies at 78
- Iowans Mark National Walking Day
- Signs You're an Insomniac
- Corridor Schools' Frustrating Wait For Funding
- Iran Nuclear Talks Push Past Deadline
- Workers Monitored For Ebola Released
- Bill Cuts HIV Funding, Boosts Abstinence Ed.
- Schools Caught in Lawmaker Gridlock
- Window Narrows for IA Gun Law Changes
- CR Wants Input on Flood Control System
- Sen. Ernst Tours Kinze Manufacturing
- UI Warning of Tax Fraud
- Helping Parents Pay for Summer Camp
- Amazon Pushes New Dash Button
- Controversial Game Supports STEM Carreers
- Digging for History In Amana
- Senate Passes Anti-Bullying Bill
- Man Gets 10 YRS After Kidnapping Conviction
- Northern Virginia Manhunt Ends
- Masonville Man Facing Sex Abuse Charges
- BNSF Making Safety Changes
- Centuries-Old IA Church Destroyed
- School Start Date Bill Passed
- Gov. Confident He'll See Bully Bill
- Netflix Announces April Titles
- Group Calls for Tough Teen Driving Rules
- New Anti-Smoking Campaign Launched
- BMW Driver Identified In Police Shooting
- Iowan Sees Controversy As Opportunity
- Rubio Announcement Coming April 13
- Clinton Advisers Traveling To Iowa
- Man Drinks 36 beers, slams into house
- UPDATE: Man Shot By Police Identified
- Volunteers Explore Opportunities
- Airport to be Iowa's First Super Park
- Local Reaction to New Cancer Treatment
Decision on Linn Co. Casino in April
Updated: Thursday, October 10 2013, 08:49 PM CDT
DUBUQUE (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--The plan to bring bright lights, slot machines, and dreams of winning big to Cedar Rapids is one last step from coming true.
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission decided Thursday to hold a vote on April 17th on whether or not to give investors a gaming license to build a new $150 million dollar casino.
"We've been at this for the better part of three years, said lead investor Steve Gray. We are so optimistic in looking forward to the next steps."
But before bringing a Vegas-style venue to the city, investors have a few deadlines to meet.
On January 9th, investors have to show commissioners how the casino will be financed.
After that, they'll present DCI background checks on investors and hold a site visit before the final vote.
"That's very critical in terms of our decision making," said Commissioner Jeff Lamberti.
With 18 casinos already in Iowa, the commission says they'll also use two market studies to see what kind of impact a new casino would have.
"We're not pure competition where people can put a casino wherever they want so one of the factors is what is the economic impact," Lamberti said.
Riverside casino CEO Dan Kehl fears his casino would be impacted the most.
"It's going to be devastating to the Eastern Iowa market," Kehl said. "To plump a casino right in the heart of our market, I don't think the commission would do that."