New plans in the works for Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort

WILLIAMSON CO., Ill. (WSIL) — Plans to bring a new destination resort to Williamson County may soon look a little different.

Elite Casino Resorts now plans to do construction in one phase for the Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort.

The Illinois Gaming Board must now grant approval for the plans.

“We are hopeful for a positive outcome that gives us the privilege to open a premier casino resort in Illinois,” says Dan Kehl, Chief Executive Officer of Elite Casino Resorts. “The new proposed construction schedule allows us to open the casino, hotel, spa and all of our signature Elite amenities sooner, giving new customers a great first impression of the new Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort.”

On Tuesday, March 23 there will be a “construction informational meeting” at the Walker’s Bluff Tasting Room.

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Companies interested in making bids for the project can find more information here.

The proposed permanent casino resort will feature over 650 slot machines, 20 table games, ELITE Sportsbook™, a 116-room hotel, pool, spa, a retail shop, show lounge, event center for concerts and events, and signature restaurants including a family dining outlet, Ruthie’s Steak and Seafood and Draft Day Sports Lounge®.

Cynde Bunch, Partner at Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort shares, “Together with Elite Casino Resorts and the Kehl Family, Southern Illinois will build a destination gaming resort experience that will provide good jobs and a solid foundation for tourism as a new industry for our region. With our shared values of connection and excellence, we will continue to build opportunities that support a strong, prosperous and diverse community.”

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