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Employees from five casinos rallied in Indianapolis Friday, forming a “car caravan” around the Statehouse and Monument Circle. They urged lawmakers not to allow casinos to reopen until they’re given affordable health care and can ensure safety.

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Indiana is officially getting a new casino in Terre Haute. The state Gaming Commission approved the facility Friday, set to open in September 2021.


In this episode … we talk to a man who wants to open a new restaurant in Gary but the city wants to tear down not just the building, but the entire block. We hear about a conference this weekend that takes a look at the music of the Calumet Region from Chicago’s far south side to Northwest Indiana, I debate with a longtime local rock disc jockey on whether entertainers like Whitney Houston and Notorious BIG should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we hear about a film documentary about one of the pioneers of aviation who did much of his work on the Indiana Dunes, and we also examine the changing landscape of the region’s casino market.

Indiana board backs casino's move to on-land Gary location

Aug 29, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana regulators have approved allowing the move of a casino from along Lake Michigan to an on-land location in Gary.

The Indiana Gaming Commission's vote on Wednesday will let Indianapolis-based Spectacle Entertainment proceed with plans for building the new Hard Rock Casino on currently vacant land along Interstate 80/94, with the aim of opening on Dec. 31, 2020.


GARY, Ind. (AP) — The owner of a northwestern Indiana casino is targeting the end of next year to complete its move from Lake Michigan to an on-land location in Gary.

Executives of Indianapolis-based Spectacle Entertainment say they hope to start construction this year on currently vacant land along Interstate 80/94 and open the new casino on Dec. 31, 2020.

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A 300-room hotel built opened by Donald Trump's casino company in 1998 to help draw gamblers to a northwestern Indiana casino has been shut down.

The June 30 closure came as the current owner of the Majestic Star Casino in Gary is working to move it from along Lake Michigan to a location along the busy Interstate 80-94 in the city.

Terre Haute Casino Unlikely In 2019 Session

Dec 21, 2018
Matt Bell, left, lobbies for the state's casinos. Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute), right, wants the state to allow a casino in his hometown. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Some lawmakers in the 2019 session will once again push to put a casino in Terre Haute. But that prospect still looks unlikely.

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Today:  a conversation with Valparaiso's new Police Chief Jeff Balon.  Mayor Jon Costas recently promoted Balon, who was the head of the Police Department's investigations division, to the department's top leadership post.   Balon took over as head of the department when Michael Brickner, the only police chief to serve during Costas' 14-year tenure as mayor, left to become executive director of Porter County's newly created Emergency Communications and Public Safety Department.