Linn County Voters Approve Gambling Referendum

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The climb continues now — on to the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission — for a local group of 60-plus investors and the elected officials and community leaders who support them in their... Read More »

Casino Campaigns Make Final Push Ahead of Referendum Vote

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The pressure is on to talk to as many Linn County Voters as possible. Volunteers with both campaigns can't find enough time in the day. The strategy is to keep working up until the... Read More »

Voters Speak Out: Waterpark or Casino?

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Water park or casino? Many Linn County residents are responding to Riverside CEO Dan Kehl’s announcement. Friday afternoon he promised he'd build a water park on the same piece of... Read More »

Riverside Casino Offers Water Park Alternative to Cedar Rapids Casino

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — In a surprise, late-inning move, Riverside Casino owner Dan Kehl said Friday that he will build a $30-million indoor water park with bowling center and event space along the Cedar... Read More »

WATCH: Cedar Rapids Casino Forum

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - On Tuesday, February 26, KCRG-TV9 and The Gazette hosted a community forum on the proposed casino in Cedar Rapids. Watch the forum below:

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Checking the Facts on Pro and Con Casino Ads

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — With less than two and a half weeks to go to the casino vote in Linn County, the claims from both the “vote no” and “vote yes” groups are coming fast and furious. But how do those... Read More »

Mystique Casino President Says No Need for Another Iowa Casino

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The president of one Dubuque casino is speaking out against the proposal for a Cedar Rapids casino. The Mystique Casino President and C.E.O. Jesus Aviles says he doesn't believe there is... Read More »

Neighbors React to Proposed Casino Location

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Some are ready to roll out the welcome mats, but others don't want anything to do with a casino in the Time Check neighborhood. Monday investors announced a plan to build a casino... Read More »

Hotel Owner: Casino Great for City’s Downtown Hotel

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Hotel owner-operator Doug DeLong has some soothing words for Mayor Ron Corbett and the rest of the City Council. A casino a few blocks from the city-owned downtown hotel and convention... Read More »

Cedar Rapids Mayor Says a Casino Would Complement City Projects

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Mayor Ron Corbett says there is no one in Cedar Rapids who has had a chance to vote against casino gaming more than him. In his 13-year stint in the Iowa Legislature, five years of... Read More »

Waterloo Casino Joins Group Opposing New Casino

WATERLOO, Iowa — The Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Waterloo has joined the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in contributing to Just Say No Casino in an effort to defeat the March 5 referendum in Linn County... Read More »

Investors Reveal Possible Cedar Rapids Casino Location

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Investors in a proposed casino here and their consultants say the best place for a casino in the metro area is in an area across the Cedar River from either downtown or the Quaker... Read More »

Riverside Casino Could Spend up to $1.5 Million to Defeat Casino Vote

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Riverside Casino and Golf Resort has notified the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission that it may spend $1.5 million on the Just Say No Casino campaign to defeat the March 5 referendum... Read More »

Worth the Gamble? Waterloo Watching Linn Co. Gambling Vote

WATERLOO, Iowa – Linn County voters aren’t the only ones keeping an eye on what happens with the casino referendum, Waterloo city leaders are watching the decision closely. “I completely understand why... Read More »

Just Say No Casino Backed By Existing Iowa Casinos

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A spokesman for the Just Say No Casino campaign said at a public forum last night that he still wondered about why the Steve Gray-led local investor group had not released the names... Read More »

Just Say No Casino Campaign: Casino Vote Too Close to Call

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The anti-casino campaign Just Say No Casino isn’t waiting for the results of the March 5 vote on casino gaming in Linn County to get a feel for what the election outcome is going to... Read More »

Casino Opposition Holds 'Where's the Beef?' Barbecue

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Many came to a local Bohemian Club in downtown Cedar Rapids to enjoy live entertainment and food - but they also came with a question. "Where's the Beef?" is what this evening's... Read More »

Satellite Voting Kicks Off at the Islamic Center

CEDAR RAPIDS – Some Linn County voters are likely saying a few prayers about the gambling decision they’re facing. On Saturday, however, a steady flow of voters walked through the doors of the Islamic... Read More »

Non-profits at Center of Debate Over Proposed Linn County Casino

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — We’re just about one month away from a Linn County Vote on a proposed Cedar Rapids Casino. Monday, casino supporters released a new list of investors. But, those against the proposal... Read More »

Vote Yes Linn County Releases List of 58 Investors in Casino Project

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The Just Say No Casino campaign has been calling for a list of investors in a proposed Cedar Rapids area casino for weeks. On Monday, Vote Yes Linn County released a list of 58 investors,... Read More »

Cedar Rapids Would See Less Revenue Than Other Iowa Casino Towns

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Backers of casinos in Iowa say that the gaming venues have much to offer a community — new jobs; more visitors; a boost to the local economy. A central selling point for casinos in... Read More »

The Unlikely Coalitions In The Linn County Casino Push

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Even with five weeks left until a county-wide referendum on a Linn County casino, television ads fill the commercial breaks. Yet the opposing casinos are, for the most part, keeping... Read More »

Big Bucks Spent For And Against Proposed Linn County Casino

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The special election for a proposed Linn County Casino is still six weeks away. But, both campaigns are working hard and spending big bucks to spread their message. TV9 sat down with... Read More »

Sac & Fox Tribe Worry About Proposed Linn County Casino

TAMA COUNTY, Iowa - Leaders of the Tama County Sac and Fox Tribe, which operates the Meskwaki Casino, are speaking out against the proposed Linn County Casino. Frank Blackcloud, the Tribal Chairman, told... Read More »

Anti-Casino Ad Raises Questions on Who is Paying for It

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Just Say No Casino, the group opposed to a Cedar Rapids casino, is out with its first TV ad. Vote Yes Linn County, the pro-casino campaign, put its first TV ad out last week, an ad... Read More »

It's Official: Cedar Rapids Casino Vote is March 5th

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Linn County voters will get their say on a proposed Cedar Rapids casino March 5th. The Linn County Board of Supervisors set that date today for a gaming referendum that would allow... Read More »

Vote Yes Linn County Out with First TV Ad

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The pro-casino campaign Vote Yes Linn County is out with its first television commercial. Titled "New Jobs," the commercial asks voters to support a new casino because it will be... Read More »

Casino Backers in Cedar Rapids Area Now Have Organized Opposition

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Casino backers and their Vote Yes Linn County campaign now have organized opposition — a group called Just Say No Casino. The Just Say No Casino effort is chaired by Frank King, a... Read More »

Linn County Casino Vote Now Expected on March 5

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - In about seven weeks, Vote Yes Linn County amassed more than 16,000 signatures — some 4,300 more than needed — to prompt a special election to see if Linn County voters approve of... Read More »

Casino in Cedar Rapids Gets More Support

CEDAR RAPIDS — Near the top of the community agenda for 2013 will be a special election, expected on May 7, to determine if local voters want casino gaming in Linn County. On Wednesday, the first workday... Read More »

Proposed Cedar Rapids Casino Gets Renewed Support

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Nearly 4,000 people and the Cedar Rapids Convention and Visitor's Bureau now support a casino in Cedar Rapids. Right now, supporters are gathering the nearly 12,000 signatures needed... Read More »

Investors Expect to Get 11,872 Signatures to Prompt Linn County Casino Vote

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The number is 11,872. That’s the minimum number of signatures — 10 percent of the 118,711 people who voted in Linn County on Nov. 6 — that a Cedar Rapids-based group of investors... Read More »

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