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JOLIET EXPECTS TO LOSE MONEY WHEN GAMBLERS GAME IN STATES THAT DON'T BAN PUBLIC SMOKING.
December 9, 2007
By BOB OKON Staff writer
JOLIET -- The city of Joliet already expects its casino tax revenue to drop by 7.5 percent next year when a smoking ban takes effect. But that forecast could be low if the casino industry's prediction proves true.
Illinois casinos are predicting a 20 percent decline in revenue strictly because of the smoking ban
"That's what happened in Delaware, and that's what happened in Windsor, Canada," said Tom Swoik, executive director of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association.
Just what happens in Joliet, of course, won't be known until the city's two casinos start operating without cigarette and cigar smoke in the air.
But Joliet's two casinos do tend to lose business when gamblers have a reason to switch to Indiana. And the smoking ban that goes into effect in January could be one such reason.
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