326 Vermont Rd
Carterville, IL 62918
Under the Rebuild Illinois Law enacted in June 2019 a new casino license is allocated for the Resort at Walker's Bluff in Williamson County, Illinois.
Walker's Bluff vineyard began in 2008 as an upscale steak & seafood restaurant with entertainment, a wine cave and general store.
In June 2019 Illinois enacted legislation to greatly expand gambling in the state for the purpose of economic growth. Within the legislation was the authorization to build new casinos in six different cities. One of those new casinos was designated for Walker's Bluff in Carterville, Illinois.
On Oct 18, 2019 the Williamson County Board approved the Walker's Bluff casino plan for submission to the Illinois Gaming Board. The gaming board will make the final decision on issuance of a casino license.
If the casino is approved, Walker's Bluff will transform into a new destination resort named 'The Resort at Walker's Bluff'.
The Illinois Gaming Board granted the Walker's Bluff project a "preliminary suitability" status in June 2021, which is a preliminary license to proceed. See story
The Resort at Walker's Bluff will cost $180 million and add the following features to the existing property:
Casino will feature 650+ slot machines, 20 table games and a sports book.
Hotel will offer 116 guest rooms and suites and include a pool and spa.
Convention and entertainment center with 12,000 square feet
Indoor-outdoor water park open year-round
Additional information is expected after Walker's Bluff submits its casino application to the Illinois Gaming Board.
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June 13, 2021
Walker's Bluff owner Cynde Bunch announced this week, "We were granted a 'preliminary license to proceed'! Today we celebrate. Tomorrow at daylight we ride through a new set of hoops."
The Illinois Gaming Board has given the Walker Bluff casino project a "preliminary suitability" status, which is effectively a green light to start construction on the casino resort. The board action is not a final license but rather a major step in the long licensing process.
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