In a four to one vote in Council Bluffs, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission rejected a $174-million proposal for a casino in downtown Cedar Rapids. Commissioner Dolores Mertz of Algona cast the lone “yes” vote.
Commission Chair Jeff Lamberti said approving the Cedar Rapids Development Group LLC request, “Would be a significant precedent,” that he wasn’t willing to take.
In 2007 the state of Iowa allowed casinos to move from riverboats to land. Since that time several communities around the state have sought a piece of the casino action. But how many casinos are too many for Iowa?
"River to River" looks at current casino proposals in Warren and Linn Counties. We'll also examine why communities like Davenport and Sioux City are in the process of moving their casinos from riverboats to land.