On March 5, Linn County voters overwhelmingly approved casino gaming by a 22-percentage-point margin, 61-to-39 percent.
The effort now continues 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 effort to secure a state gaming license to build a $100 million casino across the Cedar River from downtown Cedar Rapids.
Three years ago, the commission said it didn’t want to look to approve any additional gaming licenses in the state for three to five years. Now they will be considering whether to grant the state’s 19th gaming license to Linn County.
One of the casino’s main investors, Steve Gray, said the investor group hoped to have its application for a state gaming license in front of the state commission in July. He estimated that the commission would take six months to a year to make a decision.