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Cedar Rapids council backs local group for casino

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — The Cedar Rapids City Council has voted to support local developers in their quest to build a casino on the area.

The council on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal that says the council will exclusively support Steve Gray and his investor group in obtaining a state gambling license and building a casino.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors has already indicated its support.

Gray says his group is preparing a petition drive to force a referendum election next year, asking Linn County voters to approve gambling in the county. If they do, Gray’s group would ask the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission for a license.

Gray and his group want to invest $80 million to $100 million to build a casino in or near Cedar Rapids.

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