A perfect spot for Chicago's new casino: Jackson Park

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has picked five sites on Chicago's West and South sides as possible locations for the new city casino recently authorized by the state.

But she hasn't mentioned the best site: Jackson Park.

This, of course, will horrify Chicagoans who see Jackson Park and the rest of the city's lakefront as sacred, meant, under law and tradition, to be "forever open, free and clear."

But if we can plunk an ugly, 30-some-story monument for former President Barack Obama into the park, why not a casino? The florescent, flashing lights in the mode of Las Vegas will attract people and create jobs--the main reason that Obama worshipers are insisting that the Obama Center must be located in the park, and no where else where it could create jobs just as well.

In a nod to the argument that the casino must be a job producer for struggling South and West side communities, all the sites are located in those neighborhoods. And not on the North Side where dysfunction and joblessness aren't a problem.

So, let's make sure that the casino is located in communities where the people who are most victimized by gambling live. And not in a neighborhood where residents and businesses would object to "those people" showing up.

Isn't that, well, racist?

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    Jackson Park ? Very funny. I thought Northerly Island had been secured for the casino surrounded by water but it won't float away.

    I propose the State of Illinois building for a Chicago Casino. Without any redecoration it already looks like a cheapo version of something from Las Vegas.The finances of the state, and the City, are themselves now a crap shoot. Double or nothing ? The building is a short distance from the civil debt collection courtrooms in the Daley Center or more likely the bankruptcy court in the Federal Building several blocks south. It is also within jumping distance of the Chicago River a couple blocks north. Not to mention the convenient Blue Line to O'Hare if losers just want to leave town a step ahead of Lightfoot's casino leg breakers.

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