Chicago

Chicago-based gambling ring’s alleged key player Todd Blanken avoids prison term

Todd Blanken, alleged mastermind of “multi-million dollar” Chicago-based gambling ring, has avoided prison time as a district sentenced the 44-year-old to just six months in a community center.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall also allowed Blanken, a resident of Cary, Illinois, to work while staying in the community center. The judge also ordered him to remain on two years of probation.

Chicago Posts Solicitation for Long-Awaited Casino Project

Chicago city authorities have finally released the long-awaited request for proposals (RFP) for the casino license that the Windy City received as part of the state’s expanded gaming law passed a couple of years ago.

City officials announced that the RFP solicitation seeking an operator to develop a casino was released on Thursday, with an aim to see a state-of-the-art gaming property ready to operate by 2025.