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July 18, 2012 (Des Plaines, IL) – Today Rivers Casino announced that in its first year it has paid ($129) million in gaming taxes to the State of Illinois and created 1400 full-time jobs.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating our one year anniversary and the significant positive impact Rivers Casino has made in the form of job creation and tax revenues for the City of Des Plaines and the State of Illinois,” said Bill Keena, General Manager of Rivers Casino.  “We want to thank our team members, the City of Des Plaines and the state for helping to make Rivers Casino the highest grossing casino in Illinois.”

With an average of over 10,000 guests daily, Rivers Casino has generated $109.5 million and $19.7 million in tax dollars to the State of Illinois and City of Des Plaines, respectively.  Rivers has also hired more than 1400 full time team member positions at the casino.  Total salaries and wages, benefits and tips average about $5.6 million per month.   Rivers Casino also makes it a priority to support local businesses and vendors.  In 2012 alone, Rivers Casino spent more than $19 million with Illinois vendors – including US Foods, Paulette Wolf Entertainment and Wirtz Beverage.

“Creating a positive work environment and being a good corporate citizen are two of our primary goals at Rivers Casino,” said Greg Carlin, CEO of Rush Street Gaming.  “We are proud of the positive contributions we have made in all of the communities where we operate.”

Since its opening, Rivers Casino has made more than $200,000 in charitable donations, supported over 75 different organizations monetarily or with in-kind donations, and through the dedication of Rivers Casino team members have logged more than 8450 volunteer hours.  Rivers Casino has also committed a minimum of $1,000,000 annually to fund education-related initiatives.


Rivers Casino is the newest gaming destination in the State of Illinois.  Featuring a 44,000 square foot gaming floor, the casino houses the excitement of 1,050 slots and 50 table games. When it comes to great food and fantastic drinks, there is truly something for everyone at Rivers Casino.  From a juicy steak to freshly baked pastries and hot coffee, Rivers has it covered with seven bars and restaurants to suit any taste and budget.  Rivers has quickly emerged as the top-performing casino in the Chicagoland marketplace.  Rivers Casino is owned by Midwest Gaming, LLC, a partnership between affiliates of Neil Bluhm and Clairvest Group Inc., and is operated by Rush Street Gaming, LLC.  Rivers Casino is the first casino in the world to be LEED Gold Certified (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) for its green design, materials and practices.  For more information, visit