While Joliet sees the most casino dollars by virtue of havingtwo gambling boats, the Grand Victoria casino in Elgin currentlyholds the distinction as the most profitable, generating a$132-million windfall to the city since 1994, including $24 millionin 2001, according to Bluhm.

"The anti-gaming people who predicted doom and gloom for otherIllinois cities were dead wrong," says Bluhm, who predicts a$25-million payoff for Des Plaines if his Midwest Gaming andEntertainment wins the license from the Illinois Gaming Board.

The city council was considering whether to become a hostcommunity in hopes of landing the state's 10th and only availablelicense, relinquished by Emerald Casino after its failed attempt torelocate from East Dubuque, IL to neighboring Rosemont amidallegations of false statements in the application as well asorganized crime connections.

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