In response to Illinois’ passage of their own gaming bill, State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) gave the following remarks:

“There is obviously a significant potential impact on the city of Gary specifically and the state of Indiana in general from the casino action taken by the state of Illinois. Indeed it was in anticipation of this very action that we sought the transformation of Buffington Harbor and the moving of the Majestic Star Casino to the highly traveled interstate corridor. We believe both these endeavors will do much to strengthen our regional casino value as well as protect, and even grow Hoosier jobs.

“It is our sincere hope that our neighboring state’s latest policies do not affect the positives steps we’re making to preserve and grow our own regional and state economy. Every resident in this community should know we are committed to working proactively and passionately to continue to lead in a way that secures opportunity for us against any threats that should arise, today or tomorrow.”