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'Gambling malls' may be coming near you

'Gambling malls' may be coming near you

A developer is apparently hoping to launch a unique concept, a sort of casino mall, in strip malls in Crestwood and Hometown. The idea would be to lease storefronts to multiple owners of gambling cafes, with up to five video machines in each, to create more opportunities for patrons to gamble and to generate more foot traffic. Crestwood Mayor Lou Presta and Hometown Mayor Kevin Casey said they were eager to embrace such an enterprise, while noting that the Illinois Gaming Board will ultimately decide whether it complies with the state's video gambling law. Presta said the Crestwood location — just south of Cal Sag Road and west of Cicero Avenue, across from an off-track...