Category: Casino


Petitions to bring casinos to Ohio's four largest cities could face legal challenges by opponents of the casino effort. Opponents have threatened to file suit alleging that the petition process was tainted by a number of irregularities, such as petition circulators lying to obtain signatures, felons gathering signatures, and signatures ... Read More


A Mahoning County judge declined to cut short a petition drive seeking to place a four casino measure on this November’s ballot. With less than a month left for petitioners to submit roughly 400,000 signatures, opponents of the four casino plan sought to end the campaign in court. The opponents ... Read More


The Ohio ballot board, which reviews language submitted for constitutional ballot initiatives, has approved the language submitted by gaming proponents who want to open casinos in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo. The approval allows proponents to move forward with gathering signatures in order to place the initiative on November's ballot. ... Read More


In order to place a proposed constitutional amendment on November's ballot, gaming proponents must have their petition language approved by Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray.  Last week Cordray rejected the proposed wording of the ballot initiative that would allow casinos in Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus and Cincinnati.  The Attorney General objected ... Read More


More details have emerged about the new gaming proposal backed by Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The proposal would authorize casinos in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo. Projections indicate that the casinos would raise $1.8 billion in revenue per year. The gaming proponents said that the casinos ... Read More


As Ohio continues to struggle with the economic downturn, another gaming proposal is vying for voter approval. A new coalition of gaming proponents, including Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, has proposed a ballot initiative that would allow four casinos in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo. The 2008 gaming initiative failed in ... Read More


Given the poor economy, high unemployment, and expected budget shortfalls, it's no surprise that gaming opportunities are looking more attractive for the state. Although ballot initiatives have failed in the past, voters and legislators may give more consideration to a proposal that allows casinos in multiple cities and generates substantial ... Read More


Gaming proponents continue undeterred after the defeat of Issue 6 on the November 2008 ballot.  Penn National Gaming, which funded the opposition to Issue 6 that resulted in the initiative’s 62%-38% loss, is proposing a more inclusive initiative to appear on the November 2009 ballot.  The proposal would allow up ... Read More


Issue 6 proponents lost the election on a proposed constitutional amendment which would have authorized a casino in Wilmington, Ohio, by a wide margin, but their expenses nearly matched the opponents. All told, Issue 6 was the priciest ballot initiative in Ohio's history, with funding in excess of $62 million. ... Read More


Issue 6 continues to dominate the field on controversy on the ballot this November. Voters are split and often ambivalent on the casino question. Many are not in favor of gambling but are tired of watching Ohio dollars flow to casinos in bordering states. Others are not opposed to gambling ... Read More