CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -

The Linn County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a March 5 public vote on casino gambling in Linn County.

The board has scheduled a special meeting at 1:30 p.m. Friday to formally set the date for the countywide vote. The board took public comment on the gambling issue Wednesday.

The Vote Yes Linn County group pushed the March 5 date after gathering more than 16,000 signatures to prompt a special election.

A group of investors wants to build an $80 million to $100 million casino near Cedar Rapids.