Supporters of new Iowa casino push for March vote

Published On: Jan 09 2013 06:27:20 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 09 2013 06:27:00 AM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -

A group of investors interested in building a casino near Cedar Rapids want to schedule a vote in early March.

The Gazette reports the Vote Yes Linn County group has gathered more than 16,000 signatures to prompt a special election on the $80 to $100 million casino. It leaves it up to voters to decide whether to approve gambling in the county.

The group of mostly local investors announced Tuesday their plans to push for a March 5 vote because of how quickly they gathered the necessary signatures.

County supervisors will meet Wednesday to set a voting date.

A group of people who oppose gambling on moral grounds have denounced the plans. Dan Kehl, CEO of casinos in Riverside and Larchwood, has said the casino would hurt his business.