- Associated Press - Thursday, January 15, 2015

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A casino in East St. Louis has laid off 20 of its workers and cut its hours amid declines in gambling revenue.

A Casino Queen spokeswoman, Julie Hauser, says the layoffs took place this month and include managers. They bring the site’s workforce to about 600. The casino had about 1,200 employees when it was moved onto land from a riverboat along the Mississippi River in 2007.

Hauser says the casino also will be open 20 hours each day. That’s down two hours, meaning the casino will close at 4 a.m. instead of 6 a.m.

Illinois Gaming Board figures show the Casino Queen’s December revenues were $8.8 million. That 4.6-percent decline from the same month in 2013 is widely blamed on the growth of video gaming statewide in non-casino sites.

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