- Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A real estate developer in Springfield has floated grand plans for downtown Springfield.

The crux of Chris Stone’s plan is a 1,200-position casino in the capital city to generate tax revenue and draw tourists to the places Abraham Lincoln lived and worked.

Stone runs EMS Midwest . It’s a business consulting and properties company.

A news release Monday says Stone wants a casino to be part of the Legislature’s discussions about expanded gambling before its scheduled adjournment May 31. The Senate has adopted a contentious plan to add six casinos statewide.

Stone envisions developing a vacant block north of the Executive Mansion with a downtown college campus and open space for ice skating, concerts and dog park. There would be retail space, a movie theater and 30 apartments.

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