The Davenport Community Improvement Corporation recommended Ingenus
Management to be the developer of the future casino.
The DCIC is just one of three branches with a say in the new
And it was a close vote; four yeses, three nos, and one who
Mary Ellen Chamberlin voted no on recommending Ingenus Management
as the developer.
But it's not because she's against them as an option.
She, and others who voted no, said they just have more
questions on what the best option for the city is.
"The goals are to maximize the money from the license,
which is to make more money. And keep more
of it local," said of Chamberlin.
Jeff Justin abstained from voting today on this issue; he's
also part of the city council, which will have the final say in the matter.
He said he understands why it was such a close vote.
"It's nice to have a recommendation, but I just don't
think every member on the DCIC was comfortable with actually giving one at this
time," said Justin.
The other big item on the agenda today was postponed.
It's a contract that doubles the current amount of casino
earnings given to the Riverboat Development Authority to put back in the
"If there's a couple of members of the DCIC that aren't
comfortable or haven't had a chance to review it or get legal council, I think
that's a good thing. We just need to
keep it moving," said Justin.
The Davenport City Council will meet Wednesday night at
5:30, when they could officially choose a developer.
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