Local leaders explain why they prefer Hard Rock to get the casino license

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — All three Vigo County Commissioners, seven Vigo County Council members and the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce President signed letters to the Indiana Gaming Commission this week to express their preference for the Hard Rock casino to get license approval.

Councilman Todd Thacker signed one the letters and cited the local connection as to why he felt like Hard Rock could be the best option. Hard Rock confirmed that Terre Haute native and Businessman Greg Gibson is a partner in the proposals. Thacker said that this is one of the biggest factors in his decision.

“We understand that there are four proposals now and we would be willing to work with other ones,” Thacker said. “But we have a preference. So our preference would be use the local people with the Hard Rock.”

Councilwoman Vicki Weger also expressed her opinion of keeping things local.

“We know that Greg Gibson will put that money from the casino right back into the community,” Weger stated. “That’s the only logical choice.”

The other three applicants for the license are Church Hill Downs, Full House Resorts and Terre Haute Entertainment. Thacker said that by sending this letter of preference, the council is not completely ruling out the other three options.

“We haven’t done anything by saying that we prefer the Gibson proposal and Hard Rock,” Thacker said. “That’s not saying that we’re against anything else.”

Weger stated that this has been a long process and acknowledged some of the previous uncertainty around bringing a casino to Vigo County. However, she said that she’s committed to bringing a casino to the area.

“Of course we’re going to have a casino and it’s going to bring money into the community,” Weger said.

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