Empress Casino Plans to Reopen in June

Fire destroyed part of complex last month

By Zach Christman
|  Thursday, Jul 30, 2009  |  Updated 1:44 PM CDT
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Check out images of the massive fire that destroyed part of the Empress Casino complex on March 20, 2009.

Check out images of the massive fire that destroyed part of the Empress Casino complex on March 20, 2009.

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Fire-ravaged Empress Casino plans to reopen its gambling facilities by the end of June, its vice president told a crowd of workers on Thursday.

Hundreds of casino employees have been out of work since fire tore through a portion of the building on March 20.  The casino's gambling floor is on a barge on the Des Plaines river, and was not seriously damaged.

However, the part of the structure destroyed by fire will not reopen for at least a year.

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