Empress Casino Plans to Reopen in June

Fire destroyed part of complex last month

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

    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.

    Empress Casino Fire

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