Empress Casino Plans to Reopen in June

Fire destroyed part of complex last month

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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