Grand Rapids Mayor: City Might be Ready for Chips

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- The mayor of Grand Rapids is warming up to casino gambling in the city.

The Grand Rapids Press says private backers of more casinos in Michigan are launching a petition drive to put the question on a statewide ballot. Possible locations are Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit, Romulus, Benton Harbor, Saginaw and Mount Clemens.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell says he's not a fan of casinos. But if they're opening elsewhere, he says "we may have to have one here."

A casino run by an American Indian tribe is opening Feb. 11 in Allegan County, 20 miles south of Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids businessman Peter Secchia believes a ballot question to expand casino gambling in Michigan would fail. He says the existing casinos would spend millions of dollars to defeat it.


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