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Casino workers await word on future

23 March 2009

CHICAGO, Illinois -- As reported by the Chicago Tribune: "Empress Casino officials still don't know when they will be able to reopen in the wake of Friday's fire

"...A taped hotline message for employees also said that information about long-term compensation and benefits will be available to workers later today. About 850 people work at the casino.

"The gambling section of the Joliet casino apparently emerged unscathed from Friday's major fire and may soon reopen, but the Egyptian-themed pavilion, which contained shops, restaurants and a ballroom, was completely destroyed. It will be rebuilt--bigger and better than before--company officials promised..."

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