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Sioux City prepares for IRGC visit

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? "Telling us why you support one project over another is probably going to be more helpful to the commissioners. As I have told people, this is going to be a very difficult decision because we have four very solid proposals," said Lamberti. ? "Telling us why you support one project over another is probably going to be more helpful to the commissioners. As I have told people, this is going to be a very difficult decision because we have four very solid proposals," said Lamberti.

The three casino developers looking to replace Sioux City's floating Argosy Casino have one last chance to win support from Iowa gaming officials.

Tuesday, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will be visiting the four proposed land-based sites and hearing what public thinks. 

The IRGC will visit each one for about an hour. They'll start at Penn National Gaming's rural location near Salix at 8 a.m. Then, head to downtown Sioux City, visiting Sioux City Entertainment's site, Ho-Chunk Inc.'s, and finally, Penn's other site.

IRGC administrators say commissioners will be able to get a first hand feel for each project.

"Up to this point, everything that they have seen or heard has been through presentation or through an application. So, this really brings things to life," said IRGC Administrator Brian Ohorilko. 

Tuesday, afternoon will be dedicated to public comment. Commissioners will be all ears at a 1:30 hearing at the Stoney Creek Inn. IRGC officials say if you want to speak, you need to sign up ahead of time. More than 40 people already have.

Though there's no requirement, IRGC Chair Jeff Lamberti wants people to avoid trashing proposals, and stick to the positives.

"Telling us why you support one project over another is probably going to be more helpful to the commissioners. As I have told people, this is going to be a very difficult decision because we have four very solid proposals," said Lamberti.

There's still time to register to speak. Head to the Stoney Creek Inn between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Tuesday.

After public comment, commissioners will get a final chance to ask questions to each of the three developers.

The IRGC will award just one project a gaming license at its April 18th meeting in Council Bluffs.

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