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Rivers Casino Job Fair Brings Thousands of Hopefuls

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The last casino in Illinois isn't just bringing tax money to Des Plaines, a Chicago suburb that lies adjacent to O'Hare, but it's also bringing jobs too and nearly 1,000 of them to the area. Midwest Gaming, the casino's developer, held a job fair at the Rosemont Convention Center this past Friday.

Thousands of prospective employees attended the job fair in hopes of learning more about the different employment opportunities that will be available once the casino, officially named "Rivers Casino," opens in July.

Midwest Gaming estimated 10,000 people will have attended the all-day job fair by the time it closes. The job fair was originally announced in March, with the location and date being announced earlier this month. In Midwest Gaming's official announcement of the job fair, they encouraged job seekers to dress for success but emphasized that they were not accepting resumes and that those interested should apply online at its website. However, Midwest Gaming was taking general information from those interested in working at Rivers Casino.

At the job fair, prospective employees were given the opportunity to speak with representatives of the different departments that will make up the casino. Midwest Gaming is looking for many different positions to be filled, everything from waitresses, to blackjack dealers, to security guards and bartenders.

Vanessa Rodriguez, 27, a nearby Chicago resident, attended this fair this morning in hopes of getting her foot in the door as a waitress: "I probably got to the [Rosemont Convention Center] around 9:30 and there were close to 1,000 people there. I've been unemployed for five months now and this job would help a lot, especially since I live only about four miles away. I've never worked in a casino before, but have three years experience waitressing so I hope this works out."

Chicago resident Pat McMorris also attended the fair this afternoon: "I was there on a mission. Everyone was dressed in suits and ties and after talking to some of the other people it was clear that a job at Rivers Casino would mean the world to them, myself included. I haven't had a job for the past year after being laid off in the restaurant industry. I hoping to get a job as a cook or even a bartender and I was able to find out more about the company itself and the types of work required for certain positions."

Rivers Casino in Des Plaines is still under construction, but it still set to open this July, along with newly reconstructed and widened Des Plaines River Road.

Rachel Krech provides an in-depth look at current environmental issues and local Chicago news stories. As a college student from the Chicago suburbs pursuing two science degrees, she applies her knowledge and passion to both topics to garner further public awareness.


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