Casino Community Advisory Council (CAC)

The purpose of the CAC is to create a forum for ongoing community engagement throughout the development of the Bally’s Casino. The primary focus of this Casino CAC is to secure community input on the development of the entire permanent site; however, the Casino CAC will also consider issues related to the operation of the temporary site as they are applicable to the future permanent casino project. The CAC is comprised of members of the local community and experts in several relevant fields. Please find the list of CAC members below.

Members of the Chicago Casino Advisory Committee:


Neighborhood Representatives

  • Maurice Edwards, President, Cabrini-Green LAC Community Corporation
  • Robin Schabes, Resident and Volunteer Chair of the River North Residents Association Development & Land Use Committee
  • Julie Darling, Board Member of the West Loop Community Organization
  • John Bosca, President Emeritus at Neighbors of River West


Issue Experts

  • Edward Warm, Chicago Independent Venue League
  • Victoria Lakes-Battle, Executive Director – Chicago Metro Region at IFF
  • Jose Bedolla, Board Member, West Central Association
  • Eunice Liao, Mental Health Counselor and Gambling Program Lead at Pui Tak Center
  • Julianna Castro, Financial Assistant, American Indian Health Service of Chicago
  • Darlene Oliver Hightower, President and CEO at Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Nilay Mistry, Interim Program Director, Illinois Institute of Technology, MLA+U Program
  • Jonathan Snyder, Executive Director at North Branch Works
  • Nadia Quarles, Assistant Vice President for Business Diversity at the University of Chicago
  • Phillip Nicodemus, Director of Research at Urban Rivers
  • Marty Padilla, President at Greater River North Business Association
  • Michele Dreczynski, Program Manager/Consultant at Near North Unity Program
  • David Powe, Director of Planning and Technical Assistance at the Active Transportation Alliance
  • Andrea Kluger, Deputy Chief of Staff at the Chicago Federation of Labor
  • Chynna Hampton, Equity Director, Climate Jobs IL, IL AFL CIO
  • Ann Manikas, Board Chair, Disability Lead

Please view the press release here.