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Springfield mayor to hear casino plans

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SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is set to meet with representatives of several companies interested in putting a casino in the state's third-largest city.

Sarno has scheduled private meetings with potential developers on Monday. The mayor is expected to have a key role in future casino negotiations, as the state's new gambling law requires a host community agreement be reached with city officials and approved by voters before developers can apply for a license from the state gaming commission.

MGM Resorts unveiled an $800 million proposal last week for a resort casino and entertainment complex in downtown Springfield.

Ameristar Casinos has proposed a casino at a former industrial site off Interstate 91. Two other companies, Penn National Gaming and Hard Rock International, are also considering Springfield.

The mayor has not endorsed any of the plans.

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