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If the proposal for a resort at Walker's Bluff in southern Illinois is to move forward this legislative session, it will require a new strategy.

Both the gaming sub-committee meeting and House session opened and closed Friday without passing HB 5146 in order to meet the legislature's deadline for substantive bills.

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An important deadline is coming up next week for Walker's Bluff.

The facility is seeking a gaming license from the state for an on-site casino as part of its proposed resort-expansion, but the $175 million privately-funded project will not proceed without the license -which can't be granted until the required legislation is passed.

A Williamson County bar and grill has suddenly closed.

The Frenchman's Widow in Herrin shut its doors on Wednesday so preparations could begin to sell or lease the property. The establishment opened in May 2013.

A leader in the Illinois House says while he won't talk about specifics, he supports an expansion of gaming in the state - which could include a project in southern Illinois.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

The SIH Cancer Institute unveiled its Donor Wall Thursday.

Special recognition was given to Cynde and David Bunch, owners of Walker's Bluff, for their 500-thousand dollar gift.