Casino town mayors to speak at forum tonight in Cape Girardeau

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 ~ Updated 2:37 PM

The mayors of four casino towns will speak at a forum tonight in Cape Girardeau to answer questions about their experiences.

The event will be at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Glenn Auditorium at Southeast Missouri State University's Dempster Hall.

The mayors from the Missouri towns of Boonville, Maryland Heights and St. Charles will join the mayor of Alton, Ill., to answer questions from the public for one hour, Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger said.

The event will be moderated by KZIM-KSIM radio personality Faune Riggin. But the questions, Rediger said, will come directly from the public.

"This is information that will not come from somebody in town, not from Isle of Capri, not from our staff or me," Rediger said. "This is information coming from the leadership in those communities that have experienced gaming. I think this will offer our residents a better understanding of what actually will happen when we get gaming."

The mayors who have agreed to participate are Alton Mayor Tom Hoecht, Boonville Mayor Julie Thatcher, Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller and St. Charles Mayor Patricia York.

Look for coverage of the forum tonight on semissourian.com and in Wednesday's Southeast Missourian.

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