From the Breaking News Desk: Black smoke seen for miles coming from the Empress Casino in Joliet (about 40 miles southwest of Chi-town).
First trucks, police and ambulances on scene for more than an hour that I've been doing live hits on this. Just learned the roof has collapsed, the fire started in the kicthen where some construction workers were welding... and, now there are reports of a second fire somewhere in this huge complex.
Empress is 50,000 square feet with 1,100 mahcines and 20 table games. We do know it was open for business when the fire started and gamblers have all been evacuated safely.