Iowa: Linn County leaders support casino

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Linn County supervisors are on board with a plan that could bring a casino to Cedar Rapids, Iowa _ as long as backers meet several conditions.

Supervisors on Monday approved a memorandum of understanding with the nonprofit Linn County Gaming Association and the Cedar Rapids Development Group, a private company, to support their bid for a gambling license.

Under state law, a nonprofit group holds the gaming license while the private company operates the casino.

Under the agreement, supervisors will commit to supporting the proposal if the association and backers can get a license, voters approve gambling in a referendum next year and state gambling regulators decide to issue a license.