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Cedar Rapids offering free parking for casino public comment

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The clock is ticking for Cedar Rapids casino backers to prove why they should get a license.

City leaders are asking for community support this Thursday when the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission comes to Cedar Rapids.

To encourage people to attend the public comment session, councilman Justin Shields announced Monday that parking will be free.

"We're asking the citizens to step up one more time and to join us this Thursday downtown to show their public support," said Ron Corbett, Cedar Rapids Mayor. "Public support is a critical factor in the decision making of the racing and gaming commission."

The city is asking people to wear white to show their support.

The public comment session will start at 10 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex.

Steve Gray, Chairman of the Cedar Rapids Development Group, called KWWL Monday night to say that the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance was paying for the parking to make it complimentary for public comment visitors.

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