Photos: 2009 Empress Casino fire
LIZ WILKINSON ALLEN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER. 3/20/09 Firefighters wait on the roof at the front of the Empress Casino in Joliet in March as the fire behind them gets larger.
The Empress Casino on Joliet’s far south side was destroyed by fire on March 20, 2009. The casino reopened in June of that year but a new pavillion was not completed until 2010 when Empress became a Hollywood Casino.