Illinois: Loss of revenue from casino has put East St. Louis in dire financial straits Elliot David, Fox 2 Now · May 12, 2020 at 4:04 pm EAST ST. LOUIS – East St. Louis was financially struggling before the coronavirus crisis but now things are worse. It is no longer getting tax revenue from its biggest source of income, the Casino Queen. The city received some $700,000 from the casino. But the boat is now closed along with most of the businesses in the city because of the measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. For East St. Louis, the situation is dire. It closed the city hall and changed work schedules to save money. It may have to make layoffs.