Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

Local leaders address drugs, gangs, homicides

Jan 5, 2018
John Gibson

Local leaders are calling for stepped-up efforts against drug dealing and gang activity. 

19 homicides were recorded in Evansville and Vanderburgh County in 2017, and one was committed on New Year’s Day.

Officials say the overwhelming majority of the crimes were drug and gang-related.

During a news conference, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke called on the city council to re-allocate funding to boost the local anti-gang task force…

Mayor cautious on more gaming revenue

Oct 23, 2017
John Gibson

Now that Tropicana has opened its land-based casino in Evansville, will the city and county see an increase in gaming revenue? 

The lively 75,000 square-foot casino replaces Evansville’s gaming boat, which opened 22 years ago as the state’s first floating casino.

Tropicana is predicting more revenue with the new casino, but Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke told WNIN the city is not taking it for granted…

Tropicana opens land-based casino in Evansville

Oct 20, 2017
John Gibson

A ribbon is cut, opening the state’s first land-based casino in Evansville. 

People waited in long lines to be among the first customers at the new single-story Tropicana casino, built between the Tropicana Hotel and the Le Marigot on Riverside Drive.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke noted it’s the first land-based casino to open in Indiana.

("That's as a result of a lot of hard work by the Indiana legislature, specifically the local legislative delegation, the state gaming commission had to approve this, so a lot of things had to happen to get to this day.")

Mesker wins AZA accreditation

Sep 11, 2017

Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden has received important recognition. 

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums announced over the weekend that Mesker was granted accreditation the by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.

In 2016, the AZA notified Mesker that certain conditions or requirements of accreditation were not being met.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke initiated and the Evansville City Council voted to set aside $112,000 in 2016 and $78,000 in 2017 to correct the issues.

Winnecke hires from within for new zoo director

Sep 7, 2017

Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden has a new leader. 


Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke hired from within, choosing Erik Beck as the zoo’s new executive director.

Beck has worked at the zoo for 22 years and Winnecke says he’s shown strong leadership as director of operations and interim zoo director.

Beck replaces Amos Morris who left the local zoo for a similar position in California.

In a news release, Mayor Winnecke calls Beck “well qualified for the position.” He says Beck will “lead the zoo through a seamless transition.”