Ho-Chunk exploring Illinois casino project

BELOIT – The Ho-Chunk Nation says it is committed to continue work on its Beloit casino-resort plan as it remains pending at the federal level, while looking to explore possible involvement in an additional casino across the border in Illinois.

According to tribe representatives, Ho-Chunk is exploring an opportunity to operate a casino in the south Chicago suburb of Lynwood, Illinois.

Ryan P. McLaughlin, a representative for the tribe’s Illinois interests, told the Beloit Daily News Ho-Chunk plans to make a decision on submitting an application to operate the Illinois casino “very soon.”

“The Ho-Chunk Nation is proud to consider the Village of Lynwood home and has spent the last 15 years investing in the future of the community, as demonstrated by the development of the Southland Center, a regional state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex,” McLaughlin said. “We’re also proud of our proven record of success operating six entertainment and gaming facilities. Therefore, when legislation authorizing a casino or riverboat in the south suburbs was approved, we began exploring the possibility of opening a new facility in Lynwood.”

The Lynwood plan would differ from the Beloit proposal, with Ho-Chunk looking to possibly serve as operator of an Illinois casino as opposed to going through the fee-to-trust process at the federal level that’s currently slowed down the Beloit plan.

McLaughlin added the Illinois potential proposal came about after the state passed an expanded gaming bill, allowing for additional casinos across Illinois, including a proposal in Rockford by Hard Rock International that’s moving quickly. The Rockford […]

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