State officials cut suburban Chicago casino offers to 2


A new casino in the southern suburbs of Chicago is one step closer.

State regulators have reduced the number of proposals to two, one near the border of Homewood and East Hazel Crest and another in Matteson, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The backers are due to make a presentation to the Illinois Gaming Board in the coming days. The final selection for the casino license will take place next year.

The casino is part of a major gaming expansion that Governor JB Pritzker signed in 2019 and will add six casinos to the state’s current 10. The Rockford and Williamson County casino proposals received initial approval. There will also be one in Danville. Chicago is seeking proposals for a huge casino and has extended the proposal deadline to October 29.

The Matteson offering is led by Hinsdale businessman Rob Miller and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a Native American tribe that operates nearly two dozen casinos. They are offering a $ 300 million site that would include a 123,000 square foot casino and a 200 room hotel.

“We are thrilled and extremely excited,” said Sheila Chalmers-Currin, President of Matteson Village. “I think the Gaming Board saw the commitment to diversity and community in this project.”

The proposal for the Homewood area is led by Alabama-based Wind Creek Hospitality, which is part of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, which operates several casinos across the country. They offer a $ 300 million, 64,000 square foot casino with a 21 story hotel.

“This development promises to be the best in and for the entire Southland region – with job creation, economic and community investment, sustained operational excellence and a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in all phases of construction and operation, ”said Jay, CEO of Wind Creek. Dorris said in an email.

Separately, state regulators are considering two finalists for a new casino license in the Chicago suburb of Waukegan.


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