Ho-Chunk details Illinois casino proposal

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BELOIT - Ho-Chunk Nation officially announced a proposal to operate a luxury hotel, entertainment and gaming complex in the Village of Lynwood, a south suburb of Chicago.

The casino complex would be located adjacent to the Southland Center, a sports and entertainment complex operated by Ho-Chunk, and be built in four phases, according to the proposal.

According to Ho-Chunk representative Ryan McLaughlin, the site is already owned by Ho-Chunk Gaming, meaning the development process could move quickly.

Phase one would see construction of a temporary casino; phase two would focus on the construction of the permanent casino that could create 1,100 jobs and include slot machines, table games, a luxury hotel with more than 300 rooms and multiple restaurant and bar options; phase three would repurpose the temporary casino to expand the Southland Center, adding 15,000 square-feet of space in the process with a golf simulator, indoor climbing rock wall, racquetball and pickleball courts; and phase four would see landscaping, brand name boutique outlet stores and an outdoor seating area.

"We are excited to bring to Lynwood our expertise in building and operating world-class entertainment facilities. This is an important opportunity to spur economic development growth and create jobs in the south suburbs and we have a proven track record of getting it right," said Paul J. Fox, District 4 Legislator, Ho-Chunk Nation. "Over the last 15 years, we have built strong relationships in the region, as demonstrated by the development and operation of the Southland Center, and we are committed to strengthening those ties and deepening that investment."

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