Ho-Chunk's Illinois casino plan gets backing

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LYNWOOD, Ill. - The Ho-Chunk Nation may not have the go-ahead to proceed on its Beloit casino plan just yet, but the tribe is getting all the right signals for an Illinois development.

The Village of Lynwood, Illinois, a south Chicago suburb, this week approved a resolution supporting the tribe's recently-announced plans for a casino-resort project in the village.

According to Ho-Chunk spokesperson Ryan McLaughlin, the tribe will submit its application to the Illinois Gaming Board for a license for the Lynwood project.

"The Ho-Chunk Nation has been a great taxpayer and supporter of Lynwood and their southland sports center has attracted families not only from our region, but the Midwest and literally around the world. Their proposed development is much more than a casino, it's an entertainment, retail and hotel complex that caters to families while being a true economic development for the region, not just Lynwood. That is why the Village of Lynwood is supporting Ho-Chunk Gaming's bid," said Lynwood Mayor Gene Williams.

As previously reported by the Beloit Daily News, 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. The final phase would see landscaping, brand name boutique outlet stores and an outdoor seating area.

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