Under the Rebuild Illinois Law enacted in June 2019 there will be a new casino built in Waukegan, Illinois, and six casino applicants submitted their plans to the city by the Aug 5 filing deadline.
The Waukegan City Council will review each application, hold a public hearing for city residents in Sept, and forward the council's recommendations to the Illinois Gaming Board by Oct 25 for a final decision.
August 6, 2019
Potawatomi Hotel and Casino filed an application yesterday with the City of Waukegan, Illinois to build a commercial casino and entertainment venue under the Rebuild Illinois Law enacted last June.
The Rebuild Illinois Law enacted last June authorizes building new casinos in Waukegan and five other cities. The Potawatomi casino project in Waukegan would be licensed and regulated by the Illinois Gaming Board and not the National Indian Gaming Commission.
In a press release yesterday, the CEO & GM of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Rodney Ferguson said:
"The city of Waukegan is in search of a qualified developer to bring a first-class entertainment experience with their new casino. Having successfully operated in this gaming market for several decades, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is a natural fit to develop this project and create the entertainment destination that Waukegan is seeking."
The Potawatomi tribe has deep ancestral roots to the Waukegan area. It is located within the Potawatomi treaty lands.
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Lakeside Casino LLC is a partnership between Warner Gaming, a Las Vegas-based casino developer, and Tap Room Gaming, a Waukegan video gambling terminal operator.
Details of this proposal have not yet been released by the company nor the city.
A public announcement of the four other casino applicants and their proposals is still pending.
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