Kenosha Casino coming soon?
KENOSHA- Kenosha officials hope the old Dairyland dog track will be the site of their new Casino.
The city's mayor and other supporters met Sunday Morning to explain the venture.
They said, in partnering with the Menominee tribe, the new casino will bring in more than 3,000 new permanent jobs and $35 million in new state revenue.
Other states show that the city, county, and area schools will receive more than $19 million in casino payments annually.
The plan is to have 3,100 slot machines and 75 game tables, along with a 5,000 seat multipurpose entertainment venue.
Shops, restaurants, a hotel, and parking are also expected to be included.
The big plans are now in the hands of Governor Walker who has to sign off on the casino.
The Potawatomi community issued a statement saying in part:
“The Forest County Potawatomi Community remains steadfast in opposition to this Kenosha casino application. Kenosha is squarely within federally recognized ceded territory of the Potawatomi. In addition, this Kenosha casino application has been plagued with scandal and controversy and will result in sending tens of millions to out of state interests at the expense of Milwaukee. We will likely protect our rights through litigation should it come to that."
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett issued his own statement:
"Mayor Barrett has long supported the Potawatomi and the tribe’s investments in Milwaukee. The Potawatomi are strong community partners committed to City neighborhoods and to employing Milwaukeeans. We encourage Governor Walker to reject this application because of the projected job losses and economic harm it will have on Milwaukee.”
"Given the approval by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs for the proposed Menominee casino, we will move forward with evaluating this casino using the criteria previously laid out by my Administration. The three criteria are: no new net gaming, community support, and consensus among the 11 sovereign nations.