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New competitor for Northwest Indiana casinos in the southern Illinois suburbs | Gambling

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Wind Creek COO Brent Pinkston told the Illinois Gaming Board on October 28 that several independent studies showed that an easily accessible casino adjacent to the Tri-State Tollway would generate between $ 130 million and $ 140 million in revenue. additional tax over 20 years compared to on the Matteson site.

“This presents the opportunity to get some of those Indiana tax dollars,” Pinkston said.

Indeed, the location of the $ 300 million Hard Rock Casino adjacent to Interstate 80/94 off Burr Street in Gary helped make it the top-grossing casino in Indiana in October, in part. by attracting each day thousands of Illinois residents who previously weren’t willing to sail to Gary’s former Majestic Star casinos in Buffington Harbor on Lake Michigan.

Wind Creek said it plans to create at least 800 full-time jobs at Homewood-East Hazel Crest when the casino and hotel are fully operational, as well as 600 temporary construction jobs.

In addition, more than 30% of the facility’s annual contracts and purchase orders go to minority, female, veteran, or LGBTQ-owned businesses, company officials said.

To further share the benefits of the casino, Wind Creek, East Hazel Crest and Homewood have agreed to form the Southland Public Benefit Fund to provide scholarships for underprivileged students and health services for the Southern Suburbs area through partnerships with South Suburban College, Prairie State College, and Moraine Valley Community College, Ingalls Development Foundation, and Advocate South Suburban Hospital.