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Country Club Hills Remains Ideal Southland Casino Location, Says Casino Co-founder

The competition is already heating up only a day after Homewood's casino announcement—but the head of Cannery Casino said they will still look elsewhere.

Cannery Casino co-founder Bill Paulos says Country Club Hills is still the best candidate for a south suburban casino, according to a Nov. 27 press release.

The statement comes immediately in response to Homewood’s recent announcement to jointly pursue development of a casino along with the Village of East Hazel Crest.

“The announcement by the Villages of Homewood and East Hazel Crest (to pursue development of a casino) is another strong indication that a comprehensive gaming expansion bill continues to have strong support in Illinois,” Paulos said. “That being said, Cannery Casinos is the only casino company to come forward with a site-specific plan and the financial wherewithal to get it done. We believe our location in Country Club Hills remains the best possible site for expansive economic development in the South Suburbs."

The proposed County Club Hills Casino locasion is just southeast of 175th Street and Cicero Avenue.

Homewood trustees will vote tonight whether to partner with East Hazel Crest and hire a law firm to pursue casino development.

Chicagoheightsmike November 28, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I would worry about any business venture and business person who suggest "Country Club Hills" is the best location. Welch still putting the grease in the palms it appears. Not a big fan of casino's, but that old eye sore of the Homewood Hotel would be a great location.
BlackHawks Fan November 28, 2012 at 01:51 AM
That old eye sore in Homewood would be better suited for a Trader Joe's than a casino. Flossmoor is courting Meijer's and Hofeld wants to waste our tax money on trying to bring a casino to Homewood. Sounds to me like a big waste of our money on a pipe dream that will never happen. :(
Mike November 28, 2012 at 04:24 AM
You mean a pipe dream like Trader Joes? Give it up!
Tom Losh November 28, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Guess I'm confused. If the casino has decided CCH is the best spot for their casino, why would we hire a law firm? Are we going to sue the Cannery? Or is this just another spending spree with our money?
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 09:16 PM
The way this works is a local government or governments (as in our case) partners up with a casino company and they put together a proposal in hopes of gambling legislation passing. Cannery is the casino partner of Country Club HIlls, and their co-founder is the one who's saying they're still the best location. There's plenty of other casino companies out there, though. Homewood and East Hazel Crest are hiring a law firm to essentially shop the market and rope in the best suited casino company (and most profitable) for us. Once (and if) that decision is made, the villages will partner up with the best choice casino and put together a proposal.
June Whitehand November 28, 2012 at 09:59 PM
The location of any proposed casino must meet with approval down state. Anything said by Cannery or their partner is simply marketing. My feeling is that the legislature is looking for a location untainted with government corruption. (Which would rule out CCH)
June Whitehand November 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Would love to see Flossmoor try pushing for a Trader Joes or Whole Foods versus the Myers they are working on for the Vollmer development
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM
@June—Homewood definitely has a lot to offer in that respect. Just yesterday a third party auditor of the village's annual expenditures praised the quality and professionalism of Homewood's government. I can't help but think that would be at least a small factor in any sort of license decision making process.
Edward Wilburn December 02, 2012 at 10:25 AM
You will never get rid of Government corruption regarding a casino, which means you have to use common sense in building a casino. (CCH) still remains the best choice to build. 12/02/2012
Tom Losh December 02, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Thank You Ryan, for clearing that up. It makes more sense to me now.

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