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Homewood Issues Request for Casino Proposals

The village hopes to announce a casino partnership by the end of May.

Homewood is one small step closer to getting a casino, according to a press release from the village.

Last Friday, the joint team of Homewood and East Hazel Crest issued what’s called a Request for Qualifications and Proposals (RFP) last Friday. As a result, casino companies will now compete to offer the best package proposal for our area.

“The villages intend to select one successful applicant, enter into best-and-final negotiations, and enter into a Project Development Agreement to prepare for the Illinois Gaming Board license application process,” said a press release from the village. The villages intend to have the site developed into a long-term, quality gaming and entertainment destination with associated lodging, parking, and dining amenities.”

Casino companies will have until March 31 to submit their proposals and those who respond will give a public presentation on May 6. A public comment period will begin the next day and last through the next ten days, until May 17. The village plans to announce their new casino partner on May 29. These timetables, however, are subject to change.

Despite the RFP, no legislation exists yet that can offer the villages a gambling license. Rather, partnering up with a casino before a license exists will help ensure the associated casino company will reimburse Homewood for any expenses incurred throughout the process—regardless of whether a license is eventually issued or not.

The village is directing all additional questions regarding the RFP to Barnes & Thornburg, LLP representative Craig S. Burkhardt at cburkhardt@btlaw.com.

Hernendo RevolveR February 20, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Now what could POSSIBLY go wrong here?
FT February 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM
A casino is the wrong move for Homewood. Don't let them compare it to the old Washington Park race track. It would introduce an element into the village that we do not need or want.
Jennifer Novak Chan February 20, 2013 at 03:21 PM
That May 6th casino presentation... any info yet on where and when?
BIGMIG February 20, 2013 at 03:41 PM
I use to think that a casino would be bad for Homewood, but I'm starting to think that it could be a good thing. The town is on teeter-totter it’s going to go up or down, the balance is over! Business are closing left and right and the small business that we do have here are just that SMALL, this town needs money, and a vibrance that will attract descent homebuyers to the area. A casino is not ideal but what else is willing to come in that will have that kind of impact. A Business like Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Binny’s etc. would be awesome but it will never happen those business’s would never come here in the town’s current state.
Ralph C. Shepard February 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM
What element? Old people, Asians and the surrounding population?
Mark February 21, 2013 at 01:58 AM
If you think it is a good thing for an operation that siphons away lots of cash from the economy that will not be spent elsewhere then I guess a casino is a good thing. If you are lonely and a robber is willing to talk to you before robbing you then that must also be a good thing.
LocalRez February 21, 2013 at 06:44 PM
How much is this costing the citizens of Homewood? What services are we giving up so the village can fund this exercise? Will this ever be put to a vote or will the village president and his gang just green light it? Personally I think it is a huge mistake and will take Homewood off the teeter-totter once and for all. If not the crime influx the costs associated with even investigating doing it - the money could be spent elsewhere instead of being wasted on this.
Ve February 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Seriously, thank you. Is this what Homewood has sunken down to? Is this really the best option they have?
Heidi P. February 22, 2013 at 05:57 PM
We're going to end up with more crime, and our already burdened police force will be more so. Not to mention the wild life that will be lost when they destroy the partial of land they wish to put it on. Good bye hometown I have lived in all my life, and hello to the ghetto we'll become. Our officials have rocks in their heads.
Heidi P. February 22, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Sorry...meant parcel, not partial.
BUTCH February 22, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Home sweet homewod the mirage of the golden age when there were factories and industries in the neighboring towns, the posts who do not want to compare the Casino with the race track for what reason? with a Casino the beyond badly needed infrastructure is a sure bet along with a increased and modern High Tech POLICE and Fire DEPT. It is not the best option HW it is the only one get into the real world this is not ORLAND, Naperville, Hinsdale or Winnetka, this is dA HTS North or Harvey South get used to it or move on to paradise!
BUTCH February 22, 2013 at 09:19 PM
A lot if u do not get it including Hernando's hideaway !
BUTCH February 22, 2013 at 09:21 PM
FT yer real estate neighbors already did that, u need the additional COPS to keep the element out of the neighborhoods, schools, K MART and churches?
BUTCH February 22, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Miguel, be the light bulb wen on when u got yer TAX BILL? Unlike the rest of the bigots, prudes and phony Christians u my friend have been brought to the light!
HF Homeowner February 25, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Anything that can help home owners keep their properties; reduce property taxes, increase HF law-enforcement, bring more revenue to the struggling businesses.. I welcome the casino! With a new high-tech police department, the added benefit will help the SWAT team get rid of the rodents that crawled into our neighborhoods! I don't like the idea of a casino coming to Homewood, but If this is the only option that HF homeowners have that will help keep our homes and help the community, then lets do it! if state or federal funds are being used for this project, then we can expect JOBS, JOBS and more JOBS!!!!

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