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South Suburban Casino Could Be in Homewood's Future

Trustees will vote Tuesday on whether Homewood will work with the Village of East Hazel Crest to pursue a joint casino near the location of the former Homewood Hotel.

Home Sweet Homewood might be getting a touch of Vegas, depending on how trustees vote during a Nov. 27 board meeting. 

Trustees will vote Tuesday on whether to partner with East Hazel Crest to develop a casino just southwest of the intersection of I-294 and Halsted Street. 

Ideally, the casino would recapture the business of Illinois residents who cross the border and do their gambling in Indiana.

The location, which mostly consists of land owned by East Hazel Crest, will be accessible to 130,000 cars per day, according to the release.

Should trustees approve, Homewood will enter into a revenue sharing agreement and formal partnership with East Hazel Crest. Trustees will also vote to hire law firm Barnes & Thornburg for soliciting interest from casino developers. East Hazel Crest’s village board will do the same during its Nov. 28 meeting.

Though no vote on the matter has been cast, Homewood is planning a joint public meeting with East Hazel Crest sometime in mid-December to discuss the potential casino.

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Jeff Goldfarb November 27, 2012 at 04:12 AM
I thought the casino would have a hotel by the upcoming outlet mall in Country Club Hills 167th street and Pulaski .
HF Resident November 27, 2012 at 01:23 PM
With the crime that is currently happening, how would Homewood & East Hazel Crest handle this activity? I moved to Homewood about 6 years ago and it's nice and quiet and a great place to raise a family. However, lately I have been a little disturbed by the negative activity reports that I hear. I hope both villages think about the long term effect of a casino other than just bringing in revenue.
Bob Levy November 27, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Sounds good but the space at 183rd and Cicero is pretty large and would seem a bit better. For the right price, I bet an entrance/exit to I80 could be included. Look what they did in Indiana with a special exit/entrance. The sad aspect of the Indiana exit is it was a major contributor to the death of Phil Schmits! I like the Halsted location idea, but wonder if it is big enough? I also wonder if my not yet conceived great grandchildren will see the groundbreaking.
Bob Levy November 27, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Forgot to add on the time line - The Southern airport time line. It was a great idea when hatched but I do not think it will ever see ground breaking.
Gogigi November 27, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Sorry, I'm not excited about a casino coming to Homewood. I moved here for peace & quiet - not flashing lights, increased traffic, drunken people, pick pockets, thiefs - shall I continue? Whenever you have that much money floating around, you'll have a criminal element. The casinos know this and have the most advanced security to protect their MONEY but what about our neighborhood? Well that's not their problem - it's ours!! I vote NO
June Whitehand November 27, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Well, we have a criminal element now---and no revenue to show for it. While a bit leery myself, definitely needs to be explored. Done correctly, this could be a good thing for the villages, but who gets to decide what "correctly" looks like? This could benefit not only the casino and those lucky enough to land jobs there, but the entire Halsted corridor.
Southside2 November 27, 2012 at 02:30 PM
My understanding of the process is that you need State regulatory approval for a casino license and that is almost impossible to get. Why spend the money?
Sadb November 27, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Just what Homewood needs is another magnet for crime, you can steal from Super K then after the stuff sells on the street whatever moneys left after buying crack you can piss away at the Homiewood casino!!!
ridgeroadmike November 27, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I vote "no."
Peppermint Patty November 27, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I vote "no", too!!!
Hwood Res November 27, 2012 at 04:31 PM
What time is the meeting?
June Whitehand November 27, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I would like to see everyone become informed on what this means for Homewood before making up their minds that we do not want to be involved. First thing to keep in mind here is that the property in question is owned by the Village of East Hazel Crest, and they do not NEED the approval or participation of Homewood to move forward---but it would benefit everyone if the villages were to work together. Of course assuming that Quinn does approve the site. There is a casino coming to the south Chicago area, so if it can benefit us locally then I, for one, will not say no with out seeing all the fact first.
BlackHawks Fan November 27, 2012 at 06:32 PM
It seems we are late to this game. The casino market is being saturated and the decline in revenue is already setting off alarms in Joilet. There are four nearby in Indiana and two in Joilet I just don’t see from where we are going to draw gamblers to come here. Doesn’t Illinois prefer riverboat gambling? How much will it cost the taxpayers to hire law firm Barnes & Thornburg for soliciting interest from casino developers? How much revenue does/did Homewood receive from the OTB? http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/news/11128131-418/joliet-casino-revenues-still-in-decline.html
Candi November 27, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Due to the money mishandling allegations in CCH, I was told that they would not be getting the one casino license that is up for grabs.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM
7:30 p.m. at Homewood Village Hall.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Although it may not be in the form of real estate, Homewood can still contribute to this partnership in many ways.
BlackHawks Fan November 28, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Another article on revenue decline for casinos; just think what will happen to all the small town casinos when Chicago gets one on the lake front. http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/dramatic-dip-in-casino-revenues-a-concern/article_3880919d-4115-5a75-be18-2d157517c178.html
antigambler November 28, 2012 at 09:36 PM
The local government receives only 1% of OTB parlor revenue. The Homewood OTB parlor opened 10-22-07 and closed in '09. Didn't last long, did it?
antigambler November 28, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Illinois law does not permit another casino at this time. Call the governor at 1-800-642-3112 and your legislators at 1-217-782-2000, and tell them "NO MORE GAMBLING"!
antigambler November 29, 2012 at 07:52 PM
The Homewood OTB parlor actually closed 10-08-08. It was open for less than a year!
mary ervin November 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM
i think the casino is a great idea I live in east hazelcrest and we need some funding
LocalRez December 18, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Ideally, the casino would recapture the business of Illinois residents who cross the border and do their gambling in Indiana. Sounds as good as Motherhood and Apple pie! Who would argue with that? Let's not do any analysis or planning lets just focus on the money!!! Maybe we could contribute a few million in TIFF money too? How has that worked for Homewood residents in the past? Have they spent more (of our money) money than they have got back? Who has benefited? How did the previous OTB site work out since it closed in a year? Did that cost us??? PROVE to the residents that it will generate significant revenue and no crime and if it doesn't work out someone else will foot the bill. If you can't do that you better invest the money in something else that guarantees a return on investment....

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