Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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 …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Jobs, entertainment and funding for education are all anticipated to come along with a South Suburban casino should Homewood secure its development.
Plans for an “economic development engine” are starting to take shape after last Monday’s information meeting, hosted jointly with East Hazel Crest. While specific details, such as revenue approximations and casino concepts are slated to be answered later on in the process, the village is sketching a vision of what a future Homewood casino might look like. The casino will bring along with it an entire entertainment package, including a South Suburban hotel, according to the village’s legal counsel Craig Burkhardt. With that package comes about 1,000 jobs, according to Burkhardt. “These are good, solid, highly-paying jobs that support families that send their kids to college,” Burkhardt said. The issue of security and fear of an increased …
Monday, December 17, 2012
It's not too late to submit questions via Homewood's online submission form for tonight's informative meeting about the village's casino development project.
Residents will get a chance to learn more about Homewood’s casino development project tonight, Dec. 17 at the Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave. The village, along with East Hazel Crest, will hold a public meeting at 7:30 p.m. to “introduce the public to the gaming and entertainment development being sought by both villages,” according to a press release. READ: South Suburban Casino Could Be in Homewood's Future There will also be a question-answering segment at the end of the presentation. The villages are asking all questions be submitted online via this form no later than 3 p.m., Monday Dec. 17.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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 …