Meet the last two candidates for a casino in the southern suburbs

East Hazel Crest / Homewood and the village of Matteson are all fighting for a license

There is a fight going on for a new casino in the southern suburbs.

The Illinois Gaming Board reviewed proposals from four locations and narrowed them down to two.

The combined villages of East Hazel Crest and Homewood and the village of Matteson are in the bud.

The village presidents had many reasons why their community should be elected.

“It will be the best source of revenue. The most traffic is on I-80,” said Village of Homewood Mayor Rich Hofeld.

“We’re right off I-57 and the Lincoln Highway. Everyone knows where the old Lincoln Mall stood. It’s just the perfect place,” said Village of Matteson President Sheila Chalmers-Currin.

The Wind Creek Casino proposed for Homewood and East Hazel Crest would cost $ 440 million dollars. It will bring a 4-star diamond hotel with restaurants, bars and an entertainment center. It will also bring 1,300 slots and 56 table games. It is expected to employ 800 people with permanent jobs.

Meanwhile, the South Suburban Casino Matteson would be built just six miles south of the other potential casino location.

It would be located on the former Lincoln Mall site, off the Lincoln Highway and I-57. It would have a hotel, indoor pool and spa, an indoor golf course, event center, exclusive restaurants and a multicultural heritage exhibition. It would accommodate 1,300 slots and 42 table games.

It would also bring more than 600 permanent jobs to the area.

The benefits of building a casino will go beyond the three potential villages.

Forty-two neighboring towns will see 3% of the money wagered after winning bets have been paid.

The Illinois Gaming Board is expected to make its final decision in early 2022.

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