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Gov. Walker: Illinois won't build nearby casino if Kenosha plan rejected

A concept design for the proposed casino in Kenosha. (Photo by: Hard Rock International).
A concept design for the proposed casino in Kenosha. (Photo by: Hard Rock International).

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker said today that if he rejects a proposed casino for Kenosha, a new gaming house will not be built in nearby Illinois to fill that gap.

The Republican Walker said he had Wisconsin's Gaming Division study that question -- because of a lot of people are asking it.

He said Illinois issues gaming licenses to private companies instead of Indian tribes -- all of the Prairie State's allowable casino licenses have been issued.

Walker Monday promised to issue a daily update on the issues dealing with the Menominee tribe's request to open an $800 million Hard Rock Casino and resort at the old Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha.

Walker has said that all of Wisconsin's 11 Indian tribes must support the project. The Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk tribes remain against it, even though the Menominee promised to make up gaming losses by the other tribes as a result of a new Kenosha casino.

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