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Walker aide: Kenosha casino decision expected next week

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's top point man expects a decision next week on the Menominee tribe's proposed casino in Kenosha. 

Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said Thursday that the Republican Walker continues to meet with a variety of stakeholders in the $800 million Hard Rock casino and resort. 

One of those stakeholders is Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca of Kenosha, who had a meeting with the governor Thursday. That was after he joined a group of local, business, and construction industry officials who held a news conference to tout the benefits of the Kenosha casino. 

Kenosha clothing store owner Mike Bjorn said over half his customers come from Illinois. He and others said the project could bring hundreds of millions of dollars in investments to his community.

Meanwhile, in his daily update on the project, Walker said the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk tribes are far from an agreement on the project. Walker reminded people that all 11 Wisconsin Indian tribes need to support it. 

The Republican governor indicated that he doesn't buy the Menominee's argument that the other tribes endorsed the Kenosha casino when they signed their newest state gaming agreements over a decade ago.

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