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Menominee: Government will withdraw casino objection

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Menominee tribal officials say the federal government will withdraw its rejection of their plan for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha and reconsider their application.

Tribal attorney Rory Dilweg tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the U.S. Department of Interior will tell the Menominee what portions of its 2004 casino application needs updating and will then review the tribe’s proposal for an $800 million casino complex at the former Dairyland dog track.

Menominee chairman Randal Chevlier said it definitely puts the project back on line. The tribe sued the federal government in 2009 after its application was rejected. Negotiations to resolve the lawsuit began when President Obama in June revoked a rule that said the farther away a new casino is from a tribe’s reservation, the less likely it would be approved. The Menominee reservation is in Keshena.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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2 comments

  1. a casino would creat jobs in constuction ,bring more income from ill,jobs once completed and maybe dog raceing will be back,

  2. If a vote were taken in Kenosha regarding this thing, it would go down in flames. There were allegations of dark money from Illinois organized crime figures when it first was proposed in the late 1990s, and if Gov. McCallum hadn’t killed it the federal BIA certainly would have. One of the names mentioned at that time was William Cellini of Argosy Gaming, who just went to jail three days ago for some other shenanigans involving Illinois politics. Sure, there’d be some temporary consruction jobs there for a while, and when those were completed, the permanent “jobs” all these casinos offer are paid for with money that people lose, and these people too often are people who can least afford to lose it.

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