Will a new casino be built across the border in Illinois, if Governor Scott Walker rejects a proposed Menominee casino in Kenosha? Walker says that question gets asked a lot – and the answer is no. The governor had Wisconsin’s Gaming Division study that question. He said Illinois issues gaming licenses to private companies instead of Indian tribes – and all of the state’s casino licenses have been issued, with none pending.
In a letter issued Monday, Walker has promises to issue a daily update on the issues surrounding the Menominee tribe’s request to open an 800-million dollar Hard Rock Casino and resort at the old Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha. Walker wants all of Wisconsin’s 11 Indian tribes to support the project. The Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk tribes remain opposed, despite Menominee assurances that any losses at their profitable casinos can be covered.