Matteson Joins The List Of Proposed South Suburban Casino Sites

Bernie Tafoya
October 14, 2019 - 1:20 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Matteson is jumping into the race to be the host community for a south suburban casino.

Village officials said Monday they are teaming up with Oklahoma’s Chocktaw Nation for a development at the northeast corner of U.S. 30 and Harlem Avenue that would include a 200-room hotel and convention center.

Casino application licenses need to be filed with the Illinois Gaming Board by the end of this month.

“I believe this project will be an asset not just to Matteson, but to the entire Southland region,” Matteson Mayor Sheila Chalmers-Currin said in a news release. “After interviewing multiple casino operators, we felt the team led by the Choctaw Nation provided the best combination of experience, vision, community engagement, and a financially feasible plan.”

She touted the Matteson location as being “the absolute best” for a proposed south suburban casino.

The Chocktaw Nation operates several casinos and hotels in Oklahoma.

The village said casino developers will work with minority business enterprises and have partnered with two minority-owned firms to develop an indoor golf facility and a family entertainment center next to the casino.

The casino would have 2,000 gaming positions, or a combination of slots and seats at table games. An adjacent 36,000-square-foot convention space could be used for banquets and community events, according to the village.

A public hearing on the Matteson development is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at village hall, 4900 Village Commons.

East Hazel Crest and Homewood are partnering with a subsidiary of Alabama’s Poarch Band of Creek Indians for a casino development at Interstate 80 and Halsted Street. Wind Creek Hospitality is proposing a 64,000-square-foot casino on a 24-acre site.

In Lynwood, the Ho-Chunk Nation intends to seek a license for a casino development on land it owns just east of Illinois 394 and north of the highway’s interchange with Glenwood-Dyer Road.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.