Casino Developer Eyes Country Club Hills

Nevada company introducing plan for casino and hotel

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    Country Club Hills has several hurdles to climb before placing any bets on this proposed casino, including obtaining legislative approval and competition with nearby cities. Christian Farr reports.

    A Nevada company is rolling the dice on a plan to build a $250 million casino in south suburban Country Club Hills.

    Cannery Casino Resorts wants to build the casino and 200-room hotel at Cicero Avenue and 175th Street, near the Interstate 80 and Interstate 57 interchange.

    Officials say the development will create 1,000 permanent full-time jobs, and around $50 million in the first year of operation.

    But the company has a long road to travel before it gets to that point. Any new casino would need legislative approval, and Gov. Pat Quinn has already vetoed a casino expansion bill this year that would have allowed for a riverboat casino in a south suburban location.

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    Quinn said that the bill as proposed lacked proper ethical oversight including "loopholes for mobsters."

    If a bill does eventually pass, Country Club Hills wouldn't exactly be a shoo-in. Other south suburban cities have expressed interest in a casino as well.

    Officials unveiled their plans for the casino at a news conference Tuesday including an artist's rendering of what it would look like.