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If the late-breaking news is accurate, there may be a simple question to be answered. Will the new casino be found in Kenosha, WI or in Waukegan, IL? Governor Walker has commented this morning that he needs more time to make the decision that he originally stated would occur today.
Apparently Illinois has been watching the Menomonie vs. Potawatomi battle in Wisconsin. That battle might very well decide whether or not a new casino will be built in Waukegan.
A Waukegan-based casino would alter the landscape appreciably. It would draw some percentage of people away from the Potawatomi casino in Milwaukee and would not benefit the Menomonie tribe at all. All Wisconsin tribes would lose in that situation. That may very well be all that is needed for the Governor to get “consensus” from Wisconsin’s tribes which would permit him to maintain his original position and, at the same time, resulting in peace breaking out amongst the tribes that have been at each other’s throats over the air waves of late.
I had frankly wondered if the Governor hadn’t carved out a tough spot for himself with the talk of all tribes needing to reach a consensus if he were to approve a new casino in Kenosha. This late-breaking development may very well prove to have eliminated the potential negatives for all…the Governor and the two battling tribes.
This would fit very well into the border battle that has gone on since the Governor’s swearing in ceremony. More and more jobs have located on the Wisconsin side of the border to the continuing chagrin of Illinois officials. A decision favoring Kenosha, assuming the Potawatomi tribe would see this as the better of evils, would be relatively easy to make.
I expect that there will be a new casino in Kenosha. It seems likely this morning that the only real question remaining is whether the Seminole tribe of Florida will be running it under their Hard Rock brand.