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Potawatomi seek to develop new casino in Waukegan, Ill.Submitted: 08/12/2019
Potawatomi seek to develop new casino in Waukegan, Ill.
Story By Ben Meyer

WAUKEGAN, ILL. - The Forest County Potawatomi tribe wants to develop another casino, this one just north of Chicago.

It was one of six groups to submit an application to develop the casino in Waukegan last week.

Waukegan, in turn, is one of six communities in Illinois to get a new casino license as part of a recent gambling package signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

The Crandon-based tribe currently operates profitable casinos at Carter in Forest County and in Milwaukee.

In a release, the Potawatomi pointed out Waukegan, like Milwaukee, is in the heart of traditional treaty lands. In fact, Waukegan is the Potawatomi word for "trading post."


Earlier this decade, the Potawatomi fought to block the building of a casino in Kenosha by the Menominee Indian Tribe. Then-Gov. Scott Walker rejected the plan in 2015. Kenosha, like Waukegan, is between Chicago and Milwaukee.

The Waukegan City Council will next choose a finalist from among the applicants.

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