Country Club Hills Remains Ideal Southland Casino Location, Says Casino Co-founder

The competition is already heating up only a day after Homewood's casino announcement—but the head of Cannery Casino said they will still look elsewhere.

Cannery Casino co-founder Bill Paulos says Country Club Hills is still the best candidate for a south suburban casino, according to a Nov. 27 press release.

The statement comes immediately in response to Homewood’s recent announcement to jointly pursue development of a casino along with the Village of East Hazel Crest.

“The announcement by the Villages of Homewood and East Hazel Crest (to pursue development of a casino) is another strong indication that a comprehensive gaming expansion bill continues to have strong support in Illinois,” Paulos said. “That being said, Cannery Casinos is the only casino company to come forward with a site-specific plan and the financial wherewithal to get it done. We believe our location in Country Club Hills remains the best possible site for expansive economic development in the South Suburbs."

The proposed County Club Hills Casino locasion is just southeast of 175th Street and Cicero Avenue.

Homewood trustees will vote tonight whether to partner with East Hazel Crest and hire a law firm to pursue casino development.

June Whitehand November 28, 2012 at 09:59 PM
The location of any proposed casino must meet with approval down state. Anything said by Cannery or their partner is simply marketing. My feeling is that the legislature is looking for a location untainted with government corruption. (Which would rule out CCH)
June Whitehand November 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Would love to see Flossmoor try pushing for a Trader Joes or Whole Foods versus the Myers they are working on for the Vollmer development
Ryan Fitzpatrick November 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM
@June—Homewood definitely has a lot to offer in that respect. Just yesterday a third party auditor of the village's annual expenditures praised the quality and professionalism of Homewood's government. I can't help but think that would be at least a small factor in any sort of license decision making process.
Edward Wilburn December 02, 2012 at 10:25 AM
You will never get rid of Government corruption regarding a casino, which means you have to use common sense in building a casino. (CCH) still remains the best choice to build. 12/02/2012
Tom Losh December 02, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Thank You Ryan, for clearing that up. It makes more sense to me now.


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