Presentations to Village Trustees Outlining Project Details Scheduled for Next Week
Wind Creek Illinois LLC, a subsidiary of PCI Gaming Authority and operating under the brand name Wind Creek Hospitality today announced its intent to submit an application to develop a casino and entertainment destination in the south suburban communities of East Hazel Crest and Homewood, IL.
Wind Creek will present the proposed casino development – to be located directly off of I-80, near Halsted Street and 175th Street – at Village Board meetings next week in Homewood (October 7) and East Hazel Crest (October 9). Wind Creek’s management is hopeful that, at those meetings, Village Trustees will vote to certify the project, which will enable the casino operator to proceed to develop an application to be submitted to the Illinois Gaming Board by the October 28 deadline.
“Wind Creek Hospitality has a proven track record of success in developing high-quality and successful casino and entertainment projects, and we’re excited about the opportunity to bring one to Illinois,” said Brent Pinkston, chief operating officer of Wind Creek Hospitality. “East Hazel Crest and Homewood are two strong and stable communities, with visionary leadership. We believe this partnership and the prime, easy-to-access location creates a solid foundation for the quality casino and entertainment complex we hope to develop – one that will maximize revenue and bring sustained benefits to the entire south suburban region.”
Wind Creek Hospitality is an authority of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and manages 10 premier gaming properties with best-in-class amenities in Alabama, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania and the Caribbean.
Wind Creek’s proposal in the south suburbs includes a phased construction plan that would offer:
A rendering of the proposed development can be found here. Phase one of construction includes the casino, entertainment center, bars and restaurants. The hotel, pool, spa and skyline lounge are included in a second phase of construction scheduled to open in year four of operations.
“Right off I-80 and close to the Indiana border, we feel as if this site presents a unique opportunity to draw patrons from not only across the south suburbs, but from neighbors in Indiana as well,” said Pinkston. “A casino in this location will benefit the entire south suburban region – providing jobs and revenue for years to come.”
The casino itself is projected to create the equivalent of least 800 full-time jobs when fully operational – careers ranging from maintenance and casino floor positions to hospitality and management roles. This estimate does not include temporary jobs created by the project’s construction.
In addition, Wind Creek has a track record in each community where they operate for being a good neighbor and giving back in a number of philanthropic ways – setting aside over a million dollars annually for charities in the areas they serve.
“Wind Creek makes it a priority to not only be a good neighbor, but to give back to the communities where we are located,” said Pinkston. “We are committed to identify ways to identify the best way to do that here, based on local market needs.”
About Wind Creek Hospitality: Wind Creek Hospitality is an authority of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Wind Creek Hospitality manages the Tribe’s gaming facilities including: Wind Creek Atmore, Wind Creek Wetumpka, Wind Creek Montgomery, Wind Creek Bethlehem, Wa She Shu Casino in Nevada, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino as well as racetracks in Alabama and Florida. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in the state of Alabama, operating as a sovereign nation with its own system of government and bylaws. The Tribe operates a variety of economic enterprises, which employ thousands of area residents. For more information, visit: WindCreekHospitality.com.
This location is great; in fact, it is the perfect BUSINESS decision for the state of Illinois. The location is such a great location, when you think about all the people driving I-80 to go to the Indiana Casinos in Hammond. They will certainly be lured tostop at the Halsted St. exit and play. This will also generate additional income for the state because of the Halsted St. toll stations. The other location will not create this added state revenue. It is a great business decision that will make more money for the state than any other competing location.
I think it will also lure a lot of players from Indiana. It will be more convenient to drive I-80 west than to travel north on Cline Ave. Again, additional state toll road revenue because of the toll stations at the Halstead St. exit. This is just a great location no matter how you figure it.
Plus, the state does not have to spend any more money because the toll stations are already there.
I have lived my whole life in East Hazel Crest, 75 years now. This is the best thing that could have happened to these two towns. They both are stable towns with good honest, leadership.
Halsted St. is already loaded with great businesses that can handle the additional business from the Casino. You would not have to wait for an area to be developed. This would also allure people to come to this area. When you drive into Hammond, there are no other shops or restaurants in their Casino area, it is kind of like going out of your way to get to those Casinos.
The East Hazel Crest and Homewood location would be the best decision by the state to have a new Casino, I hope you agree.
East Hazel Crest, IL
I fully support the East Hazel Crest/Homewood casino that hopefully will be located at 174th Street and Halsted Street. I am looking forward to the benefits that Wind Creek Hospitality has to offer and bring to our communities. The employment opportunities, dining, entertainment and tax revenue would be much needed and appreciated. I cannot express enough of how much this would mean to my neighbors and myself.
Life-Long East Hazel Crest Resident
I am writing to express my support of locating the Wind Creek Hospitality Casino and Entertainment Destination in East Hazel Crest and Homewood.
All entities concerned will benefit from this location. Wind Creek will benefit from theeasy accessibility afforded by a close proximity to I-80. A location on Halsted Street is also easy for customers to access and find.
This location involves two stable, well-established communities with strong leadership.
The towns of East Hazel Crest and Homewood and their residents will benefit from job creation and Wind Creek’s promise to give back to the community.
As a business owner on 175th Street in East Hazel Crest for approximately 25 years and a former long-time Homewood resident, I feel qualified to offer my opinion on this subject.
The Gorman Group, Ltd.
Robert C. Gorman, MAI
Wind Creek Hospitality has submitted an application to the Illinois State Gaming Board to develop a casino and entertainment destination in the south suburban communities of East Hazel Crest and Homewood, IL. The proposed 70,000-square-foot casino would feature 1,300 slot machines, 56 table games, entertainment, dining, a 252-room luxury hotel, and would bring 800 jobs to the south suburban region. Wind Creek has a proven track record of success in developing high-quality and successful casino and entertainment projects, and we’re excited about the possibility of bringing one to Illinois.
Wind Creek Hospitality is the principal gaming and hospitality entity for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. One of the most respected and fastest growing brands in the gaming industry, Wind Creek manages 10 premier gaming properties with best-in-class amenities in Alabama, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania and the Caribbean.
Wind Creek makes it a priority to not only be a good neighbor, but to give back to the communities where we are located. In partnership with our host communities, East Hazel Crest and Homewood, we have created a Southland Public Benefit Fund that will distribute $150,000 annually for the first five years of operation to fund scholarships for disadvantaged students and provide health services in the south suburban region. After the first five years of operation, the goal will be to distribute $1 million annually.