Casinos, like restaurants and other entertainment industries, have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state of Wisconsin has 11 tribal governments that have signed compacts to allow for regulation of gaming and the operation of casinos. These agreements dictate the amount of money the state, local and tribal governments take home from the casinos.

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You may see more casinos popping up in Illinois in the next year or two. Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently signed legislation allowing a massive expansion of gambling in the state. It includes new casino developments in Waukegan and Rockford, just over the Wisconsin border. At least one Native American tribe in Wisconsin has put in a bid to develop a casino in Illinois.

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There could be a casino coming to Beloit. The Ho-Chunk Nation is seeking federal approval for the plan, but the final decision would be up to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

As the Beloit proposal looms and another casino could be built in Rockford, Ill., just how many casinos can the southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois market support?

City of Beloit

The casino debate is back in the public eye in southern Wisconsin. In 2013, the Menominee Tribe proposed a huge casino complex for Kenosha – but Republican Scott Walker, who was governor at the time, rejected the plan. Now, the Ho Chunk Nation is advocating for a complex in Beloit. The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs is considering the tribe’s application. The measure would need final approval from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.


Remember all the buzz about the proposed Kenosha casino a few years ago? The Menominee Tribe wanted to build a huge off-reservation hotel and casino complex near Interstate-94. It promised thousands of jobs — and a chance to pull the poverty-stricken tribe out of hardship. But Republican then-Gov. Scott Walker rejected the proposal, killing it.

Now, the Ho Chunk Nation wants to build a large-scale casino and resort complex in Beloit, on the Illinois border. That plan looks like it might succeed.

Why Did Gov. Walker Reject Plans For A Kenosha Casino?

Feb 16, 2015

UPDATE: The AP reports Governor Walker sent the Menominee Tribe a letter on Monday turning down the Kenosha casino / Bucks arena deal, stating that it was not part of the long negotiations over the proposed casino.


Supporters of a Kenosha casino have upped the ante.


People who want a casino in Kenosha are continuing their fight.

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Gov. Scott Walker sent shock waves through Kenosha late last week when he rejected a proposed $800 million tribal casino at Dairyland Greyhound Park.

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin

Gov. Scott Walker has turned down the Menominee Nation's bid to develop a casino at the site of the former Kenosha greyhound track.

A decision by Governor Scott Walker is still pending as to the future of a proposed Menominee casino in the Kenosha area.

About 500 people are expected to attend a rally Wednesday night in Kenosha to support the construction of a tribal casino.

Now that the November election is history, a different kind of campaign has begun – perhaps you’ve noticed the ads.

Gov. Scott Walker has until February to decide whether the Menominee tribe can build a huge casino gaming complex at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park. Efforts to sway public opinion are infiltrating the airwaves.

Walker laid out several criteria the Menominee must meet, in order for him to approve their casino plan. Those include that it would not increase the level of gaming in Wisconsin, and that all 11 tribes here agree to the development.


Gov. Scott Walker said he won’t cave in to pressure, as southeastern Wisconsin leaders called on him to immediately approve a huge tribal casino.

Gov. Scott Walker has until February to decide whether Kenosha gets a huge tribal casino. But might he announce a decision sooner?

Gov. Walker is asking for 180 more days, to decide if the Menominee Tribe can develop a casino in Kenosha. He initially had until August 23, 2014.

Gov. Scott Walker has been taking his time deciding whether to approve a Kenosha casino and whether to make it harder to strip schools of Indian mascots.

Walker Orders Talks on Potential Casino

Nov 11, 2013

Gov. Walker has directed his administration secretary to meet with tribal leaders about the possible development of a Hard Rock casino in Kenosha.

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin


Governor Scott Walker is still weighing whether to approve a major casino project in the Kenosha area.

Groups of people for and against a new casino at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park site will be in Madison today.


Gov. Scott Walker is questioning whether the opening of a new casino in Kenosha would meet his requirement that there be no new net gambling in Wisconsin.

The Menomonie Nation and Hard Rock officials want to develop an $800 million casino complex at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park.

The tribe argues there would be no increase in gaming because it plans to close a small casino on reservation land and the new one would be located at Dairyland, a former gambling facility.


Gov. Scott Walker says he’s going through volumes of information that the Menominee gave him, in their proposal for a Kenosha casino.


Gov. Scott Walker may decide this week whether to approve the Menominee Nations’ plan to build an $800 million casino complex in Kenosha.

Walker Postpones Casino Decision

Oct 25, 2013

Gov. Scott Walker will not make an announcement today regarding a plan to build a new casino on the site of the former Dairyland Greyhound Park.

The Menominee tribe says it will meet Gov. Walker's criteria for building a new casino, including consensus among 11 tribes, even though two remain opposed.


The Menominee tribe has until Tuesday to win unanimous support for a new casino in Kenosha.

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Earlier this week, Governor Scott Walker called for a meeting with the leaders of Wisconsin’s 11 Indian tribes to discuss plans for a Menominee casino in Kenosha.

Oneida On Board With A Kenosha Casino

Oct 17, 2013

According to a statement from Wisconsin's Menominee Tribe, the Oneida Nation has granted its consent to the creation of a casino in Kenosha.


 The public got a glimpse Thursday at the casino the Menominee Nation wants to build in Kenosha.


If you watch television, you probably know a casino battle is underway in southeastern Wisconsin. Each side is running ads.