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Evers Approves Ho-Chunk Casino in Beloit

Patrick Marley

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers gave approval Wednesday for the Ho-Chunk Nation to build a $405 million casino in Beloit, clearing one of the Wisconsin tribe's major hurdles for the long-sought project.

Last year the administration of then-President Donald Trump approved the project. The Democratic governor announced Wednesday he was siding with that decision, allowing it to move forward.

Wisconsin governors have sole say on casino projects, and Republicans who control the Legislature don't have an easy way to block them if they oppose them.

The complex just west of Interstate 39/90 would feature a casino, convention center, 300-room hotel and 40,000-square-foot indoor water park on 73 acres, according to the tribe and government officials. It would create 1,500 permanent jobs and 2,000 construction jobs.


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