Gov. Tony Evers approves Ho-Chunk casino in Beloit that could become one of the state`s largest gambling facilities
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.

The approval comes as plans for a proposed Hard Rock casino in Rockford — just 20 miles from Beloit — also advance....

Ken Notes: As we renegotiate the tribal gambling pacts, we should allow for low stakes poker tournaments and other social events to be held in our local taverns. We could use the existing bingo statutes as a guideline for permitting and licensing limit buy in to $10 or $20 dollars allow progressive tournaments over time. This would be huge for the tavern industry....

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