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Wind Creek Illinois Presents Plans for Four-Diamond Casino to Illinois Gaming Board
HOMEWOOD & EAST HAZEL CREST, IL – Wind Creek Illinois, a subsidiary of PCI Gaming Authority operating under the brand name Wind Creek Hospitality, recently presented its proposed casino development to the Illinois Gaming Board. The presentation introduced a respected, experienced and fiscally-stable operator with a commitment to diversity and inclusion – and a development that strives be the best in and for the south suburbs.
Industry Experts Affirm Wind Creek Application Will Generate Most Revenue for the State, South Suburban Region
Statement Attributable to Brent Pinkston, EVP Chief Operating Officer, Wind Creek Hospitality
“Wind Creek Illinois was pleased to again present to the Illinois Gaming Board this morning, sharing additional information to support our application – which we believe offers the best location in and for the south suburbs.
In the gaming industry, there are three viable research companies – The Innovation Group, Global Market Advisors and Spectrum Gaming Group. In our application and initial presentation to the Illinois Gaming Board, we provided data from Innovation and Global confirming that our site presented the best location in the Southland and would produce $20 million more in gaming revenue per year than Matteson. This week, Spectrum validated those findings.
With strong support from diverse mayors and community leaders through the south suburbs and verifiable evidence that Wind Creek will produce over $140 million more tax revenue than the Matteson site over 20 years for the State of Illinois and the south suburban townships, we are hopeful and confident that the Illinois Gaming Board will select our proposal for a casino/hotel entertainment complex in East Hazel Crest and Homewood.”
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Wind Creek Illinois LLC is a subsidiary of PCI Gaming Authority operating under the brand name Wind Creek Hospitality.
Wind Creek Advances to Second-Stage Negotiations for South Suburban Casino License
Statement Attributable to President and CEO Jay Dorris
“Wind Creek Illinois is excited to have been selected by the Illinois Gaming Board to advance to the next stage of negotiations for the south suburban casino license.
Wind Creek’s proposed casino and development in East Hazel Crest and Homewood is projected to draw more revenue than its competitor and would create around 800 full-time equivalent jobs in the Southland, in addition to creating a public benefit fund to provide grants for education and healthcare to benefit the region. This development promises to be the best in and for the entire Southland region – with job creation, economic and community investment, sustained operational excellence, and a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in all phases of construction and operation.
We look forward to continued negotiations with the Illinois Gaming Board over the coming months.”
Please note: Wind Creek Illinois LLC is a subsidiary of PCI Gaming Authority operating under the brand name Wind Creek Hospitality.
WIND CREEK ILLINOIS PRESENTS PLANS FOR FOUR-DIAMOND CASINO DESTINATION IN THE SOUTH SUBURBS TO ILLINOIS GAMING BOARD
Wind Creek Illinois LLC, a subsidiary of PCI Gaming Authority operating under the brand name Wind Creek Hospitality, today presented its proposed casino development to the Illinois Gaming Board. The presentation introduced a respected, experienced and fiscally-stable operator with a commitment to diversity and inclusion – and a development that promises to be the best in and for the south suburbs.
“Wind Creek Hospitality will not just build a casino, but truly create a community in the south suburbs – with job creation, community investment and sustained operational excellence, and we were enthused to share that with the Illinois Gaming Board in our presentation today,” said Jay Dorris, president and CEO, PCI Gaming Authority. “We are confident that Wind Creek is the best partner in and for the south suburbs. Our proposed Four-Diamond facility will bring a first-class entertainment destination to the Southland region and maximize profits to generate the most revenue for the state.”
Wind Creek Hospitality, an authority of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, manages 10 premier State and Tribal gaming properties with best-in-class amenities in Alabama, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania and the Caribbean. The proposed development would be located in Homewood and East Hazel Crest, IL
BEST LOCATION IN AND FOR THE SOUTH SUBURBS
Wind Creek’s proposed development, located directly off of I-80 near Halsted Street and 175th Street, offers the best location out of any of the south suburban applicants – the site sees nearly four times the average daily traffic of any other applicant, nearly 80 million vehicles pass by the proposed site adjacent to I-80 each year. Its proximity to the Indiana border, less than a 10-minute drive away, has the potential to draw significant visitors from Northwest Indiana.
The location is in the heart of the Southland, where jobs and opportunities are most needed, with convenient public transportation to make sure those opportunities are available to all south suburban residents as the statute envisioned. More importantly, it is the best location for the south suburbs —garnering the most tax dollars for the state and the 41 communities in the five south suburban townships.
These projections are verified by two independent market studies conducted by Wind Creek – one, in the summer of 2019 by The Innovation Group, and another in November 2020 by Global Market Advisors. Both reports affirm that the Wind Creek location will generate the most revenue for the south suburban region in comparison to its competitors for the casino license. In addition, an economic impact analysis conducted by Professor Anthony Andrews at Governors State University this past summer confirms that Wind Creek will provide the greatest economic impact to the Southland communities.
FOUR-DIAMOND CASINO DESTINATION – THE FIRST IN ILLINOIS OR NORTHERN INDIANA
Known for hospitality and exceptional guest service, Wind Creek’s development would be the first AAA Four-Diamond casino destination in Illinois or Northern Indiana. It would include:
· Nearly 70,000-square-foot casino floor with more than 1,350 slot machines and 56 table games, opportunity to grow
· A 15,800-square-foot entertainment center, customized both in design and the featured performers it will draw to address the interests and needs of the region
· A 35,000-square-foot conference and banquet facility that will provide much-needed meeting space in the south suburbs
· Three restaurants, two bars and a skyline lounge
· A 252-room luxury hotel with indoor pool and spa
· Secure, climate-protected parking directly connected to the casino floor
· A partnership with the nearby Ravisloe Country Club, offering golf as an amenity for guests
See more of the proposed casino in a video here.
The casino itself is projected to create the equivalent of at least 800 full-time jobs when fully operational – careers ranging from maintenance and casino-floor positions to hospitality and management roles. In addition, it will create approximately 600 temporary jobs during construction. The project’s contracting team, a joint venture between W.E. O’Neil Construction and MBE-certified Bowa Construction, has a goal to award more than 30 percent of the annual dollar value of all contracts, purchase orders, or other agreements to minority-, women-, veteran- or LGBTQ-owned businesses.
In each community where it operates, Wind Creek has a proven track record of being a good neighbor and giving back, setting aside funds annually for charities in the areas they serve through donations, charitable contributions, sponsorships, and mutual aid agreements, totaling more than $85 million in community support.
This commitment to community will continue in Illinois with the creation of the Southland Public Benefit Fund. Wind Creek, East Hazel Crest and Homewood will contribute to the Fund – with $10,000,000 coming from Wind Creek alone. The Fund will distribute $150,000 per year for the first five years of operation to provide scholarships for disadvantaged students and health services for the south suburban region through partnerships with South Suburban College, Prairie State College, and Moraine Valley Community College, the Ingalls Development Foundation and Advocate South Suburban hospital. Once the Fund corpus reaches $20 million, the Fund will distribute $1,000,000 annually.
“Over the past six years, we’ve been lucky enough to meet and talk to so many leaders and residents of the south suburbs – and know how long they’ve been waiting for this facility, the high expectations they have for community involvement,” said Dorris. “We look forward to hearing next steps from the Illinois Gaming Board, and hopefully partnering with the Southland to see this dream realized.”
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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: www.WindCreek.com.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Katelyn Yoshimoto for Wind Creek Illinois
Phone: 251.359.3303 (mobile)
Julia Corwin for Wind Creek Hospitality
Wind Creek Hospitality
WIND CREEK ILLINOIS LLC TO SUBMIT APPLICATION TO BUILD FOUR-DIAMOND CASINO DESTINATION IN THE SOUTH SUBURBAN COMMUNITIES OF EAST HAZEL CREST AND HOMEWOOD
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:
- Nearly 70,000-square-foot casino floor with more than 1,300 slot machines and 56 table games
- An entertainment center, customized with the region in mind – both in design and the featured performers it will draw
- Three restaurants, two bars and a skyline lounge
- A 252-room luxury hotel with indoor pool and spa
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.