COUNTRY CLUB HILLS CASINO POSITION
Having grown in recent years from a modest city with quiet, country charm into a bustling hub of commerce, retail, food and entertainment, The City of Country Club Hills is by far the most ideal location for the proposed new casino in Chicago’s South Suburbs.
Thanks in no small part to a unique and undying desire for growth and change among our spirited citizens and dedicated city staff, as well as an enormous surge in economic growth, the City of Country Club Hills has become an incredibly popular and indisputable destination point among south suburban communities.
Despite these cash-strapped times, our ambitious, south-suburban City already possesses a host of already-running and soon-to-be-realized economic gems and entertainment amenities, including the largest producing multi-screen movie theater in the state; an astonishing 140-store outdoor outlet mall that is already in the planning stages; a multitude of chain restaurants, coffee shops, and other eateries; and our newly-opened Country Club Hills Theater, which has rapidly become the premiere, outdoor R&B music venue in the Chicago Southland.
Country Club Hills is already home to an ideal Casino site on our easily accessible 167th Street (an extremely well-known and widely used main thoroughfare in the South Suburbs), which is crossed by Interstate 57 and Interstate 80, two of the busiest expressways in America over which an estimated one million cars pass each week. This convenient and picturesque site, which also constitutes the largest piece of land owned by a minority family in all of Cook County, will also be home to a hotel containing over 1,000 rooms and a 14,000 seat convention center in the very near future.
In addition, our City’s unique and versatile plan also includes an ideal temporary location for the proposed casino on our popular Main Street, which consists of almost 58,000 square feet of commercial space as well as a parking lot that can already accommodate in excess of 600 cars. Even more extraordinarily, it is estimated that this temporary site can be prepped for operation within just 60 days.
Our site’s location in geographic relationship to neighboring communities also gives it a very unique edge. Situated 27 miles from Joliet’s casinos, the proposed Country Club Hills gaming complex will not interfere with Will County’s already-successful casino revenue streams. In fact, Will County’s Management Planning Commission is already projecting a population growth of over one million people over the next 10 years. Because of our City’s easy access from Interstate 80, however, a Country Club Hills casino would save many eager gamers from the hassle of traveling eastward to Indiana casinos and would plausibly keep more of Illinois’s revenue in-state where it belongs. These revenue opportunities would not only be limited to the gaming industry, but would certainly help in the formation of an enhanced existence for all who live in the area.
But perhaps even more impressive than our prime location is our unique revenue distribution formula. Our casino proposal is the only of its kind that includes a comprehensive plan for the distribution of revenue among a total of forty four area public schools, which, having long suffered from the realities of scarce educational funding, stand to benefit immensely from the unique surge in disposable income that the proposed Country Club Hills Casino (as well as the accompanying boom in restaurant and hotel facilities that would assuredly accompany such a marvelous entertainment complex) would most assuredly generate. In addition, our revenue distribution plan promises to bring much-needed financial support to 18 of the Chicago area’s southland communities, which have historically been rated the poorest in the entire State of Illinois.
The Southland deserves the vast economic benefits that an entertainment and gaming resort of this scale could provide, and the City of Country Club Hills offers most efficient, most comprehensive, and most widely beneficial Casino plan of any community in the south suburbs. Point of Fact, in the last round of casino proposals, “Country Club Hills Proposal” was selected by the Gaming Board staff as the first choice for a gaming license in Illinois. Country Club Hills is simply the most capable community of providing aid to distressed communities and promote economic development across the broadest possible geographic area, and our proposal would most assuredly benefit the most needy and least cared-for citizens in our great state of Illinois. “It’s Our Time. It’s Our Turn” is a motto that was generated though our focused and unwavering commitment to helping create more enriched lives; not only for all of the residents of Chicago’s southland, but also for the entire great and honorable state of Illinois.