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Time running out for Kenosha casino proposal

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KENOSHA, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)   The Menominee Indians only have two more days to convince Governor Scott Walker to let them run a casino in Kenosha. The Republican governor has given the tribe until tomorrow to prove that they've met his criteria for the project. The Menominee have been trying for years to build and open a casino-and-resort at the site of the former Dairyland Greyhound Park. The federal government finally gave its blessing a few weeks ago, leaving it up to the governor to make the final decision.

Walker has demanded that all 11 Wisconsin tribes support the project -- and with the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk still opposed, the Menominee tribal chairman said last week that he hoped Walker would see the project differently.

In recent days the Menominee said it would off-set revenue losses that the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk gaming operations would face if the Kenosha Casino was built. The Oneida tribe dropped its opposition late last week. Walker said he also wants to see community support, and no net increase in the state's gaming.

Kenosha area legislators are doing what they can to lobby for the project. Assembly Republican Samantha Kerkman of Powers Lake says it has great economic potential, now that the Hard Rock restaurant and casino chain was given a development-and-management contract. Walker has said the Hard Rock's involvement would not influence his decision.

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