BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) — The city of Beloit is seeing opposition to the Ho-Chunk Casino and resort development after a group of community members addressed concerns about the project.
The 11th Hour Beloit Casino Group addressed the timeline of the casino’s development and suggested community members have a referendum to determine the amount of interest the community has in the project.
Our Views: Beloit won’t be getting rich quick
Has the proliferation of casinos made gambling more acceptable, or has gambling’s growing acceptance brought more casinos?
Maybe the answer doesn’t matter, but Americans’ insatiable appetite for wasting money on games of chance is nothing to celebrate and neither is the proposed casino project in Beloit. With 22 casinos already in Wisconsin, the industry has torn down social taboos that once kept hardcore gambling confined to two parts of this nation—Las Vegas and Atlantic City. More and more people subscribe to the casino industry’s value system: Wealth need not come from hard work. It can—and will for you—pour forth from slot machines and blackjack tables.
New Ho-Chunk Casino in Beloit one step closer to approval
The City of Beloit said in a press release Friday that the Bureau of Indian Affairs published a Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Ho-Chunk Nation Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project.
Beloit City Manager Lori Curtis Luther says this is a significant milestone.