Casino supporters to press Governor Walker for OK

Supporters of plans for a tribal casino in Kenosha are pressing Gov. Scott Walker to green-light the project.

The Menominee Nation wants to open an off-reservation casino at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park dog track. Federal officials approved the plan last week but Walker must sign off before anything can happen.

Walker has said his approval hinges on no new net gaming, community support and consensus among the state’s tribes. The Forest County Potawatomi, which operates a casino in Milwaukee, opposes the Menominee’s plans.

Menominee leaders, southeastern Wisconsin legislators and labor leaders held a press conference at the state Capitol on Tuesday calling on Walker to approve the plans. They say the casino will create thousands of jobs and alleviate poverty on the Menominee’s reservation in northeastern Wisconsin.