Land Acquisitions
Hastert unsupportive of Ho-Chunk casino in Illinois

Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) said he isn't likely to support the Ho-Chunk Nation's bid for a casino in a Chicago suburb.

Hastert, the Speaker of the House, didn't rule out an objection to a bill to acquire land for the tribe, which is based in Wisconsin. But he told The Chicago Tribune, "I don't think it's the right thing to do." Hastert previously sponsored a bill that would have terminated any outstanding treaty and land rights in his state.

The tribe has the backing of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Illinois), who said he will introduce the bill. The tribe would still have to negotiate a Class III compact with the state.

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