Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation touts Illinois casino benefits

A view of the ancestral Shab-eh-nay Reservation in Illinois. Photo from Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Kansas believes a Class II facility in Illinois will bring benefits to the community.

The tribe predicts a $12 million impact on the economy and 930,000 visitors every year, The DeKalb Daily Chronicle reported. The facility would employ 400 people and support an annual payroll of $17 million.

Local officials are weighing those figures as they determine whether to support the tribe's land-into-trust application for the 127-acre site. They already signed an intergovernmental agreement in 2008 to address impacts of the casino.

An undated artist's rendering of a proposed Class II gaming facility in DeKalb County, Illinois. Image from Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

The land falls within the Shab-eh-nay Reservation, which was set aside for Chief Shab-eh-nay and his band by treaty in 1829. The tribe contends the reservation has never been extinguished by Congress.

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