Thursday, June 10, 2004

News on Lynwood Casino

Article here regarding a group of 600 people, led by a diverse group of local ministers, that met on Monday in an attempt to organize opposition to the proposed Lynwood casino.

If approved, the 432-acre gaming and entertainment complex will be the largest such business in the state and home to the state's first land-based casino. The complex -- which would include a water park, baseball diamonds and movie theaters -- would stretch north to south from Glenwood-Lansing Road to Glenwood-Dyer Road and east to west from portions of Torrence Avenue to all of Stony Island Avenue. It would surround the 21-year-old Lynwood United Reformed Church, 1990 Glenwood-Dyer Road.

I would estimate that area to be a little less than a square mile, and it does contain houses and businesses -- such as an indoor soccer stadium and a skating rink. I think it's a very bad idea. It's being sponsored by my very own Congressional Representative, Jesse Jackson, Jr. I believe he's running unopposed this year -- I wish I were old enough to give him some competition for his seat.

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