TESTIMONIALS

Bob Molaro - State Representative, Illinois (pdf)

Frank J. Kirby - President, Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (pdf)

Danial E. Burke - State Representative, 23 District (pdf)

Lewis E. Viverito - State Senator, 11 District (pdf)

Bob Molaro - State Representative, Illinois

Mike Ditka - Former Coach of the Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears

Donald Tabor - Mayor, Village of Stickney

Frank J. Kirby - President, Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association

Joseph Sinopoli - Chairman, Illinois Racing Board

 

This is the biggest factor of all: Elgin is doing about $400 million per year. So if you build a boat and put it in Des Plaines or Rosemont, all you're going to do is cut into Elgin . There's no net gain to the State of Illinois. Nothing. This is the idea. Let's stop people who live in the south, southwest suburbs, the city of Chicago , everybody who flies into Midway, let's stop them from spending all of their money in Indiana . This is the one [CHAMPIONS], that by far— by far —would be the biggest net gain to the State of Illinois.

 

[In addition to the Stevenson], the Eisenhower is less than 2 miles away. What about the El that comes out from downtown and stops about a mile away from [ Hawthorne ]. What about the trolleys, you can have the open air trolleys bring people here. This would be an amazing, amazing thing.

 

This would probably be the best license in the history of the world for 1200 positions.

 

There's nothing better for state of Illinois , and what we're trying to do down in Springfield . Nine years we haven't had [this license] up and running. We're losing millions and millions of dollars. Let's do this thing right, and let's make sure that it's Stickney and Hawthorne that get this license.

 

Bob Molaro

State Representative, Illinois

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"In my opinion the City of Chicago is the city of champions. It's the city of champions in every way. And I think this would be very, very fitting. The proximity to the city of Chicago is phenomenal. The location, I don't think could be better. Three-quarters of a billion dollars is going to the state of Indiana . That's silly. That's silly when you can do it here and you can do it better. And it makes sense. That's why this thing is so truly exciting to me, it truly makes sense. And I hope it makes sense to the people that make the decisions."

 

Mike Ditka

Former Coach of the Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears

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Hawthorne Race Track has been a long-time member of the community for nearly 100 years. The new development, Champions Casino & Resort to be built in the Village of Stickney will be the answer to my prayers, and to every resident of our community, as well as to the surrounding cities and towns. A casino and resort would generate revenue that the Village Board would not have to ask our residents for. With the additional money generated, we would have money for new infrastructure, education, benefits to our senior citizens, update our recreation center, update our streets and sewer systems and keep our taxes low and still keep the Village of Stickney and good and safe place to live."

 

Donald Tabor

Mayor, Village of Stickney

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"Thoroughbred racing has been an integral part of Hawthorne Race Course and Illinois for almost 100 years.  Tim Carey's idea of a Champions Resort Casino is brilliant.  He is thinking outside the box. This concept will benefit not only the 40,000 people involved in horse racing, but more importantly, the area and all the people of Illinois ."

 

Frank J. Kirby
President, Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association

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"Hawthorne 's proposal will have dramatic benefits for both the racing and casino industries. It will be great for Illinois horsemen and Illinois racing fans, and will provide tremendous revenues for the state.  Hawthorne and its management have a long and exemplary record in Illinois racing and the IRB looks forward to providing the Gaming Board with any additional information it may request regarding Hawthorne 's application."

 

Joseph Sinopoli

Chairman, Illinois Racing Board

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