Hard Rock confirms alliance with Menominee Tribe to build new casino

CREATED Oct. 9, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct. 10, 2013

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  • A big announcement is expected Thursday by the tribe pushing for a casino in Kenosha. Video by wtmj.com

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  • Hard Rock International and the Menominee Tribe made a big announcement Thursday about a potential casino in Kenosha. Video by wtmj.com

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KENOSHA - Hard Rock International and the Menominee Tribe made a big announcement Thursday about a potential casino in Kenosha.

The Menominee Tribe wants to build a casino at the former Dairyland Greyhound Racetrack. Newsradio 620 WTMJ's John Mercure first reported on Wednesday that the Hard Rock International is now part of the deal.

The company confirmed the news in a new conference on Thursday, saying it has allied with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin "to develop, brand and manage their proposed regional entertainment destination located in Kenosha."

"The project is expected to create more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs in addition to generating significant economic benefits for the state of Wisconsin, including an estimated 600 million total in projected payments to the state over the course of the pre-approved compact with the state," Hard Rock International said in a press release.

Hard Rock would run the Kenosha casino if the project gets the approval from Governor Walker.

The governor has said he wouldn't 'okay' the project unless all eleven tribes in the state were on board with it.