A team of investors called Greenway Entertainment wants to bring some competition to Hawthorne Race Course in the south suburbs.
Greenway is targeting Richton Park with a proposal to build a horse racing track and casino, and Illinois lawmakers have started opening a path that could move the project forward, the Chicago Tribune reported. The site for the $300 million pitch is just a few miles from Wind Creek Hospitality’s planned 64,000-square-foot casino in Homewood and Hazel Crest that could run up to $440 million in development costs, with at least one if not two hotels coming to the site.
But its main competition might come from Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, which currently has the power to veto any “racino” proposal within a 35-mile radius. But state officials are proposing a bill that would eliminate that power, paving the way for Greenway’s development plans for the south suburb.