Federal Officials Collecting Comments On Shabbona Bingo Proposal

Jan 26, 2016

The federal government wants to hear from the public tonight about how they think they’ll be affected by a gambling facility in Shabbona. 

Credit ncai.org

A proposed entertainment complex offering 24-hour bingo has been in the works for years on Potawatomi Nation land near Shabbona, in southern DeKalb County. Tonight, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs hosts a public hearing at Kishwaukee College. It’s the first step in the process of developing an environmental impact study of the project.

Supporters says it will bring much-needed jobs, tourists, and money to the village of Shabbona. Opponents have a number of objections, including too much traffic in a rural area and overall opposition to gambling.