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Final pitch for Menominee tribe on Kenosha casino proposal

A concept design for the proposed casino in Kenosha. (Photo by: Hard Rock International).
A concept design for the proposed casino in Kenosha. (Photo by: Hard Rock International).

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Menominee tribal leaders met for an hour Wednesday with Governor Scott Walker, in a last ditch effort to convince him to approve the tribe's proposed casino in Kenosha. 

Tribal chairman Craig Corn said his group got its points across. 

Corn confirmed earlier reports that the Menominee will pay a bigger share of its casino winnings to the state, and let the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk tribes pay less to offset whatever lost revenues they have as a result of the new project. 

Corn said the Republican Walker made no promises -- and he expects an ongoing dialogue with the Walker administration this week. 

Walker's office would only confirm that the meeting took place, and a decision would come by the end of the week. 

The owners of the Hard Rock Café and casino chain would be in charge of building and managing the $800 million Kenosha casino and resort. 

Hard Rock chairman Jim Allen said the Menominee proposal would, "backstop any loss of profits" to the state's other tribes.

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