Here’s the typical flip-flopping of Trustee Judy Sigwalt. She proclaimed a couple of years ago, she wanted an Indian Casino in Carpentersville. Now she’s against a revenue source from video poker?
First she’s against the Public Works Building, as recently as the last election in April of 09, and now she’s for it.
It’s basically has to do with petty politics. After all our last Village President Bill Sarto was against any Indian Casino, so Judy had to go the other way. The same thing happened when Bill Sarto was for the new Public Works Building. She was against that wasteful spending, since we couldn’t afford it at the time. Now she flip-flopped with Sarto gone. Now she proclaimes that we need to build a new PALACE for Bob Cole’s employees. Doesn’t matter does it, that we are drowning in debt in Carpentersville today.
Not everyone pulling lever on casino in Carpentersville
By Larissa Chinwah | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 12/8/2007 12:19 AM
Carpentersville Trustee Judy Sigwalt says the village needs to find unique ways to compete with surrounding municipalities for coveted tax revenue.
So, the senior trustee has asked the village staff to research the possibility of bringing a land-based tribal casino to Randall Road, on a 50-acre parcel just north of Huntley Road.
But casino experts and village officials warn local economies do not always benefit when a casino opens — there are no big tax advantages, and restaurants and such on Indian land often steal customers from established businesses.
Furthermore, they say the steps required to open a tribal gaming site would be lengthy and laborious since the land — known as the Heinkel property — is farmland and not a designated Indian reservation.
Sigwalt said the proposal arose after she learned Hoffman Estates rejected an American Indian tribe’s request to open a casino there.
In 2004, Ho-Chunk Nation officials shut the door on building a casino on a 125-acre site at the Northwest Tollway and Beverly Road in Hoffman Estates.
At that time, Hoffman Estates Village President Bill McLeod said the proposal hadn’t gone far before residents and some neighboring towns opposed the plan.
Pingree Grove officials in the same year invested about $17,000 to determine if an Indian casino was a viable option for that village. Plans did not progress beyond unofficial talks.
Sigwalt said a casino could bring many benefits to Carpentersville.
“Other towns around us have basically used all of the creative ways to develop economically, so we have to be extremely creative,” she said. “There’s not many options left. This would be creative and a good revenue stream for the village.”
But bringing a tribal casino to Carpentersville would be a “very involved process,” said Gary Garrison, a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C.
Garrison said the first step involves finding an out-of-state tribe to purchase the land, since there are no federally recognized tribes in Illinois and just three off-reservation casinos across the country, including one in Wisconsin.
Once a tribe purchases the land and places it in a trust, Garrison said, the governor must approve a gaming compact authorizing the tribe to operate a gaming venue. The deal must then seek approval of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
William Thompson, a professor of public administration at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, said a casino actually could hurt the village’s economy if the proposal moves forward.
Indian-owned casinos and resorts do not pay local, state or federal taxes.
“A casino is going to draw money out of the pockets of the local businesses,” said Thompson, who has studied the economic impact of casinos on communities in Illinois. “It is quite likely the casino will have restaurants and buffets. People are not going to walk across a parking lot and across the street to eat at a local restaurant.”
Village President Bill Sarto also questioned the rationale of opening a casino less than 10 miles from Elgin’s Grand Victoria, the most successful of the state’s nine licensed riverboat gaming sites.
“Why would the governor approve a casino that is in direct competition with a state-licensed riverboat just down the road?” Sarto said. “It makes no sense. It is not beneficial to the community.”
Judy doesn’t have any real plans for Carpentersville. Just look how she took control of the Parks Committee, she first favored the return of the Fourth Of July Fireworks at Carpenter Park. Now she’s so concerned about our financial problems she and others decided to eliminate the HUGE costs of the fireworks. Yes, a whopping $7500!
Yes, Judy Sigwalt needs that $7500 to help pay off over 14 million dollars for the new Public Works Palace!
And now, apparently we don’t need any extra revenue from Video Poker machines.
Does Judy need a psychological exam? Does she just follow Paul Humpfer’s orders? The same guy who gave all sorts of excuses and LIES about a vehicle TITLE that took 2 years and 6 months to hand over to one of his victims?