Those Gurnee folks sure are a hoot. Last year, their public works crews forgot how to plow the streets in winter. This year, residents are all of a sudden up in arms over Waukegan getting the state's last casino license. Where have they been?
Waukegan has been working to get a license for a number of years and while they're one of three vying for the gaming license, there's no guarantee they'll get it, even though the state law allowing for casino gambling is written for towns like Waukegan.
The city has a spot all set to build on if the Illinois Gaming Board awards the license to Waukegan. It is at Fountain Square. That's what has homeowners in Providence Village and Providence Oaks, which are off O'Plaine Road, south of Route 120, upset.
They're worried about traffic and property values. This from homes that are just down the street from a sewage treatment plant. The Hound has smelled that plant on a couple of occasions and on summer days. It sure can get ripe.
Did they think of the property values of those who live in trailers --- oops, mobile homes --- when Gurnee annexed that tire recycling place? The Hound doesn't think so.
Then there's the traffic issue. Are they kidding, or what?
Didn't Gurnee lose the traffic card years ago. First there was Six Flags Great America, then Gurnee Mills and then the Grand-Hunt Corridor. Ever try to get from Lindenhurst to Route 41 using Grand Avenue at rush hour. It's not a hoot.
Besides, Gurnee could piggy-back on a Waukegna casino: "Here kids, go to Hurricane Harbor. Dad and I are going swimming at the slots." And, if Gurnee had a shot at getting a casino, they'd be right up there elbowing for position.
These folks may give a game attempt to stop Waukegan from getting a casino at Fountain Square, but they're doomed, hoisted on their own petard of suburban sprawl. Besides, only the gaming board can quash the city's gaming attempt.