Will schools see revenue flow to them from Waukegan casino?
Waukegan's temporary American Place casino is scheduled to open this fall. Waukeson's Unit School District 60 students begin the 2022-23 school year on August 11. The temporary casino will have 1,000 slot machines and 50 table games. It will be staffed by at least 260 dealers. Mayor Ann Taylor wants to know what the winning casino bidder plans to do for the schools within the city limits. The permanent casino's construction will take 3-5 years. Warren Township High School district 121 and Woodland Grade SchoolDistrict 50 will eventually receive property tax revenue from the casinos.
Oak Grove and District 128 are fully-funded schools. They have less low-income students. Will the revenue from Waukegan casino be split equally?
Oak Grove has zero low-income pupils in its student population of 920. District 128 has 7% out of 3,310 students. Libertyville High School has 4%. 67% of Waukegan’s 14,345 students are considered low income. 38% in Woodland, the county”s second-largest school district after W.W. and 17% at Warren High. On average, Oak Grove spends $17,000 per pupil, District128 $24,00, and W., Woodlands and Warren spend about $15, 000.