The Ho-Chunk Indian tribe proposed building a gambling casino, restaurants, shops, a water park and an 800-room hotel on 432 acres of land south of Chicago. Jackson said legislation is required to establish reservation trust status for the property in Lynwood, Ill., under a 1986 federal law that gives tribes the right to own and run casinos.
A casino deal would have to be negotiated with Illinois' governor. The Ho-Chunk Nation has three casinos and a bingo center in Wisconsin.
The project could create up to 5,000 jobs in the south suburbs, Crain's Chicago Business said.
"For too long, this end of the region has been forgotten, neglected or relegated to last in line," said Jackson, an Illinois Democrat and son of civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.