Tinley Park has not fared well in its dealings with video gambling operator Rick Heidner over the last year.
First, the southwest suburb signed onto Heidner’s plan to build a horse racing track and casino on state-owned land, only to have Gov. J.B. Pritzker derail the project after a Tribune investigation revealed Heidner’s long-standing business ties to people connected to organized crime.
Now, the Tribune has learned that Tinley Park officials have been secretly negotiating a real estate deal that would provide Heidner a $2.5 million windfall on land he purchased less than a year ago as a possible alternate casino site.
Under the proposal, Tinley Park was prepared to pay $7.5 million for 114 acres — about $2 million more