Embattled video gambling owner was in line for $2.5 million, taxpayer-funded windfall by flipping land. Now it’s off the table.

Tinley Park has not fared well in its dealings with video gambling operator Rick Heidner over the last year.



a large green field with trees in the background: Land at the northeast corner of Harlem Avenue and Vollmer Road in unincorporated Rich Township is seen on Sept. 30, 2020.


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Land at the northeast corner of Harlem Avenue and Vollmer Road in unincorporated Rich Township is seen on Sept. 30, 2020.

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

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Daimler partners, working towards independent power

Daimler AG announced it is utilizing its automotive fuel cell systems in stationary power systems to demonstrate a sustainable and independent energy supply for data centers, and to accelerate the transition to renewable energy generation and supply.

The company has experience with hydrogen-powered electric vehicles over several vehicle generations and millions of tests around the world, and recently presented the next step with pre-production models of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F Cell. Convinced of the potential of fuel cell technology and hydrogen as an energy storage medium in the context of the overall energy system, the company is extending its development activities into non-transportation industries. Joining forces with industry leaders Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Power Innovations, Daimler will develop prototype systems starting this year for back-up and continuous power solutions for data centers and other stationary applications using automotive hydrogen fuel cell systems.

According to

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