Rockford Casino Concerns

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Another segment of the population doesn't want the chips to fall in our community's direction. Thursday, two organizations on opposite sides of the political spectrum announced that they're banding together for a specific purpose.

Concerned citizens for American and Rockford Urban Ministries are forming a steering committee. The committee wants more information from elected leaders regarding the economic and social impact of the proposed Rockford casino.

The group says the community isn't being informed about studies that show the negative effects associated with casinos.

The committee says up to $200 million could be drained from our local economy if a casino came to town, and they say the negative impacts a casino would have on families and children would be immeasurable.

The new committee will be hosting two public forums next month about the issue. The first program will address the economic impact of casinos. It will be held on March 17 at 7 p.m. at Second Congregational Church in Rockford.

Earl Grinols, professor of economics from the University of Illinois, will be the featured speaker.

The second forum will discuss gambling addictions. It will be held on March 31 at 7 p.m. at Central Christian Church in Rockford. Anita Bedell, the executive director of Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems will lead the discussion.

For more information, contact 964-7111 or 332-5561.