While city leaders admit Rockford has been dealt some poor hands in recent years, they hope Wednesday’s group visit to Springfield will deal Rockford back into the state mix.
A variety of city leaders will make the trek down to Springfield. They'll meet with Gov. Blagojevich and top state senators.
Topics expected to be discussed are modernizing the Metro Center, adding a riverboat casino and making sure the governor's $2 million proposal on Barber Colman makes the final budget.
Those at the Rockford Visitors Bureau say the main priority from Rockford to Springfield is economic development, and while officials aren't expecting promises, they believe the trip will make state lawmakers more aware of the area's job growth potential.
"The organizations that are going are organizations that have the ability to produce revenue and produce jobs for Rockford, which in turn creates jobs and revenue for state of Illinois," John Groh said.