MetroCentre Renovation Plan Approved

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Tattered escalators, faded signs and the fact there hasn't been an upgrade to the Metrocentre since it opened three decades ago, are all reasons Winnebago County Board members agreed to pay 9-million dollars for renovations.

"How thrilled we are for the county to step up and a 19-7 vote and give us permission to renovate the Metrocentre," says Metrocentre Chairman Gary Marzorati.

Other major news, the Metrocentre and the IceHogs agreed to partner-up. And will join the American Hockey League by becoming a Blackhawk franchise.

"It's been a long-long road and we're tired but we're happy we've hit middle ground and that there's gonna be IceHogs hockey," says IceHog owner Kris Tumilowicz.

"We'll have our fans come to the games here and see young players and how they've developed and likewise when they get called up to play for the big club we'll have fans here from Rockford come across," says Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon.

But not everyone is pleased with this turn in events.
"We will be entertaining a tortuous intervening and slander lawsuit against the Metrocentre Authority the City of Rockford the Chicago Blackhawks and the American Hockey League," says Richard Brosal, the CEO and President of the United Hockey League.

We asked party leaders about the lawsuit, and all claimed to have not been informed. And say getting sued is an extreme measure, especially when the new changes will help improve the community.

So what's next? City council will vote on an intergovernmental agreement and amendment and then they'll purchase bonds so construction can begin. Which should start this spring.