'Reclaiming First' Bill Back in Congress

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Another hot topic in Springfield. Local businesses could soon score big. That's if lawmakers pass a bill that would renovate local sporting facilities.

Two local senators just reintroduced the idea to Illinois' general assembly. The law would allow Winnebago County to increase its hotel tax to fund a 43 million dollar expansion of sports facilities in Rockford and Loves park.

Senator Dave Syverson said he hopes that with the bipartisan backing of the bill, it can pass within the next 60 days. Syverson said the Rockford Park District needs this to go through as soon as possible so that construction can begin at a reasonable date.

"If we don't get it passed, the problem is going to be the park district can't go out and market the ability to do larger tournaments," said Senator Syverson. "We're going to lose tournaments to some other states. And once they're gone, it's very difficult to get back."

Revenue from the new tax will go toward upgrading Sportscore Two and the Indoor Sports Center in Loves Park. Construction is already set to begin on a new sports complex at the old Ingersoll building. However that comes from another funding source.

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