Rockford Casino

By: Max Seigle
By: Max Seigle

A familiar tune is back on the Rockford radar screen. A possible casino for the city emerged last week as part of a gambling expansion bill in Springfield. A resolution, passed Tuesday night by the city council, wants Rockford included in that expansion. But some residents don't.
"We were rather diappointed that they voted 10 to 3. It came up a couple years ago. We thought there would be more opposition to it," said Sherri Cultra. She is with the Local Political Action Committee, Concerned Citizens of America. Her group opposes state-sponsored gambling. "32 to 50 percent of all revenue is all pathological gamblers and that causes problems for families and causes monetary problems for cities," Cultra said. But right now, the city council is pushing for gambling. Tuesday night's resolution showed overwhelming support. Those in favor felt the economic benefits outweighed any moral concerns that come with gambling. But even with this support, Springfield isn't ready to help out just yet. "It's probably still a long shot. We're getting this a little too late in the game," State Senator Dave Syverson said. Late in the game because the Senate deadline for approving legislation is Thursday night. Syverson says bets could be on later if the Senate works into the summer. But for now it's likely no deal.

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  • by Linette Location: Rockford on May 31, 2007 at 04:31 PM
    I hope
  • by Kattie Location: Rockford on May 31, 2007 at 08:33 AM
    I don't like the idea of a casino in Rockford based on moral principles and knowing the impact it will have socially on the city. Any increase in revenue could easily be off-set by the increase in money needed for treatment for compulsive gambling and other criminal issues that go along with this type of gambling. If it does come to Rockford, don't put it in the downtown district. We are trying to improve conditions here and this would be detrimental. Put it out by I 90 or past the airport on the river. Writing as a member of a downtown neighborhood association, I will fight tooth and nail any proposal to place a casino downtown!
  • by Jessica Location: Rockford on May 30, 2007 at 08:42 PM
    I believe that a casino could really good for Rockford. These compulsive gamblers in this town will save a lot of gas not having to drive out of town. Yes, gambling does affect a lot of lives but we make our own choices and I welcome the idea.
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