Debate on How to Split Potential Casino Revenue in Rockford

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford's city council is pushing back against a proposal in the state senate that would evenly split gaming revenues between the city and Winnebago County if a casino comes to town.

Rockford aldermen and the mayor sent a resolution to Springfield that says the city and county should be allowed to figure out their own deal Rockford leaders argue the city should get more than 50% because the city has more economic and social problems than the county. Senator Steve Stadelman has proposed that the two municipalities be given a 90 day window after the law is passed to hammer out a profit sharing deal, or forfeit the casino revenue entirely.

“I'm not necessarily opposed to the 50-50. If they agree that they should share the revenue 50-50, that's fine, I’m fine with that. I just think the best solution is for the city and county to agree on that and they need to come to their own agreement on how to share the revenue," says Stadelman.

Senator Daye Syverson agrees with Stadelmen on that point. They hope a deal will be reached between the city and county by next week. That's when the gaming bill might be put to a vote in the full senate.

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