Local Organization Going All In to Urge Gov. Quinn on Casino Bill

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- One local organization is going all in to urge Governor Pat Quinn to pass the bill to bring a casino to Rockford.

Members from the Rockford Area Arts Council, the Rockford Art Museum, Coronado Theater and local artists held a rally to show their support for the Rockford Casino Coalition. They say local artists and organizations would benefit from a casino because of grants and gaming revenue would help support riverfront development. And art council members point out success of casinos in other cities.

Anne O'Keefe, Rockford Area Arts Council, says, “We’ve looked at studies from other areas that have a casino. We’ve seen in places like Shreveport, Louisiana for an example. $650,000 comes for the casino and goes to back into the community. So we really feel with additional funding that will support the arts, which means we will be able to fulfill our mission."

Meantime, the Illinois Gaming Board chief says he wants Governor Quinn to veto the legislation for gambling expansion. He calls the bill "garbage" and says it's filled with too many regulatory loopholes. Lawmakers have not sent the bill to the governor yet.

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