Rockford Casino Still an Option for Lawmakers

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- There's still a chance a casino could roll into Rockford. Illinois lawmakers are working in Springfield this week and on their agenda a gaming bill that didn't get enough support last year.

The Illinois House could vote on the gaming bill as soon as Thursday. You may recall, the Illinois Senate passed the same bill last year but in a preliminary vote it failed in the House. So the House held onto the legislation, until it could get enough votes. Senator Dave Syverson says it looks like it's now at that point. But even if it does pass it's still up to Governor Pat Quinn who hasn't supported the bill in the past.

"The governor could very well veto that or want a compromise or negotiations on it that would require then the bill to come back, be renegotiated and then a new piece of legislation passed," Syverson said."

If the bill is approved it would create five casinos including one in Rockford it would also put slot machines at horse tracks.


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