Beloit updates on Ho-Chunk casino plan after Rockford's casino recommendation

Published: Sep. 30, 2019 at 5:03 PM CDT
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The fight for a Beloit resort-casino lives on as Rockford city leaders get set to recommend certification of the Hard Rock International casino proposal.

In late May, the Bureau of Indian Affairs published a final

for the Ho-Chunk Nation and Casino Project in Beloit.

The city of Beloit released the following statement on the Ho-Chunk casino plan:

"The City of Beloit remains focused on and committed to what is best for the residents of Beloit. The proposed destination resort in our community will attract visitors from the Midwest and beyond. We eagerly await the 1,500 jobs, economic growth, and revenue sharing opportunities this project will provide our community. We certainly hope the Ho-Chunk Nation will receive final approval by the Bureau of Indian Affairs this fall with eventual concurrence from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers."

On Monday, Rockford mayor Tom McNamara announced the city of Rockford staff would

certification of the Hard Rock International casino proposal to the Illinois Gaming Board.

This comes after the city reviewed three proposals and presentations from applicants at a public hearing last week.

The recommendation for a Hard Rock casino in Rockford will be reviewed at Monday's city council meeting.