Pritzker vows to 'beat Beloit' in race to build Rockford casino

Published: Jul. 1, 2019 at 9:43 AM CDT
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Illinois. Gov. JB Pritzker says he's on a mission to help Rockford "beat Beloit" in a tight race to build a casino.

Pritzker and Lt. Gov.Juliana Stratton joined Rockford-area lawmakers for a news conference on authorization of a casino license in Rockford.

Pritzker says the casino could generate hundreds of million dollars from across the state.

Right across the border, Ho-Chunk Nation is waiting on the Bureau of Indian Affairs to approve bringing a casino to Beloit.

Rep. Maurice West (D-Rockford) said the city is operating on a 24-48 month timeline to get the casino in Rockford.

"The work is not done; it is just the beginning," West said.

The project is expected to bring hundreds of jobs alone in construction and organized labor.

Pritzker also touched on how Rebuild Illinois will impact the state, including Rockford.

Revenue for capital improvement projects would be used to fix bridges, potholes and road, including IL-Route 2 and Bypass 20.