Rockford to hire legal counsel dedicated to casino negotiations

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Rockford, Ill (WIFR) -- Rockford's finance and personnel committee unanimously approved the use of up to $150,000 for legal counsel to help the city review casino proposals.

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With the casino being the first in Rockford, Mayor Tom McNamara says a handful of firms are vying for the chance to build the property. According to the mayor, right now there are four proposals is so far and since the stateline has never had a casino before, having outside legal aid will ensure the city is taking the right precautions when selecting a proposal for the property.
"We continue to work to make sure that we are as openly transparent as possibly can be,” said McNamara. “We communicate and sometimes over communicate with our alderman. But it was really heartening to hear that they were considering more when we didn't ask for it,"

This item will be voted on by the full council Monday night.