Three groups submit proposals for Rockford casino

Published: Aug. 30, 2019 at 2:26 PM CDT
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The city of Rockford received three proposals from groups that want to build a casino in the area.

One group, Luna Entertainment, turned in plans for a Forest City casino near the Javon Bea Hospital-Riverside. That casino would sit on 135 acres of land.

Wisconsin-based Gorman and Company's casino plans are in downtown Rockford, near the soon-to-be Embassy Suites Hotel near Davis Park. That proposal also includes an aquarium.

Hard Rock International wants to build just off I-90 on East State Street, where the Clock Tower once stood. It carries the "star power" of Rick Nielsen, of Cheap Trick fame, and his family.

The deadline for proposals was 2 p.m.

The city's review team will look at the proposals and submit follow-up questions before a public hearing scheduled on Sept. 23.

The city will consider several factors, including job opportunities, economic benefits and use of local and small business suppliers and vendors before making a recommendation to the full council.

Once the city council votes and chooses a project, it will be sent to the Illinois Gaming Board for final approval.