ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The City of Rockford announced Friday morning that it had hired two consulting firms to help evaluate and approve casino proposals.
The City says it has hired Union Gaming Analytics, LLC and Taft Stetinius & Hollister LLP, two experienced industry professional outfits, to represent Rockford in negotiations.
The City has also retained the services of local attorney Bobbie Holzwarth to serve as the point person for the project.
The gaming expansion bill, signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, mandates a quick 120 day turnaround for Rockford to seek out and approve proposals ahead of an August 16th deadline.
The City says the cost for the consultants will be covered by the $75,000 Request for Proposal.
Hard Rock International has already staked out its claim in Rockford, with Chairman Jim Allen appearing at a July 16th press event to lay out the company’s plan to build a casino on the site of the former Clock Tower Resort, at 7801 E. State Street.