Public invited to casino presentations Monday at Rockford’s Coronado Theatre

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — This coming Monday, residents will be able to hear directly from the three groups vying to bring a casino to Rockford.

The public hearing is required by the Illinois Gaming Act.

Attorney Roberta Holzwarth has been working with the City of Rockford all through the casino proposal process.

“This will really be an opportunity to learn more about each proposal, the location or site that is being proposed, and what the developer wants to do with the site and what they see as their vision for the casino in Rockford,” she said.

“We’re just hoping that people will have the opportunity to see what’s being presented, to learn more about what these proposals are about, and should they want to, ask questions and make comments,” Holzwarth continued.

Representatives from Hard Rock International, the Rock River West Casino Group, and the Forest City Casino group will speak at the Coronado Performing Arts Center Monday, September 23rd at 5 p.m., and will be streamed live on

Attorney Ian Linnabary works with Hard Rock International, and he says they’re ready.

“We consider this as our opportunity to really unveil those specific details about the proposal for Rockford, Illinois. And that’s very exciting,” he said.

Stacy Bernardi is a member of the Rock River West Casino advocacy group, and she says the public hearing will allow all of the groups an equal chance to present their ideas.

“It’s an opportunity for people to hear directly from those who are wanting to develop those areas, versus all of the noise of social media and opinions that people have about one location versus another location,” she said.

We reached out to the Forest City Casino group for comment, but did not hear back.

Each group is expected to present for 45 minutes. If you can’t make it to the hearing, Eyewitness News will stream it live here on and Facebook.


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