McNamara lays out tentative timeline for Rockford casino

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara says the City is ready to proceed on plans for a casino.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the gaming expansion bill into law Friday morning. McNamara said Rockford now has 120 days to submit a recommendation to the Illinois Gaming Board.

If a license is approved, McNamara believes a casino could be set up at a temporary site by the end of 2019, with the full casino to be built within 2 years.

At Friday’s press conference, McNamara said the City has already seen interest from casino companies, but wouldn’t say who.

The addition of a casino to Rockford is expected to bring up to 600 construction jobs, with an additional 1,100 casino jobs, generating between $4-8 million in tax revenue.

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