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.