ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford leaders joined rock n’ roll legend Rick Nielsen to celebrate the submission of the Hard Rock Casino proposal to the Illinois Gaming Board on Monday.
The celebration was held at Hard Rock’s downtown Rockford office this morning.
Nielsen says that, economic benefits aside, Hard Rock will make Rockford a destination for touring musicians.
“It’s going to bring a lot more people to town,” Nielsen said. “We’re not just hoping to have all local people. It’s going to be people we’ve never met before, good ones, and a lot of them.”
The State has one year to decide if it will grant Rockford a casino license.
Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara says he believes it could happen within six months.
If a license is granted, Hard Rock International says it will set up a temporary casino within Giovannis, at 610 N Bell School Rd, within 90 days.
The Illinois Gaming Board will only approve six casinos, and this year they received 10 applications. Four casino requests will be denied.
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