ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners is backing the proposed Hard Rock Casino.

The group voted in favor of a resolution, in support of the construction on Tuesday, August 20th.

Hard Rock representative, Dan Fischer, said the partnership is positive for both sides.

“I mean, just what a great opportunity to leverage some of Rockford’s history with music and culture with that brand. Over time, we just see it as a huge long-term success,” Fischer said.

Hard Rock has committed to making improvements to the Park District properties. Among them, a brand new outdoor amphitheater at Levings Lake and an expansion of the Washington Park Community Center with an incorporated music production studio.

West Rock Wake Park owner, Daniel Jarrett, said both projects would help continue Rockford’s music history.

“You think of the percentage of kids that are working on music even with apps on their phones, to provide kids the opportunity to have more specific, controlled experience with a brand like that,” Jarrett said. “The fact is, it’s a music town, and to have a proper amphitheater out at Levings Park, right on the hillside behind our business would mean everything.”

Rockford Park District Executive Director, Jay Sandine, said the commitment shows that Hard Rock is interested in supporting the city.

“The partnership with Hard Rock, what excites the park district about that that is it’s not conducive to just the location they’re talking about, out by the Clock Tower site, or out by I-90. This partnership with Hard Rock is truly throughout the whole community,” Sandine said.

All of these proposed plans will only happen if the casino is approved by Rockford City Council and The Illinois Gaming Board.

Rockford Park District Board President Ian Linnabary is also the lawyer representing the local investors pushing for the clock tower casino site. He abstained from Tuesday evening’s vote.


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