Residents react to Clock Tower Resort tower demolition

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The end of an era — the once iconic Clock Tower Resort tower comes down.

“It’s sad to see the Clock Tower come down,” said Rockford resident Micki Lorine. “It’s been there for so long. It’s such a landmark for those coming into Rockford.”

While the property was condemned and abandoned this time last year, now, it sits completely demolished.

Lorine says she hoped the hotel would still be running today, remembering how popular of a destination it once was.

“I knew some people from Chicago that came out here pretty often to go to the Clock Tower,” said Lorine.

Former Rockford resident Diane Scoma remembers seeing the property off the I-90 Tollway when visiting family through the years. She says although crews have been clearing the site for months — she hoped the tower would’ve stayed.

“It’s just something that we’re always use to seeing,” said Scoma. “I would think that whatever they were going to do with the property in the future, they would save that as a landmark.”

But Ringland-Johnson Construction says the demolition of the Clock Tower has always been in the plans for the property. The company adds now, the property is a clean slate for plenty of business ventures.

“Our plan was always to clear the site and plan for new development,” said Ringland-Johnson Construction president Brent Johnson.  “New development could include expansion of gaming if that happens in Springfield, hotels restaurants, tourist destinations.”

Ringland-Johnson Construction says it will continue with  plans to develop the property with restaurants and shopping even if a gaming expansion isn’t passed in Springfield.

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