A legislative hearing was held in Chicago on Wednesday that could potentially help bring a casino to Rockford.
Mayor Tom McNamara was there along with other state leaders, pushing for gaming expansion in Illinois.
The current law only allows for 10 casinos state-wide.
Legislation authorizing more casinos to open could bring one to Rockford, where here has been interest to do so at the old Clock Tower Resort site on E. State Street.
Mayor McNamara spoke after the hearing, saying he shared his concern with the lawmakers and felt his message was heard.
“Now is the time to turn 20 years of talk into action,” McNamara said. “If you look at what’s happening in Beloit, with the Ho Chunk Nation casino, that could have long-lasting negative impact – not just on the City of Rockford, but the region and on our state.”
A second hearing on gaming expansion will be held in Chicago in October. Lawmakers hope to re-consider legislation after the November election.