Jim Allen, CEO, Hard Rock International, and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen have announced their plans for a Hard Rock Casino in Rockford, Illinois.
Earlier in June, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a massive casino expansion bill allowing for creating new gambling establishments in the state and also legalizing sports betting. The gambling-expansion bill allows creating six different casinos at different locations in Illinois.
In its bid to hasten the casino development process, the city of Rockford, which is one of the locations where a new casino would come up, has released a Request for Proposals(RFP), earlier this month.
Following the announcement of the RFP process, two renderings and a map of the proposed Hard Rock casino were released Tuesday; however, it has not been submitted officially through the RFP process.
The Request For Proposals responses is due by 2 p.m. August 16. As such, the gambling operator has plenty of time.
Allen also said that the gambling establishment would create 1,000 jobs for local contractors and approximately 1,200 full-time jobs.
Once approved, the casino would be ready for guests in 12 to 14 months. Hard Rock operates gambling venues in 74 countries across the globe.