Rockford city Mayor, Tom McNamara has said that he is planning to narrow down to two proposals for consideration by next week.
The city mayor also said that he along with the city staff would be negotiating with Hard Rock International, Forest City Casino, and the Rock River West Group.
Last week, a public consultation was held in which all contenders for a Rockford casino made a presentation of their proposals. The public consultation was a success and about 600 people turned up, according to the city’s Strategic Communications Manager Laura Maher.
Talking to local media outlets the Mayor said that the turnout was as they had expected. “I think it was a good opportunity for residents to get really the first full blush of every single proposal. I thought there were a lot of good questions asked and I think all 3 proposers did their best,” he added.
Rockford has to send the proposals to the Illinois gaming board for the final approval and it has to be done by the end of October. Upon receiving the applications, Illinois Gaming Board will select the operator/developer for Rockford casino.
Earlier this year, Gov. J.B Pritzker signed a massive gambling expansion bill allowing for casinos at six different locations in Illinois.