Last week Illinois 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), on Wednesday.
The released document details the timeline and what it expects from the potential companies who would be willing to apply for a Rockford casino license.
The timetable for Rockford casino development, as mentioned in the RFP, is as follows:
July 25: Last day for interested parties to submit written questions
August 1: Responses to questions distributed via addendum and on the city’s website
August 16: Request for Proposals responses due by 2 p.m.
Aug. 19-Sept. 13: City follow-up questions to proposers, evaluation
September 16: Evaluation team submits recommendations to City Council
September 23: Public Hearing
By September 30: City Council certifies proposers
Before October 25: Applications filed with Illinois Gaming Board
The Illinois Gaming Board is also set to conduct an impact study, following which it would determine the exact site for the casino.