Illinois Regulator OKs Start of Construction on Temporary Rockford Casino


The Illinois Gaming Board has given the fairway gentle to Onerous Rock and its local partners to originate constructing work on a brief-interval of time casino in Rockford.

On the replacement hand, the gaming facility’s proprietor, 815 Leisure LLC, turn into told by the regulator that it must trusty a allow to function the brief-interval of time casino as well as to own its security and surveillance plans authorized by board contributors in snarl in relate to open the venue.

Rockford turn into one amongst six Illinois cities that were authorized to host casinos beneath a sweeping playing growth bill that Gov. J. B. Pritzker signed into law within the summertime of 2019. About a months later, the Rockford City Council selected Onerous Rock out of three finalists that sought to salvage the city’s first casino.

Earlier this month, the Illinois Gaming Board allowed 815 Leisure to seem constructing approvals for both the brief-interval of time facility and the eternal position within the major major step forward for the venture in a whereas. The regulatory agency also authorized a list of 51 traders angry by the scheme and granted a provider license to the firm late the proposed casino.

Onerous Rock and its local partners can now switch onto reworking a 38,000-sq.-foot restaurant and ceremonial dinner corridor real into a brief-interval of time gaming position. Developers thought to utilize $8.8 million into renovating the Giovanni’s direct at 610 N. Bell College Avenue to turn it real into a casino.

The Casino Project

The brief-interval of time direct will characteristic 736 slot machines, two eating places, and possibly a Rock Shop promoting Onerous Rock memorabilia. The smaller casino will dwell operational for two years whereas the major casino resort is beneath constructing.

The eternal $311 million gaming advanced will be situated on the ragged direct of the Clock Tower Resort on East Inform Avenue terminate to the I-90 entrance. It will characteristic a 65,000-sq.-foot casino with an preliminary 1,500 slot machines, 55 desk games, and a sportsbook, a Onerous Rock Café, and a 1,600-seat Onerous Rock Are residing concert venue. Merchants own mentioned there’ll be room for future growth initiatives on the gaming ground. The long speed resort may possibly even offer three eating places and two posthaste service cafés, amongst other services.

Commenting on the lately granted constructing approval, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara mentioned that “right here’s an infinite accomplishment for our community, and this may likely possibly well also simply yelp a full lot of constructing jobs to Rockford.”

The noteworthy also pointed to the truth that the Rockford casino venture is the major of six casino areas authorized beneath the direct’s 2019 playing growth to be given the nod to open constructing.

Supply: Gaming board good passable’s constructing of brief-interval of time Rockford casino, The Files & Observer, June 26, 2021