Morrissey: Administration embarrasses community on Beloit casino

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Larry Morrissey, independent candidate for Rockford mayor, pointed at the current administration’s effort to derail the casino project in Beloit, Wis.—a project that has been in the works for several years and could offer jobs to thousands of Rockford residents currently out of work.

“The mayor has put all of his eggs in the casino basket, and because his much-touted connections have failed to pay off again, the mayor is sabotaging another community, embarrassing Rockford, and risking jobs. It’s pathetic,” Morrissey said.

“It’s unacceptable that our current Mayor has so prioritized a gambling casino in Rockford that he has forsaken the ability to work with our regional partners on something that has already been worked on for numerous years,” he said. “While Mayor Scott has prioritized a casino and a convention center—two novelty ideas with expensive price tags with, at best, marginal impact—Rockford remains with the highest unemployment rate in the region.

“As I’ve always stated, my focus and priorities are, and will continue to be, bringing jobs to our community, investing in our core infrastructure (rails, roads and riverwalk), making changes to our zoning and planning, and marketing Rockford to bring new businesses here,” he said.

Morrissey has outlined detailed priorities and policies—all of which can be found on his campaign Web site ( for Rockford including:

Urban Planning, Transportation, Energy & The Environment;

Job Creation, Technology, Tourism & Economic Development;

Public Safety, Public Housing, Social Services & Neighborhood Development; and

Leadership, Management & Administration.

For more information on the Morrissey for Mayor campaign, including volunteer opportunities, please call the Morrissey campaign office at (815) 968-MORC (6672).

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