Public hearing about casino Sept. 23 at Coronado

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – The hearing to give Rockford citizens the opportunity to weigh in on the casino process and hear presentations from the applicants will be at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. 

The Illinois Gaming Act requires a public hearing about what needs to be certified by the city and other details of the proposed casino. Those items to be certified include:

• that the Applicant has negotiated with the City in good faith;
• that the Applicant and the City have mutually agreed on the permanent location of the casino;
• that the Applicant and the City have mutually agreed on the temporary location of the casino;
• that the Applicant and the City have mutually agreed on the percentage of revenues that will be shared with the City;
• that the Applicant and the City have mutually agreed on any zoning, licensing, public health, or other issues that are within the jurisdiction of the municipality or county; and
• that the City Council has passed a resolution or ordinance in support of the casino.

Each applicant will have 45 minutes to make a formal presentation of its casino proposal. After the presentations, audience members are welcome to ask questions of the applicants, the City and its consultants.

Doors open at 5 p.m. The public is welcome.

Written comments can be submitted to Legal Director Nicholas Meyer at any time before or at the public hearing.

For full details of the public hearing protocol, visit rockfordil.gov/casino.

The Coronado Performing Arts Center is at 314 N. Main St., downtown.

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