Rockford Park District makes big bet on proposed casino


THE ROCKFORD PARK DISTRICT GOES ALL IN ON BRINGING A HARD ROCK CASINO TO THE CITY. ((ERIC)) COMMISSIONERS VOTED IN FAVOR OF A RESOLUTION… TO PUBLICLY SUPPORT OF THE PROJECT. REPORTER DYLAN SROCKI SPOKE TO MEMBERS OF THE PARK DISTRICT. DYLAN THAT SUPPORT COMES WITH MORE FOR CITY’S PARKS. ((DYLAN)) ERIC AND BROOKLYN… THAT’S RIGHT… IF THE CASINO IS APPROVED BY ROCKFORD CITY COUNCIL AND THE ILLINOIS GAMING BOARD… IT COULD MEAN THE BENEFITS WOULD HELP NOT ONLY HARD ROCK… BUT IT COULD MEAN SOME UPGRADES FOR THE PARK DISTRICT TOO. THE PROPOSED HARD ROCK CASINO ON THE I-90 CORRIDOR HAS A NEW SUPPORTER. TUESDAY EVENING…. THE ROCKFORD PARK DISTRICT BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS VOTED IN FAVOR OF A RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT THE PROJECT. HARD ROCK REPRESENTATIVE DAN FISCHER SAYS THE PARTNERSHIP… IS A WIN-WIN FOR BOTH SIDES. Dan Fischer, Managing Member, Joint Venture LLC “I mean, just what a great opportunity to leverage some of Rockford’s history with music and culture with that brand. Over time, we just see it as a huge long-term success.” IN RETURN… HARD ROCK HAS COMMITTED MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO PARK DISTRICT PROPERTIES. AMONG THEM A BRAND NEW OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER AT LEVINGS LAKE…. AND AN EXPANSION OF THE WASHINGTON PARK COMMUNITY CENTER…WITH AN INCORPORATED MUSIC PRODUCTION STUDIO. WEST ROCK WAKE PARK OWNER DANIEL JARRETT SAYS BOTH PROJECTS… WOULD CONTINUE ROCKFORD’S MUSIC HISTORY. Daniel Jarrett, Owner, West Rock Wake Park “You think of the percentage of kids that are working on music even with apps on their phones, to provide kids the opportunity to have more specific, controlled experience with a brand like that.” Daniel Jarrett, Owner, West Rock Wake Park “The fact is, it’s a music town, and to have a proper amphitheater out at Levings Park, right on the hillside behind our business would mean everything.” ROCKFORD PARK DISTRICT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JAY SANDINE SAYS… THE COMMITMENT SHOWS THAT HARD ROCK IS INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING THE CITY. Jay Sandine, Executive Director, Rockford Park District “The partnership with Hard Rock, what excites the park district about that that is it’s not conducive to just the location they’re talking about, out by the Clock Tower site, or out by I-90. This partnership with Hard Rock is truly throughout the whole community.” ((DYLAN)) IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT NOTE… ROCKFORD PARK DISTRICT BOARD PRESIDENT IAN LINNABARY… IS ALSO THE LAWYER REPRESENTING LOCAL INVESTORS PUSHING FOR THE CLOCK TOWER CASINO SITE. HE ABSTAINED FROM THIS EVENINGS VOTE.

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