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Hard Rock celebrates 1-year milestone with Rockford Casino

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Rockford Casino: A Hard Rock Opening Act opening celebrated its doors, at 610 N Bell School Road, one year ago today.

In the last 12 months, Hard Rock International says over 458,000 people have visited the casino, and generated $11 million in tax revenue for the city of Rockford. Three million came from the Rockford area, officials said.

The Rockford Casino employs 275 workers, with that number expected to grow to 1,000 once the permanent casino, currently under construction, opens on the former Clock Tower Resort site at 7801 E. State Street at the I-90 exit ramp.

The Rockford City Council voted in favor of the plan from Hard Rock International in October 2019, after considering proposals from the downtown Rock River West Casino Group and Forest City Casino.

The company has committed to incorporate a music production studio at Washington Park Community Center, build an outdoor amphitheater at Levings Lake, provide enhanced performance opportunities and make possible improvements to the Sinnisssippi Music Shell. Hard Rock has also agreed to provide support for neighborhood youth programs.

In development competition with a Rockford casino, the Ho-Chunk Nation announced plans to build a $405 million resort casino in Beloit.

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