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Hard Rock expected to announce casino proposal in Rockford

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- As Rockford's push for a casino continues, at least one proposal appears to be in the works. On Tuesday, Hard Rock International CEO Jim Allen and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen plan to announce the proposed development of Hard Rock Casino...

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Letter: Lawmakers struck right balance on video gaming

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and lawmakers in both parties should be applauded for taking a balanced approach on video gaming taxes that will bring in more money for statewide construction projects without harming small businesses, fraternal organizations and veterans’ groups....

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Illinois Betting on a Rapid Pace for Casino Expansion

State legislators laid out a rapid pace in the new gambling expansion law that will give Illinois six new casinos, including one in Chicago – so fast that it appears the state is already struggling to keep up. By now, a consultant should have already been chosen to...

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Video game tax is fair to my small business

This common-sense solution means small businesses will still be able to create jobs, invest and contribute to the community. As a small business owner in Blue Island, I applaud Illinois state Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and state lawmakers for...

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Negotiations continue on gambling expansion bill

A key negotiator for a gambling expansion bill said Sunday that further negotiations are needed before a bill will be given to lawmakers for a vote. However, Rep. Robert Rita, D-Blue Island, said he remains confident an agreement can be reached on a plan to expand the...

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Illinois lawmakers have 5 days left, 5 big issues to settle

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly commenced its spring session in January with a bold directive from new Gov. J.B. Pritzker for a balanced budget, legalized marijuana and sports betting, a revamped income tax system, and a multibillion-dollar...

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