Playing cards and ChipsROCKFORD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) released the following statement Wednesday after news the Illinois Gaming Board  has voted to approve a supplier’s license for the owners of the proposed Rockford Hard Rock Casino:

“I am excited for this major step forward in the plans for the Rockford Casino. I look forward to the day those in Rockford who enjoy gambling don’t have to travel to another state to do what they enjoy and can stay here in northern Illinois at the Rockford Casino.”

The Gaming Board’s vote Wednesday allows for a temporary casino to open, with the location set for the former Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center at 610 N. Bell School Rd.