The Hard Rock Casino is one step closer to coming to Rockford.

Earlier today, the city officials announced they are recommending the Hard Rock proposal to build a casino in Rockford

Mayor McNamara cited Hard Rock's proposal as the "most complete" and "sound."

'We know that a casino will bring hundreds of construction and permanent jobs, along with added revenue to help us continue the work of stabilizing our City’s finances both in the short term and long term. My responsibility as mayor, and that of our team and the City Council, was to select the proposal or proposals that had the BEST opportunity to provide the MOST benefits to Rockford,' explains Mayor McNamara.

In case you didn't know, Hard Rock Casino would go up at I-90 and East State Street, the site of the former Clock Tower Resort.

Another hurdle awaits the Hard Rock Casino, a Rockford City Council meeting tonight could decide the fate of the proposal.

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