Beloit casino

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Rockford area officials have sought a casino for decades as a way to help deal with economic problems. And even with a casino looking to open just over the border in Wisconsin, they still feel that way. In this Friday Forum, WNIJ’s Guy Stephens looks at the area’s casino craving.

State Sen. Dave Syverson has been pushing for a Rockford casino for years. The Rockford Republican says casinos were started in Illinois to keep money from leaving the state, and that continues to be a big issue. 

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Beloit could soon have a new casino in its backyard, but some Illinois lawmakers worry it would detract from business in the Rockford area.

The city of Beloit and the Ho-Chunk Nation are joining forces for a more-than $405 million proposal.

Dave Syverson is a Republican State Senator from Rockford.

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Lawmakers quickly proposed another plan to add a casino in Rockford and four other locations.  Governor Pat Quinn this week vetoed a gambling expansion plan would have added several new casinos and placed slot machines at horse race tracks. Quinn called the expansion "excessive."