Gov. Pritzker signs infrastructure bill, includes casino, railway for Rockford

Gov. Pritzker signs infrastructure bill, includes casino, railway for Rockford


EXPANSION… IS OFFICIALLY LAW IN ILLINOIS. GOVERNOR J-B PRITZKER SIGNED THE BILL TODAY. IT’S PART OF “REBUILD ILLINOIS”… THE STATE’S CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PLAN. ILLINOIS WILL JOIN 14 OTHER STATES… ALLOWING SPORTS BETTING. THE BILL ALSO APPROVES SIX NEW CASINOS… INCLUDING ONE IN ROCKFORD. PRITZKER SAYS THE EXPANSION WILL PROVIDE HUNDREDS-OF- MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NEW REVENUE… THAT WILL BE USED TO FOR THINGS LIKE INFRASTRUCTURE… HOSPITALS AND UNIVERSITIES. ((ERIC)) SO NOW THE PROCESS BEGINS FOR ROCKFORD TO SUBMIT A PLAN FOR THAT CASINO HERE. MAYOR TOM MCNAMARA ANNOUNCED A TIMELINE… OUTLINING THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE. THE CITY HAS 120 DAYS TO PROVIDE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE ILLINOIS GAMING BOARD. A ‘REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL’ SHOULD BE RELEASED NEXT WEEK… IT WILL THEN HAVE A PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND HAVE TO BE VOTED ON BY THE CITY COUNCI. THAT OFFICIAL APPLICATION TO THE ILLINOIS GAMING BOARD HAS TO BE IN BY OCTOBER 25TH. MCNAMARA SAYS A NEW CASINO WOULD BOLSTER THE STATELINE’S WORKFORCE AND ECONOMY. Tom McNamara, Rockford City Mayor “It is huge for us, it’s huge for our community, so if you look at it you’ve got 400 to 600 construction jobs you’re talking about 800 to 1100 potential jobs at the casino, and then you’re talking about property tax revenue for all taxing bodies.” ((ERIC)) THE CITY PLANS TO ESTABLISH A TEMPORARY LOCATION BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.. OR EARLY NEXT YEAR. HOWEVER, THE CITY HAS NOT CHOSEN A LOCATION FOR EITHER THE TEMPORARY… OR PERMANENT CASINO. IF IT’S ALL APPROVED.. THE MAYOR HOPES TO HAVE THE FULL CASINO UP AND RUNNING IN ABOUT TWO YEARS. ((ERIC)) UNDER THE STATE’S 45-BILLION-DOLLAR CAPITAL PLAN… ALSO COMES A STRING OF NEW TAXES. ONE OF THOSE BILLS… NEARLY DOUBLES GAS TAXES FOR ILLINOIS DRIVERS. IT WILL RAISE FROM 19-CENTS… TO 38 CENTS PER GALLON. TAXES ON CIGARETTES WILL ALSO INCREASE BY A DOLLAR… AND E-CIGARETTES WILL BE TAXED AT 15- PERCENT. REVENUE FROM THESE TAXES WILL BE USED TO UPGRADE ROADS… BRIDGES… PARKS AND UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS. PRITZKER SAYS THE BILL GARNERED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. Governor JB Pritzker, (D) Illinois “This year Democrats and Republicans came together to say enough is enough. Together we passed the largest most robust capital plan in state history. And we did it in the very best traditions of Democracy.” ((ERIC)) THE TAXES WILL TAKE EFFECT ON MONDAY. ((ERIC))

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