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Hard Rock Casino Rockford readies for next hurdle

Hard Rock International on Monday night successfully navigated the city’s casino approval process, beating out two other contenders.


Now it must contend with the Illinois Gaming Board.


Armed with a City Council resolution certifying it as Rockford’s choice for the city’s single casino license, an approved host community agreement, and zoning variances for an array of oversized signs — including a 100-foot-tall Hard Rock guitar sign along East State Street and a 60-foot guitar sign that resembles Rick Nielsen’s signature checkerboard guitar at the main entrance — Hard Rock International now will apply for a state casino license.


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