Dave Syverson

Illinois lawmaker opposes proposed $405.5M Wisconsin casino

An Illinois lawmaker says a casino proposed for southern Wisconsin would deal an economic blow to an adjacent Illinois town.

The casino is being proposed by the Wisconsin city of Beloit and the Ho-Chunk Nation. Beloit officials and the Native American tribe shared results of a November economic impact study that shows the casino would employ 1,500 people, The Rockford Register Star reported.

But Republican Sen. Dave Syverson of Rockford said the casino "would devastate Rockford" by taking away business from Rockford's convention center and other businesses. It would include an indoor water park, a hotel and convention center

"That would shut Magic...