"Rocksino" brings money, jobs, and traffic to local village.


NORTHFIELD -- The Hard Rock "Rocksino" will officially open with the smashing of a guitar on Wednesday evening, adding other gambling options and entertainment to Northfield Park.

The $268 million venue will add about 700 jobs to the area, as well as provide additional revenue to the village.

Northfield will get 2 percent of employment tax, 3 percent of entertainment, 5 percent of valet and 2 percent of anything won at the casino worth more than $1,200.

Northfield Mayor,Jesse Nehez says that the money will go toward infrastructure and adding personnel to the fire and police forces, but says he knows there will be problems as well.

"We are going to have traffic issues, but we are going to monitor it to see how we can get traffic moving smoothly through the village," Nehez says.

The 200,000 square foot venue has about 2,200 video lottery terminals, four restaurants, a 2,000-seat concert venue and two smaller staging areas.

In regards to how the facility will compete with other similar attractions, Nehez says, "We have an international venue here in town. We have people from all over the world that are just going to come to the Hard Rock for a T-shirt. I really do think it's going to set us apart from Thistledown and downtown."

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