The Illinois Senate cleared the way for a Rockford casino.
Senator Dave Syverson sponsored the bill that passed yesterday.
Syverson says a casino will bring millions of dollars to the local economy.
All the licensing fees for the casino would go to the state's general revenue fund to help pay bills leaving other state revenue to pay for education.
However, some are critical of a casino in Rockford saying gambling money isn't what the state should rely on to pay bills.
The bill now heads to the house.
And a new casino is a possibility at Rockford's former Clock Tower Resort.
The building sold two weeks ago. New developers plan to tear it down and say bringing a casino in its place is a possibility.
The owners and developers have a meeting on the resort next week.