Illinois: Rockford’s Hard Rock Casino on gaming board agenda this Thursday WTVO.com · October 27, 2020 at 8:30 pm The deadline is fast approaching for the Illinois Gaming Board to make a decision to approve or deny Rockford’s Hard Rock Casino. The gaming board has scheduled a special meeting for 10 a.m. Thursday, which is one day after the one year deadline to reach a decision. Several other casino licenses are also on the agenda, including casinos in Waukegan, south suburban Chicago and Williamson County. The Illinois Gaming Board has one year from the license application submission date to approve or deny the license at a public meeting. The Hard Rock application was submitted October 28th, 2019.