It's not just the lottery. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said the state is looking at a number of public-private partnerships.

Illinois last week announced its search to find a new private manager for the state lottery. 

Rauner doesn't seem soured by the problems of the last lotto partnership.

In fact, the governor is opening the door for other public-private partnerships — most notably roads and the state fair.

Rauner said a private foundation for the Illinois State Fair could mean many more management opportunities.

"We can have private corporations that are in agriculture and agribusiness donate millions of dollars to our fair so we can run it more profitably," Rauner said last week.

University of Washington professor Justin Marlowe said many states are looking at all kinds partnerships.

"They're all a bit different," Marlowe said. "And they're all different in the kinds of factors that can determine if a partnership is successful or not."

But Marlowe said there tend to be some partnerships that are more successful than others.


"Most of the success stories have really been around hard assets — roads, bridges, those sorts of things," Marlowe added.

Rauner said he’d like to see Illinois tap into "billions" of private dollars for new roads across the state. Those roads, however, would be toll roads.



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