The governor said that if the state can’t find a suitable private manager and supplier to operate the Illinois Lottery, the law may have to change. Gov. Bruce Rauner said outgoing private manager Northstar Lottery Group failed to meet expectations, had conflicts of interest and was not transparent with its operations.
The request for proposal for a new manager, announced Thursday, includes requiring that any new manager comply with the state’s Freedom of Information Act. Rauner said that if the state can’t find a new manager, lawmakers should rework the law. Acting Lottery Director Tim McDevitt said one change could be to allow for a public-benefit corporation.
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The request for proposal could lead to a 10-year contract valued at $300 million with incentives based on growth.