Senator Bill Brady is calling for a review of the Quinn Administration’s selection of a vendor for the Illinois State Lottery, based on the recently-released findings of an independent investigative news organization.
“Last week, a report by an independent group raised serious concerns about the process of awarding a 10-year contract to Northstar Lottery Group as Illinois’ first private lottery contractor,” Senator Brady said. “We must take a closer look at what went on. This contract is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.”
A member of the Legislative Audit Commission, Senator Brady is asking for a hearing to review the allegations put forth by The Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, as well as the findings of a 2011 state audit of the State Lottery.
The Franklin Center found that one of the Quinn Administration’s panelists in charge of reviewing applications for the hundred million dollar-plus contract was listed as Northstar’s executive in charge of lottery sales. That man is currently employed by the state as deputy lottery superintendent.
A June 2011 report by Illinois Auditor General Bill Holland also raised a number of questions about procedural missteps during the process of selecting Northstar.