10th casino license reviewed
appoint a special investigator to assist
state board with suitability analysis
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CHICAGO -- On Wednesday Gov.
Rod Blagojevich called on the
Illinois Gaming Board to conduct a full, open and public review
of all of the facts, problems and concerns surrounding gaming in the
village of Rosemont, including the problems associated with Emerald
Casino, the previous owner of the 10th license. The governor also
said he will appoint a special investigator to work with the board
to assist with the review and help oversee the process.
The board is currently required to
conduct a suitability analysis of any casino operator in Illinois.
However, Blagojevich believes the review should not be limited
solely to the bid submitted by the Isle of Capri Corporation, and,
as a result, he is calling for a heightened investigation to address
all of the questions and concerns that have surrounded gaming in
Rosemont since the initial decision was made to award the license to
"Before the 10th license can be up and
running, we need to make sure that every legitimate concern
surrounding the license is fully reviewed, considered, and publicly
addressed and aired. All of the questions surrounding the location
of a casino in Rosemont is undermining the public's confidence in
the process. In the past, there were clear problems surrounding the
location of the 10th license in Rosemont. By conducting a full and
open review, we can discover whether those problems still exist.
Once that process is completed, the 10th license can move forward
with the confidence of the people of Illinois," Blagojevich said.
The heightened review would examine all
issues surrounding the Isle of Capri's negotiations with the village
of Rosemont, including whether any of the concerns that caused the
board to take revocation actions against Emerald Casino Inc. are
still present in any way.
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Blagojevich's special investigator
would be directed to assist the board in looking into prior
allegations of wrongdoing and determine whether those concerns still
exist. Blagojevich said that appointing an independent special
investigator will help ensure the integrity of the suitability
analysis and offer additional resources and expertise to the board.
The suitability analysis must begin after the bankruptcy court
clears the sale of Emerald Casino's assets to the Isle of Capri.
investigator will be available to make sure the Gaming Board has all
of the resources they need to conduct their review and to provide
assistance, advice and guidance. Only when the process is completed
and the findings are fully and publicly vetted can the location and
operation of 10th license proceed in a way that has the public's
confidence," Blagojevich said.
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