March 18, 2005

Blago makes long overdue appointments to gaming board

Someone must have finally lit a fire under Blagojevich.
Casino Rock Island officials got a St. Patrick's Day gift when Gov. Rod Blagojevich nominated a new Illinois Gaming Board, rejuvenating a panel that didn't have enough members to do business.

The board's inability to act has left millions of dollars in construction on hold. The Casino Rock Island, as well as casinos in East St. Louis, and Metropolis, has been waiting to begin expansion projects. A controversial plan to build a casino in Rosemont is on hold, and casino-license renewals also have been delayed.

The board didn't have enough members to take a legal vote for seven months because resignations left the board with just two members. The board needs at least three members to take a vote.

Jumer's officials welcomed the news.


At 3/18/2005 7:47 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Oh, and here's something else you can ignore...

At 3/19/2005 4:13 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And I DARE anyone to read the articles and pieces I"ve linked to and make a point by point rebuttal. Hell, even rebutting ONE POINT would be a start. But so far, NONE of you people have been capable of it. Any takers?

At 3/19/2005 7:33 PM, Blogger LL Cool T said...

Maybe you should give some credit to local Democratic leader John Gianulis. He works for Gov. Blagojevich and I am sure he was in the Governor's ear about how important the Casino Rock Island expansion is to the local economy and that we needed a gaming board to act. Thanks John for anything you did to make it happen. You're still the go to guy around here!!

At 3/20/2005 12:58 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Unfortunately, I've not heard any direct evidence of who is working on the issue, but I'm sure that along with Vershoore and Jacobs, John G. would certainly carry some weight. He is indeed an institution unto himself.


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