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.