New Illinois regulator chairman vows integrity

Charles Schmadeke was appointed as chairman last month by Governor J.B. Pritzker. Credits:
Charles Schmadeke was appointed as chairman last month by Governor J.B. Pritzker. Credits:

The new chairman of the Illinois gambling regulator said that the changes in the industry will be tough but that integrity will not be challenged.

US.- Illinois is currently experiencing a period of transition in which the industry is adapting to the new gambling bill that approved a massive expansion. The new Chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board, Charles Schmadeke, said that in order for the expansion to be successful, the industry must have the public’s trust and confidence.

Charles Schmadeke became chairman last month, appointed by Governor J.B. Pritzker. He said during his first meeting that he has no illusions about how tough of a job lies ahead. “We all know that those tasks are substantial. In ordinary times our work is challenging, but these are not ordinary times,” he said.

The chairman said that if the new industry aims to be successful, it should count with the public’s trust. “Maintaining that confidence must undergird everything we do,” Schmadeke said. “Achieving and preserving the integrity of the gaming industry in Illinois will be at the heart of my tenure on this board, and based upon what I know I believe that also applies to the board as a whole and to the staff. We will undertake our responsibility as effectively and as efficiently as possible, but we will not compromise on issues of integrity.”

Six developers submit casino applications

The Waukegan director of planning and economic development said that six casino developers submitted their proposals on Monday’s deadline. While the staff didn’t say anything about the proposals, two companies announced their interest in the casino.

The Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, which operates a casino in Milwaukee submitted the application. Warner Gaming, which teamed up with Tap Room Gaming and former Senator Michael Bond, wants a casino licence as well.

The former Senator said that he expects the city’s selection process to be fair, open and transparent. He believes the one submitted by his team has the “winning formula” as it features partnerships with local restaurants. It also commits to hiring local citizens.

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