SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn is replacing everyone on the Illinois Gaming Board except the chairman, an advocate for strong regulation of gambling.
Quinn said Monday that under Chairman Aaron Jaffe, the board “has increased openness and transparency” in the gambling industry.
In his news release, the Democratic governor did not say why he was getting rid of the rest of the board. His office did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Quinn announced four new appointments to the five-member board. Three have a background in auditing and inspections.
Quinn has vetoed legislation allowing a major expansion of gambling, and lawmakers are considering an override. One point of contention is whether the Gaming Board would have enough oversight of the new gambling.
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