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Illinois Drops Lottery Management Company

Illinois Lottery

The Illinois Lottery’s contract with a private management company is over. State officials announced Tuesday evening the contract with Northstar Lottery Group has been formally terminated.

The selection of a new private management company begins immediately. Governor Pat Quinn voiced serious concerns with Northstar’s performance in August. Since then, the Lottery, Northstar and the Governor’s Office negotiated termination terms to avoid drawn-out litigation.

Northstar Lottery Group became the first private manager of a U.S. Lottery in July of 2011, based on its winning bid to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in additional income over a decade.  During its first full three years, Northstar missed its net-income targets by more than $450 million.

The Illinois Lottery will continue to function as usual, even while the state searches for a new management company. Contracts with the vendors that supplied lottery terminals and instant tickets under Northstar will continue, but at reduced compensation rates.

Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield. She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" from the Illinois Associated Press and recipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb Journalism Alumni Award. She is an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.
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