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Calling out the lottery

Published: Saturday, May 31, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Thank you, state Rep. Jack Franks, for calling out another example of Gov. Pat Quinn’s horrific management.

Northstar Lottery Group was brought in to increase the profitability of the Illinois State Lottery and manage the agency more efficiently.

It has not only failed to achieve any of the metrics for successful management to which it agreed to be held, but also filed litigation against the state at every opportunity.

The company is reminiscent of a houseguest who leaves a mess in the kitchen and a bill on the counter, and is, in my view, the ultimate example of the type of waste that must be eliminated.

Neither goal of privatizing the Illinois State Lottery has been achieved in Northstar’s three-year tenure as manager, and yet the governor and the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Legislature have done nothing to fix the situation for the taxpayers of Illinois, for fear of admitting that a policy they supported has been an abject failure.

By calling attention to the failure of the state and Northstar to deliver as promised, Franks, however, has shown again that his interest is in serving the taxpayers of Illinois, not special interests or the Democratic machine that dominates Springfield.

We are lucky to have such a dynamic, independent legislator represent us, and all should vote to re-elect him in November.

Mercedes Jamka


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