Jack Franks Calling for Probe of Illinois Lottery


By Casey Bischel and Mike Fitzgerald on June 11th, 2016:

A state lawmaker is calling for an investigation of the Illinois Lottery after a recent audit revealed it had violated the state finance law.

The audit found that the Lottery circumvented the state’s budget impasse by prepaying $20 million to take part in future multistate lottery games, such as Powerball and Mega Millions.

“At this time law enforcement should be involved,” said Franks, one of the Lottery’s most vocal critics in the Illinois General Assembly.

Franks, the chairman of the House’s State Government Administration Committee, said he’d be happy to hold hearings on the Lottery’s violation of state law.

“But I don’t want to step on law enforcement,” Franks said.

Maura Possely, a spokeswoman for Madigan, said her office is reviewing the audit’s findings.

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