by Diane Benjamin
Weeks ago I heard from a source INSIDE the Illinois Lottery that Illinois has been skimming money to pay bills. Yesterday Crain’s Business reported that an audit found $200 Million in reporting errors. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130701/BLOGS02/130709979
Associated Press reported the same story. Reporting errors? $200,000,000? Crain’s blames a “transition to being an independent agency”. Illinois is fundamentally bankrupt, the papers just haven’t been filed. Is it a stretch to assume under-reporting of receipts is happening to re-direct some money.
I mentioned what I heard to Dan Brady several weeks ago when we crossed paths. His only comment was “I don’t know anything about it”. Thanks Dan.
My source is now telling me the money didn’t go to the state – it got diverted to who the Lottery officials want to be the next governor. More Illinois corruption that shouldn’t shock anyone.