Friday, February 25, 2005

casino connect-the-dots

The Chicago Tribune editorial "Rod's Gaming Board hustle" debunks a number of G-Rod's claims about the gaming board and says he does "keep his word".

Here's the part that jumped out at me:
For lack of a quorum, those remaining members can't approve construction projects at several casinos, can't renew expired casino licenses and can't pursue cases of alleged misconduct that aren't yet public knowledge.

This despite Blagojevich's pledges to the Tribune editorial board in June and August that he would soon appoint new members. The most important job awaiting those new members is to undo the decision of previous board members to steer the state's 10th casino license to Rosemont, in spite of lingering charges from the Gaming Board and from Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan that the suburb has ties to organized crime. (emphasis added)
Let me connect the dots. Donald Stevens is the mayor of Rosemont. Stevens wields significant political power in that portion of Cook County. Rod Blagojevich, when he was in Congress, represented much of this area. Blagojevich--whether directly or indirectly through his father-in-law--has a relationship with Stevens that goes back years.

If the decision to give Rosemont a casino can't be undone until G-Rod appoints a new member to the "Gaming" Board, this is likely a contributing reason to Gov. Blagojevich's decision to stall.

What's he waiting for? Under what circumstances could the Rosemont deal be revived?


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