Lottery Lease May Violate Federal Law

11/27/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Kurt Erickson The Bloomington Pantagraph

A new federal legal decision could put a serious dent in Illinois' effort to raise money for a statewide construction program.

Reacting to a plan by Indiana to privatize the Hoosier Lottery, the U.S. Department of Justice said states may contract with private management firms to operate their lotteries, but that the state must maintain control over significant business decisions made by the lottery.

Illinois officials, who have struggled to find an agreement on how to pay for a road, bridge and school building program, are unsure if the opinion will scuttle the lottery lease idea.

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