A plan that would allow a video gambling company to monitor other companies’ games across Illinois is one vote away from the governor’s desk.
It passed a House panel Wednesday and now heads to the floor.
Every seven years, Illinois contracts with a private company to make sure video gambling machines follow state rules.
Mark Lerner said his company, Bally Technologies, didn’t submit a bid the last time around because Illinois law doesn’t allow gaming manufacturers to fill the role.
Lerner said that would give a company “unfair advantages,” like knowing what the competition is up to, and…
LERNER: “The fact that your product, the product that you make, has to work on their system.”
But the winning bid was placed by a manufacturing company, Scientific Games.
Steve Angelo is the vice-president of one of Scientific’s subsidiaries.
He said there plenty of reasons to avoid a conflict of interest.
ANGELO: “If we fail to meet any rules or regulations or break any laws, we’ll lose our license. And if we lose our license in one jurisdiction, we will lose licenses across the globe.”
The measure’s sponsor says Scientific Gaming submitted its bid before the current “conflict of interest” law was put into place.
He says Illinois could lose more than a thousand jobs if the company is not allowed to keep manufacturing.