Following up on this release I sent out earlier this week, below you’ll find a letter that Rep. Rita has sent out to the Legislative Audit Commission requesting the commission look further into the Lottery audit and hiring questions. His hope is this can be considered as quickly as in the upcoming veto session, although that schedule will be set by the commission co-chairs and staff.
Let me know if you’d want to connect with Bob to talk more about this.
Rep. Frank Mautino
Sen. Jason Barickman
Legislative Audit Commission
622 Stratton Building
Springfield, IL 62706
Oct. 2, 2013
To Co-Chairmen Mautino and Barickman:
I am writing you to request that the Illinois Legislative Audit Commission look further into troubling questions raised in recent months about management and hiring practices at the Illinois Lottery.
On June 19, 2013, Auditor General William Holland released an audit of the Illinois Lottery that uncovered a number of concerning findings about errors, inaccuracies and incomplete data. Auditors noted material weaknesses in the Department of Lottery’s internal control structure over its financial and fiscal operations. It appears from this audit that the Lottery has accumulated approximately $200 million in errors. We must look more closely at the agency’s handling of valuable taxpayer dollars.
Additionally, an investigation in late September by the Better Government Association and WFLD-TV Fox 32 in Chicago raised serious questions about ties between a contractor hired to do research for the Lottery and Lottery Director Michael Jones. The investigation alleged, among other findings, that the company changed its name to help secure business from the agency after it was originally passed over because of concerns raised by the governor’s office.
I am requesting that the Legislative Audit Commission consider this matter as soon as possible, given the seriousness of the questions that have been raised. I would ask that you consider placing this on the agenda for the next Commission meeting that could be scheduled for the upcoming fall veto session so we can address it right away. Please contact me at 708-396-2822 if you have any questions or would like to talk further about this matter.
Rep. Bob Rita
D-Blue Island, 28th House District
Member, Legislative Audit Commission