* From the state’s new gaming law…
In addition, within 10 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly, the [Illinois Gaming Board], with consent and at the expense of the City of Chicago, shall select and retain the services of a nationally recognized casino gaming feasibility consultant. Within 45 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly, the consultant shall prepare and deliver to the Board a study concerning the feasibility of, and the ability to finance, a casino in the City of Chicago. The feasibility study shall be delivered to the Mayor of the City of Chicago, the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Ninety days after receipt of the feasibility study, the Board shall make a determination, based on the results of the feasibility study, whether to recommend to the General Assembly that the terms of the license under paragraph (1) of this subsection (e-5) should be modified. The Board may begin accepting applications for the owners license under paragraph (1) of this subsection (e-5) upon the determination to issue such an owners license.
The law’s effective date is July 1, so the first deadline was yesterday. The deadline wasn’t met.
* Center Square…
Illinois’ new gambling expansion is barely two weeks old, but the state is already behind schedule. […]
The state should have named a firm to study a Chicago casino this week. That hasn’t happened. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said it will, eventually.
“Nothing is going to happen until licenses are issued. And that is going to happen in due course,” Pritzker told reporters in Chicago on Wednesday. “We obviously need to start with the Gaming Board, we need to make sure that the study is underway for the city of Chicago. But remember, that’s just one component of the gaming bill.”
The study requires a firm to figure out the best way to move forward with a Chicago casino and to suggest where the casino will be built.
“There are CMS requirements for the state. You have to go out and bid it out and so. And that’s all happening right now,” Pritzker said.
The governor also has not named new Gaming Board members. He said that will happen soon.
“We’ll be making announcements about the members and the chair of the Gaming Board as soon as we can,” Pritzker said.
…Adding… Amanda Vinicky…
“The IGB (Illinois Gaming Board) is bound by the procurement code and the law. We are working through the process to fulfill this mandate,” a gaming board spokesman said.
The Illinois Gaming Board put out a bid. It’s unclear at this point how many – if any – firms responded. The bid requires potential vendors to provide proof of having completed reports for feasibility studies in other metropolitan areas, to disclose any relationships with entities licensed by the state gaming board, and to disclose “all communications of any kind with agents, representatives, consultants, employees or officials of the City of Chicago, the Illinois Gaming Board, the State of Illinois” having anything to do with a Chicago casino. […]
The delay could hamstring whichever vendor may win the contract.
The bid requires the study to be completed in just about a month – by Aug. 12.