* As we discussed Friday, video gaming magnate and potential racino owner Rick Heidner was mentioned in the federal warrant served on Sen. Martin Sandoval’s Statehouse office.
Well, the Tribune had apparently been looking into Heidner for some time and published this story online Friday night…
A major video gambling operator who is asking the state for permission to build a southwest suburban horse track and casino has long-standing business ties to a banking family whose financial involvement with mob figures helped sink a Rosemont casino, the Tribune has found.
Gold Rush Gaming owner Rick Heidner has partnered in numerous real estate deals with Rocco Suspenzi, chairman of the board at Parkway Bank and Trust. Together, they have borrowed millions from the bank in deals for convenience stores and gas stations in several states. […]
The Tribune also found that Heidner has a similar real estate partnership with Dominic Buttitta, who pleaded guilty to running an illegal bookmaking operation and skimming money from his South Elgin strip club between 2005 to 2009.
* The Illinois Gaming Board gave Heidner a video gaming license in 2012. Apparently, its vaunted investigatory staff didn’t do some basic online searches…
The Tribune found the business, financial and legal connections between Heidner and the Suspenzis, as well as Buttitta, in public land, court and business registration records. Nearly all of the documents were available from online databases maintained by government agencies across the country.
If you haven’t yet, you really should go read the whole thing. Fascinating stuff.