Rauner Administration Fires Illinois Lottery Manager

September 18, 2015
 
In this Dec. 12, 2013. file photo, a customer holds a Mega Millions lottery ticket at a convenience store in Chicago. State officials announced Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, that Illinois will end its contract with the private vendor that operates the $2 bi

In this Dec. 12, 2013. file photo, a customer holds a Mega Millions lottery ticket at a convenience store in Chicago. State officials announced Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, that Illinois will end its contract with the private vendor that operates the $2 billion-a-year state lottery over "serious concerns" with company performance.

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced his administration has reached an agreement to terminate the contract of Northstar Lottery Group, the private company managing the Illinois Lottery.

The governor's general counsel Jason Barclay says a new private manager will take over day-to-day operation of the lottery by Jan. 2017.
 
Northstar, which was hired in 2010 to increase sales and profits, has been under criticism for several years for its management style.
 
A recent report by the Illinois Legislature revealed the Illinois Lottery lost money last year for the first time since 2009.
 
The report also said Northstar has consistently failed to meet profit targets, has gone to arbitration with the state numerous times, repeatedly paid penalties for not meeting targets and failed to expand the number of lottery outlets as promised.

Story source: AP