New Illinois Gaming Czar Once Opposed Expansion

The new chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board opposed gambling expansion when he ran for the state Senate in 2002, but insists that will not be a factor in his new role as the Prairie State’s top gaming regulator.

“I don’t see my job on the gaming board to legislate. It’s to regulate,” Donald Tracy said after he was appointed January 30 by newly-elected Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

“My only agenda would be fair, honest and efficient regulation,” Tracy said.

Tracy, a 64-year-old attorney in the state capital of Springfield, told the Chicago Tribune he ran an independent expenditure committee which spent at least $100,000 on radio, newspaper and billboard advertisements for Rauner’s campaign.

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