Rivers Casino In Illinois Fined $2 Million

Rivers Casino In Illinois Fined $2 MillionThe Rivers Casino in Des Plaines has been hit with a huge $2 million fine after the Illinois Gaming Board accused the venue of not following proper procedures laid out by the regulator. One of the breeches involved awarding the United Service Company (USC) a cleaning contract without first obtaining the required number of bids, before then hiring the firm without entering into a formal contract.
At the heart of the dispute was the relationship between Rivers Casino and the president of United Service Companies, Richard Simon, whose previous cleaning company, National Facilities Maintenance, had reputed organized crime member William Daddano as a partner. After questions were raised in May, Rivers Casino apparently halted its relationship with USC, and as the casino’s president, David Patent, explains:
“Out of an abundance of caution, we terminated our relationship with United, and since then we have been fully cooperating with the Illinois Gaming board in their investigation. We self-reported to the Illinois Gaming Board that there might be an issue.”
Another issue involved offering a $100,000 new-member giveaway promotion that had not previously been approved by regulators, as well as allowing the promotion to run after its closing date. Commenting on the issues, Gaming Board Chairman Don Tracy referred to the $2 million fine as an obviously “very significant fine”, whilst pointing out that “this was not a one-time slip up relative particularly to the promotions.”
In July 2011, Rivers Casino opened just a short distance from O’Hare International Airport, and is the state’s biggest and most popular gambling venue. For the first six months of 2015, the casino has seen 1.7 million visitors pass through its doors, resulting in $215 million in gross revenues. Illinois’ next biggest gambling operation, Harrah’s in Joliet, has seen 754,000 visitors, and $93.6 million in revenues over the same period.

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