Friday, October 12, 2007
Read Kass' column "Only a casino can stop Mayor Chucky"
Me: Your Honor, do you support the plan to create a Chicago gaming commission to oversee a city casino and cut out the Illinois Gaming Board?
Daley: No. I don't know anything about that.
City Hall suit sitting next to Daley: I don't know anything about it.
Daley: Gee. I don't know.
But it turns out that at 10 a.m. Wednesday on the 16th floor of the Thompson Center, there will be a public meeting about proposed Chicago casino legislation, including a plan to let the mayor appoint a board that would govern a casino.
According to a Better Government Association analysis of the legislation, there would be no competitive bidding for professional services contracts to manage the casino. And once passed, City Hall could never lose its license, even if it runs the casino as it ran the scandal-plagued Hired Truck program.
Also, the legislation that the mayor doesn't know anything about would create a five-member Chicago Casino Developmental Authority to oversee everything, with three members picked by Daley and two picked by Tony Rezko's governor.
How's that for reform?