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Rauner's Team Reviewing Options After Lottery Deal

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's team is reviewing potential next steps in the wake of an agreement over the Illinois Lottery that they claim was made against taxpayers' interests.

Illinois terminated its contract with private vendor, Northstar Lottery Group, which ran the lottery. Gov. Pat Quinn's office, lottery officials and Northstar negotiated details to avoid lawsuits. Subcontractors Gtech and Scientific Games will provide services at a lower rate until a new company is selected.

But Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf alleges the termination agreement is essentially a hefty new contract binding Illinois' hands for years and eliminating the ability to collect penalties, which equals lost revenue.

Attorneys for Rauner's transition team are weighing legal options, but declined Wednesday to detail them.

Lottery Director Michael Jones disputes the claims, saying it's a good deal for Illinois.

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