Bally’s faces federal, local scrutiny over how it secured Chicago casino license

Bally’s faces federal, local scrutiny over how it secured Chicago casino license

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  • The Real Deal
December 3, 2023 12:53 PM

The process through which Bally’s secured the coveted Chicago casino license has come under federal and local scrutiny. One investigation is reportedly led by the U.S. attorney’s office, initiated in response to complaints lodged by unsuccessful bidders in the casino licensing process, Crain’s Chicago reported.

Alderman Brian Hopkins, a consistent critic of former Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s management of the casino proceedings, confirmed the existence of the federal inquiry, the outlet reported.

Simultaneously, a parallel investigation is said to be underway, conducted by Chicago Inspector General Deborah Witzburg.

Witzburg, adhering to office policy, declined to comment on the matter, and the U.S. attorney’s office did not respond to requests for comment.