Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's nephew is hoping to cash in on the coming video gambling market in bars and clubs across Illinois.
Mark Vanecko, who's been an attorney for Chicago bars and the Lollapalooza concert, is a partner in Lattner Entertainment Group Illinois, which has applied for a state license to operate slot machines in liquor-serving establishments.
Lattner Entertainment didn't disclose Vanecko's relation to Daley or a company campaign contribution on a state form, submitted in October, that provides the only information made public about license applicants.
The form requires applicants to list "relatives" of "public officials or officers" who are involved in the company as well as campaign contributions made directly or indirectly by the applicant in the last five years.
When the Tribune raised questions, Lattner Entertainment partner William Bracken issued a statement conceding "a mistake made with our application" and saying the firm wants to be transparent.
Has anyone cross referenced these lists of applicants against the Chicago Crime Commission's "Who's Who" of Outfit connected individuals? We're willing to bet there's a few more surprises tucked away in there.