Mobs and Casinos?
This story is from this past May, but who would have thought this could happen here???
- Prompted by questions from the Better Government Association, the Illinois Gaming Board has launched an investigation into Rivers Casino over its relationship with a Chicago company whose president has had ties to reputed mob figures.
Rivers, the state’s newest and most lucrative casino, has been using United Service Cos. for "deep cleaning" to its kitchens since the Des Plaines gaming site opened in 2011 after besting applicants from Waukegan and Rosemont for a coveted gaming license, the BGA found.
Rivers, owned by a venture whose chairman is billionaire real estate magnate Neil Bluhm, also hired United Service’s security division to provide guards just before the casino opened, according to interviews.
The president of United Service is Richard "Rick" Simon, a former Chicago police officer who over the years has had business and personal connections to reputed mob figures, according to public records, news accounts and interviews. Simon said in an interview he’s an upstanding businessman unfairly portrayed in past media reports.
This would be the same Rick Simon who has a boat? A boat frequented by a certain high-ranking police official? A police official.....well, never mind. Nothing to see here.
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