Madigan rejects bid to end state’s lottery contract

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Attorney General Lisa Madigan has rejected a proposed agreement ending the state’s contract with the private vendor that ran the Illinois Lottery.

Madigan wrote the lottery’s director Jan. 16 to say the settlement could mean more fees and violate Illinois law, among other reasons.

Former Gov. Pat Quinn directed the lottery last year to end its Northstar Lottery Group contract over performance concerns. Northstar, the lottery and Quinn’s office negotiated a deal to avoid lawsuits.

Madigan’s involvement comes through litigation over public information requests to Northstar from Chicago news outlets. The Chicago-based company tried to block the release of information by suing. Madigan says the company should turn over information.

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s spokeswoman says the “last-minute deal” wasn’t in the taxpayer’s best interest.

Northstar officials didn’t return a message.