Illinois Lottery leader announces resignation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The head of the Illinois Lottery has resigned from the position after undergoing surgery.

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration said Friday that lottery Director B. R. Lane has a “serious medical condition.”

Rauner has appointed Tim McDevitt as interim leader of the agency. He currently serves as Rauner’s deputy director of government transformation and metrics.

Lane has held the $142,000-a-year position since last year. He is a former executive with an Indiana-based computerized gambling company called International Game Technology. He replaced former agency leader Michael Jones.

During Lane’s tenure, Illinois reached an agreement to terminate the contract of Northstar Lottery Group, the private company managing the state’s lottery.

The move came after a legislative report revealed the Lottery lost money, reducing the funds it generates for state programming by $125 million.