Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is opposing a contract termination agreement between the Illinois Lottery and the private firm that operated it.
The performance of Northstar Lottery Group had come under fire from the Quinn administration, which reached a contract termination agreement in December with the private vendor and the lottery to avert litigation.
Crain's reports that Madigan told the lottery's director in a recent letter that the settlement "purports to extend indemnification to Northstar in excess of the (lottery's) statutory authority and in violation of the Illinois Constitution" and "may result in obligating the state to pay more fees and expenses than the state has paid in prior fiscal years," among other concerns.
Madigan's letter also says she "was not consulted" about the agreement.
"For these reasons, the proposed 'termination agreement' is hereby disapproved," the letter says.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has also blasted the agreement, calling it "a bad deal" for taxpayers.