Rivers Casino has paid $1.65M fine following investigation

Apr 11, 2016 9:52 AM

The Rivers Casino has paid a $1.65 million fine following an Illinois Gaming Board investigation spurred in part by questions over a security and maintenance contractor’s ties to reputed mob figures.

Last year, the Better Government Association discovered that Rivers — Illinois’ newest and most lucrative casino — hired United Service Cos. for security and cleaning work at the Des Plaines gaming site.

The gaming board also raised regulatory issues with Rivers unrelated to United. For instance, the casino was accused of allowing patrons to enter a “$250,000 Sign Up and Win New Member Giveaway” after the promotional period had ended.  

Rivers entered into settlement talks with the gaming board and an agreement was reached in late January and early February to pay $1.65 million, according to the settlement agreement.

A spokesman for Rivers and Neil Bluhm, chairman of the venture that owns Rivers, wouldn’t comment other than to say the fine has been paid and “United Services is no longer a vendor.”

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected].