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updated: 8/30/2013 7:42 PM

Quinn reappoints Illinois Gaming Board chairman

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Gov. Pat Quinn has reappointed Aaron Jaffe to serve as chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board.

In a statement Friday, Quinn says it's critical to have strong oversight of gambling. He says Jaffe and vice chairman Michael Holewinski have done "a fine job" leading the watchdog agency.

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Jaffe has been chairman since 2005. He has tangled with some lawmakers who say he's tried to block gambling expansion.

During the most recent legislative session Jaffe opposed a measure to add five casinos in the state, saying it didn't give the board enough regulatory authority. That led to heated exchanges, including one hearing where Jaffe called a state Sen. Terry Link "atrocious" and the senator returned the jab.

Quinn also announced Friday he's appointing Holewinski to another term.

The Senate must approve the appointments.

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