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Gaming Board chief on job status: 'I have no idea'

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  • Gov. Bruce Rauner revoked some of Pat Quinn's government appointments, but it's created at least some confusion about who's in and who's out.

    Gov. Bruce Rauner revoked some of Pat Quinn's government appointments, but it's created at least some confusion about who's in and who's out.
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  • Associated PressAaron Jaffe, chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board, speaks during a meeting of the board.

    Associated PressAaron Jaffe, chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board, speaks during a meeting of the board.

 
 

The flurry of changes Gov. Bruce Rauner is making to state government is causing some confusion about who's in and who's out.

Rauner Tuesday revoked the appointment of Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Aaron Jaffe, who had been reappointed to the post by former Gov. Pat Quinn in August 2013 but never reconfirmed by the Illinois Senate.

Senate Democrats said Tuesday Rauner's action means Jaffe is out, leaving the Gaming Board without enough members to do business.

Or does Jaffe instead serve until "a successor is appointed and qualified," as described on the state's website about the job?

Asked Wednesday morning if he is still chairman of the Gaming Board, which regulates casinos and video gambling in Illinois, Jaffe said: "I have no idea."

"I haven't received any emails, telephone calls or anything else," Jaffe said.

Rauner said Tuesday his administration will review all the appointments and maybe reappoint people he likes.

Jaffe has criticized the size of gambling expansion plans in the past and said he didn't want to comment on whether he'd like to continue in the job.

"I suppose when they decide, they can call me and tell me," he said.

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