More on the "it ain't over til it's over" front. Despite a long list of legitimate concerns expressed by both Intralot and Camelot Group in their respective protest letters regarding the Illinois Lottery private management bid process, it appears Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Lottery officials are hell bent on getting this private management contract signed pronto.
That rush to seal the deal suggests to some observers in the Intralot and Camelot camps that the Lottery has no intention of digging deeply into -- or perhaps even seriously considering -- the issues raised in the protest letters sent to the Illinois Department of Revenue last week. Indeed one source is reporting the Illinois Lottery hopes to sign the contract with the Northstar Lottery Group -- Quinn's choice to manage the Lottery -- on or around Oct. 13, just two weeks from now. No doubt Lottery officials want that contract signed before the Nov. 2 elections, lest the results somehow cause what Quinn has decreed to be put on hold or otherwise affected.
Meanwhile, the winning Northstar consortium -- comprised of Gtech, Scientific Games and Energy BBDO/Chicago -- doesn't appear to be the least bit concerned about the protests. The word from within the Northstar camp is that such protests are to be expected in the normal course of contracts being awarded in the lottery industry.
But others beg to different. In fact, one Intralot source said the group has never filed a formal protest in any lottery bid it has participated in since its United States operations launched in 2002. Until now.
Both Intralot and Camelot are supposed to get some response to their protests from the Illinois Department of Revenue momentarily. Should one or both of the protesting bidders not like what they hear from the department, both still have the option of a judicial review of their respective protests.
It ain't over til it's over.