FILE - Illinois State Capitol

The dome of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.

Gambling operator sues Illinois Gaming Board

A video gambling operator has sued the Illinois Gaming Board, claiming an employee leaked confidential information to the federal government.

The Chicago Tribune reported Rick Heidner sued the board Tuesday alleging it handled records regarding him, his family and several others in a careless and cavalier fashion.

The board is seeking to revoke Heidner’s license. It accuses Heidner of offering millions in “illegal inducement” money to a chain of gambling parlors.

Interim report shows Illinois budget wasn’t balanced 

An interim annual financial report issued this week by the Illinois comptroller is rare, but a public finance watchdog says it sets the table for the governor’s budget address next week.

Truth In Accounting Research Director Bill Bergman said there are significant problems with the interim report, mainly it’s not complete or fully audited, but he said it’s still a valuable document for the public as Gov. J.B. Pritzker prepares to deliver his budget address on Feb. 19.

Temperatures plummet across Illinois

A deep freeze setting in after most of the state got snow caused some schools to open late and many throughout the state to close for the day.

Temperatures are expected to be frigid today and Friday, but will get milder Saturday and into next week.