Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he's "extremely disappointed" with the private company that runs the state lottery. Cullerton says lawmakers believed a private firm would operate the lottery better than the state. He says financial reports indicate Northstar Lottery Group "is unable to live up to its commitments." Reports filed with the Lottery Control Board show Northstar is projected to be $716 million short of its $3.5 billion required sales target this fiscal year. The company must make shortfall payments to the state when it misses targets. Cullerton is encouraging Governor Pat Quinn "to hold the firm accountable and take whatever steps are necessary." Quinn spokeswoman Katie Hickey says the office is monitoring the situation. She says the state will seek full payment for any shortfall.
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