CHICAGO - A federal appeals court has taken on the issue of pay-to-play corruption in Illinois under disgraced ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit by riverboat casinos in a late Friday ruling. The suit alleges that racetrack owners bribed Blagojevich to push through legislation that transferred 3 percent of casino revenue to the racetracks.
The Chicago-based court says the case required it to "once again decide whether some shenanigans'' in the Legislature "and governor's office crossed the line from the merely unseemly to the unlawful.''