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Big Names to Testify in Emerald Casino Hearing

26 May 2005

ILLINOIS – As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times: "Politicians, convicted crooks, an '85 Bear and some big names in Illinois gambling could be called to testify this summer at a state hearing aiming to revoke Emerald Casino's embattled gaming license.

"A seven-page cast of characters with ties to the failed casino project in Rosemont was made public Wednesday as regulators tipped their hand on whom they might subpoena to testify.

"Two of the biggest names on the list are Arlington Park's Richard Duchossois and Rosemont Mayor Donald E. Stephens, both of whom pushed hard to get lawmakers to open up Rosemont to legalized gambling in 1999 -- only to watch the project get bogged down for years.

"…Former Emerald CEO Kevin Flynn, his father, Donald Flynn, and Nick Boscarino, one of the men the Gaming Board accused of having mob ties, are on the witness list. So is Ralph Aulenta, an insurance man who testified against Boscarino last year in a federal fraud case that ended with both men being convicted.

"…Others who could be called to testify include former state Rep. Ralph Capparelli, who helped carry the casino legislation; mob lawyer-turned-informant Robert Cooley, and all of Emerald's investors, a group that includes former Bear Shaun Gayle, Walter Payton's widow, Connie, Panda Express founder Andrew Cherng and Timothy Rand, owner of restaurants at Midway Airport.

"…The release of the list came as the Emerald license revocation hearing was relaunched…"

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