Can regulators keep video gambling crime-free?
Take a look behind the scenes of Illinois' video gambling gold rush:
• Gambling interests moving in after facing pay-to-play allegations in two other states.
• A man who worked to push legalization arrested by the FBI and charged with running a multimillion dollar illegal gambling operation.
• A West suburban mayor with ties to a company hoping to finance some of the 45,000 gambling machines set to be placed in bars, restaurants and other local spots across Illinois.
With the lucrative slotlike machines set to be operating by year's end, a Daily Herald investigation shines light on the problem regulators face to keep political insiders and, separately, organized crime out of a new legal industry that could be worth up to $1.5 billion annually.