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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has appointed Charles Schmadeke to serve as chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board.

Schmadeke is a partner-in-charge at Hinshaw & Culbertson’s Springfield office and has more than 25 years of litigation, mediation and administrative law experience.

He has represented and counseled governmental clients on a wide variety of matters, including governance, organization and fiscal issues, civil rights, regulation enforcement and employment.

Before joining Hinshaw & Culbertson in 2003, Schmadeke served in senior positions in Illinois state government, including general counsel to the Illinois State Comptroller, where he advised the Comptroller on constitutional and statutory matters and fiscal affairs.

He also worked 11 years for the Illinois Attorney General as chief of the General Law Bureau, which represents all state agencies, state officers and state employees in federal and state litigation.

Alongside Schmadeke, Governor Pritzker also named Anthony Garcia to serve on the Illinois Gaming Board.

Garcia has served as senior counsel for litigation and investigations at The Boeing Company since 2013, managing litigation and conducting internal investigations implicating violations of the False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Anti-Kickback Statute and other statutes.

Garcia previously served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois, where he investigated and prosecuted violations of narcotics and weapons statutes, murder for hire, and fraud and export control statutes.

Both Schmadeke and Garcia’s appointments are pending confirmation by the Illinois Senate. They will join the board's existing members Steven Dolins, Ruben Ramirez Jr, and Dionne Hayden.