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ILLINOIS’ GOV. OPEN TO LICENSING “CHANGES AND FIXES”

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said he’s open to tweaks in a lottery process to award 75 dispensary licenses, but said he would not suspend the process.
CBS

  • The state legislature’s Black and Latino caucuses have called on Pritzker to halt the license process to learn more about how the 21 finalists, out of 700 applicants were chosen. (Applicants can seek up to 10 licenses each.)
  • Pritzker said two-thirds of the finalists are owned by people of color and all are equity applicants.
  • “When we’re done with this process, we will have the largest percentage ownership by people of color anywhere in the nation,” Pritzker said.

The Chicago Sun-Times learned that a KPMG risk management consultant is a finalist. The firm received a $4.2M no-bid contract to evaluate applications. It said the consultant was not involved in the selection process.