Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot Headlines Speaker Roster
At Summer Meeting Of Legislators
From Gaming States, July 11-13 in Chicago
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CHICAGO – Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot headlines an impressive roster of speakers who will participate in the Summer Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS), July 11-13 at the InterContinental Magnificent Mile. The NCLGS Summer Meeting is scheduled to be the first major US in-person gaming conference in more than a year.

Mayor Lightfoot, who is pursuing a nationally prominent agenda for the City of Chicago, is overseeing the recently opened opportunity to apply for the sole casino license in the country’s third-largest metropolitan market. The selected partner will be able to propose its optimal site for the project, pending the approval by the City. Chicago aims to welcome the new casino resort by 2025.
Mayor Lightfoot joins more than 25 experts will who appear before six legislative-chaired committees and two general session panels as well as in two keynote sessions. Confirmed speakers include:
  • Joseph Addabbo Jr., New York State Senator


  • Neil Bluhm, Co-Founder, Rush Street Gaming


  • William Bogot, Partner, Fox Rothschild


  • Matthew Cullen, Senior Vice President iGaming and Sports, Parx Casino


  • Steve Geller, Principal, Geller Law Firm, Mayor of Broward County (FL)


  • Becky Harris, Distinguished Fellow in Gaming and Leadership, UNLV International Gaming Institute, former Chair, Nevada Gaming Control Board


  • Daniel Hartman, Director, Colorado Division of Gaming


  • Christopher Hebert, Gaming Division Director, La. Attorney General's Office


  • Brandt Iden, Head of Government Affairs US, Sportradar


  • Jessica Feil, Vice President, Government Relations and Gaming Policy Counsel, American Gaming Association


  • Phil Juliano, Executive Vice President, Bally's Corporation


  • Tim Lowry, Partner, DLA Piper


  • John Marshall, Executive Vice President of Operations, Colonial Downs + Rosie's (Peninsula Pacific)


  • Donna More, Partner, Fox Rothschild


  • Katherine Paisley, General Counsel and VP of Compliance, Exacta Systems


  • Anita Pindiur, Vice President, Illinois Council on Problem Gambling


  • Matthew Roob, Senior Vice President, Financial Analysis, Spectrum Gaming Group


  • Jennifer Shatley, Principal, Logan Avenue Consulting


  • May Scheve Reardon, Director, Missouri Lottery


  • Carl Sottosanti, former EVP and General Counsel, Penn National Gaming


  • Ernest Stevens III, CEO, iGEA


  • Hilary Tompkins, Partner, Hogan Lovells


  • Rafael Verde, Senior Vice President, Regional Operations, Penn National Gaming


  • Patrick Willard, Director of Policy and Advocacy, National Council on Problem Gambling


  • Corey Wise, General Manager, Rivers Casino Des Plaines             


The Committee on Problem Gambling will kick off the NCLGS Summer meeting agenda, which also includes:
  • Morning Keynote Address from Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot


  • Luncheon Keynote Address from Neil Bluhm


  • Six legislative-chaired Committee sessions that will focus on tribal and commercial casinos, sports betting, and lotteries.


  • An International Masters of Gaming Law Masterclass titled “Distributed Gaming – Legal and Otherwise”


  • A general session panel discussion titled “Gaming’s Awkward Stage: How to Regulate a Mature Industry that is Still Emerging”


  • Two evening networking receptions


  • Colocation with GLI University's Mid-Year Gaming Regulators Seminar 2021, which begins 1 p.m. Sunday, July 11.
To view the agenda, register, and book rooms at the host hotel at special attendee rates by the June 30 deadline,click here
Due to the popular demand of this event, interested attendees should register early to guarantee attendance. Registration is open to the public and available here.
Both NCLGS and the host InterContinental will fully adhere to CDC, state and local guidelines that govern public events. 
For sponsorship information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Legislators and others seeking NCLGS membership information should contact Josh Faber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
NCLGS meetings are organized and produced by Spectrum Gaming Group, which serves as NCLGS Executive Director.




Spectrum Gaming Group proudly serves as Executive Director of NCLGS.

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