Illinois Lottery Names New General Counsel
|For Immediate Release||Contact: Mike Lang (217) 524-5158|
CHICAGO, IL February 15, 2012—Michael Jones, Superintendent of the Illinois Lottery, today announced the appointment of Agostino Lorenzini, 49, to General Counsel for the Illinois Lottery.
“As the Illinois Lottery becomes is own department and organizes itself to maximize profits to the Common School Fund, the Capitol Projects Fund and good causes in an ethical and socially responsible manner, having a highly qualified, deeply experienced lawyer like Agostino Lorenzini is exciting,” Jones said. “He brings an ideal perspective to the Lottery with his blend of public and private legal experience.”
Previous to his appointment as the Lottery’s General Counsel, Lorenzini was Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Revenue. In these roles, he successfully oversaw, among other matters, the Revenue Department’s legal operations including major legislative initiatives, multi-million dollar state tax litigation, employee disputes and bankruptcy matters.
Prior to joining the State, Lorenzini was in private practice at Mayer Brown LLP and Jenner & Block.
“The Illinois Lottery is a unique department in state government. It provides its General Counsel with an opportunity to work on complex contractual matters, consumer law, and to be involved in all facets of business management,” Lorenzini said. “I am excited to join Superintendent Jones and the team he has assembled to maximize the value of our lottery to the state.”
Lorenzini graduated cum laude from Loyola University Law School and earned his M.A. from DePaul University and his B.S. from Loyola University. He resides in the Lincoln Square neighborhood in Chicago with his wife and two children.
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $20 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.