About Us

Current Board Members

CHARLES SCHMADEKE CHARLES SCHMADEKE is a partner-in-charge of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP's Springfield office. He has more than 25 years of litigation, mediation and administrative law experience and concentrates his practice representing business and governmental clients in litigation and mediation, including cases involving employment issues, civil rights defense, regulatory matters, and contract and tort claims. 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. He was the General Counsel to the Illinois State Comptroller, where he advised the Comptroller on constitutional and statutory matters and fiscal affairs, and also conducted cases before the civil service board and handled litigation with cemeteries, funeral homes and other entities regulated by the Comptroller. 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. In addition to supervising a staff of 21 attorneys and overseeing an active caseload of thousands of cases before federal and state courts and administrative tribunals, Schmadeke personally handled many cases including matters involving civil rights, professional regulation and employment issues.
 
STEVE DOLINS STEVEN C. DOLINS is a Certified Public Accountant and managing partner of the Dolins Group, Ltd. The Dolins Group is a full-service Northbrook based accounting firm which specializes in tax planning and preparation, multi-state and relocation tax expertise, and accounting software set up and training. He was appointed to the Board by Governor Bruce Rauner on May 9, 2016. Mr. Dolins graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Accounting. Mr. Dolins counsels individuals and businesses on tax planning strategies, reviews and prepares business and individual tax returns, as well as other tax compliance work involving sales and payroll taxes. He also assists business owners in the management of their businesses, including preparation of financial statements and review of business activities and forecasting. Mr. Dolins' primary focus is on complete client satisfaction, and building and maintaining long term relationships with each of his clients. Mr. Dolins also volunteers his time as the Treasurer of the Northbrook Baseball Association, School District 30 Foundation, and the Lew Blond Memorial 5k Walk/Run.
 
RUBEN RAMIREZ SERGEANT RUBEN RAMIREZ, JR. is assigned to the Chicago Police Department, Special Functions Marine/Helicopter Unit. He is currently detailed to The Bureau of Organized Crime as the Training Group Supervisor.
Sgt. Ramirez has a 28-year tenure with the Chicago Police Department. He started his police career in the 9th District as a patrol officer, eventually becoming a member of the district tactical team. Sgt. Ramirez was then detailed to Gang Investigations out of the Maxwell Street station and shortly after was assigned to the Narcotics Unit. In 2001, Sgt. Ramirez was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Public Housing where he was a relief supervisor within the unit. Sgt. Ramirez was assigned to the Office of the Superintendent/Legal Affairs and worked as a supervisor in the Risk Management Office. During this time, he explicitly worked on risk mitigation and training. Eventually Sgt. Ramirez returned to Narcotics as a team supervisor, where he oversaw operations of covert street corner conspiracies, hotel/motel interdiction, long term investigations and Title III investigations that included FBI and DEA components. Sgt. Ramirez then followed his passion and applied for the Marine/Helicopter Unit, where he was then assigned. While in the Marine/Helicopter Unit, Sgt. Ramirez supervised Marine Patrol that conducted Homeland Security protection and responded to all maritime emergencies. Sgt. Ramirez further led maritime investigations in rescue, recovery, search and inspection missions. Sgt. Ramirez holds a certification as a first responder medical from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Currently Sgt. Ramirez is working in the Bureau of Organized Crime as the Training Group Supervisor for the Bureau.
Sgt. Ramirez has obtained a MS in Public Safety (LE) Administration and a BS in Law Enforcement Management. He is a certified Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) instructor. Sgt. Ramirez is also a member of several associations, including the Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association (IDEOA), International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), International Undercover Officers Association, and the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI).
 
DIONNE HAYDEN DIONNE R. HAYDEN is a seasoned corporate attorney with over 14 years of experience with corporate investigations involving various types of misconduct including fraud, embezzlement, and ethics, compliance and policy violations. Ms. Hayden currently holds the position of Assistant Vice President, Employee Relations at CNA Insurance Company. Her role includes investigating and resolving a wide range of matters which may include misconduct, compliance, ethics, conflicts of interest and policy violations. Ms. Hayden began her career in private practice as a corporate litigator at McGuire Woods, LLP's Chicago office and later joined Miller Canfield, PLC. After over a decade of work as a litigator, corporate counselor and investigator, Ms. Hayden left private practice to take a role as Senior Legal Counsel at the international corporate insurance company of Allianz, Global, Corporate & Specialty in their North American division in Chicago, IL. During her career, Ms. Hayden has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers and Illinois Leading Lawyers and was named a "Top 40 Labor and Employment Attorney under 40 in Illinois" by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Ms. Hayden received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the Katz Business School for undergraduates at the University of Pittsburgh and her law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
ANTHONY GARCIA is an attorney serving as senior counsel for litigation and investigations at The Boeing Company where he manages litigation as well as supervises and conducts internal investigations implicating violations of the False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Anti-Kickback Statute and other statutes. Mr. Garcia previously served as an Assistant U.S. 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. Previously, he spent seven years at the U.S. Department of Justice, five years as a trial attorney for the Office of International Affairs and Counterespionage Section and two years as an attaché in Mexico City, working closely with senior U.S. and Mexican officials to combat transnational crime. Mr. Garcia also served as an Assistant State's Attorney in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and as an Intelligence Analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. He received his Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of Wyoming.
 

Administrator

MARCUS FRUCHTER is an accomplished professional with experience in both the public and private sectors. Before joining the Illinois Gaming Board he was a senior counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission's Enforcement Division. At the SEC, Mr. Fruchter served in the Enforcement Division's Market Abuse Unit before joining the Cyber Unit at its inception in late 2017. He investigated and brought enforcement actions covering multiple areas of securities fraud including insider trading, account intrusions and unauthorized trading schemes, market manipulation and abusive trading, and dark web-related conduct. Prior to joining the SEC in 2015, Mr. Fruchter was an attorney in private practice for more than a decade. Mr. Fruchter was a litigation partner at Honigman LLP and its Chicago predecessor firm Schopf & Weiss LLP, where he represented clients in federal and state courts nationwide in complex business disputes involving commercial fraud, trade secrets and unfair competition, professional liability, and patent and trademark infringement. Before embarking on a legal career, Mr. Fruchter worked as a senior public policy associate at Feeding America and served as a legislative aide in the United States Senate. He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and earned a B.A. in public policy, with honors, from James Madison College at Michigan State University.
 

Senior Staff

Agostino Lorenzini - General Counsel
Joe Miller - Director of Policy and Special Projects
Sean Brannon - Deputy Administrator of Enforcement
Video Gaming Operations North:
William Doster - Operations Officer
Carla Clark - Video Enforcement Supervisor, Rockford
Fidel Aguilar - Video Enforcement Supervisor, Tinley Park
Monika Cisek - Video Enforcement Supervisor, Des Plaines
Video Gaming Operations South:
Vidal Panizo - Operations Officer
Craig Demaret - Video Enforcement Supervisor, Collinsville/Du Quoin
Matt Muenchow - Video Enforcement Supervisor, LaSalle
Tanessa Stinebaker - Video Enforcement Supervisor, Springfield
Casino Operations:
Sean Brannon - Operations Officer
Douglas Lee - Casino Enforcement Supervisor, Harrah's Casino, Joliet
Charles Cobb - Casino Enforcement Supervisor, Hollywood Casino, Joliet
Angelo Martini - Casino Enforcement Supervisor, Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin
Linda Mandat - Casino Enforcement Supervisor, Hollywood Casino, Aurora
Frank Scanio - Casino Enforcement Supervisor, Rivers Casino, Des Plaines
William Bartok - Operations Officer
Vernon Smith - Casino Enforcement Supervisor, Par-A-Dice Casino, East Peoria
James Pearce - Casino Enforcement Supervisor, Jumer's Casino, Rock Island
George Kasarda - Casino Enforcement Supervisor, Argosy Casino, Alton
William Bartok - Casino Enforcement Supervisor, Casino Queen, East St. Louis
Derrek Fromm - Casino Enforcement Supervisor, Harrah's Casino, Metropolis
Scott Deubel - Deputy Administrator of Investigations
Investigations:
Ruben Flores - Operations Officer
Emmanuel Flores - Investigations Squad Supervisor, Des Plaines
Nathan Gibson - Investigations Squad Supervisor, Springfield
Jeff Gaida - Operations Officer
Gabriel Aragones - Investigations Squad Supervisor, Des Plaines
Carrie Carroll - Investigations Squad Supervisor, Des Plaines
Robert Burke - Deputy Administrator of Licensing
Kevin High - Chief Fiscal Officer
Trudy Curtis - Internal Control Review Manager
Gene O'Shea - Director IGB Self-Exclusion Program