November 28, 2006
According to an Associated Press report, the administration of Gov. Rod Blagojevich (left) has failed to pay $510,260 to the video game industry.
That figure represents the cost of legal fees which the industry ran up defending itself against Illinois' unconstitutional 2005 video game law.
Lawyers for the game industry were back in court this month seeking payment. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly is scheduled to rule in December on the issue. Kennelly initially ruled the "Safe Games Illinois" act unconstitutional late last year.
Of the dispute, ESA General Counsel Gail Markels said:
The end result of the governor's quixotic and politically motivated effort is that Illinois taxpayers now owe the video game industry over half-a-million dollars.
In addition to the original amount, the industry is now seeking $7,800 in interest.