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As Gov. Bruce Rauner heads to an event at a casino in East Peoria Wednesday, the Illinois Gaming Board’s top administrator, Mark Ostrowski, was fired.

Why he was let go is not clear. Sources tell NBC 5 he was forced to resign.

"We wish him well in his future endeavors," the Rauner administration said. 

Ostrowski had been with the Gaming Board since the Blagojevich administration.

Rauner will attend a Women’s History Month event at the Par-a-Dice Hotel and Casino in East Peoria Wednesday, an event Ostrowski might have attended with him as well.

That’s not the only shakeup — also out Tuesday is the executive director of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission Donovan Borvan. He was forced to resign and walked out of the office. Last week, the Liquor Control Commission’s chief lawyer Sean O’Leary was also let go and walked to the door.

“We appreciate everything that both Donovan Borvan and Sean O’Leary have done in serving the Commission for the past few years," Connie Beard, the director of revenue and the Liquor Control Commission Board chair tells NBC 5. "It is unfortunate that both personnel actions occurred so closely together, but we wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”

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