Illegal Slots, the Gov & Secret State Police Raids
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On May 12, 1950, Governor Adlai E. Stevenson ordered the Illinois State Police to conduct the first unannounced and unprecedented raids on illegal slot machine gambling in Illinois. Throughout the state, local law enforcement officials, many on the payrolls of organized crime, couldn't "see" illegal gambling. National publicity about the "crime busting Governor of Illinois" and the raids, which continued through 1951, helped fuel the draft that made Stevenson a 1952 presidential candidate.