Keyword: Illinois legislature

  • The 2016 Arlington meet begins May 6

    Illinois THA Reaches Out to Arlington

    The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said it believes it can find common ground with Arlington as it moves into contract negotiations and also work with track officials to better position Illinois racing.

  • Hawthorne has asked to conduct live racing from Jan. 1 through April 27, then from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.

    Hawthorne Hopes to Overcome Obstacles

    Live Thoroughbred racing returned to the Chicago area Feb. 20 as Hawthorne Race Course began its season amid frigid weather and an equally challenging financial and political landscape.

  • IL Racing Threatened by Legislative Stalling

    Illinois racing dates may be vacated and laboratory operations curtailed if the state legislature does not quickly reauthorize advance deposit wagering, Illinois Racing Board officials said April 30.

  • Slot Machines

    Illinois Governor Vetoes Gambling Expansion

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Aug. 28 vetoed a gaming expansion measure that would have allowed slot machines at racetracks and authorized five new casinos around the state, but hinted he may approve if changes are made.

  • Slot Machine

    Illinois Awaits Action on Gambling Bill

    The clock is running on what could be a final push to authorize Illinois racetracks to run slot machines many in the industry see as vital to survival.

  • Illinois House Again OKs Racetrack Slots

    The Illinois House of Representatives May 23 again passed a gaming expansion bill that would authorize slot machines at Illinois racetracks. However, Gov. Pat Quinn found fault with the measure.

  • Illinois Gambling Legislation on Hold Again

    Legislation authorizing slot machines at racetracks has stalled again as the Illinois General Assembly extended its fall session until after Thanksgiving.

  • Richard L. Duchossois

    Duchossois: Slots Revenue Would Be Welcome

    Arlington Park chairman Richard L. Duchossois said he doesn't know if the racetrack can survive unless the Illinois legislature finally allows Arlington to add slot machines.

  • Hawthorne race track.

    Back to Drawing Board for IL Racetrack Slots

    The Illinois General Assembly adjourned early the morning of Jan. 12 without voting on a massive expansion of gaming that would have permitted the state's racetracks to install a limited number of slot machines.

  • Track Slots Bill to Floor of Illinois House

    A bill that would dramatically expand Illinois gaming, including permitting slot machines at the state's racetracks, has advanced to the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives with bipartisan support.

  • Illinois Tracks Make Another Push for Slots

    With the Illinois state budget in a shambles and a video gaming in bars and restaurants going nowhere as a solution, racetracks again are urging lawmakers to allow them to install slot machines.

  • Push for Slots Continues in Illinois

    As horseracing interests lobby for slot machines in Illinois, two former state legislators have floated a $31-billion infrastructure plan that would be paid in part by expanded gambling in the state.

  • Fairmount Park Tax-Break Bill Sent to Governor

    Legislation that would grant Fairmount Park a tax break worth almost $1.4 million a year has passed both houses of the Illinois legislature and awaits the signature of Gov. Rod Blagojevich. If approved, the track could increase purses and racing dates, according to reports.

  • Illinois Governor Floats Idea of Gaming Expansion

    Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, after long opposition, has opened the door to the expansion of gaming. But his education-funding proposal doesn't specifically include the new casinos and support for racetracks that would make it politically viable in the state House and Senate.

  • Competition Said to Impact Appeal of Arlington Signal

    Plagued by bad weather and short fields during the first month of its season, Arlington Park lost ground to racetracks in other states where purses are sweetened by slot machine revenue, Arlington president Cliff Goodrich told the Illinois Racing Board June 10.

  • Illinois Deadlock a Problem for Racetrack Gaming

    The Illinois Legislature missed its midnight May 31 adjournment deadline in a stalemate over the state's budget. The deadlock likely dooms efforts to expand gaming in the state, including slot machines or other revenue-producing plans for Illinois racetracks.

  • Illinois Slaughter Ban Tackled by House Committee

    Legislation to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in Illinois is making its way through the House of Representatives. The bill also would make it illegal to transport horses into or out of the state for slaughter.

  • Struggling Fairmount Waits on Legislature

    Fairmount Park's live meet, delayed more than a month by a crippling purse dispute, is finally under way. But the future of the track, located just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Mo., is in the hands of the Illinois legislature.