Illinois: Slots at racetracks still the ‘hangup’ on gambling bill
Legislation that would expand gambling in Illinois remains stuck due to Governor Pat Quinn’s opposition to slots at racetracks, but lawmakers are trying to work out a deal that might provide some revenues to the horse racing industry in lieu of slots. The State Journal-Register says a casino subsidy to the tracks was among the possibilities discussed at a meeting last week.
“Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, the Illinois House’s point man on gambling issues, said progress is being made on a possible gambling deal, but slots at the tracks remain the main hangup.”
“If the racetracks didn’t get slots at tracks, what could they get in return?” he said. “I do not believe there will be a bill unless the horse racing industry has permanence and consistent revenue to keep them afloat.”