The final Illinois state legislative session of the 2013 ended Thursday with no action taken on various proposals to extend advance deposit wagering (ADW). The Illinois law authorizing ADW will expire on Jan. 31, 2014. If ADW is not renewed, the Illinois Racing Board has said it will substantially reduce the live racing calendar in Illinois next year.
In a press release Thursday, Arlington International Racecourse and Twinspires.com, both owned by Churchill Downs Inc., said they were committed to extending ADW during the next legislative session at the beginning of 2014.
Illinois horsemen, meanwhile, have said they want the ADW law changed to remedy an unequal distribution of commissions and purses that negatively impacts horsemen and some racetracks in Illinois. The state's horsemen are also pushing for a bill that would authorize slots at tracks as a means to enhance purses. Lawmakers held a hearing on that measure last week, but it is still unclear whether it will advance through the legislature and win the approval of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.
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