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Commentary: Illinois Racing Abandoned By Churchill Downs; Regulators Should Hold Company Accountable

The Thoroughbred racing community watched in dismay when Churchill Downs sold California’s Hollywood Park to a real estate company that jettisoned live racing and then endeavored, at Calder Race Course in Florida, to replace live racing with jai alai. Now at Arlington Park near Chicago, we’re seeing Churchill again working to squelch live racing by […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Time Running Out For Illinois Racing

There was a time when slot machines at Illinois racetracks might have leveled the competitive playing field for the gambling dollar. Those days are over. With the General Assembly in Springfield scheduled to adjourn this Wednesday, the clock is ticking for an industry that has been victimized by old school Illinois politics. The racing industry […]

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Illinois Senate Backs Legislation Allowing Slots At Racetracks

The Illinois Senate on Wednesday again backed gaming expansion legislation that would permit slots at tracks for the purpose of enhancing purses. If this legislation is approved and signed into law, Illinois racing will again compete with tracks in Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and other states already using gaming revenue to boost purses. The bill includes […]

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New Casino Expansion Bills Introduced In Illinois Legislature

Several¬†gambling expansion bills hit the Illinois legislature this week, and they¬†could have big impacts on racing in the state. State Rep. Bob Rita introduced a bill calling for a new casino in Chicago, following up a different proposal earlier in the week creating casinos in Chicago, the South suburbs, Lake County, Rockford, and Vermillion County. […]

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Future of Chicago Racing Uncertain as Tracks Await Slots

The future of horse racing several states looks bleak as revenue from wagering shrinks and racetracks scramble to attract horses and fans. In Illinois, Arlington International Racecourse and Hawthorne Race Course continue to face a dwindling fan base as they fight to compete in a shrinking market. Many horsemen have moved to states that offer […]

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Illinois: Racetracks Finally Receive Some Casino Money

With the hopes of at least temporarily providing some financial relief, the Illinois Racing Board formally allocated $23 million in casino money to the racing interests in the state. According to the Blood-Horse, the money comes from legislation that was approved several years ago that allocated a percentage of casino revenue to tracks and purses. […]

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Illinois Audit: Millions Earmarked for Racing Languishing in Bank

An audit conducted by Illinois Auditor General William Holland revealed millions of dollars generated from a riverboat casino – and earmarked for the state’s horse racing industry – is currently sitting unused in a State Gaming Board account, according to an article by the Associated Press. The audit also revealed that Illinois lawmakers have not […]

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Illinois gearing up for another push for expanded gambling

Supporters of expanded gambling in Illinois are gearing up for another push to get legislation passed that would allow slot machines at the state’s racetracks and additional casinos in the state, according to an article at the Bloodhorse.com. During the 2012 spring legislative session, Gov. Pat Quinn had vetoed a bill that would’ve permitted slots […]

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Illinois: Deadline looms for racetrack slots approval

Time is running out for legislation that would dramatically expand gaming in Illinois, according to an article at the Blood-Horse.com. The legislation, which would allow for slots at racetracks, passed the state’s General Assembly toward the end of the spring session. It was then sent to Gov. Pat Quinn on June 29, where it still […]

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Ill. casinos afraid slots at tracks would cannibalize their revenue

Casinos in Illinois are hoping the bill currently before the governor that would legalize slots at racetracks does not pass as they fear the development of “racinos” could impact the revenues for casinos, reports St. Louis Today. “When the 10th casino license opened (in northern Illinois), the four northern casinos’ revenues went down 12 percent. […]

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