illinois racing

Court rules on Illinois battle between riverboats and racetracks

The 7th Circuit has ruled that an Illinois federal court cannot prevent a casino fund earmarked for the state’s racetracks from being distributed.  The subsidy comes from the four highest-earning riverboat casinos in Illinois and is used to supplement racing purses and pay for track improvements. But the casinos asked that the funds be frozen […]

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Arlington Park fourth track to earn NTRA re-accreditation

Press Release The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. The re-accreditation followed a complete review of all racing operations at the facility. Arlington received its initial Alliance accreditation in August 2009. All accreditations and re-accreditations carry an […]

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Illinois governor still mulling expanded gaming legislation

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is exercising his due diligence in deciding whether to sign a bill that would significantly expand gambling in his state, including slot machines at racetracks.  Quinn planned to meet Thursday with both supporters and opponents of the legislation.  The governor has expressed concern that the bill is too wide-open and needs […]

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Slots in Illinois two-edged sword for Churchill Downs

Slot machines were a major topic of conversation at the annual meeting of shareholders in Churchill Downs Inc. stock in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday. CDI, which owns Arlington Park and Quad City Downs harness track in Illinois, would be a major beneficiary if Gov. Pat Quinn signs recently passed legislation authorizing five new casinos and […]

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Illinois slots bill: What impact?

A bill passed this week by the Illinois legislature would triple the number of slot machines in the state, allowing Illinois racetracks to add hundreds of slots.  But will that translate into tangible benefits for the racing product? Arlington Park general manager Tony Petrillo tells the Daily Racing Form he’s estimating somewhere north of $10 […]

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Illinois gambling, racetrack slots bill to Senate after House approval

The Illinois House, meeting during the Memorial Day holiday and one day before the regular session is scheduled to end, passed SB 744, authorizing an expansion of gambling that includes five new casinos and permits state racetracks to install 1,200 slot machines. The bill is expected to go to the Senate floor on Tuesday.

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Illinois slots, gambling bill rejected by House committee

New efforts to push an expanded gambling bill through the Illinois legislature in the final week of the session were rejeced by a 6-5 vote in the House’s Executive Committee on Wednesday. The bill, SB744, sponsored in the House by Skokie Democrat Lou Lang, would have authorized five new casinos throughout the state (in Chicago, […]

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Illinois horse racing at a crossroads

Even with the backdrop of struggles across the country for horse racing, perhaps no other state is more conflicted on how to move forward (or not) than Illinois. Breeders, racing stables and jockeys don’t feel they can make enough money, even when they have winners. And the long journey to bring slots to Illinois tracks […]

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Sun-Times: Illinois racing on the verge of extinction?

The Chicago Sun-Times takes an in-depth look at the state of harness and Thoroughbred racing in Illinois.  One of the main issues has been the lack of slot machines at racetracks while nearby states like Indiana have them.  Dave McCaffrey, a harness trainer at struggling Maywood Park, doesn’t mince words: “It pisses me off to […]

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Hawthorne opens to depressed Illinois racing industry

It has been a tough winter for Illinois racing as Hawthorne Race Course starts its first meet of 2011. Racing will be limited to Friday and Saturday until March when race days will be added on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. But the big news in racing circles is still the blow the industry took when the […]

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