Yesterday, Governor Pritzker announced that former Senator John Sullivan would be taking over as Director of the Illinois Department. of Agriculture. As many of you know, Senator Sullivan, has been a great friend to horse racing. This will be a terrific addition. We believe he will play a more active role in the day to day operation at Ag. and subsequently, alleviate some of our ongoing issues with timely payments from our State and County Fairs. He should also be able to lend a needed hand in working with horsemen and legislators to assist with our yearly funding issues within the budget. This is a solid choice for all horsemen in Illinois.
For the past 6-8 weeks, we have been in regular contact with the Dept. Of Ag. regarding the payment of our money that we earned at the DuQuoin State Fair. Unfortunately, for a myriad of different reasons and excuses it still hasn’t been released. We will continue to push and pursue this ridiculous situation but it’s safe to say that it will not be processed and sent out this year. We’ll update you as soon as we hear anything relevant.