Gaming Bill On Hold… For Now

Friday Night, May 31st. The House has recessed until tomorrow (Saturday) morning. The Senate has done the same. Apparently they are still working out details for the City of Chicago and their casino. Hopefully our large gaming bill will be called within the next day or two. We are now officially in overtime. We’ll update […]

Gambling Bill Still in Play

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Legislative Update – Nothing worth having ever comes easy.

Today is the final scheduled day for our legislative spring session. There has been plenty of arguing and posturing in regards to the “gaming bill.”  The horse racing piece of the bill has been finalized.  However, we are a small part of a massive, controversial deal.  As I’ve been saying the last few days, we […]

“Meyer” Still on Fire

By Mike Paradise There is always some nervousness for any horse owner, when his 3-year-old debuts, even if the horse is coming off a very successful freshman campaign and the proprietor has been through the situation countless times. Long-time ICF horse owner Marty Engel admits he was a bit apprehensive before his talented youngster Meyer […]

Cardinal, Violet Stakes Up Next

By Mike Paradise It’ll be back-to-back weekends of stakes events for ICF 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Following last week’s opening legs of the Night of Champions stakes series is the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Cardinal and Violet events for both pacers and trotters. Friday’s Cardinal pace saw 14 ICF 3-year-old colts or geldings […]