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We are not sure how this will all play out, but it is something that we will keep a close eye on. Click for the full story. Stay tuned.
Last week in Springfield, the IHHA testified again to the importance of reinvigorating Illinois horse racing by permitting us to compete with other states that allow “racinos.” The bill that allows slot machines at the racetracks has been agreed upon by the horse racing industry and is ready to go, however, this new conversation concerning sports betting is a new wrinkle and one the state is looking at closely. It is important that we remain relevant to the General Assembly by continuing to stay “front and center”. Our testimony was well-received, as they continue to hear us loud and clear. We submitted this letter specifically in regards to sports betting. We continue to work closely with the thoroughbred horsemen’s association from upstate and downstate. The Illinois elections are right around the corner and we encourage everyone to get out and vote. Once this election is decided, things will begin to take shape and legislators should be able to start working again to fix all of Illinois’s problems. We plan on being part of that solution. Stay tuned.
On Wednesday, October 17th, a hearing on sports betting will be held at the Capital in Springfield. Horsemen have submitted the letter below and will be ready to testify if called upon. Last month, a hearing was held on SB7, the larger gaming bill, which included slots at racetracks. We also, submitted a letter at that time and testified to the critical importance of allowing horseracing to compete with other states. We anticipate that discussions on the expansion of gambling will be a hot topic in the coming months. The IHHA, the ITHA and the ITBOF, will work together to stay relevant in this process, by promoting our agenda of rebuilding Illinois horseracing in the state.