Legislative Update

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.

Joint Horsemen Statement on Sports Betting