Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association president George Bonomo has posted a notice on the IHHA website regarding the appeal by the Illinois riverboats regarding a surcharge to the tracks that will pay three percent of receipts. Here is the posting:
The Illinois Riverboats did file a last minute appeal with the Illinois Supreme Court (again) regarding enforcement of HB1918. It appears that the monies which were to be released within the next few weeks will again be "held-up" pending IL. Supreme Court review. Based on the prior 7-0 decision, the belief is that there is no chance the boats will prevail; however, this will cause a delay in distribution of $$$ until action is taken by the court. They are in summer recess and will not reconvene until middle of September. They can, before then, if they choose, take action sooner. There is a feeling that this may occur within the next 3 weeks or so.......if not, then that decision will be made promptly upon their September return.
Note: There still remains the option of a "US Supreme Court" Appeal by the boats.
We will keep all advised of any developments.
Your IHHA President