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Illinois racing leader Bob Molaro dies

June 16, 2020
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Hawthorne Race Course has reported that influential Illinois lobbyist and former state legislator Bob Molaro has passed. He was 69. Mr. Molaro was instrumental in all lobbying on behalf of horse racing in the state and Hawthorne annually named an Illinois Night of Champions stakes race after him and he atttended the racing program and presented the trophy.
 
Hawthorne President and CEO Tim Carey issued the following statement: "It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the death of Bob Molaro. He was a true steward of the horseracing industry, which frankly would no longer exist in Illinois were it not for the impassioned, persistent and selfless leadership of Bob. As a legislator, he wrote laws so that Illinois horseracing would have an honest chance to survive and thrive. Though he was personally a fan of racing, he lobbied tirelessly on behalf of the industry because he cared so deeply about people, from the backstretch to the teller line, from the grandstand to the farm. He had genuine empathy for everyone.
 
"Especially in the most difficult times, Bob sought to build consensus, to lead with the best possible ideas and to provide relief with humor and humility. Always the optimist and always the storyteller, Bob shared a clear and exciting vision for the future of Illinois horseracing with anyone who would listen. In tribute to his undying spirit, we look forward hopefully to that future, and we pledge to “do all the good we can do” in loving memory of our dear friend."
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