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Illinois legislature takes no action on gaming

November 29, 2011

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The Illinois legislature finished its veto session on Tuesday without taking any action on a gambling bill that could have paved the way for expanded gaming at the state's racetracks and in downtown Chicago. Dave McCaffrey, president of the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA), posted the following explanation on the IHHA website to explain what had happened--or did not happen.
Legislative Update
"Unfortunately, it appears the special session in Springfield will end with no outcome to a gaming bill.  No vote was taken Tuesday on the new gaming bill (primarily because several key Reps. weren't in attendance).
It's anybody's guess where this leaves us.  Please remember that in addition to the entire racing industry (harness horsemen, t-bred horsemen, and all racetrack owners) the city of Chicago and five other Illinois cities desperately want a gaming bill to pass.  In addition, Illinois is flat broke and has a very high unemployment rate.  Somehow and in someway a bill to placate all of these participants and fix these issues will become law.
"Remember, when it comes to Illinois politics, sometimes things happen when they're least expected."--Dave McCaffrey
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