Support for Horse Tracks Passes

Support for Horse Tracks Passes

The Kentucky Derby is often called “the fastest two minutes in sports” and it didn’t take much longer for the Illinois General Assembly to pass, and for the governor to sign into law, a bill extending advanced deposit wagering in Illinois.

The business of depositing money online to bet on the horses pays for the Illinois Racing Board. Had the legislature and governor not acted — on the same day as the State of the State message — Illinois race tracks would have lost dates.

Gambling proponents say the race tracks are an important support of Illinois agriculture.

Next could be slot machines, hopes State Rep.Lou Lang (D-Skokie). “I’m a big supporter, to save the horse racing industry and to save the 40,000 jobs in the horse racing industry.”

HB 11 has passed both chambers and has been signed into law by the governor.



Recent Headlines

in Viral Videos

WATCH: Musical morning announcements with Gabrielle Union and Jimmy Fallon


Your vice principal probably never delivered the morning announcements like this.

in Viral Videos

WATCH: ‘The Walking Dead’ gets the ‘Friends’ treatment


What if the hit TV show used a more upbeat opening theme song?

in Music

Taylor Swift dominates American Music Awards nominations


Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Luke Bryan, Maroon 5, Drake, Nicki Minaj, One Direction and Sam Smith are among the artists competing for an AMA trophy.

in Music

Bobby Brown working on ‘unvarnished’ memoir


Get ready for a "raw and unvarnished" memoir by Bobby Brown.

in Entertainment

Another George R.R. Martin TV adaptation is in the works


"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin is throwing his support behind a planned TV adaptation of his 1988 novel "The Skin Trade."