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October 22, 2014, 10:26 am
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Legislative, Budget Snafus Put Horse Racing Season At Risk


Horse and harness racing in Illinois could be dramatically scaled back next year… unless Illinois lawmakers find a lot of money in a hurry for the state racing board. 

 

The board is required by law to oversee and regulate racing… but it’s running short of money to do so because of a legislative snafu.  The Chicago Tribune reports the law that allows Internet wagering expired last January… but wasn’t renewed until May, costing the state more than $700,000 in revenues. 

 

If that money isn’t restored, the racing board says it will have to slash the number of racing days, which could result in the closure of some racetracks.

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