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Hawthorne, Horsemen Excited For Meet

December 22, 2015:

Hawthorne Race Course President and General Manager Tim Carey and Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association President Dave McCaffrey have given comments on their mutual excitement regarding the upcoming meet of live Standardbred racing at Hawthorne....read on

Horsemen Teach High School Students

February 24, 2015:

Juniors and seniors from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences took the reins this month at Maywood Park in Chicago’s near-west suburbs when they job-shadowed local Standardbred trainers for a day....read on

IHHA Update On ‘15 Illinois-Bred Stakes

June 30, 2014:

Officials with the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association have issued an announcement reminding all Illinois racing participants that funding for the 2015 Illinois-bred stakes program should be very similar to 2014....read on

Deal Reached In Illinois

March 6, 2014:

After a contract dispute kept the 2014 harness racing season in Illinois on hold, reports indicate a deal has been reached and racing will resume next week....read on

IHHA Update On Negotiations

March 4, 2014:

On Monday, March 4, the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association provided an update on contract negotiations between itself, the operators of Balmoral and Maywood Park and the Illinois Racing Board....read on

Update On Illinois Impasse

February 21, 2014:

A report by the Chicago Tribune explains that Illinois’ Hawthorne Race Course for thoroughbreds is in the unusual position of leading off horse racing season in the state due to the impasse between the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association and the operators of Balmoral and Maywood Park....read on

IHHA Issues Release Regarding Purses

February 18, 2014:

On Monday, February 17, the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association issued a release stating that it wants the operators of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park to allow horsepeople to race for purses similar to 2013 levels....read on

Illinois ADW Bill Signed Into Law

January 30, 2014:

On Wednesday, January 30, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a crucial Advance Deposit Wagering bill into law, thus averting a mass exodus from the state’s horse racing industry....read on

ADW Bill Passes, Awaits Gov.’s Signature

January 29, 2014:

Illinois Harness Horseman’s Association President Dave McCaffrey has announced that on Wednesday, January 29, the Advance Deposit Wagering bill which is crucial in averting a crisis in the state’s racing industry was passed by both the Senate and the House....read on

ADW Discussions Ongoing In Illinois

January 29, 2014:

Balmoral and Maywood Park General Manager Michael Belmonte has been cited as saying that racing officials in Illinois are currently in discussion with members of the General Assembly in hope of extending the Jan. 31 Advance Deposit Wagering deadline....read on

IL Gov. Quinn Supports ADW Extension

January 28, 2014:

Time is quickly ticking away in regard to the Advance Deposit Wagering saga in Illinois. With a racing crisis looming, a spokesman for Governor Pat Quinn has issued a positive statement in regard to the situation....read on

Illinois Deadline To Be Extended?

January 27, 2014:

The Illinois horse racing industry is holding its collective breath that legislators will deal with the Advance Deposit Wagering impasse before the law expires on January 31. Although, according to a report, there is some optimism that the issue could be dealt with in early February....read on

IHHA: ADW Bill Must Be Addressed

January 20, 2014:

Illinois Harness Horseman’s Association President Dave McCaffrey has issued a press statement in which he has said that it is imperative that Illinois legislators take time to pass an Advance Deposit Wagering bill so the Illinois Racing Board can continue to regulate horse racing in the state....read on

Illinois ADW Extension Not Passed

December 3, 2013:

Considering it a "death knell for Illinois horsemen," the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association issued a statement on Tuesday after the state's General Assembly adjourned before passing an extension to the state's advanced deposit wagering legislation....read on

Ill. Horsemen Left Out Of Legislative Session

November 8, 2013:

Over 20,000 Illinois horsemen are unsure about the security of their jobs today after the General Assembly adjourned without acting to extend online horse betting also known as Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW), a key funding source for the Illinois Racing Board. Without that extra funding, the Racing Board will have to dramatically curtail the racing season....read on


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