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Gaming Bill Advances In Illinois

March 2, 2017:

The Illinois Senate on Tuesday advanced SB7, the much-anticipated big gaming bill, which would allow slots at the racetracks....read on

Fans Urged To Attend IL Fair Racing

June 14, 2016:

The thrill of thundering hooves may soon be a thing of the past at Illinois county fairs, but for at least one more year, harness racing enthusiasts can watch the ponies prance at more than two dozen tracks across Illinois....read on

IL Horsepeople Against Fantasy Sports

May 2, 2016:

On Monday, May 2, the Illinois Harness Horseman’s Association decried legislation that would legalize fantasy sports gambling. The group’s announcement also states that, at the same time, lawmakers have failed to support the horse racing industry, which employs 14,000 people....read on

McCaffrey Resigns Post In Illinois

February 16, 2016:

On Monday, February 15, Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association President David McCaffrey announced that he is leaving his post to become the executive director of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association....read on

Cardinal, Violet Stakes Nominations Due

February 6, 2016:

Hawthorne Race Course, the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association and the Illinois Department of Agriculture would like remind horsemen that nominating payments for the 2016 Cardinal and Violet Stakes, to be contested at Hawthorne Race Course, are due to the Illinois Department of Agriculture by Monday, Feb. 15....read on

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

Update On Balmoral, Maywood

December 18, 2015:

Reports indicate that Balmoral and Maywood Park aren't quite out of the horse racing business just yet....read on

Auction Slated For Track Assets

December 10, 2015:

Reports from Illinois indicate that assets for two Chicago-area harness tracks will be auctioned off on Monday after failing to attract a buyer to keep them from bankruptcy....read on

Dates Slashed In Illinois

August 28, 2015:

Reports from Illinois indicate that the state's already diminished live harness racing calendar is about to take another substantial reduction....read on

Illinois Horsepeople Vote In New Board

August 25, 2015:

The Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association conducted its Board of Directors election this past Saturday (August 22), and the new five-member Board is now set for the next three years....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

Hoosier Unveils Horsemen’s Lounge

July 29, 2014:

In the midst of their 21st season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino proudly unveiled a new, state-of-the art horsemen’s lounge on Tuesday, July 29....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

Mediation For Illinois Racing

March 2, 2014:

The following announcement was posted Saturday on the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association website regarding the stalemate that has delayed the start of the racing season in Illinois....read on


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