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Illinois Horsepeople Decry ‘Recapture’

November 9, 2017:

Illinois horsepeople have banded together and issued a joint release to the state which pleads for Illinois officials to top up purse accounts that are diminished due to ‘recapture.’...read on

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

Hawthorne's 2016 Stakes Schedule Set

February 10, 2016:

The 2016 Illinois conceived and foaled stakes schedule has been announced by Hawthorne Race Course and the Illinois Harness 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

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

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 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

Major Cuts For Illinois In 2014?

September 25, 2013:

The Illinois Horse Racing Board (IRB) held what Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) president Dave McCaffrey called "a remarkable meeting" on Tuesday (Sept. 24) when it addressed the 2014 racing calendar....read on

IL Horsemen Give Gift Of Education

April 16, 2013:

The Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association is proud to once again administer the 'Big Tom Scholarship' worth $5,000. The scholarship is funded by Tom Lewandowski, John Leahy and Jolene Leahy....read on

"Unparalleled Transparency" Offered

December 6, 2012:

This Friday the Illinois Harness Horseman’s Association (IHHA) will unveil unprecedented between-race interviews that promise to revolutionize the way that fans handicap and understand harness racing in Chicago....read on

IHHA On Lack Of Action On Bill

December 1, 2011:

Earlier this week, the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association reacted to the lack of action taken on a gaming expansion bill. The legislature's veto session ended Tuesday, November 29 with no movement on the initiative...read on

Millions In Purses Released To Ill. Tracks

August 10, 2011:

Tuesday, August 9 proved to be the end of a long legal battle for Illinois racetracks. And although the process has taken over five years, the wait has paid off, in millions...read on


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