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Leslye Sandberg Appointed To IRB

September 15, 2020:

On Monday, September 14, Governor JB Pritzker appointed Leslye Sandberg of Barrington, Illinois to the Illinois Racing Board....read on

Dr. Breuer Joins Illinois Racing Board

July 6, 2020:

On July 1, 2020, Governor JB Pritzker appointed Dr. Leslie H Breuer Jr. of Highland, Ill., to the Illinois Racing Board....read on

Muriel Resigns From IL Racing Board

March 25, 2019:

The Illinois Racing Board has announced that Robert Muriel, who has been a member of the board since 2015, has resigned....read on

Horsepeople Against Recapture In Illinois

January 18, 2017:

On Tuesday, January 17, the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association, the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, and the Illinois Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association released a joint letter asking the Illinois Racing Board to vote against allowing tracks to take dollars explicitly earmarked – as a percentage of handle – for purses....read on

“It Was A Big Undertaking”

January 11, 2016:

Officials with Hawthorne Race Course had their work cut out for them to kick off the New Year: Turn a dirt Thoroughbred track into Standardbred racecourse in under one week’s time. The Illinois raceway was well under the wire in its endeavour, as it got the job done in roughly four days....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

Maywood/Balmoral Dark In 2016?

September 29, 2015:

According to a report Tuesday on the Illinois Horsemen’s website, Hawthorne Race Course will be the only track in Illinois to offer Standardbred racing in 2016....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

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

Illinois' 2014 Season Delayed

February 4, 2014:

It has been reported that the start of the 2014 racing season in Illinois has been pushed back due to an impasse in contract negotiations between the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association and the management of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park....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


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