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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

Illinois Tracks To Fight Judgment

January 12, 2015:

According to a report, lawyers representing Balmoral Park and Maywood Park – both of which are currently under Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection – are preparing to fight an $82-million penalty the tracks’ owners are facing in regard to a December 2014 court judgment in relation to a past tax on riverboat casinos and former Governor Rod Blagojevich....read on

Racetrack Owner Found Liable

December 10, 2014:

It has been reported that a federal district court in Illinois has found racetrack owner John Johnston liable on three counts in a civil racketeering case....read on

Blagojevich Found Guilty Of Corruption

June 28, 2011:

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty of 17 corruption charges on Monday, June 27, three of which were related to the attempted shakedown of a state racetrack executive...read on

Blagojevich Gets Immunity In Civil Suit

March 2, 2011:

According to a report, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich can have immunity from a civil lawsuit filed by the operators of casinos in the state in regard to an alleged attempted shakedown of a horse racing executive over the signing of a pro-horse racing bill...read on

More Johnston Testimony At 'Blago' Trial

June 24, 2010:

John Johnston, owner of Illinois racetracks Maywood and Balmoral Park, testified in Chicago yesterday in the corruption trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich...read on

Johnston In 'Blago' Trial: "Go Fly A Kite"

June 21, 2010:

This morning during the political corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, Maywood and Balmoral Park owner John Johnston testified in regard to an alleged shakedown directed towards the racetracks by...read on

Extortion Allegation In Blagojevich Trial

June 15, 2010:

Lobbyist Alonzo 'Lon' Monk, a friend of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, testified against his friend yesterday during Blagojevich's corruption trial. Monk explained how he and the former governor planned how to get a $100,000 'donation' out of Maywood and Balmoral Park owner John Johnston in order for a favourable decision on pending legislation...read on

New Guilty Plea For Monk In Illinois

April 30, 2010:

According to a report, one of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's top level aides entered a new guilty plea this morning in federal court...read on

A Step Closer To Millions

December 8, 2009:

In an interesting decision in U.S. District Court in Chicago yesterday, a federal judge denied a motion for a preliminary injunction in which four Illinois riverboat casinos sought again to delay distribution of $89 million to Illinois tracks...read on

$89 Million Coming To Illinois Industry?

November 30, 2009:

According to a report on bnd.com, millions of dollars from Illinois casinos which were earmarked for state horse racing purses and track upgrades may be finally coming out of escrow...read on

Ill. T-Bred Track Forced To Cut Dates

July 20, 2009:

Fallout from the Rod Blagojevich episode in Illinois has shut down thoroughbred racing at Fairmount Park in Collinsville in the far southern reaches of the state....read on

$267M Racketeering Lawsuit In Illinois

June 15, 2009:

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, four Illinois casino companies have filed a $267 million racketeering lawsuit against former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and a prominent racetrack owner...read on

Ill. Tracks, Casinos Still Disagree

June 8, 2009:

According to a report by the Associated Press, the supreme court is staying out a fight between Illinois' casinos and horse racing tracks over a state law that cropped up during the impeachme...read on

Illinois Casinos Don't Want To Pay

November 26, 2008:

It is widely expected that Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich will be approving a bill that will see the state's richest casinos pay a $90 million purse subsidy to the Illinois horse racing industry ov...read on


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