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Light At The End Of The Tunnel In Illinois?

Published: January 23, 2012 2:39 pm ET

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Illinois Representative Lou Lang has been cited as saying that progress has been made in regard to a deal which would see a gaming expansion in the state, but that the slots-at-racetracks aspect of the bill is the main hang-up, according to a report.

An article by the Rockford Register Star has explained that there is a chance that Illinois raceways could still get a piece of casino gaming revenues if slots are not approved for the tracks.

The RRS report has quoted Lang as saying, “If the racetracks didn’t get slots at tracks, what could they get in return?” I do not believe there will be a bill unless the horse racing industry has permanence and consistent revenue to keep them afloat.”

The article has cited Illinois Harness Horseman’s Association Spokesman Andrew Mack as saying that the tracks would prefer having the slots at their facilities instead of receiving a revenue stream, due to past issues with Illinois revenue sharing.

(With files from the Rockford Register Star)

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