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Illinois ADW Extension Not Passed

Published: December 3, 2013 9:34 pm ET

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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.

The statement appears below.

The Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association strongly denounces the failure of the Illinois General Assembly to pass an extension of Advance Deposit Wagering today. That failure will very likely result in the loss of many of Illinois’ agribusiness jobs and millions of dollars in state revenue.

Without Advance Deposit Wagering, the Illinois Racing Board will not have the money required to operate and Illinois harness racing dates will be cut to the bone with only 13 days of live harness racing in 2014. Thirteen days of live racing absolutely cannot employ the 20,000 men and women who currently work in Illinois’ horse racing industry.

We still hold out hope that on January 29th, just days before the harness racing schedule typically starts, legislators will pass an ADW extension. Much damage will already be done however, as horsemen will undoubtedly have already shipped horses to other states with more favorable horse racing environments.

Dave McCaffrey
President, Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association

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