Illinois House Approves Gaming Bill

Published: May 24, 2012 02:29 pm EDT

On Wednesday, May 24, the Illinois House passed an expanded gambling bill which would see slot-machine gaming come to state racetracks


Although the House approval was a positive step for the state's horse-racing industry, a report by explains that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is still vehemently opposed to expanded gaming at the raceways.

Gov. Quinn reportedly reitterated his threat to veto any legislation that includes gaming expansion to tracks, adding that the state "cannot gamble its way out of [its] fiscal challenges."

The bill, SB 1849, would allow more gaming stations at casinos and allow slot machines at horse tracks, including Fairmount Park in Collinsville.

(With files from