Gambling machines may be allowed at Ill. horse tracks

April 23, 2010 6:18:00 AM PDT
An apparent deal at the Illinois Statehouse would put hundreds of video slot and poker machines at Arlington Park and other horse tracks across the state. Taxes from the games would go toward construction spending.

Lawmakers told The Daily Herald they have agreed on a proposal, after weeks of discussions behind the scenes.

Proponents say the move would give the tracks and local governments a financial boost. Arlington Park and other Cook County tracks would get up to 1,200 gambling positions. Downstate tracks would get up to 900.

These new video casinos would have to be within 300 yards of the track.