Horse-racing advocates push slot machine bill

November 8, 2010 4:37:22 PM PST
Illinois horse-racing advocates say they need the state to allow slot machines at the racetracks in order for the sport to survive.

Illinois horsemen gathered in Cicero Monday to rally for what they call "slots-at-tracks" legislation. They say Illinois horse-racing facilities have lost revenue to in-state casinos and racetracks in neighboring states where slot machines are allowed. They want the Illinois assembly to act.

"We have consensus, we have a bill, call the bill and help us pass this if you want to see this industry survive into the future," said Mike Campbell, Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.

The association is hopeful a "slots-at-tracks" measure will be brought up in the fall veto session in Springfield.