Gambling expansion is part of the package of bills that has been crafted in hopes of getting the state a comprehensive budget. Six new casinos would be allowed to be built and a provision would help the state’s horse racing industry. The bill would allow slot machines at race three horse racing tracks. Illinois Harness Horseman Association Executive Director Tony Samone says the added income would shore up the industry
Supporters say the addition of slots would help provide revenue to the race tracks and boost purses for the winning horses.