The gambling expansion bill that lawmakers passed Thursday would include slot machines at race tracks, something that would help the horse racing industry and others according to the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. Not only would the bill create jobs, it would help the horse racing industry, agriculture and those that breed horses. Mike Campbell, president of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, says his group has worked well with the governor and hope he strongly considers signing the bill into law.
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“The horsemen would like to thank the governor,” Campbell said. “We fully recognize that he has worked with us for over a year now. He clearly has a sincere view of our plight. He says he wants to help the horseman that he understands there’s a link between the horse industry and the agricultural industry and what we would ask the governor now is to just look at our industry, look at our plight and give us the help that we need. A subsidy, quite frankly, we’re not looking for a handout we’re looking for a chance to work.” Besides increasing purses by a projected two to three fold - making Illinois’ racing industry more competitive with surrounding states, Campbell says adding slot machines would give those who come out to the track more options. “When you put slots at the race track it gives the modern day couple more activity,” Campbell said. He says it has worked well in 13 other states. The bill, if signed into law by the governor, would allow five new casinos including one in Chicago, gambling expansion at existing casinos and as well as slots at tracks.