The gambling expansion bill still hasn't passed the general assembly, despite the fact that the second week of veto session is now over. The scaled back version of the bill does satisfy some of Governor Pat Quinn's suggestions, but he wanted slots at race tracks removed completely from the bill. The new package simply reduced slots at race tracks.
Getting slots at the tracks could save the horse racing industry in Illinois, according to some in the industry. Jersey County Fair Board Treasurer and President of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Tom Moore:
Some of the race tracks in Illinois will be forced to shut down without additional revenues from gaming, according to representatives with the state's Association of Agricultural Fairs. The organization funded the state fairs from 1927 to 1999 before the funding started coming out of the state budget.