A gambling expansion bill still hasn't passed the general assembly, and a member of the state senate from Alton is wondering how to find a compromise the governor will approve. The scaled back version of the bill did satisfy some of Governor Pat Quinn's suggestions, but he wanted slots at race tracks removed completely from the bill. That is something most supporters of the bill insist must be included.

Getting slots at the tracks could save the horse racing industry in Illinois, according to some in the industry. Haine says he is not sure why the governor opposes slots at tracks, but supports expansion elsewhere.

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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.