State Rep. Mike Zalewski, D-Riverside, said he understands that Illinois' horseracing industry wants video gambling at racetracks. But he said lawmakers don't want to hear “what's in it for me.”
Tony Simone, executive director of the Illinois' Harness Horsemen's Association, said if fantasy sports can get legal recognition, the Horsemen’s Association should get slots or video poker machines at its tracks and off-track betting sites.
Simone said they've been waiting for slots or video machines since riverboats became legal in the 1990s. He said the lack of action is killing the harness racing industry in Illinois.
But Zalewski, who is shepherding fantasy-sports regulations in the General Assembly, said it's not his job to make sure everyone gets a piece of the action.
The Fantasy Sports Trade Association said the horsemen are looking for help in the wrong place. The Association said fantasy sports aren't gambling – they're skill games.