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« on: May 29, 2014, 11:16:05 AM »

The General Assembly will be adjourning this week and it appears unlikely that our “jobs” bill, the gaming bill will be called. As we have repeated far too many times, there is politics happening in Springfield that is really out of our control. The entire horse racing industry, as well as numerous other groups, (to see the full fact sheet, click below) want to see the original SB1739 called with just the added stronger regulatory concerns that the Governor requested. However, once again, we are told “it’s not the right time yet.” Pensions issues (City of Chicago and the State) are still not solidified, the income tax hike passed in 2011 sunsets this year and our budget for the fiscal year is still being debated. These are a few of the reasons being reported to us as to why? Like it or not, believe it or not, these are still the answers. And yes, we do ask legislators, when is it our turn to do what 15 other states have done to save their horse racing industries and all the jobs that go with it?

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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2014, 11:49:33 AM »

Good luck !
This battle is every horsemen's battle !!!

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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2014, 12:43:55 PM »

" Pensions issues (City of Chicago and the State) are still not solidified, the income tax hike passed in 2011 sunsets this year and our budget for the fiscal year is still being debated. These are a few of the reasons being reported to us as to why? Like it or not, believe it or not, these are still the answers."

Like it or not, the vast majority of taxpayers, voters, and citizens of Illinois would probably agree those things are what our legislators should be working on as top priority.
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2014, 12:53:05 PM »

Like it or not, the vast majority of taxpayers, voters, and citizens of Illinois would probably agree those things are what our legislators should be working on as top priority.
Agreed, these are priorities. With that said, there are clearly other priories, and expansion, via the revenue accruing to the State, may help some of the other priority issues get resolved.

It often seems this state can't see the forest for the trees...
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2014, 01:12:00 PM »

There was no hope of a gaming bill being called this spring.  Especially over the pass few weeks.  When lawmakers, couldn't get half the votes, needed to extend the income tax increase, as they faced political suicide.  Anyway the newly amended bill if called, calls for no slots at tracks, and the other with half the machines as the old bill.  Meaning impact fees would have been cut in half.  Also those impact fees aren't collected up front and are spread out for years.  How does that help the current environment of Illinois.  It doesn't.  Illinois needs answers and resolution, not more gaming, if nobody has noticed there are 16,000 VLT machines making the state money.  Rahm, doesn't want a gaming bill if Chicago pension system isn't fixed.  Since that's where the revenue would be headed instead of education and other over budgeted areas.  Breeders will now be forced to sell yearlings this August and September at bottom prices.  Board it up it's all over.  So again how does more gaming help the millions of people in Illinois?
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2014, 01:46:02 PM »

It often seems this state can't see the forest for the trees...

The proposed expansion would not generate nearly enough money to solve the state's problems, and most people know that. The Lottery was supposed to solve all problems, and then the casinos, and then the gaming machines. That argument in favor is pretty much worn out. No one believes it anymore. Legislators would take a serious beating from the public if they were to pass a "nice to have, maybe" bill that in the public's mind benefits mostly a few special interests and other peoples' towns while going home with all these other serious issues unsolved.
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2014, 02:19:14 AM »

The IHHA has never accomplished anything in Springfield despite lots of money and some effort.  Does anyone expectthat to change now?
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2014, 04:03:45 AM »



   The Boat sailed long ago.  The promised green pastures are gone.  Holding out false hope for  " Slots the Savior "  is futile.    Racing must save itself.  But that can't happen unless, and until, the multiple  factions within the industry unite to the common goal of  Saving Racing.  ( And that's about a 1,000, 000 - 1 shot )

    At this point , the bone pickers are playing the Kool Aid drinkers for suckers as IL Racing goes down the drain. 

    Who's to blame ? Look in the mirror.
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2014, 08:28:29 AM »

Red, exactly right!  The entire Industry, has been on this search for the pot of gold, at the end of a rainbow for 15 years.  They had one bone thrown to them from Illinois lawmakers, with the 3%, levied from the top four or five earning casino's.  We know the court story behind that situation, with money held captive for years, racing purses dwindled to ugly numbers, with extinction not far behind.  Racing got a two year window to breath but had anything Changed!  Nope here we sit at the door of extinction coming 2015, where not talking the Dinosaur era, or the 1930's stock market crash, nor the 2008 Lehman and other banking failures.  This is horse racing that still exists at two tracks, for five days a week, for 48-52 weeks a year.  One would think all parties involved could find common grounds that taking away one track, having less days to race, shortening up the weeks to race, would have been in the bigger picture many years ago.  Gural, has done that with the Meadowlands.  What Gural has done, where the Illinois parties have failed, is in the integrity department.  This is the biggest failure over the past 15 years chasing the pot of gold and it has only gotten worse.  All of them cared for those slots and racing suffered.  Good owners left the game, others moved away from Illinois, and you see what's left.  The breeding has been decimated, that the only positive from a owners view, finding a good horse is made a little easier, at yearling sales.  But those breeders selling in 2014, will be giving horses away.  I'm afraid of the buyers who will show up and where those young horses end up.  Guessing not a race track.  Red, that is a really big mirror you will need to find, and guessing you won't find a Snow White in the group.  Guessing there isn't a truest of heart in the harness racing of Illinois.  Just wondering if Maywood failed to exist that recapture would be half the 5 million owed.  With that payment and the 2.0 plus take from the IHHA no wonder racing can't move forward.
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2014, 04:08:36 PM »


   The Boat sailed long ago.  The promised green pastures are gone.  Holding out false hope for  " Slots the Savior "  is futile.    Racing must save itself.  But that can't happen unless, and until, the multiple  factions within the industry unite to the common goal of  Saving Racing.  ( And that's about a 1,000, 000 - 1 shot )

    At this point , the bone pickers are playing the Kool Aid drinkers for suckers as IL Racing goes down the drain. 

    Who's to blame ? Look in the mirror.


Looks like Slots in Target WalMart CVS Walgreens have a better chance of showing up in Illinois .
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