Although history says the Fairmount Park and the Illinois horse racing industry was rebuffed a couple of times in the past from bringing the slot machines to Illinois’ five horse tracks in order to compete with the casinos, however, the Metro East track isn’t giving up chances and hopes yet.
The executive director of Illinois Horseman’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Lanny Brooks said he and many other industry leaders are now promoting for a bill that looks good to the face of the lawmakers and Illinois Government Pat Quinn.
Apparently, the lawmakers opposed the gambling growth in both the last legislative sessions, reported Belleville News-Democrat.
Fairmount Park is planning on adding new slot machines to compete with the casinos. This will be embarked as a new revenue stream in the industry. Nonetheless, the city of East St. Louis and Casino Queen claims that the proposed idea of slots will seriously hamper the casino’s business and also the city’s business .
The revenue sharing was proposed to be a part of a new proposal for the expansion of gambling. The recent bill failed to attract attention on how the share of taxes were distributed from the racetrack though.