Proposal calls for ‘historical racing’ machines
A Republican lawmaker from southwestern Illinois is pushing a plan to allow betting on old races as a way to boost the horse racing industry.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports state Rep. Dwight Kay introduced a plan allowing so-called “historical racing” machines. The terminals allow people to bet on previously run races that are stripped of identifying markers.
Kentucky and Arkansas allow historical racing. Texas is facing a court fight over the machines.
Kay says the money generated could help tracks while legislators take another look at a statewide gambling expansion.
Previous efforts to expand gambling have failed. Gov. Pat Quinn has twice vetoed plans. Republican Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has said he wouldn’t oppose adding casinos if local communities support it.
The legislation is HB6323.