SPRINGFIELD, IL - When the three-day December veto session closed this week, State Rep. Dwight Kay's proposal that he says would help keep horse racing tracks running in Illinois ended, too.
At least for now, that is. If "historic racing" did progress in the upcoming legislation session, Illinois would be the third state in the United States to legalize historic racing.
In historical racing, players bet on previously run races on terminals that have the same sounds and blinking lights as a slot machine. Information about the actual race, such as horse names, dates and tracks, would not be visible to the player, making it virtually impossible to identify winning horses before the race begins, the NWITimes.com reports.
While the horse racing industry is focused on offering slot machines, Kay said race courses such as Fairmount in his home district would get some revenue from the historic racing concept.
House Bill 6323's wording will need to be re-introduced next January, as the legislature permanently adjourned this week.