Casino Queen owners plan to purchase Fairmount Park, if Illinois lawmakers pass a gambling expansion at horse racing venues in the state.
Proposals to expand Illinois gambling have recently resurfaced as legislators prepare to adjourn at the end of the month.
Tuesday marks 90 years of horse racing at Fairmount Park. But still looming over the track is whether other forms of gaming will be allowed.
Sponsor of legislation that could affect future of Fairmount Park in Collinsville says 2 factors are key.
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The gaming floor is up and running again at Lumiere Place, following a night chaos and confusion when hundreds of slot machines when on the fritz.
Illinois State Representative Bob Rita tells KMOX’s Charlie Brennan that Fairmount officials have told him their survival depends on getting slot machines.
Last week, the Illinois legislature ended its session without approving Fairmount’s plea to add slots.
The sponsor of a gaming bill that would allow slot machines at horse racing tracks says he won’t call it for a vote before Saturday’s end of session.
Gov. Quinn says he’s OK with an expansion of gambling under the right circumstances.