CHICAGO (KMOX/AP) — Illinois horse race tracks, including Fairmount Park in St. Louis’ Metro-East, remain hopeful that state lawmakers grappling to plug a $6 billion budget gap will approve allowing slot machines at tracks in a move the racing industry is calling vital for its survival.

But time is running out.

Proposals to expand Illinois gambling have recently resurfaced as legislators prepare to adjourn at the end of the month.

A panel meets today for the second time this month, and the focus is expected to be a potential casino in Chicago. Representatives from the Illinois Gaming Machine Operators Association and the Illinois Restaurant Association are scheduled to speak.

At least two bills calling for casinos are before lawmakers with another in the works.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has said he’s open to more casinos in the state. His predecessor, former Gov. Pat Quinn, twice vetoed gambling expansion legislation.

Last week lawmakers heard experts from around the country about casino trends.

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