The long-fought battle over adding slot machines at Arlington Park
could return to the forefront soon if the Illinois Senate revisits the
issue in a postelection veto session.
lawmakers say Senate Bill 3146, which would allow up to 1,200 slot
machines at each of Illinois' racetracks, would generate revenue to
help keep the struggling tracks afloat and also provide badly needed
funding for the state's $31 billion capital program.
Racetrack slot machines were one of the big issues left undone in
the spring session, and the bill's House sponsor, Democratic state Rep.
William Burns of Chicago, said Monday that the bill could gain momentum
once the election is over. He said there's an urgent need to fund the
state's construction projects, and such projects tend to draw
bipartisan support, making the bill more appealing.
racetrack industry in Illinois is dying a slow and painful death. This
would give them the tools that would allow them to compete with the
riverboats and stand on their own two feet, Burns said. “We have enough
votes in the House, but we don't know what would happen in the Senate.
The question is, are there enough votes in the Senate?