In the Illinois bill, there is no action on Illinois colleges. I had heard that the AD's of most of these colleges put pressure on the state house reps.
Michigan is such a joke. I've written the potential sponsor of the bill (BrandtIden@house.mi.gov) twice, and have gotten zero reply. The Michigan legislature sucks. Nothing ever gets done, and when it does, it is usually rushed through with very little thought like a bat out of hell......it just happened with the auto insurance reform.
When Arlington burned down in 1985, I went to Maywood quite a few times for my wagering fix. They had intertrack betting on thoroughbreds from Hawthorne, and they didn't have the OTBs they would later have.
One newbie question: can someone knowledgeable about Illinois horse racing explain what this "recapture" is that is being eliminated with this bill? It's mentioned several times in the article so it must be a big deal.
True. I would say it peaked in early 90s, the first few years after Arlington was rebuilt. But the idea to change the Sportsman's oval to accomodate an auto track was a disaster. The teardown of Sportsman's was big, as the Hawthorne spring meet has never really caught on.
Only 2 things I didnt like about SPK...the location and the static shocks you would get on those metal "table " things in the outdoor seating area.
Even had a guy come thru the barn everyday checking to see if any bulbs needed replacing. At Arlington you replaced it yourself unless your name was Bollero..etc