Illinois passed video lottery terminals. Good for racing, right? Yummy, we get a slice of cash; after all we are entitled to it. Not so fast. Kentucky: No to slots. Pennsylvania: We want more slot money for the government. Now Illinois.
Restaurants and bars will have up to five video poker machines, and there may eventually be 45,000 machines in the state. None, however, will be found at racetracks or offtrack betting parlors, which were written out of the program.
h/t to Ray Paulick
In other news, the dog racing zealots have looked to ban dog racing in Rhode Island. This is why the whipping debate and horse safety stuff must be addressed in harness racing. They will come after us next, and we need to have proactive pro-horse policies in place so we have something to combat them.