horse racing http://wuis.org en State Fair Officials: Can't Follow State Law Due To Budget Cuts http://wuis.org/post/state-fair-officials-cant-follow-state-law-due-budget-cuts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois' two state fairs did not comply with the law last year, according to a recent state audit -- and budget realities mean that'll happen again this summer.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The audit found that both the fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin overcharged entrance fees for horses.</span></p><p>But the Department of Agriculture says it's a consequence of the state contributing 200-thousand dollars $200,000 less toward the purse.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:52:49 +0000 Hannah Meisel 28323 at http://wuis.org State Fair Officials: Can't Follow State Law Due To Budget Cuts Rauner Plans To Close Tax "Loopholes," Change EDGE Credits http://wuis.org/post/rauner-plans-close-tax-loopholes-change-edge-credits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has unveiled what he says is phase three of his plans to "Restore Illinois." It's focused on how the state taxes businesses.</p><p>In a statement — he released the plan via social media, rather than at a live event — Rauner says he wants to close "special interest loopholes."</p><p>Like a tax break for buying a racehorse.</p><p>And, in a risky move as he seeks to win newspaper editorial boards' endorsements, he wants Illinois to begin taxing newsprint.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:12:57 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 28024 at http://wuis.org Rauner Plans To Close Tax "Loopholes," Change EDGE Credits Bob Rita Makes Another Push For Gambling Expansion http://wuis.org/post/bob-rita-makes-another-push-gambling-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>While Illinois lawmakers continue to debate whether to extend the income tax increase. But that's not the only source of money being considered. Backers of expanding gambling also project the state would get a windfall.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Island) is once again taking a stab at gambling expansion.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 22:42:44 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24976 at http://wuis.org Bob Rita Makes Another Push For Gambling Expansion House Re-Authorizes Online Horse Betting http://wuis.org/post/house-re-authorizes-online-horse-betting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Internet gambling on horse racing would once again be legal in Illinois under legislation approved Sunday by the Illinois House of Representatives.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Online and telephone horse betting has been illegal in Illinois all year — a law authorizing it expired on Dec. 31. The practice, known as "advanced deposit wagering," was a $122 million business in Illinois last year.</span></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 00:22:55 +0000 Brian Mackey 3284 at http://wuis.org House Re-Authorizes Online Horse Betting