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Lawmakers don't take up horse racing bill

SPRINGFIELD – State lawmakers have adjourned without approving legislation supporters say would give the horse racing industry a needed boost.

Arlington International Racecourse officials said in a Tuesday statement that they're disappointed.

Legislation allowing online betting on horse racing expires at January's end. Race dates would be severely cut if legislators don't renew the betting law and give Illinois' racing board access to money wagering generates.

The plan renews the betting law for three years, calls for a surcharge on wagers and provides off-track betting licenses at parks.

A House committee approved legislation Monday. But it didn't come up on the floor Tuesday as lawmakers approved a major pension overhaul.

Industry officials say they'll lobby lawmakers to bring the issue back when lawmakers reconvene in late January.

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The bill is SB66.

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