The ILHBPA board is aware there are concerns about the track’s decision to close for the winter. Eddie spoke with Fairmount Park management this morning and communicated that there are many unanswered questions that the members have. Management advised they are meeting to finalize all closure plans early in the week. After plans are finalized a general membership meeting will be scheduled to answers questions that members may have.
Help Wanted !!!
The Illinois HBPA is currently looking for a part-time secretary, 4 hours per day/5 days per week, 8:30 a.m. til 12:30 p.m. This job will begin immediately and end the last day of September. It is part time and only and shall last for a few more months. Pay will be good, you may send a resume or your information to the HBPA, P.O. Box 429, Caseyville, Il. 62232, or you may fax it to 618-344-9049. Must have good people skills and be computer literate. It is possible this job could turn into a year round job. Please reply by July 25th, 2017.
Legislative Update !!!
Yesterday the House passed a budget, Sb9 passed 72-45 and SB6 passed 81-34. This budget now goes to the Senate for a vote today, if passed there it will go to the Governor for his signature. Its still very complicated and not over yet as there are other twists and turns that can and most likely will take place as Gov. Rauner has stated publicly that he will veto if it gets to his desk.
Our hope is that somehow they will get this budget will passed and then the lawmakers will use one of our gaming bills in an attempt to generate the needed revenue to pay down its back log of bills.
Were still alive, more to come.
Springfield !!!!! Things are starting to take shape towards a budget, it now looks like there is an actual shot at a budget !!!
Most feel that we must first have a budget passed before they will consider passing one of our gaming bills. Lets keep our fingers crossed and see where things go tomorrow, as of this moment the House has adjourned and will reconvene at 11:00 AM tomorrow, July 1st.
The info below from an inside source !!!
WHERE ARE WE NOW? The House overwhelmingly adopted an amendment today that contained the House Democrats’ proposed budget. The amendment was approved 90-25. The floor debate was about the most bipartisan and hopeful I’ve ever watched. But this ain’t over until it’s over and some pitfalls remain.
Speaker Madigan rose after the vote to thank the Republicans and said “I think it’s a good step forward. A step that we can build upon.” But, he said there’s “much work yet to be done,” so he said the House will be in session until tomorrow at least.
The amendment floor vote was Speaker Madigan’s idea. He wanted the budget amendment adopted as a sign of good faith by the Republicans and then he’d restart negotiations on everything else, including non-budget issues and revenues.
The budget itself is also still not agreed. A “top Republican source” described today’s floor action as more of a “procedural vote” than a sign of support for the underlying bill. There’s still a lot of work left to do.
However, after the floor vote, the Illinois Republican Party pulled down a very negative online ad that attacked Madigan. That’s unprecedented. Their TV ads are still running, however.
Madigan sent a letter today to the bond rating agencies asking them to withhold judgement and to allow the negotiations to continue before moving the state to junk bond status.
Speaker Madigan also said he was convening a leaders’ meeting today to talk about the budget and non-budget issues. He added that he’ll convene a “meeting of interested parties” on the revenue bill. He used that same “interested parties” phrase twice.
“Let’s keep up the good work and we’ll get the job done,” Madigan said.
From what I’ve been told, this thing just about went off the rails last night, but they got things back on track this morning.
Attention Horsemen !!!
I was informed today by security that they will be checking for and asking to see your license upon entry each day to the backside beginning tomorrow, 7/1/2017. I am told there are far too many people entering or trying to enter who have NO license. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up so you can have it with you and ready to avoid problems, Thanks….