312 §_ High St. Belleville, IL 62220
(618) 416-7409 FAX
261-S Stratton Building Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-1333 FAX
JAY C. HOFFMAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE ·113TH DISTRICT
LABOR & COMMERCE CHAIRMAN
APPROPRIATI ONS – PUBLIC SAFETY VICE-CHAIR
JUDICIARY MASS TRANSIT
PUBLIC UTILITIES SUBCOMMITTEE:
JUDICIARY - CIVIL PROCESS AND PROCEDURES – CHAIRMAN
LABOR & COMMERCE – WORKER’S COMPENSATI ON – CHAIRMAN
January 30, 2014
Mr. Lanny Brooks Executive Director Illinois HBPA
Extending ·advance deposit wagering (ADW) in Illinois has been one of my most pressing priorities in Springfield. The livelihood o( Fairmount J>ark, responsible for hu11dreds of jobs and a fundamental component of the regional economy, depends heavily on intemetcbased ADW.
Failure to extend ADW past the.original January 31, 2014 expiration date would have been devastating. The number of annual racing days at Fairmount Park would fall from 52 to a mere 10 days a year. Our region and our workers cannot afford that loss.
That is why I worked tirelessly with representatives from the gaming and racing industries, the Illinois Gaming Board, labor leaders, and my colleagues to negotiate an extension before the January 31″ deadline. After months of negotiation, an agreement was ultimately reached in House Bill 11.
I am happy to report that on Wednesday, the Illinois House overwhelmingly passed House Bill 11 to extend ADW for an additional three years. The governor immediately signed the bill into law, ensuring the security of hundreds oflocal jobs.
Moving forward, I understand the need for predictability in the racing and gaming industry. I will continue to fight for the funding and measures needed to support Fairmount Park and thousands of local workers.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (618) 416-7407 or RepJayHoffinan@g111ail.com. . .
Sincerely, Jay Hoffman