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Kay: Leaders need to get behind casino/racetrack proposal

From Illinois Business Journal news services

SPRINGFIELD – Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon, is encouraging legislators to get behind a measure that would allow the  Casino Queen to go through with a plan to purchase Fairmount Park Racetrack in Collinsville if slot machines are allowed at the racetrack.

“This is excellent news for the city of Collinsville and the 1,400 jobs Fairmount Park supports directly and indirectly in the metro east. Horse racing has been a part of the Metro East for 90 years,” Kay said in a statement. “I’m optimistic the agreement between Fairmount Park and the Casino Queen will help keep the horse-racing industry alive and well throughout Illinois for generations. Now it’s time for the legislature to get the ball rolling to help Fairmount Park secure the proposal.”

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