Wanna Bet There's a Connection?

The gambling boats weren’t happy about having to subsidize horse tracks when the bill was filed, they didn’t like it any more when it passed, and when it was signed into law, they liked it even less. Now, they’re suing to block collection of the subsidy. Coverage has focused on the fissure in the gambling community between boats and tracks. But as we’ve pointed out before, there’s one other angle. Gov. Blagojevich has eschewed boat money in the past, taking nary a dime from the casinos. But he has taken money from the tracks, over $250K between 2001 and 2004. Check out our issue briefing for the details.