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Illinois Racing Board - RG 416 | Illinois State Archives

Name: Illinois Racing Board - RG 416
Variant Name: Illinois Racing Commission

Historical Note: Horse racing and parimutuel wagering on horse races were legalized in 1927. They were licensed by the Department of Agriculture which had authority to specify days, hours, and locations of races and the particulars of the parimutuel system. The department employed inspectors to assure compliance (L. 1927, p. 28). In 1933 the Illinois Racing Commission, composed of three members appointed by the Governor, was created. This commission was given the powers which had been assigned to the Department of Agriculture in regulating horse racing and parimutuel wagering. Additionally it was authorized to prescribe rules, regulations, and conditions under which races were conducted; conduct hearings to investigate violations; and impose fines for infractions. It was authorized to employ a full-time secretary and necessary staff (L. 1933, p. 22). Its name was changed to the Illinois Racing Board in 1941 (L. 1941, p. 38).

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