Lawsuit Challenging Track Aid Bill Reinstated

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Published on August 16 2014 8:53 am
Last Updated on August 16 2014 8:53 am
Written by Greg Sapp

A federal appeals court in Chicago is bringing back a lawsuit challenging a state law to help racetracks that casino companies say former governor Rod Blagojevich signed because he was bribed.

The appellate court reinstated the suit by four casino groups that had been dismissed by a lower court. The suit cites recordings played at Blagojevich's trial alleging that horse racing executive John Johnston offered Blagojevich's campaign a $100,000 contribution to get his support for renewing a law that requires casino owners to set aside 3% of their revenue to subsidize the tracks.