COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – As Fairmount Park Racetrack opens for its 94th season, state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, is launching a petition drive in support of efforts to bring in new revenue for the longstanding horse-racing track.
“The racetrack at Fairmount Park serves a vital role in the Metro East as entertainment, a major employer and as a community establishment,” said Stuart. “My petition will show legislators and the governor the vast support for live horse racing in our area and for additional revenue streams to keep Fairmount Park open.”
Stuart introduced House Bill 3099 earlier this year, which would allow licensed horse-racing establishments to install up to 150 video gaming terminals, creating a much-needed source of additional revenue. Without new revenue to pay for race purses, Fairmount Park risks having to schedule fewer races days during upcoming seasons.
“Giving places like Fairmount Park the ability to install video gaming terminals will level the playing field for tracks, while also protecting jobs that are vital to our local economy,” Stuart added. “I’m calling on my constituents to voice their support and help me continue the fight for Fairmount Park to prosper again.”
To sign Stuart’s petition supporting efforts to keep Fairmount Park open for the full season, call her constituent services office at 618-365-6650, email RepKatieStuart@gmail.com or sign the petition online at https://forms.gle/3raZwF5diZZ7NKrRA.