SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- State lawmakers could take up plan later in the day that backers say would give the horse racing industry a needed boost.
Legislation allowing online betting on horse racing expires next month. Race dates at Illinois racetracks would be severely cut if legislators don't renew the betting law and give Illinois' racing board access to the money wagering generates.
The plan renews the betting law for three years and calls for a surcharge made on all wagers in Illinois and provides off-track betting licenses at parks in Arlington Heights, Cicero and Crete.
A House committee approved the legislation Monday. It could come up on the floor Tuesday when lawmakers could take a vote on pension legislation.
Lawmakers return to Springfield in late January.