Lawmakers rushed it through Wednesday with a minimum of debate. A few hours later, the governor signed it into law. State Representative Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, called the situation "critical."
"This is critical for the horse-racing industry, which is an important agri-business part of our state. Many think of this as just gambling, gambling, gambling but there are thousands of jobs in the horse-racing industry."
The Illinois Racing Board, which regulates the industry, depends on the Internet-based wagering for much of its funding.