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230 ILCS 5/21
(230 ILCS 5/21)
(from Ch. 8, par. 37-21)
(a) Applications for organization licenses must be filed with
the Board at a time and place prescribed by the rules and regulations of
the Board. The Board shall examine the applications within 21 days
the date allowed for filing with respect to their conformity with this Act
and such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the Board. If any
application does not comply with this Act or the rules and regulations
prescribed by the Board, such application may be rejected and an
organization license refused to the applicant, or the Board may, within 21
days of the receipt of such application, advise the applicant of the
deficiencies of the application under the Act or the rules and regulations of
and require the submittal of an amended application within a reasonable time
determined by the Board; and upon submittal of the amended application by the
applicant, the Board may consider the
application consistent with the process described in subsection (e-5) of
Section 20 of this Act. If it
is found to be in compliance with this Act and the rules and regulations of
the Board, the Board may then issue an organization license to such applicant.
(b) The Board may exercise discretion in granting racing
dates to qualified applicants different from those requested by the
applicants in their
applications. However, if all eligible applicants for organization
licenses whose tracks are located within 100 miles of each other execute
and submit to the Board a written agreement among such applicants as to
the award of racing dates, including where applicable racing
up to 3 consecutive years, then subject to annual review of each
applicant's compliance with Board rules and regulations, provisions of this
Act and conditions contained in annual dates orders issued by the Board,
the Board may grant such dates and programs
to such applicants
as so agreed by them if the Board determines that the grant of these racing
dates is in the best
interests of racing. The Board shall treat any such agreement as the
agreement signatories' joint and several application for racing dates
during the term of the agreement.
(c) Where 2 or more applicants propose to conduct horse
race meetings within 35 miles of each other, as certified to the Board
under Section 19 (a) (1) of this Act, on conflicting dates, the Board may
determine and grant the number of racing days to be awarded to
applicants in accordance with the provisions of subsection (e-5) of Section
20 of this
(e) Prior to the issuance of an organization license, the applicant
shall file with the Board the bond required in subsection (d) of Section 27 payable to the State of Illinois, executed by the applicant and a surety company or
companies authorized to do business in this State, and conditioned upon the
payment by the organization licensee of all taxes due under Section 27,
other monies due and payable under this Act, all purses due and payable,
and that the organization licensee will upon presentation of the winning
tickets distribute all sums due to the patrons of pari-mutuel pools.
(f) Each organization license shall specify the person to whom it is
issued, the dates upon which horse racing is permitted, and the location,
place, track, or enclosure where the horse race meeting is to be held.
(g) Any person who owns one or more race tracks
within the State
may seek, in its own name, a separate organization license
for each race track.
(h) All racing conducted under such organization license is subject to
this Act and to the rules and regulations from time to time prescribed by
the Board, and every such organization license issued by the Board shall
contain a recital to that effect.
(i) Each such organization licensee may provide
that at least one race per day may be devoted to
the racing of quarter horses, appaloosas, arabians, or paints.
(j) In acting on applications for organization licenses, the Board shall
give weight to an organization license which has
implemented a good faith affirmative
action effort to recruit, train and upgrade minorities in all classifications
within the organization license.
(Source: P.A. 101-31, eff. 6-28-19; 102-689, eff. 12-17-21.)