(230 ILCS 5/54)
Horse Racing Equity Fund.
(a) There is created in the State Treasury a Fund to be known as the Horse
Equity Fund. The Fund shall consist of moneys paid into it pursuant to
subsection (c-5) of Section 13 of the Riverboat Gambling Act. The Fund shall
by the Racing Board.
(b) The moneys deposited into the Fund shall be distributed by the Racing Board
within 10 days after those moneys are deposited into the Fund as follows:
(1) Fifty percent of all moneys distributed under
this subsection shall be distributed to organization licensees to be distributed at their race meetings as purses. Fifty-seven percent of the amount distributed under this paragraph (1) shall be distributed for thoroughbred race meetings and 43% shall be distributed for standardbred race meetings. Within each breed, moneys shall be allocated to each organization licensee's purse fund in accordance with the ratio between the purses generated for that breed by that licensee during the prior calendar year and the total purses generated throughout the State for that breed during the prior calendar year.
(2) The remaining 50% of the moneys distributed under
this subsection (b) shall be distributed pro rata according to the aggregate proportion of state-wide handle at the racetrack, inter-track, and inter-track wagering locations that derive their licenses from a racetrack identified in this paragraph (2) for calendar years 1994, 1996, and 1997 to (i) any person (or its successors or assigns) who had operating control of a racing facility at which live racing was conducted in calendar year 1997 and who has operating control of an organization licensee that conducted racing in calendar year 1997 and is a licensee in the current year, or (ii) any person (or its successors or assigns) who has operating control of a racing facility located in a county that is bounded by the Mississippi River that has a population of less than 150,000 according to the 1990 decennial census and conducted an average of 60 days of racing per year between 1985 and 1993 and has been awarded an inter-track wagering license in the current year.
If any person identified in this paragraph (2)
becomes ineligible to receive moneys from the Fund, such amount shall be redistributed among the remaining persons in proportion to their percentages otherwise calculated.
(Source: P.A. 98-18, eff. 6-7-13.)