A measure allowing slot machines at horse racing facilities is stalled after it zoomed out of a House committee this morning.

A measure allowing slot machines at horse racing facilities is stalled after it zoomed out of a House committee this morning.

State Rep. Will Burns, D-Chicago, said Friday evening that Senate Bill 3146, which would place slots at horse racing tracks, would likely not be called for a floor vote despite receiving unanimous approval in committee.

The bill apparently hit a snag in the Senate after several senators with casinos in there district voiced concern over the measure.

The bill would have generated more than $100 million from licensing fees and up to $300 million in annual revenue by allowing electronic gambling at the state's horse racing tracks - namely in Chicago's suburbs and the St. Louis area.

That money would go to fill an estimated $177 million shortfall in the states construction bill, which is lagging because communities around the state continue to opt out of video poker in bars and restaurants. Any excess money from the slot machines would go towards education, Burns said.

Burns this morning said the bill had ample support in the House but faced several roadblocks in the Senate. Burns wouldn't say if he plans on bring the measure back up at a later time or in the fall veto session.

The bill would retain roughly 35,000 horse racing jobs across the state and create thousands more through construction jobs.

But the measure faced strong opposition from the state's casino industry, which says the measure would create new "land-based" casinos that put riverboat casinos at a disadvantage.

"(Casinos) just can't stand that type of competition," said Tom Swoik, executive director of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association. "We believe that with this large expansion ... there will be significant damage to the casino industry."

Brian Feldt can be reached at 217-782-6292.