By: Christine Souders
It's was a trip down memory lane at the Quad City Downs track Saturday.
Former employees reunited to remember the good old days when people still were placing their bets on horses.
And those part of the Quad City Downs' family are hoping legislation will bring the live races back.
It's been nearly two decades, since the track hosted live horse races, but because of financial reasons, restrictions on land based casinos, shut it down.
"It was a great sport, and we should do it again."
"I wish it was still going like it was," said Judy Davis, she and her late husband were the original owners of the track, and said 1995, was the last time many at the reunion saw hooves on the track, when they switched to off-track betting.
"There were children, whole family atmosphere on Sunday afternoons. Mohammad Ali came here in 1981, so when you think of these things, and the types of crowds that draws, it's great for the economy, and area," said Mike Morales, a former driver.
Lawmakers considered bringing back the races, if Quad City Downs Track added 900 slot machines, but, that bill is still sitting on Governor Pat Quinn's desk.
"There's about 800 jobs, I know this place could supply alone with drivers, caretakers, people working at the track, if they put slot machines in here," Morales said.
And even some former employees said they wouldn't mind dusting off their boots, to see live horse racing here again.
"Even I who is retired, and haven't had a horse racing in a year, might consider buying a colt, and training one again," said Former Horse Trainer Sheri Coate.
Although some time has passed now, since lawmakers sent the bill to the governor, the people we talked to said they are hopeful, Quinn will sign it.