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Chicago Tribune Article Regarding Contract Negotiations

Chicago Tribune Article: "Arlington International, horsemen's association still working on new contract"

Officials at Arlington International Racecourse and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association were still scrambling Tuesday to forge a contract that would reopen the track's shuttered backstretch and ensure a smooth start to the summer racing season on May 6.

Mike Campbell, president of the ITHA, said Tuesday that the terms of a new contract were nearly reached last Sunday evening, but the deal was derailed by what he alleged were last-minute demands from the track.

"We were very close on the terms, but at the last minute, there were additional expectations that Arlington asked from us that at this time, the ITHA could not commit to," said Campbell, who declined to comment on the specific issues that are holding up the contract.

"We're working on this contract literally 24 hours a day," Campbell said. "The ultimate goal for all of us is to get a deal done here . . . 

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