Open Business Offices: Chicago Washington Park Club to Begin Enrolling Members.; Progress Reported in Framing Racing Measure to Be Presented to Legislature in Near Future., Daily Racing Form, 1923-03-02


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OPEN BUSINESS OFFICES Chicago Washington Park Club to Begin Enrolling Members Progress lleportctl In Framing Racing 3Ieas 3Ieasure ure to Be Presented to Legislature Legislaturein in Jiear Future The Chicago Washington Park Club of which Arthur Meeker is president and Major Frederic McLaughlin the secretary has opened offices at S29831 First National Bank Building with manager Bradley Wilson in charge The initial work to be undertaken will be the enrolling of the 500 founder mem ¬ bers from all parts of the state Progress is reported in the framing of the measure to be presented to the legislature This bill will not only embody the best ideas of the directors and prominent local citizens but also that of representative men from downstate cities It was intimated that Wayne Dinsmore pres ¬ ident of the Thoroughbred Horse Association had gone to Springfield to sound out senti ¬ ment for such a measure measureThe The unanimous sentiment of our directors is that this club will not attempt to construct a track and hold races unless it is sanctioned by action of the legislature explained Mr Wilson A bill incorporating the best ideas of all our directors and prominent men down state is being framed and will soon be ready for introduction introductionMr Mr Wilson further explained that these representative citizens are inspired only by civic pride in planning a monumental racing plant for Chicago in the event that the clubs bill is passed by the legislature legislatureCommercial Commercial prospects do not and never will figure in the campaign of this club to promote legalized racing continued the ex ¬ ecutive The men behind the movement are all absolutely independent of a necessity of profit from such an industry Practically all net funds would be devoted to improvement of the breed of horses and other agricultural pursuits pursuitsWhen When the legislature learns that four fifths of Chicagos population and a substan ¬ tial downstate majority really wants horse racing as a sport not as a commercial and gambling venture I believe it will consider our measure in the same light as for any big public institution he predicted

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