the Passing Away of Bob Molaro
is with a heavy heart that we mourn the death of Bob Molaro.
He was a true steward of the horseracing industry, which frankly would no
longer exist in Illinois were it not for the impassioned, persistent
and selfless leadership of Bob. As a legislator, he wrote laws so that
Illinois horseracing would have an honest chance to survive and thrive.
Though he was personally a fan of racing, he lobbied tirelessly on behalf of
the industry because he cared so deeply about people, from the backstretch to
the teller line, from the grandstand to the farm. He had genuine empathy
for everyone. Especially in the most difficult times, Bob sought to build
consensus, to lead with the best possible ideas and to provide relief with
humor and humility. Always the optimist and always the storyteller, Bob
shared a clear and exciting vision for the future of Illinois horseracing with
anyone who would listen. In tribute to his undying spirit, we look
forward hopefully to that future, and we pledge to “do all the good we can do”
in loving memory of our dear friend.