Illinois county fairs must get by with less state money

County fairs across Illinois are reassessing their finances as the state reduces its support in a cost-saving measure.
Springfield’s State Journal-Register reports ( a recent letter from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration instructed county fairs to stop spending state money on rehabilitation. That includes some maintenance, construction and insurance costs.
A 2014 Rehabilitation Fund Report says Illinois allotted 92 county fairs a maximum of $13,250 each.
Fair organizers have long known state grants could be curtailed.
Macoupin County Fair Board President Mark Dugger says the fair began planning several year ago, and regards state aid as “icing and not the cake.”
Logan County Fair Association secretary Mike Maske says donations may have to make up for losses of state money. But he adds, “We’re going to weather this.”

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