(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner announced yesterday that the Rauner Family Foundation is contributing $1 million to the Illinois State Fair for the naming rights to The Coliseum, the 117-year old, 60,000-square-foot amphitheater that is “the pride and joy” of the state fairgrounds. Furthermore, the Governor says he’ll ask the school children around Illinois to help rename the Coliseum in an official statewide naming contest by next year’s 2019 State Fair. Currently closed due to safety hazards and other issues, the General Assembly approved special funding to help in the renovation project by next year.
(SPRINGFIELD) It was at the State Fair in Springfield yesterday that Governor Rauner signed a package of legislation that will benefit farmers and agricultural businesses in Illinois. One new law will stagger the terms for the Illinois State Fair Advisory Board. Another bill signed into law reduces the number of meetings for the Advisory Board of Livestock Commissioners, plus other administrative requirements. A third new law will ensure the humane treatment of dogs and cats and makes certain breeders live up to legal standards for health. The fourth new law amends the state’s Horse Racing Act so that more foals can qualify for Illinois races. The fifth new law changes definitions of “adulterated” meats and poultry to ensure the protection of consumers against food-borne illnesses. A sixth new law gives the State Department of Agriculture the authority to develop and implement value-added certifications so that Illinois certified products warrant higher prices, plus this law repeals several non-functioning programs. And the last new law makes it possible for Farm Bureaus to participate more fully in the promotion of Ag Centennial, Sesquicentennial, and Bicentennial programs by considering the bureaus as agribusinesses throughout Illinois.
(SPRINGFIELD) The 2018 Illinois State Fair continues today in Springfield as this Wednesday is Governor’s Day on the fairgrounds with more livestock shows, more tractor and truck pulling in the Arena tonight and on the Grandstand stage tonight at 7:00 its 311 and The Offspring with Gym Class Heroes. Tomorrow is Democrat Day on the fairgrounds with more livestock shows and on the Grandstand stage at 8:00 it’s country music singer & songwriter Thomas Rhett with Danielle Bradberry. Friday is First Responder Day when all police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s who show their badge will be admitted free, plus on stage Friday night at 8:00 it’s country music star Brett Eldredge, an Illinois native from Paris. Saturday will be Park District Conservation Day with more livestock shows, USAC Silver Crown Racing at 12:30, the demolition derby in the Arena at 6:30, and Flo Rida & Ludacris with Childish Major on the Grandstand stage that night at 8:00. The final day of the State Fair is Sunday, Family Day, with a general admission price lowered to $5 per adult, featuring a music festival, ARCA Racing at 1:30, and on stage to wrap up the State Fair at 8:00 Sunday night is Brantley Gilbert with Muscadine Bloodline. Also, plenty of daily events including special music, food, carnival rides, agriculture fair tours, and more, plus Conservation World each day from 10:00 to 7:00. For more details on the daily fair schedule, for Grandstand event tickets, parking information, and more, go online at www2.illinois.gov/statefair/info.