Governor Rauner Announces Illinois State Fair Foundation

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Governor Rauner Announces Illinois State Fair Foundation
Governor Bruce Rauner, State of Illinois

The Illinois State Fair has a new funding source. Governor Bruce Rauner has announced the creation of the Illinois State Fair Foundation. He says it is a non-governmental, non-political, privately run 501c3 Not-for-Profit to be operated by farmers and community leaders.

Rauner :32 …run by the citizens of Illinois to raise money

Quote Summary - Under there proposal, which I strongly enthusiastically support, the Agricultural Director will have an honorary membership on the board, will not have any vote. And also the Director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will have an honorary position. No vote. And there will be no government management or interference. This will be a strictly private, non-profit organization run by the citizens of Illinois to raise money

The private foundation was created after the Illinois State government failed to pass legislation last year to create a similar board. The private foundation will work to restore and maintain the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, and the DuQuoin State Fair in the southern part of the state.