After years of waiting for lawmakers to approve an Illinois State Fair Foundation, private citizens have stepped up and created one. Governor Bruce Rauner announced on Tuesday that a group called the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation has come together to start raising money to provide for needed infrastructure improvements on the fair grounds. Rauner notes that this is a private group and they will make their own decisions on how to raise fund and spend them.
Rauner and Ag Director Raymond Poe both say they support naming rights for buildings on the grounds. Tuesday was another example of failing infrastructure on the State Fairgrounds. A number of buildings were without power for most of the day.