Illinois State Fairgrounds facilities in Springfield and Du Quoin are in less than fair condition. That's the concern expressed by the historic preservation group Landmarks Illinois in their latest endangered historic buildings list. Landmarks President Bonnie McDonald says the Fairgrounds are part of an important staple of the Illinois way of life.
McDonald is also concerned about two neighboring buildings at the Springfield fairgrounds: the shuttered Coliseum, which has been a destination for horse shows for decades, but is closed because of structural concerns. She's also concerned about an unlucky Barn #13.
Earlier this year, the state hired an engineering firm to repair Barn 13. At DuQuoin, over a dozen buildings at the fairgrounds need significant repairs and new roofs, but funding sources have not been secured. The Grandstand in particular needs a new roof.