Emergency Repairs Needed for Illinois State Fair Barn

Jan 10, 2018

Another building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds is in need of emergency repairs in order to avoid a potential roof collapse.

The Capital Development Board filed documents last month to justify the emergency repair. The board handles non-road construction projects for the state.

The documents say Barn 13's roofing system "has failed, causing water damage to the structural roof joists and decking."

The Department of Agriculture has hired Allied Design Consultants of Springfield for $100,000 to do the design work and oversee the roof's removal and replacement.

The barn's roof is part of a widespread deterioration of the fairgrounds because of lack of funds for maintenance. A department spokeswoman says the barn is one of over a dozen buildings on the department's maintenance priority list.