Il Senate approves plan to fund improvements at state fairgrounds

Apr 3, 2014

Aerial view of the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois.
A plan to fund improvements on Illinois' two state fairgrounds won approval in the Senate Wednesday. The legislation would create a foundation to collect money that could be used for repairs or new construction on the fairgrounds in Springfield and DuQuoin.

Supporters say there's currently no money to take on the long list of projects. But opponents, like Republican Senator Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove, say people can already make donations to help the fairgrounds.

"This is another example of government getting involved where it's not needed, not necessary, not responsive to the most efficient way to get things done."

Critics point out that future legislatures could easily take money collected by the foundation and spend it on other things. The measure nevertheless passed the Senate and now goes before the Illinois House.