Work On Illinois State Fair Venues Ramps Up

(AP) – Paving, planting and other work is happening at the Illinois fairgrounds to get ready for this month’s State Fair.

The fair runs Aug. 13th through the 23rd and the state Department of Agriculture says workers and state prisoners are planting flowers and doing other work.

According to The State Journal-Register in Springfield, paving and patching of main roads and sidewalks are happening, too.

Agriculture Department spokeswoman Rebecca Clark said some of the older buildings are getting new paint, also.

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed fair funding as part of the ongoing dispute over state spending.

Democrats say that means there’s no authority to spend money on the fair. Rauner’s office says the event will go on, but says some vendors may have to be paid late.

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