Mike Preston's report card in Week 3

Bill Brady

Bill to support Springfield, Du Quoin fairgrounds stalled

Efforts in the state Legislature to create a private foundation that would support the fairgrounds in Springfield and Du Quoin remain stalled as the Illinois State Fair kicks off this year.

A bill that has the support of Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Raymond Poe failed to advance this spring despite unanimous support from the Senate Executive Committee, the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers (http://bit.ly/2aQYMqn ) reported.

State Sen. Bill Brady, a Bloomington Republican, has sponsored a bill that would create a nonprofit organization that could solicit private funds and corporate sponsorships to help with upkeep of the...