Raymond Poe

Governor opens Ill. State Fair; ag chief treated after fall

Gov. Bruce Rauner has opened the 2017 Illinois State Fair .

The Republican cut the ribbon on the agricultural extravaganza Thursday. That's a day earlier than usual. It preceded the "Twilight Parade" which traditionally kicks off the festivities.


Agriculture Department Director Raymond Poe tripped shortly after the ribbon cutting. The 73-year-old Springfield farmer fell backward on the Main Gate pavement. Witnesses said he struck his head.

He was conscious, sitting up and appeared alert as medical personnel examined him.

Rauner stayed with Poe until he was transported in a golf cart. Then Rauner and Lieutenant Gov....

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