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Raymond Poe

Illinois State Fair Coliseum closes temporarily for repairs

Illinois Department of Agriculture officials said they're temporarily closing the Coliseum at the state fairgrounds after engineers discovered structural deficiencies indoors.

The building will stay closed until repairs can be made, The State Journal-Register ( ) reported.

Agriculture Director Raymond Poe said in a statement that the decision was made to protect visitors and livestock who use the Coliseum. He said the building's problems highlight years of neglect by previous administrations.

"The band-aid approach to repairs on our state fairgrounds cannot continue, and underscores why I fought for many years for a Fairgrounds Foundation...