Private fundraising to fix Illinois fairgrounds set to begin

CHICAGO (AP) — A private foundation backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner is preparing to kick off a major fundraising effort to revamp Illinois’ dilapidated fairgrounds. The Chicago Tribune reports that Rauner announced the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation’s creation during last year’s state fair, with the goal of raising enough money to repair crumbling buildings, deteriorating roadways, and aging sewer and electrical systems. The foundation will seek $185 million in private money and donations to pay for the projects.