State Fairgrounds Will Be Ready 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois’ two state fairgrounds will be ready. Illinois agriculture director Raymond Poe yesterday said visitors won’t notice any major upgrades at either the fairgrounds in Springfield or in southern Illinois at the DuQuoin Fairgrounds, but he says both will be ready by August. Last year’s fair in Springfield was flooded out in some spots, Poe says he’s hoping for better weather but is assuring visitors there is a plan in place to deal with heavy rains this year.