Illinois State Fair http://wuis.org en Steely Dan To Play State Fair Grandstand http://wuis.org/post/steely-dan-play-state-fair-grandstand <p>Grammy Award-winning rock band Steely Dan will play this year's Illinois State Fair. &nbsp;</p><p>State officials made the announcement on Monday afternoon. They say the band will play its ``Jamalot Ever After'' tour at the fair on Aug. 15. Steely Dan had a string of hits during the 1970's. They won a Grammy in 2000 for Album of the Year. &nbsp;</p><p>Tickets will go on sale for the show May 3.</p><p>The fair runs from Aug. 7 to 17 in Springfield. Other acts this year include country singers Jake Owen and Hunter Hayes, Florida Georgia Line and Boston.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:11:12 +0000 Associated Press 23010 at http://wuis.org Steely Dan To Play State Fair Grandstand Rushville's Dr. Dohner Joins IDOA Hall Of Fame http://wuis.org/post/rushvilles-dr-dohner-joins-idoa-hall-fame <p>Dr. Russell Dohner of Rushville&nbsp;is among the latest inductees to the Illinois Department on Aging’s <a href="http://www.state.il.us/aging/2awareness/hall/hall_of_fame.htm"><em>Senior Hall of Fame</em></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>The 88-year-old physician has treated patients in west central Illinois since 1955.&nbsp; He still makes house calls, patient rounds at the local hospital and nursing home, and is known to charge patients only $5.00 for the entire cost of visits. Dohner served as the 2013 Illinois State Fair Parade Grand Marshal.</p><p>From the Dept. on Aging:<em>&nbsp;</em></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:59:36 +0000 Peter Gray 11594 at http://wuis.org Rushville's Dr. Dohner Joins IDOA Hall Of Fame Illinois State Fair Attendance Up http://wuis.org/post/illinois-state-fair-attendance <p>Illinois officials say this year's state fair had the highest attendance levels in more than a decade. &nbsp;<br>The governor's office says Thursday that more than 961,000 people attended the fair during its 11-day run this month. &nbsp;<br>That's up almost 5 percent from last year and the highest since 2002, when 1.2 million people went through the fair's gates. &nbsp; Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:13:18 +0000 Sean Crawford 7686 at http://wuis.org Illinois State Fair Attendance Up State Fairs: A Summer Tradition http://wuis.org/post/state-fairs-summer-tradition-0 <p></p><p>It’s August. The days are growing shorter, fall is approaching, but summer isn’t done just yet. All over the country folks are flocking to that ultimate summer tradition: the state fair.</p><p>Carnival rides and games, meat on a stick, livestock competitions – the Midwest does state fairs up right. And for many, summer in the Midwest isn't complete without a trip to the state fair. For others, a virtual visit will have to do.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:28:33 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 7420 at http://wuis.org State Fairs: A Summer Tradition U.S. Senator Mark Kirk Back On Central Illinois Stage http://wuis.org/post/us-senator-mark-kirk-back-central-illinois-stage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A year-and-a-half after his stroke, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk returned to central Illinois for the first time this week.&nbsp; Members of his party gave him a warm welcome at a Republican rally Thursday at the Illinois State Fair.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senator Kirk made his way slowly across the stage, aided by a cane.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It has been a long, slow, partial recovery since his stroke last January.</span></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 00:11:32 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 7372 at http://wuis.org U.S. Senator Mark Kirk Back On Central Illinois Stage No Heightened Security For Butter Cow http://wuis.org/post/no-heightened-security-butter-cow <p>Organizers of the Illinois State Fair say they're not changing security procedures after vandals threw paint on a butter cow at the state fair in Iowa.&nbsp;<br>Jeff Squibb is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Agriculture.&nbsp;<br>He tells The Pantagraph (http://bit.ly/1cB7iD1 ) that a refrigerated case holding the butter bovine is locked all the time in the fair's Dairy Building, while a webcam streams live images of the sculpture.&nbsp; Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:31:01 +0000 Sean Crawford 7279 at http://wuis.org No Heightened Security For Butter Cow Gov 'Eating My Way Across The State Fair' http://wuis.org/post/gov-eating-my-way-across-state-fair <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois State Fair officially got underway Friday morning.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Based on the evidence Friday morning on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, it's never too early for fried mini-doughnuts.</span></p><p>Vendors were selling all manner of-deep fried delights, patrons were crowding parking lots, and dignitaries were cutting a red, white, and blue ribbon to mark the official opening of the 2013 fair.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:53:12 +0000 Brian Mackey 7073 at http://wuis.org Gov 'Eating My Way Across The State Fair' Head East: 40 Years On http://wuis.org/post/head-east-40-years <p>The band Head East grew out of central and southern Illinois and made it's way to a major label.&nbsp; In 1974, Head East recorded Flat As A Pancake at Golden Voice Studios in South Pekin.&nbsp; They released it on their own label, sold it at shows and the notoriety that followed got them a record deal.&nbsp; From the highs of playing sold out arenas in the 70's to the end of the original lineup, Head East has remained.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:24:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 6782 at http://wuis.org Head East: 40 Years On Longtime Rushville Doctor Named State Fair Parade Grand Marshal http://wuis.org/post/longtime-rushville-doctor-named-state-fair-parade-grand-marshal <p>From Governor's news release:</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 22:56:48 +0000 Sean Crawford 6862 at http://wuis.org Longtime Rushville Doctor Named State Fair Parade Grand Marshal Illinois State Fair Prepares To Open Gates Thursday http://wuis.org/post/illinois-state-fair-prepares-open-gates-thursday <p></p><p>The 2013 Illinois State Fair in Springfield runs August 8th&nbsp;through the 18th.</p><p>Peter Gray joined Rachel Otwell on <em>Illinois Edition</em>&nbsp;with a few highlights of the fair this year, including the grandstand's new VIP section for fans who want to avoid long lines but want to be as close to the stage as possible:&nbsp;</p><p>The State Fair's mobile site can be accessed <a href="http://isfmobile.info">HERE</a></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 17:43:16 +0000 Peter Gray 6773 at http://wuis.org Illinois State Fair Prepares To Open Gates Thursday