Jeff Squibb http://wuis.org en State Fair Officials: Can't Follow State Law Due To Budget Cuts http://wuis.org/post/state-fair-officials-cant-follow-state-law-due-budget-cuts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois' two state fairs did not comply with the law last year, according to a recent state audit -- and budget realities mean that'll happen again this summer.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The audit found that both the fairs in Springfield and DuQuoin overcharged entrance fees for horses.</span></p><p>But the Department of Agriculture says it's a consequence of the state contributing 200-thousand dollars $200,000 less toward the purse.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:52:49 +0000 Hannah Meisel 28323 at http://wuis.org State Fair Officials: Can't Follow State Law Due To Budget Cuts 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