Grammy Award-winning rock band Steely Dan will play this year's Illinois State Fair.
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.
Tickets will go on sale for the show May 3.
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.
Dr. Russell Dohner of Rushville is among the latest inductees to the Illinois Department on Aging’s Senior Hall of Fame.
The 88-year-old physician has treated patients in west central Illinois since 1955. 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.
Illinois officials say this year's state fair had the highest attendance levels in more than a decade. The governor's office says Thursday that more than 961,000 people attended the fair during its 11-day run this month. 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.
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.
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.
A year-and-a-half after his stroke, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk returned to central Illinois for the first time this week. Members of his party gave him a warm welcome at a Republican rally Thursday at the Illinois State Fair.
Senator Kirk made his way slowly across the stage, aided by a cane. It has been a long, slow, partial recovery since his stroke last January.
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. Jeff Squibb is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Agriculture. 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.
The band Head East grew out of central and southern Illinois and made it's way to a major label. In 1974, Head East recorded Flat As A Pancake at Golden Voice Studios in South Pekin. They released it on their own label, sold it at shows and the notoriety that followed got them a record deal. From the highs of playing sold out arenas in the 70's to the end of the original lineup, Head East has remained.
The 2013 Illinois State Fair in Springfield runs August 8th through the 18th.
Peter Gray joined Rachel Otwell on Illinois Edition 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: