DU QUOIN – State Senator Dale Fowler announced Friday that he is serving as a Chief Co-Sponsor on legislation that would ensure income from the Du Quoin State Fair to be placed into the appropriate fund to ensure financial stability for years ahead.
“The Du Quoin State Fair, which will mark its 100th birthday next summer, is rich in tradition and a huge asset to the southern Illinois region,” Sen. Fowler said. “To ensure future success and financial stability for this fair, it is important that we recognize that this state fair is equally as important as the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Both fairs have a tremendous impact on Illinois’ economy, bringing millions of dollars and thousands of people through the gates each year.”
Senate Bill 3482 would provide uniformity between the Illinois State Fair and Du Quoin State Fair. Currently, funds from the Du Quoin State Fair are distributed in the Agriculture Premium Fund, the same fund from which county fair funds are distributed from. This bill commits the Department of Agriculture to have Du Quoin State Fair income placed in the Illinois State Fair Fund.
With bipartisan support, SB 3482 recently passed the Senate and now heads to the House for consideration.