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Attendance was up at this year's Du Quoin State Fair.

Spokesperson Krista Lisser says the number of people visiting the fair in southern Illinois increased by 23 percent.

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The Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture had some good news for State Fair Goers on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019. Standing in front of the DuQuoin State Fair Grandstand, Director John Sullivan said, thanks to the passage of the recent Capital Spending plan, work is being done right now to re–surface main street and the loop on the fairgrounds.  Sullivan said the work is being done by the Illinois Department of Transportation, and IDOT hopes to have the project done by June 21st.

Perry County resident, and Fair Manager,  Josh Gross  says the investment in the Fair amounts to just over 350– Thousand Dollars.  Gross also added that, starting this year, there will be NO admission fee to attend the DuQuoin State Fair.  Gross also said that this year's Grandstand Lineup will be announced this Monday, June 17th.

The Illinois Constitution was first signed 200 years ago this Sunday, August 26th.

Stuart Lane, executive director of the governor's office of the Illinois Bicentennial says there will be a lot to see.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jak Tichenor about "DuQuoin State Fair Memories," an event on August 26 that will highlight Illinois' Bicentennial as well as the Perry County institution.

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Governor Bruce Rauner says there are still serious issues facing the state, and he hopes a compromise can be reached so that Illinois can move forward soon.