Illinois State Fair

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A group of Rochelle residents is being recognized for their engineering work at the Illinois State Fair. 

Back in May, a class of Rochelle middle- and high-school students used a 3-D printer to build a prosthetic hand for local farmer Jack Hubbard.  He had lost the arm in a mechanical accident, and the new hand now lets him avoid his bulky work prosthesis at home and play more easily with his kids. 


Several breweries from across the state will compete during a new attraction at this year's Illinois State Fair. 

The winning beer will be known as the Official Bicentennial Craft Brew.  And only one of 18 participating breweries will get to make it, after fairgoers cast their votes during opening weekend.  

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Years of budget cuts and deferred maintenance at the Illinois State Fair have led to a series of problems at the fairgrounds. But officials say they’ll be ready when the fair opens in one week.

State Fair manager Kevin Gordon didn't mince words: “Honestly, the last year and half has been challenging," he said. "OK? I’ll be the first to say it.”

An auction of unclaimed property worth $113,500 at the Illinois State Fair will be previewed in coming weeks in Springfield and Chicago.

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says items include a signed, 1983 Ryne Sandberg baseball card; souvenir medallions from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago; a Hohner 6-sided "paddle wheel" harmonica; and coins from the 1622 Spanish shipwreck of the Atocha .

The Illinois State Fair recently revealed a new logo and theme.

Spokesperson Rebecca Clark says the logo is a sleek black, red, and blue, and this year’s motto is “generations of fun.”   

"The Illinois State Fair dates back to 1853. Families have been attending the Illinois State Fair for years and years.  It just felt like this was something that we could celebrate, the families who take part in the Illinois State Fair, and we hope that continues for generations to come."