* As we discussed yesterday, the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation is basically a joke - raising just $32,000 last year after promising to raise millions. AP…
People have raised concerns about whether the money could be put other uses, [Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation Chairman John Slayton] said. Lawmakers have taken funds out of special state funds to balance the budget. But the foundation money is separate from those state accounts and cannot be swept by lawmakers.
“You have to walk them through the process,” said Slayton.
He said that some donors, including companies like John Deere, Caterpillar and State Farm, already contributed to the governor’s mansion.
“So the well’s kind of dry there for a few years,” said Slayton. “I think we’ll have to wait. That’s fine because they both had to be renovated.”
By the way, Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield) told the AP that Gov. Rauner himself should ante up.