Rascal Flatts performed at last year’s Illinois State Fair. This year, Little Big Town is booked.

Despite a state budget stalemate last July and the $1.59 million still owed to 2015 fair vendors, it will be business as usual for this year’s Illinois State Fair, scheduled for Aug. 12-21 in Springfield.

The fair’s new manager, Kevin Gordon will oversee operations at both the Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair as well as the Department of Agriculture’s Bur...

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