Vendors: Illinois State Fair must go on without budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Vendors who will be working at the Illinois State Fair this week say they’re used to uncertain state budgets, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t concerning.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has said some fair exhibitors and performers might not get paid on time this year, as the Republican and Democratic leaders in the General Assembly work out a budget impasse. Fair vendors recently agreed to work even though their paychecks may be delayed.

Denelle Hawkins’ family has run doughnut stands at the Springfield fairgrounds since 1973. She tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register that there have been budget problems in previous years, but it’s still scary.

Other vendors who travel the multi-state circuit of state and county fairs say uncertain budgets are part of the business.

The 10-day Illinois State Fair opens Thursday.