Monthly Archives: September 2019

Illinois State Fair

Over $6.5 million (a conservative estimate) in revenue came from this year’s Illinois State Fair.  This is a record amount for the event with the highest amount being raised to date occurring in 2013 at $6.4 million. 

The fair was inaugurated in 1853 and today is held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Based on agriculture, today the fair has shows, competitions, parades, spectacles, festivals and more and the State Fairgrounds where it is held has over 100 permanent buildings for the event. This year around 509,000 individuals attended which was nearly 40 percent more than 2018 rendering it the highest amount since 2014.

This year the game was really stepped up with grandstand shows and more than 50 new vendors.  According to John Sullivan, Agricultural Director:

“We knew we had a great state fair. The economic engine that this fair drives is tremendous. It doesn’t just help the city, it helps the entire region here. It doesn’t just help the city, it helps the entire region here.”

Furthermore, according to Manager Kevin Gordon, some of the reasons the financial results were so positive this year was due to the following:  an increase of $150,000 in corporate sponsorships from last year and fairground camping area revenue increase of $20,000.

Revenue for grandstand acts was 110 percent of the cost for those acts, or 10 percent more than the state shelled out to the artists. Corporate sponsorships were up by $150,000 over last year, he said, to a total of $750,000. He said revenues from the camping area on the fairgrounds were up by $20,000.

AT&T: Giving Back to the Community

In this video we learn about how AT&T is seeking to not only to provide services, but also to be a part of the community.  They spend time strategizing to think of what they can do for the community to get more involved.  One example of this is a project they run for students come in after school, to assist them with their homework and see what they can do to help.

Back to School – and Business – in Chicago

The long summer holidays are over and now children are finally heading back to school.  That means businesses are getting more back to normal as parents are finally able to return to their full time work schedules.

But some Chicagoans got back to work even earlier than the official end of summer date – Labor Day Weekend.  Parents were back at their desks over two weeks ago on August 14! Indeed, for most districts in Illinois, September 1st is just another day in the school calendar.  Maine East, Maine South and Maine West students all returned to school on August 14.

One district official explained that this move of returning to school earlier  began back in 2015.  The idea behind it was to finish the fall semester before students go back home for their December Winter break.  In theory it is also meant to relieve stress for high school students who really could benefit from the earlier break.

In other areas of Chicago – as well as public schools – kids returned to school tomorrow.  This past Saturday, hundreds of backpacks were given out in Garfield Park thanks to fundraising efforts of the church in University Village.