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Illinois State Fair Owes $1.5 Million to Vendors, Including Butter Cow Sculptor

$2,500 is still owed to the New York sculptor responsible for creating the iconic butter cow

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    The continuing budget stalemate means vendors at this year's Illinois State Fair have not been paid for their services.

    The state fair still owes $1.5 million to vendors, according to Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register. Of that amount, $2,500 is owed to the New York sculptor responsible for creating the iconic butter cow.

    Several other costly services have also not been paid for, including $194,000 for garbage removal, $138,000 for gate admission and parking services, $90,860 for portable toilets and $60,388 for golf cart rental and maintenance, according to Landis.

    Not everyone has missed a paycheck, however. Landis reports that nearly $2.4 million has been paid for the Grandstand entertainment and other performers because the money for these acts comes from a separate fund.

    The budget stalemate is on track to enter its fourth month this week, and the impact has struck residents and institutions across the board. On Wednesday, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced he will close state museums as a result of the stalemate. The Illinois Lottery also confirmed that any Powerball winners who are Illinois residents will not be paid their prize money until there is a state budget.

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