A state probe found State Fair Director Amy Bliefnick sought and accepted at least $540 in free beer tickets during the 2012 State Fair from the vendor in charge of beer sales. Bliefnick accepted at least 120 beer tickets from the vendor and gave them to state officials and her staff, as well as state fair volunteers and visitors, according to the report released Monday. | AP Photo
SPRINGFIELD — Accepting free beer and overseeing either of Illinois’ two state fairs don’t mix. That was the conclusion of the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission, which Monday announced fines against the current and former managers of the Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair for breaching the Illinois gift ban.