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There's $30-million in the new state budget earmarked for repairs at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. State Agriculture Director Raymond Poe says he's confident a year from now the Coliseum will be opened, and by having it available for events, that will open up other opportunities.
He believes combining a reopened Coliseum with the new covered arena next door will pay off.
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Coliseum repairs will cost an estimated 7.7 million dollars.