SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) – A measure passed in the Senate by State Senator Gary Forby (D–Benton) would re-establish the Combined Veterans Association of Illinois as the organization charged with running the annual beer tent at the Du Quoin State Fair.
Senate Bill 1561 exempts state fair contracts between non-profit service organizations and the Illinois Department of Agriculture from a state law that requires at least three quotes for state issued contracts.
“As soon as the veterans found out they lost their beer tent contract, they reached out for help,” Forby said. “The local veterans do so much good for Southern Illinois; I knew I needed to find a way to get them their contract back.”
For nearly three decades, the Combined Veterans Association of Illinois has operated the annual beer tent at the Du Quoin State Fair.