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February 21, 2018

1/29/2018 2:19:00 PM
Crawford County native named to state fair board
A man with local ties has been appointed to the Illinois State Fair Board.

Cory Jobe was recently appointed to the State Fair Advisory Board by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Jobe and two other new members will strengthen the board by adding key professional experience in the areas of event promotion, entertainment, marketing and development.

Jobe, originally from Robinson and now living in Chicago, is director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, and is responsible for leading marketing and development for the state's tourism industry.

"The Springfield and Du Quoin State Fairs play an important role in promoting the state's agriculture industry and driving tourism in Illinois," Jobe said. "With this appointment, I'm looking forward to working with the Governor, administration, and advisory board to ensure the future prosperity of our state fairgrounds and to make our state fairs the biggest and the best in the country."

The board advises the state Department of Agriculture and its director, Raymond Poe, on matters concerning annual Du Quoin and Springfield state fairs and fairgrounds operations, ensuring the varied interests of participants, visitors and the people of Illinois are represented. Each of the new members will serve a two-year, non-paid appointment as prescribed in the State Fair Act (20 ILCS 210/8).

"The State Fair Advisory Board is comprised of individuals who are passionate about the success of Illinois agriculture," Rauner said. "Our state fairs help educate the public about the importance of one of our state's top industries through an entertainment venue that is both affordable and family friendly."

"I'm excited that these new members have great insights that will offer much value to the board," said Poe. "The Illinois State Fair is a strong agricultural fair, but important to that success are the strong efforts behind the curtain in the areas of marketing, event promotion and entertainment. These new members will have much to contribute in these areas. I look forward to working with the State Fair Advisory Board as we plan future events."

Also appointed were Gary Hadden, Jacksonville, and Matt Jungmann, Seaton.

Hadden, a Morgan County cattle producer, also serves as the chairman of the Morgan County Fair Entertainment Committee. Jungmann is the national events manager at Farm Progress Cos., who for years has overseen all aspects of the Farm Progress Show, the nation's largest outdoor farm event.

These members join 12 others reappointed by the governor for another two-year term. Reappointed State Fair Advisory Board members are, Michael Ammann, pork producer from Madison County; George Obernagel, banker and livestock producer, of Monroe County; Allen Entwistle, farmer, Sangamon County; William Range, owner of Range Showpigs, Monroe County; William Fugate, former treasurer-secretary of Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs, Livingston County; Sue Schafer, agriculture teacher, Christian County; Tamara Craig Schilling, vice president of Monsanto Technology Communications, Washington County;

John Slayton, banker and chairman of the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation, Sangamon County; Brad Temple, livestock producer, LaSalle County; Mike Martz, livestock producer, DeKalb County; Paul Walker, former animal science professor at Illinois State University, McLean County; and Gary McConnell, Land of Lincoln Purebred Livestock Breeders Association, Christian County.

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