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State Fair Preview - Expo Hall

The Exposition Building at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield was built in 1894, making it the oldest building on the fairgrounds. About 63,000 square feet, the Expo is also the largest building on the grounds. The fair runs Aug. 8-18. 

SPRINGFIELD — A party official said that a banner, a flag and signs promoting President Donald Trump were stolen overnight from the Republican Party of Illinois' tent at the Illinois State Fair.

"When we got into the tent, we saw that some things were disheveled, and quickly realized that our Trump yard signs that we had in there were gone," Anthony Sarros, executive director of the party, said Tuesday.

Gone was an 8-by-4-foot banner with Trump's name and the words "Make Illinois Great Again," he said. A 3-by-5-foot flag with wording "Keep America Great" and "2020" was also taken, as were about 20 yard signs.

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"Weirdly enough, we have a life-size cutout of the president, and that was still there," Sarros said. "That was zip-tied around the center pole," he added, so it's possible it couldn't easily be taken. The entry flap to the tent is also zip-tied each night.

Sarros said the party was filing a police report.

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"It's unfortunate that political decorum has kind of fallen this low," Sarros said, adding he does not know who took the materials. "The State Fair is supposed to be a fun time. ... It's not a time where we should be worried about getting things stolen from our tent."

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