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State Fair Manager "Moving Forward" After Ethics Violation

Peter Gray

The manager of the Illinois State Fair insists she did not personally consume more than 500 dollars worth of beer tickets she accepted last year. The violation resulted in a thousand dollar fine from a state ethics panel.

At a press event a week before the opening of the annual fair, Amy Bliefnick promoted the ongoing remodeling and landscaping taking place on the fairgrounds.

But her smiled faded when reporters asked about a recent state ethics investigation ... which said it was illegal to accept the beer tickets from a fair vendor.

"I did everything I could to promote the Illinois State Fair.  Did not realize it was a violation, it was a violation.  I've learned from it and I'm going to move forward - and that's all I'm going to say about it.  That's the story, and I appreciate it.  If you want to ask questions about the State Fair, I'm more than happy to.  Otherwise, that's it," Bliefnick said.

Bliefnick would not say whether her management would be any different this summer or in years to come. 

A state ethics panel also fined former DuQuoin State Fair Manager John Rednour Jr. $5,000 for giving out beer tickets. He'd asked for the tickets -- Bliefnick did not.

Rednour resigned from his job in January, and is barred from seeking a state employment for five years.

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