Accepting free beer tickets from vendors has gotten two State Fair directors in trouble.
The Illinois State Fair’s current director, Amy Bliefnick, and the DuQuoin State Fair’s former director, John Rednour, Jr., received fines from the Executive Ethics Commission for accepting hundreds of free beer tickets from vendors at the fairs.
According to a 10-page report, Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza said both had been in their jobs long enough that they "should have become familiar with the Ethics Act gift ban provisions." The Ethics Commission office said the state’s Ethics Act “sets clear standards for what state employees may solicit and what they may not solicit or accept.”
Both said the tickets were distributed to others.