The mayor of Springfield wants to annex the Illinois State Fairgrounds as a way to save state taxpayers money and bring in more sales tax revenue to the capital city.


During a City Council meeting Tuesday, Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder said the proximity of the fairgrounds to Springfield confuses many people.


“I think if you survey a lot of city residents, most of them would have thought that the fairgrounds is the city, but it’s not,” Langfelder said.  

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The mayor said working with the state to annex the more than 300-acre state fairgrounds site into the city limits would give the city a new revenue stream.


“What’s best for the city is to get additional revenues from the sales tax revenues generated throughout the year at the state fairgrounds,” Langfelder said.


He added that annexation also would save state taxpayers more than $109,000 a year by not having to pay a fire protection service contract.


“We have firefighters at a firehouse that’s not in the city,” Langfelder said.


Gov. Bruce Rauner’s press secretary, Catherine Kelly, was non-committal.


“The administration will carefully review any proposal made by the city of Springfield,” she said.


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