New trees – replacing those damaged by the emerald ash borer – are coming to the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The Illinois Green Industries Association committed to the donation – fifty trees a year until 2019 – and joined Gov. Bruce Rauner and other state officials for a ceremony near the fairgrounds' Lincoln Stage.

Saying his constituents would not have been interested in working with Rauner's predecessor on such a partnership, IGIA executive director Joe Khayyat said, “The business climate has changed. We appreciate where the state's headed and what the governor's doing.”

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Separately, not far from the Lincoln statue near the fairgrounds' Main Gate, Rauner planted a sapling said to be from an acorn from an oak in Washington, Ill. – an oak whose lineage is traced to Abraham Lincoln.


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