The Coliseum, built in 1901, is one of several buildings at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in need of repair. The estimated cost is $3.7 million.

A nonprofit foundation formed two years ago to raise money to fix deteriorating buildings on the 120-year-old Illinois State Fairgrounds has raised $50,000. It's a tidy sum, but not nearly enough.

According to a 2016 report by Hillsboro, Ill.-based architectural firm Hurst-Rosche, it would cost $3.7 million to repair the buildings, inclu...

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