The Macoupin County Fair and Agricultural Association Board of Directors voted Monday evening to cancel the 2020 Macoupin County Fair.

The fair in Carlinville was scheduled for June 9-13.

“In today’s world with so many unknowns, we feel it is in the best interest of the county, vendors, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and fairgoers to make this decision,” the board of directors statement read. “We had an amazing 2020 fair planned and we look forward to being back bigger and better in 2021.”

Among the fair’s scheduled performers was country singer Riley Green (“There Was This Girl”). The board said ticketholders for the concert will be refunded directly from the website Eventbrite.

Cannabis sales surge

The state’s lockdown due to the coronavirus was good for the legal sale of cannabis, state officials said Monday.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation reported April adult-use cannabis sales totaled a little more than $37.2 million. That topped sales for March ($36 million) and February ($35 million). January sales pulled in $39.2 million, the first month of legalized adult sales.

The pandemic has forced Illinois to delay awarding licenses for 75 new recreational cannabis dispensaries.

District 186 engagement

Springfield District 186 Supt. Jennifer Gill said at Monday’s school board meeting that 72.3 percent of students were engaged in remote learning.

Gill said the district is continuing to hand out devices to students like Chromebooks and mobile hotspots.

Attorney’s oath

Chief Justice Anne Burke of the Illinois Supreme Court will preside over a ceremony to administer the attorney’s oath to 336 new attorneys at 10:30 a.m. Thursday via live video broadcast. This bar admission ceremony is for all certified candidates who have passed the February bar exam.

Ceremonies would typically be held in each of the five judicial districts in Illinois, but this ceremony is being conducted remotely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

All of the candidates set to be sworn in have passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness.

This story will be updated.


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