Contest announced to name rehabbed state fair coliseum

    Illinois State Fair Coliseum (File Photo)

    A contest to name the historic Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum is underway.

    The Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation announced the contest Tuesday. It runs through Dec. 14. Current members of Illinois 4-H, FFA and the Junior Horseman's Council are eligible to submit naming ideas.

    Each member is allowed one entry and can submit it online at

    The coliseum was built in 1901. It was closed in 2016 because of rapid deterioration and will cost $7.5 million to renovate.

    Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner donated $1 million from the Rauner Family Foundation in August to buy naming rights.

    The winner of the contest to name the historic field house will receive a silver platter of recognition and an Illinois State Fair Mega Pass.

    Rauner created the foundation in May 2017 to raise money for long-delayed fairgrounds repairs the state couldn't afford.

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