Illinois fair managers fined for free beer tickets

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Two Illinois state fair managers have been fined for soliciting and accepting free beer tickets for the events.

Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza’s office released a report Monday detailing violations against Amy Bliefnick a (BLEEF’-nick) and John Rednour. Bliefnick is manager of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and Rednour was manager of the DuQuoin (doo-QOYN’) State Fair before resigning in January to work for his family’s bank.

Meza says Rednour asked a beer vendor in 2012 to give him 1,000-2,000 tickets. And Meza says Bliefnick accepted at least 120 tickets last year. Tickets are worth about $4.

Bliefnick was fined $1,000 and suspended for two days without pay. Rednour was fined $5,000.

Rednour says he used the tickets for promotions. Bliefnick didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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