Ex-State Fair manager Patrick Buchen blasts Rauner administration
Carla Jimenez, Doug Finke
The State Journal Register
Former Illinois State Fair manager Patrick Buchen blasted Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration on Friday, saying that he and former Department of Agriculture Director Philip Nelson were forced to resign because of cronyism and interference. Buchen and Nelson announced their resignations late Thursday afternoon. Rauner’s office issued a statement immediately following the announcement saying the governor appreciated Nelson’s "commitment to agriculture and his service to the people of Illinois."