AP: Gov. office didn’t know about Confederate Railroad booking for two months

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office didn’t know that Confederate Railroad had been booked for the DuQuoin State Fair until the media asked about it, according to emails obtained by the Associated Press. The country music band’s booking was cancelled because its use of Confederate imagery. A boycott movement against the fair quickly followed. The AP reported that the governor’s office cancelled the booking within 24 hours of finding out about the booking, two months after the fact. From the Associated Press:

Pritzker’s Agriculture Department scratched Confederate Railroad’s Aug.

Boycott threatened after Du Quoin State Fair cancels Confederate Railroad performance

CARBONDALE — The Du Quoin State Fair has come under fire after taking the band Confederate Railroad off the line up, reportedly because of their use of Confederate imagery. 

The Southern Illinoisan reported on Monday that a Facebook group called #boycottduquoinstatefair has reached more than 2,400 members in four days, with members discussing their frustration with the cancellation and plan their protest. From The Southern Illinoisan:
The cancellation was first acknowledged by Du Quoin State Fair Manager Josh Gross in a statement to the Du Quoin Weekly. “The Illinois Department of Agriculture has removed Confederate Railroad from our 2019 Du Quoin State Fair Grandstand lineup,” he said. “While every artist has a right to expression, we believe this decision is in the best interest of serving all of the people in our state.”

That comment has led many to infer that the decision was made by Illinois Department of Agriculture leaders in Springfield, and not by local employees. The Department of Ag manages the two annual state fairs in Illinois.