Failed Efforts to Authenticate Lincoln Stovepipe Were Secret

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) — Failed efforts to authenticate Abraham Lincoln’s ownership of a stovepipe hat were kept secret for years by the nonprofit group that owns the hat. WBEZ Chicago reports that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation sought national museum experts’ review in 2013 and an FBI DNA analysis in 2015 to prove Lincoln’s link to the…

Illinois State Fair Takes Loss Over Grandstand Concerts

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) — The Illinois State Fair lost nearly $210,000 on its Grandstand concerts in Springfield last month after seeing record ticket sales a year ago. Figures released by fair officials show it took a big hit over country star Thomas Rhett’s weather-canceled show. The State Journal-Register reports the fair would’ve lost only about $75,000 loss…