Pritzker responds to Confederate Railroad backlash

The band's performance at the DuQuoin State Fair was canceled

Alex Degman
July 10, 2019 - 2:47 pm

Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker on October 1, 2018, in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS/Sipa USA)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX/AP) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is responding to the backlash caused when Confederate Railroad was taken off the grandstand lineup for the DuQuoin State Fair.

The state was concerned about Confederate imagery. Pritzker responded to those who question why Snoop Dogg is still performing at the state fair in Springfield — Snoop's 2017 album "Make America Crip Again" features a cartoon of a dead body with a toe tag that says "Trump."

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"There is an enormous difference between the political satire, the discussion by a single artist, his political views, and the representation of truly millions of people being enslaved, hundreds of thousands of people being killed under the banner of treason, essentially," Pritzker told reporters following an unrelated news conference at Accenture in Chicago.

"Remember, it was under the banner of the Confederate flag that the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, our favorite son, the son of Illinois, was murdered," he continued.

The DuQuoin State Fair is one of two state fairs Illinois has every year — the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this year runs from Thursday, Aug. 8 — Sunday, Aug. 18. The DuQuoin State Fair this year runs from Friday, Aug. 23 — Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day.

Confederate Railroad has secured another southern Illinois date — they'll play Thursday, Sept. 5 at Black Diamond Harley Davidson in Marion. Tickets for that show go on sale 9 a.m. Friday, July 12.

Shad Zimbro is Black Diamond Harley-Davidson co-owner. He says booking Confederate Railroad was not a matter of showing anyone up but simply giving southern Illinois fans the show they wanted.

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