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updated: 8/11/2012 9:36 AM

Free Ill. State Fair admission Monday for seniors

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- For "Senior Day" on Monday, the Illinois State Fair will offer free admission to those 60 and older.

The state Department on Aging will host activities for seniors and their families in the air-conditioned Illinois Building near the main gate.

The "Not So Newlywed Game" for couples 50 and up will test how much each knows about his or her spouse.

There will be information on the Community Care Program which helps seniors stay in their homes instead of going to a nursing home. Elder abuse prevention will be emphasized as well.

Free screenings sponsored by St. John's Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and the Illinois Lion's Club will be daily. They include checks of blood pressure, weight, hearing, mental health, skin cancer and more.

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