SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The much-beleaguered Illinois tourism industry just received a shot in the arm.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration has granted a $1 million dollar COVID-19 Revamp Recovery Project award to the Illinois Council of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Congressman Rodney Davis said the award will help get the state’s tourism industry back on its feet.
Katherine McLaughlin, marketing coordinator with Experience DeKalb County, said the closing of Northern Illinois University during the pandemic affected many events.
State officials added the federal money is also funding the state’s ongoing “Time for Me to Drive” campaign, which encourages residents and tourists to road trip around Illinois.