Peoria Public Radio Staff
Thu July 10, 2014
Record number of tourists visit Illinois
For the third year in a row, Illinois broke its own record for visitors to the state. In 2013, travelers spent $34.5 billion dollars in Illinois, according to the state's office of tourism.
Though Illinois' new budget provides less for the state's Historic Preservation Agency, and the tourist attractions and museums under it, there have not yet been closures.
However there has been talk of curbing hours of operation later this year. Jen Hoelzle is with the Office of Tourism.
"We want to continue to attract more and more visitors to the state of Illinois so that that demand stays high and so that does not need to happen."
Hoelzle says tourism has rebounded and has exceeded pre-recession levels.