The Southern Illinoisan is reporting, “Illinois saw a record-number of visitors last year.
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office says in a news release that nearly 114 million people visited the state. That breaks the previous record set in 2016 by more than a million visitors.
It also means more money for the state economy. The governor’s office says the U.S. Travel Association determined that visitors spent $39.5 billion dollars in the state last year — $1.1 billion more than they spent in 2016…”