Stakeholder News
October 2013
In This Issue
Strong State Support
Getting the Word Out
IRR on Facebook
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The mission of the Illinois River Road is to provide a living museum without walls that will enhance people's experience of the nature, history, archaeology and other intrinsic qualities of the byway, while providing and maintaining unique recreational and educational experiences for visitors and residents, and sustaining local communities' economies and quality of life.


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Strong State Support for Illinois Byways
The Illinois River Road and others in the collection of Illinois Scenic Byways are pleased to be recipients of grants from IDOT and the DCEO Office of Tourism for Byway projects.  In addition to these grant funds, DCEO and IDOT are supporting Illinois Byways through marketing efforts and declaration of Illinois Scenic Byway Week October 5-12.  "Our byways have an amazing story to tell about Illinois' rich culture and history," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider.
"Scenic byways are more than roads to get from one place to another. They are symbols of pride for the State of Illinois, representing the progress and hard work of generations past," said Adam Pollet, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  We couldn't have said it better ourselves! To view the full press release from IDOT and DCEO, click HERE.
Getting the Word Out
Attracting Visitors from Indiana
The Illinois River Road was featured as One of 5 Road Trips Outside Indiana to View Fall Beauty in the Sunday, October 4th edition of the Indy Star.  Special mentions were given to Starved Rock State Park and Lodge (Utica), Mission Oak Inn (Henry), the Mark Twain Hotel (Peoria) and The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Preserve.
Encouraging Local Travel                
The Ottawa Times Newspaper covered Illinois Scenic Byways Week on October 4th, giving readers reason for a great weekend Staycation! 
Starved Rock Country....and Beyond                
Geocaching the Illinois River Road was featured in an article in this quarter's edition of Starved Rock Country, mailed to 15,000 households outside of the Starved Rock Country region.  The Illinois River Road also advertises quarterly in this high quality publication that promotes Starved Rock Country (Princeton to Ottawa corridor) as a great place to work, live and visit.  We love introducing folks to the natural assets and unique communities that exist from the Ottawa to Havana areas! 
Exploring Illinois Roadways
From listing his top 10 road trip songs, to reminding us that Illinois is just as rich with special roadways as it is corn, Steve Tarter's blog provides all sorts of reasons to travel each of Illinois' Scenic Byways during Illinois Scenic Byway Week.
IRR on Facebook
Last month on Facebook, we shared a Glimpse of Lacon. See how Lacon has "got it going on" with a fabulous river view, marina, great spots to grab a bite to eat, taste Illinois wines, or find a sweet treat.
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