WTVO/WQRF - More tourists are choosing Illinois for their vacation plans.
The state announced Thursday more than 103.5 million tourists from across the U.S. visited Illinois in 2013, setting a record for the third straight year.
"The tourism industry plays a vital role in driving the Illinois economy forward by supporting local communities and providing quality jobs across the state" says Gov. Pat Quinn (D).
With all the tourists, more than $235 million was generated from the hotel-motel tax collections, which also set a record.
The 103.5 million tourists are only U.S. visitors. State officials expect the number to increase when international tourist numbers come in next month.
Tom Perez, former Labor Secretary under President Obama, has been…
A man armed with a knife was shot and injured by police Saturday…
New national security adviser H.R. McMaster is already setting a…