Gov. Quinn Signs Law to Expand Area Athletic Facilities

The Winnebago County economy will receive a boost thanks to newly signed legislation increasing the hotel tax.

Governor Pat Quinn made a visit to Chicago Rockford International Airport this afternoon to sign the hotel tax. It will raise the rate by 2 percent.

The money generated will help fund the Reclaiming First initiative, a 40 million dollar project that will revamp the area's sporting facilities.

According to the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau the new law will increase visitor spending by $16 million dollars. The new law is effective immediately.

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