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Senator Turner Pushing For Tourism Grant Program For Route 66

State Senator Doris Turner supporting a new measure that will bring over $730,000 to the Springfield area to boost local tourism efforts and attract visitors to drive along the historic Route 66 and enjoy Illinois. Senator Turner says that Springfield has much to offer, especially with the history of Route 66, and investing in communities will draw visitors to show them that Springfield and the entire state are great places to visit. 


The Route 66 grant program awarded $3.7 million dollars in funding to seven recipients for the development of Tourism education preservation and promotion leading up to the 100th anniversary of Route 66 in 2026. Over 300 miles of Route 66 weave through the state and Route 66 economic and historical impact is felt firsthand and communities across the state. 


The City of Springfield was awarded $630,000 to create 12 murals connecting Williamsville, Sherman, Springfield, Chatham, and Auburn to the murals in Heritage Corridor and Great Rivers & Routes service area. The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association were awarded $30, and Springfield Visitors and Convention Bureau were also awarded $70,000 in the Illinois Travel and tourism grant program to support local tourism promotional efforts with the goal of attracting visitors to many destinations across the state. 


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