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As a part of our ongoing feature  "Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown to 2017" we go to a community information planning meeting which was held on October 18th, 2016.  In this report we will hear from Carbondale Tourism, the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and the Development Commission and, officials with Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a local business manager.

Illinois Made Honors Three Local Makers

Sep 29, 2016
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In July of 2016, the Illinois Department of Commerce's Office of Tourism launched the Illinois Made program, a tourism-building initiative designed to create nationwide, and worldwide awareness of the many small, unique southern Illinois businesses that make products uniquely from Illinois materials.

The Director of the Illinois  Office of Tourism's Director Cory Jobe recently visited three southern Illinois businesses to recognize them for their efforts and to present them with a commemorative  Illinois Made plaque which officially recognizes the business as being uniquely Illinoisan.

The three businesses recently honored and inducted into the Illinois Made program are:  Longshadow Gardens in Pomona Illinois,  Apple Knocker Hard Cider in Cobden and Scratch Brewing Company in Ava.  In this feature we visit with Jobe and the Owners of Scratch Brewing Company.

Near record numbers of Americans are buying second homes — the kind on wheels, that is.

The Great Recession almost totaled the RV industry, but now camper trailers and motor homes are popular again. Daryn Anderson is the owner of an RV dealership south of Kansas City, and he says his sales here have roughly tripled since the bottom of the recession.

"Business has been great. Six straight record years and no end in sight," he says. "We're excited."

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis!

City of Carbondale

Several Carbondale businesses recently partnered to help spruce up part of the city's downtown.

Illinois has seen another record year for tourism, with more than 99 million visitors from across the U.S. last year.

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The Carbondale Convention and Tourism Bureau is almost back in business.

The city of Carbondale may enter into a short-term contract with the Carbondale Convention and Tourism Bureau.

City Manager Kevin Baity says the city council will vote Tuesday night on allowing him to sign an agreement paying the bureau $75,000 to provide tourism services for 90 days.

The city severed ties with the tourism bureau in May due to concerns about transparency and other issues.

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Attendance was up nearly 15 percent at this year's Illinois State Fair.

State Fair manager Amy Bliefnick tells The State Journal-Register in Springfield attendees seemed to enjoy the mild weather after weeks of heat earlier in the summer. Attendance for the 10-day fair was just more than 844,000 this year. Last year it was about 735,600.

Bliefnick says attendance figures ``would have been very different'' if central Illinois had the triple-digit temperatures it saw in July.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news and weather.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather information.