Illinois Tourism ILLINOISouth Tourism Holds Its Own Bracket Challenge By Brad Palmer • Apr 7, 2021 City of Carlyle People in southern Illinois have had another bracket to fill out recently in addition to the one associated with the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Deadline is Here for Bars and Restaurants to Apply for Emergency Grant Funds By Brad Palmer • Mar 31, 2020 Today is an important day for some industries being hurt by the stay at home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens reminds this is the final day to apply for 14 million dollars in Hospitality Emergency Grants earmarked for Illinois tourism. Golconda Marina to Re-open in Stages By Brad Palmer • Mar 11, 2020 State of Illinois A southern Illinois lawmaker says a popular area hangout should re-open soon. Williamson County Sees A Boost in Tourism With the Eclipse Looming By Jordan Maddox • Aug 1, 2017 Visit SI New estimates for tourism in Illinois during 2016 say international and domestic travel expenditures reached $37.9 billion for 2016 -that's up $571 million from 2015. Locally, Shannon Johnson with VisitSI says Williamson County is doing well too.