SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois saw an eighth-straight year of record tourism growth in 2018, attracting more than 117 million visitors in 2018.
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago says it expects more than 2.1 million passengers to travel through its airports for the Fourth of July holiday.
Seven days in a jungle-theme paradise sounded heavenly, but, as it so happened, it came with extras that weren't listed in the amenities section of the brochure.
It's all apart of RST 180, a class that spends eight weeks in the classroom preparing for a two-week trip from Champaign all the way to the northeastern part of the country.
American Airlines customer-service employee Paty Stipes, who's been at the airport since the current terminal opened in 1990, was honored at Wednesday's annual Toast to Tourism.
New pavement, underground wiring and a lighting upgrade will be done on one of the airport's two commercial runways, said Willard Interim Executive Director Tim Bannon.
ROCKFORD (AP) — There are plans to open a visitors' center in Rockford for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Laurent House, which opened as a museum four years ago.
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (AP) — Authorities in Curacao say 318 people aboard a Church of Scientology ship docked in the Dutch Caribbean island will remain quarantined at least until Wednesday while they determine how many might be infected with measles.
A wind advisory will be in effect for Ford and Iroquois Counties from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday.The National Weather Service says that winds could gust up to 45 miles per hour, which will make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
It wasn't just the tour of the U.S. Capitol or walk by the White House or visit to the Smithsonian that thrilled the kids from the Boyz2Men Mentoring Program. Simply driving from Champaign to Washington, D.C., over spring break was pretty cool, too.
EVENTSThis weekendRODNEY CARRINGTONWhat: The multitalented comedian, actor and writer will perform live in concert.When: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28.Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.Cost:Reserved seating tickets, $44.75; special VIP packages, $179.75. Additional $5 per ticket processing fees apply (online only).
Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the tech expert at meShare in Champaign about her side project, Moon Grove Farm, a bed-and-breakfast and you-pick flower farm she and husband Mike started in November 2017 in Mahomet.
EVENTSThis weekendDINNER, AUCTION AND ENTERTAINMENTWhat: An evening of entertainment with performances by the award-winning Redcoats, Radiant Reds and Green Machine show choirs, the Red Peppers jazz band and the North Ridge orchestra, live and silent auctions, and a spaghetti dinner. All proceeds support the North Ridge Performing Arts Students.
EVENTSThis weekendSPURLOCK MUSEUM'S 17TH ANNUAL WINTER TALES CELEBRATIONWhat: Honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. This year's events inclue a talk on powwows, an educator workshop, and a family concert of storytelling and traditional teachings.When:4 p.m. Feb. 14; 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 16.
When he attended Illini games with his son at Memorial Stadium, Bob Furtney cringed at sitting in what he called 'nosebleed seats.' That's where he'll be Sunday at the Daytona 500 — and he couldn't be happier.
With the contract set to expire in 2020, board members have begun discussions about the future of the event, which could see a major change — having all four classes play over one weekend instead of the current two — wherever it's held.
Westerly winds could gust anywhere from 40 to 50 miles per hour, which will make travel difficult on north-south roads, especially for high profile vehicles.
New 1 p.m. Thursday:The weather service has issued a wind advisory for East Central Illinois until 3 a.m. Friday.Gusts could reach 50 miles per hour.**Original story:The National Weather Service says a dense fog advisory is in effect for all of East Central Illinois.