(20 ILCS 665/4)
(from Ch. 127, par. 200-24)
The Department shall have the following powers:
(a) To formulate a program for the promotion of tourism and the film
industry in the State of
Illinois, including, but not limited to, the promotion of our State Parks,
fishing and hunting
areas, historical shrines, vacation regions and areas of historic or scenic
(b) To cooperate with civic groups and local, State and federal
departments and agencies, and agencies and departments of other states in
encouraging educational tourism and developing programs therefor.
(c) To publish tourist promotional material such as brochures and
(d) To promote tourism in Illinois through all media, including but not
limited to, the Internet, television, articles and advertisements in
magazines, newspapers and travel publications and by establishing
promotional exhibitions at fairs, travel shows, and similar
(e) To establish and maintain travel offices at major points of entry to
(f) To recommend legislation relating to the encouragement of tourism in
(g) To assist municipalities or local promotion groups in developing
new tourist attractions including but not limited to feasibility studies
and analyses, research and development, and management and marketing planning
for such new tourist attractions.
(i) To implement a program of matching grants and loans to counties,
municipalities, local promotion groups and others, as provided in
Sections 5 and 8a of this Act,
for the development or improvement of tourism attractions and tourism
the terms and conditions provided in this Act.
(j) To expend funds from the International and Promotional Fund, subject
to appropriation, on any activity authorized under this Act.
(k) To do any other acts that, in the judgment of the Department,
are necessary and proper in fostering and promoting tourism in the
State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99; 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)