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91st General Assembly

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 1        AN ACT concerning tourism.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.   The  Illinois  Promotion  Act is amended by
 5    changing Section 4 as follows:

 6        (20 ILCS 665/4) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-24)
 7        Sec. 4. Powers. The Department shall have  the  following
 8    powers:
 9        (a)  To  formulate a program for the promotion of tourism
10    and the film industry in the State of Illinois, including the
11    promotion of our State  Parks,  fishing  and  hunting  areas,
12    historical shrines, vacation regions and areas of historic or
13    scenic interest.;
14        (b)  To  cooperate with civic groups and local, State and
15    federal  departments   and   agencies,   and   agencies   and
16    departments   of  other  states  in  encouraging  educational
17    tourism and developing programs therefor.;
18        (c)  To publish  tourist  promotional  material  such  as
19    brochures and booklets.;
20        (d)  To  promote  tourism  in  Illinois  by  articles and
21    advertisements   in   magazines,   newspapers   and    travel
22    publications  and  by establishing promotional exhibitions at
23    fairs, travel shows, and similar exhibitions.;
24        (e)  To establish and maintain travel  offices  at  major
25    points of entry to the State.;
26        (f)  To    recommend    legislation   relating   to   the
27    encouragement of tourism in Illinois.;
28        (g) To assist municipalities or local promotion groups in
29    developing new tourist attractions including but not  limited
30    to   feasibility   studies   and   analyses,   research   and
31    development,  and  management and marketing planning for such
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 1    new tourist attractions.
 2        (h)  To do such other acts as shall, in the  judgment  of
 3    the  Department,  be  necessary  and  proper in fostering and
 4    promoting tourism in the State of Illinois.
 5        (i)  To  implement  a  program  of  matching  grants   to
 6    counties,  municipalities or local promotion groups and loans
 7    to for-profit businesses for the development  or  improvement
 8    of  tourism  attractions  in  Illinois  under  the  terms and
 9    conditions provided in this Act.
10        (j)  To  expend  funds   from   the   International   and
11    Promotional  Fund,  subject to appropriation, on any activity
12    authorized under this Act.
13    (Source: P.A. 90-26, eff. 7-1-97; revised 10-31-98.)

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