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Travelers flocked to Illinois in 2012

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Growth in leisure travel pushed Illinois’ domestic visitor level to more than 99 million in 2012, a record for the second year running.

The state saw a 6.1 percent increase in visitors last year, surpassing a national growth rate of 5.4 percent, Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to announce Monday. The data, prepared by D.K. Shifflet & Associates Ltd., closely tracks results for Chicago, which were announced last month.

“Another year of record-breaking numbers proves that travel is back and the tourism industry in Illinois is thriving,” Quinn said in a statement.


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Travelers flocked to Illinois in 2012

Travelers flocked to Illinois in 2012 | Illinois Startups | Scoop.it

Growth in leisure travel pushed Illinois’ domestic visitor level to more than 99 million in 2012, a record for the second year running.

The state saw a 6.1 percent increase in visitors last year, surpassing a national growth rate of 5.4 percent, Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to announce Monday. The data, prepared by D.K. Shifflet & Associates Ltd., closely tracks results for Chicago, which were announced last month.

“Another year of record-breaking numbers proves that travel is back and the tourism industry in Illinois is thriving,” Quinn said in a statement.


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Reboot Illinois: Want to change the state constitution? It's not easy -

Reboot Illinois: Want to change the state constitution? It's not easy - | Illinois Startups | Scoop.it
Two proposals to amend the Illinois Constitution have received lots of attention this year. One proposes to eliminate the office of lieutenant governor, and already has been approved by the Illinois House.
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Illinois investors encourage startups to explore opportunities across border - Wisbusiness.com

Illinois investors encourage startups to explore opportunities across border - Wisbusiness.com | Illinois Startups | Scoop.it
Illinois investors encourage startups to explore opportunities across border Wisbusiness.com Badger State entrepreneurs -- especially those with ideas for creating health-care or agriculture-related software companies -- shouldn't be shy about...
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MTC Communications Boosts Agriculture Education at WIU | Broadband Illinois

MTC Communications Boosts Agriculture Education at WIU | Broadband Illinois | Illinois Startups | Scoop.it

Learning capabilities at Western Illinois University’s School of Agriculture has received a major boost thanks to MTC Communications.

 

Through the Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund, the Colchester-based telecommunications outfit was awarded $35,000 toward the new fiber optic network.

 

WIU’s School of Agriculture is located approximately one-and-a-half miles north of the main campus.

 

“Up until last year, they had basically a dial-up service for their internet,” said Bill Buchanan, president of MTC Communications. “So anything that had to happen in their classroom had to be done on (main) campus. The labs and things done on the farm couldn’t be done in a broadband aspect.”

 

The main campus was already home to an extensive fiber network. MTC simply extended a line from that network to the agriculture facilities. 

 

The new connection gives agriculture students at WIU the opportunity for distance learning and much more.

 

For example, the school regularly partners with swine management group Carthage Veterinary Service for educational opportunities.

 

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$700000 Marked for Illinois Startups - HispanicBusiness.com

$700000 Marked for Illinois Startups
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The initiatives range from an entrepreneurship Web portal and resource networks at rural libraries to enhancing support for technology startups.
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