The state has a new award for restaurants.  The first recipient of the “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” award is Gene & Jude’s Red Hot Stand in River Grove, a hot dog stand that has been open since 1950.  Gov. Pat Quinn says this award will help recognize great places to eat in the state, and hopefully attract more visitors.  “Folks come to our state for a lot of different, but food is a big No. 1 reason for a lot of people,” Quinn said.  
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“We have great restaurants of all kinds all over Illinois.” Quinn says he used to eat at Gene & Jude’s frequently when he worked as a teacher at a nearby college.  The award can go to any restaurant in the state that’s considered unique to Illinois and established in their community.  You can go nominate restaurants to the Illinois Office of Tourism at
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