Illinois' historic sites are – if the governor gets his way – on their way to being part of an expanded Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The recently appointed tourism chief, Cory Jobe, is all for it, using the word “silos” to describe the sort of structure that has the historic sites in an Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and tourism marketing and promotion in DCEO.
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“I feel, as the state's tourism director, they need to be better promoted, better marketed, (with) new programming to take place,” says Jobe. “Historic tourism is important, and it's a good story to tell, but it needs to be further developed.”
Jobe says the public-private partnership proposed for DCEO will make the organization more nimble, able to do things state government cannot do quickly.
The three-part plan of making DCEO a public-private partnership, giving DCEO the IHPA responsibilities, and making the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum its own agency, has passed a House committee.