It's not always easy for Illinois' many tourism bureaus to get the word out about their product.  This is one of several fiscal concerns tourism leaders around the state continue to deal with, as the purse strings are drawn tight at the Statehouse.  But in spite of the many challenges, statistics that will be shared tonight in Hartford will show the industry remains a vital player in the state's economy.

Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau President Brett Stawar says locally, there is no shortage of attractions.

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According to recent statistics, if we did not have tourism as a market segment in Illinois, every taxpayer would owe about $1,100 more annually to make up the difference.  You can attend this afternoon's event at the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site at 5:30.  The event is open to the public and should last about a half-hour.

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