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12th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival & Car Show Celebrates the Golden Age of Route 66 in Downtown Springfield, Illinois with over 1,000 cool cars, 80,000 spectators, live music, food & fun PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Travel and Leisure News   
Monday, 05 August 2013 14:42

Springfield, Illinois - A shiny car with lots of power hitting the open road is part of the American fabric. That spirit will be celebrated in grand style again on September 27, 28 & 29, 2013, in downtown Springfield, Illinois, along Route 66 as the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival returns to celebrate its 12th annual event. The festival draws over 1,000 cars and as many as 80,000 spectators. Admission is free to all spectators. Participants may register for $40 plus a $3.50 handling fee at or by phone at 866-783-6645. Registration includes weekend admission for the vehicle.

Governor Quinn Signs “Patricia’s Law” and “Kelsey’s Law” to Make Illinois Roads Safer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman   
Monday, 05 August 2013 14:40

New Laws Help Ensure that Drivers in Fatal Accidents Don’t Receive Court Supervision and Keeps Driver’s Licenses from Those Under 18 With Violations

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed “Patricia’s Law” and Kelsey’s Law,” two new traffic safety measures that will help eliminate the option of court supervision for drivers involved in fatal accidents and prohibit the issuance of driver’s licenses to those under 18 years of age with outstanding traffic violations. These actions are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois roads safer for all drivers.

“What happened to Patricia and Kelsey were tragedies that must not happen again,” Governor Quinn said. “These new laws will make our roads safer for drivers and passengers by keeping more distracted and dangerous drivers from getting behind the wheel.”

Both laws were strongly supported by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.

“I initiated these important pieces of legislation to make the roads of Illinois safer,” Secretary of State Jesse White said. “I commend the legislature for passing them and the Governor for signing them into law. I would also like to commend the Spears Family for their support of Patricia’s law, and Kelsey Little and her family for their work on behalf of Kelsey’s Law.”

Sponsored by State Representative John D’Amico (D-Chicago) and State Senator Michael Hastings (D-Matteson), House Bill 1010, “Patricia’s Law,” is named after Patricia McNamara, who was killed by a distracted driver who was then fined and sentenced to court supervision, which meant that no conviction appeared on his record. The new law prohibits a court from granting supervision to anyone charged as the result of a fatal accident if that driver has had a prior court supervision. The law takes effect January 1, 2014.

"Too many drivers do not concentrate on the road and this too often puts the safety of others at risk," Representative D'Amico said. "Almost three traffic-related deaths occur in Illinois every day. Our roads need to be safer. These new laws are important steps toward protecting the lives of all citizens on our roadways and holding those responsible for serious traffic incidents accountable for their actions."

Sponsored by Representative D’Amico and State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero), House Bill 1009, “Kelsey’s Law,” is named for a 15-year-old who was seriously injured in an accident when hit by a teen driver who was able to apply for and receive a full driver’s license just three days later. The law authorizes the Secretary of State to deny driver’s licenses or permits to those 18 years of age and under who have unresolved traffic citations. The law takes effect immediately.

“This measure was named in honor of Kelsey Little, who received serious injuries in an accident caused by a young driver who had a GDL,” Senator Sandoval said. “The GDL has been successful in curbing the number of teen driving deaths since it became law in 2008, and this will give the Secretary of State additional abilities to enforce who receives a license.”

Governor Quinn also today signed House Bill 772, sponsored by Representative D’Amico and State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) that requires those between the ages of 18 and 21 who did not take a driver’s education course in school to complete an adult driver education course before receiving a driver’s license. The law takes effect July 1, 2014.


Galena, Illinois named as one of the friendliest cities in the world PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Celestino Ruffini   
Friday, 02 August 2013 13:46

GALENA, Ill. – The city of Galena, Illinois – always considered a “town that time forgot” – has stepped back into the limelight as a city that no one can forget about. Condé Nast Traveler recently published the results of their annual Readers’ Choice Survey and declared Galena as not only one of the friendliest cities in the United States, but in the world.

Galena, coming in second on the domestic list and fourteenth on the global list with a score of 87.9 out of 100, was praised as being a relaxing destination with plenty to do and a place that can be spiritually and emotionally uplifting. The historic, idyllic city was one of only four from the United States to make the top 20 internationally.

Condé Nast Traveler, one of the most trusted names in travel, had 46,476 responses to their most recent survey. Readers provided feedback such as, “When I want to treat myself or lift my spirits—I visit Galena.”

“A ‘quaint’ city that was once home to President Ulysses S. Grant, Galena, Illinois, is also well known for its ‘welcoming’ atmosphere. Those who make the trip to this former mining town find it ‘relaxing, with plenty to do.’ After all, this ‘step back in time’ has ‘neat shopping and historical sites’ to spare,” stated the magazine.

“The distinction is another feather in the cap for Galena. Our community welcomes visitors from throughout the world that are looking to take a look back into time and experience what small-town America is really all about,” stated Celestino Ruffini, director of sales & marketing for the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The friendliest top 10 cities in the United States ranked in order by the Readers’ Choice Survey of Condé Nast Traveler are: 1. Charleston, S.C., 2. Galena, Ill., 3. Savannah, Ga., 4. Asheville, N.C., 5. Austin, Texas, 6. Jackson, Miss., 7. Natchez, Miss., 8. Telluride, Colo., 9. Sonoma, Calif., 10. Branson, Mo.

The friendliest top 20 cities in the world ranked in order by the Readers’ Choice Survey of Condé Nast Traveler are: 1. Florianopolis, Brazil, 2. Hobart, Tasmania, 3. Thimpu, Bhutan, 4. Queenstown, New Zealand, 5. Charleston, S.C., 6. Paro, Bhutan (tie), 6. Margaret River, Australia (tie). 7. Mandalay, Burma, 9. Kilkenny, Ireland (tie), 9. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia (tie), 10. Chiang Mai, Thailand, 11. Christchurch, New Zealand, 12. Dublin, Ireland, 14. Galena, Ill. (tie), 14. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (tie), 16. Auckland, New Zealand (tie), 16. Savannah, Ga. (tie), 18. Edinburgh, Scotland, 20. Asheville, N.C. (tie), 20. Cork, Ireland (tie)

Visitors are encouraged to call the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau toll-free at 1.877.464.2536 or explore for information on attractions, lodging, dining, shopping, events and more in the Galena area.


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Written by Cathie Rochau   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 13:50

MOLINE, Ill. July 30, 2013 - Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) announces today new, nonstop jet service between Moline, Ill. and Southwest Florida via Punta Gorda Airport, beginning November 1. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with fares as low as $99.99* one way.


"We are pleased to add the beaches of Southwest Florida as another affordable, convenient destination option for Quad Cities area residents," said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President. "Our vacation packages and nonstop service to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Florida have been very popular with residents. We are confident the community will appreciate the convenience of flying nonstop to Punta Gorda and the value of bundling their air, hotel and car rental reservation together."

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Quad City International Airport (MLI) and Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) seasonally, beginning Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, through April 2014. Flight days and times can be found at Punta Gorda is Allegiant's fifth nonstop destination from Moline.  


"Many local and regional travelers have been waiting with anticipation for nonstop access to the Southwest Florida region, and we are now able to offer that with Allegiant," said Bruce Carter, Quad City International Airport director of aviation. "This is Allegiant's fifth nonstop destination being offered. We are happy that their confidence in this market has grown in such a short time since they entered the market in October 2010."

Catering perfectly to a personal, romantic or family getaway, the Southwest Florida Coast destination features exquisite beach-front dining, exotic wildlife and a wide variety of recreation in the warm, pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Punta Gorda Airport is centrally located midway between the white-sand beaches of Fort Myers shore and Sarasota's tropical island communities.  Allegiant partners with many of the area's most exciting hotel properties, provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car, and offers great deals on activities such as dinner and ocean exploration cruises. Moline travelers can book their entire Southwest Florida vacation for less by visiting

About the $99.99* one-way fares:
Seats are limited. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. Tickets must be purchased by Aug. 6, 2013, for travel by Feb. 11, 2014. For baggage fees, please visit Additional restrictions may apply.

Allegiant, Travel is our deal. ®

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets. All can be purchased through the company website, The company has been named one of America's 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes Magazine for four consecutive years. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit: 



IDOT, Illinois Law Enforcement partner for the I-80 Challenge to save lives during More Cops, More Stops Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paris Ervin   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:28

QUAD CITIES - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Office of the Secretary of State, Department of Police (SOS) joined other safety advocates and law enforcement officials for the More Cops, More Stops "I-80 Cross Country Crackdown" to ramp up enforcement of life-saving laws during one of the busiest travel times of the year.

The purpose of this campaign is to crack down on drivers who are speeding, driving drunk or distracted, or not wearing a seat belt, with the goal of achieving a zero fatality rate for the eight-day period. The campaign began on July 24 and wraps up on July 31.

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