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Rascal Says Vote for the Quad Cities as Best Midwest City PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:02
Have You Voted Yet?
The Quad Cities is in the running for the Best Midwest City for Meetings. 

The Quad Cities River Bandits are adding an incentive that if we win, tickets to their home game on Apr. 6th will be half-price!  Keep the winning streak going!

Vote here!

Illinois DOT Snow & Ice Advisory PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 November 2013 14:59

IDOT and ISP Prepare for Winter Travel Season; Remind Motorists: “Ice and Snow – Take it Slow”

MILAN – In anticipation of the upcoming winter travel season, Illinois transportation officials will join law enforcement to launch the “Ice and Snow-Take it Slow” campaign and urge motorists to prepare for unfavorable winter driving conditions. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police (ISP) will hold a news conference on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Milan Maintenance Yard, 4128 - 69th Avenue, Milan to offer important safety advice for traveling motorists and to share detailed winter plans for Illinois roads.

WHO: Pat O’Brien, assistant to the regional engineer, IDOT

Captain Robert Atherton, ISP

WHAT: Illinois transportation and law enforcement officials to discuss upcoming plans for the approaching snow and ice season.

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Illinois Department of Transportation, Milan Maintenance Yard, 4128 - 69th Ave., Milan IL 61264

Allegiant Celebrates New Nonstop Service Between Moline and Punta Gorda PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cathie Rochau   
Friday, 01 November 2013 14:52

MOLINE, Ill. Nov. 1, 2013 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today celebrates new, nonstop jet service between Quad City International Airport (MLI) and Southwest Florida via Punta Gorda Airport (PGD). The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will offer fares as low as $68* one way.

“We are pleased to add the beaches of Southwest Florida as another affordable destination option for Quad City residents to escape the cold this winter,” said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President. “We are confident the community will appreciate the convenience of flying nonstop to Punta Gorda and the value of booking hotel rooms and car rentals through us."

“We are very excited that this day has arrived,” says Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation, Quad City International Airport. “We know that hundreds of travelers throughout Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois frequent the Southwest Florida region, including Ft. Myers, Naples and Sanibel.  This nonstop flight to Punta Gorda will make travel easier for those staying in, and visiting family or friends in those areas.”

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Quad City International Airport (MLI) and Punta Gorda Airport (PGD). Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found at

Catering perfectly to a personal, romantic or family getaway, the Southwest Florida Coast features exquisite beach-front dining, exotic wildlife and a wide variety of recreation in the warm, pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. 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. Quad City travelers can book their entire Southwest Florida vacation for less by visiting

Quad City residents can now get more out of their vacation when they book airfare and hotel on Current deals include:

About the $68* one-way fares:

Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Nov. 7, 2013, for travel by April 29, 2014. Price reflects debit card discount; credit card price higher. 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:

South Shore CVA Unveils “Flick” Statue Inspired by the Iconic Scene from the Classic Film “A Christmas Story” Bronze statue on display at Indiana Welcome Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nicki Mackowski   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 11:49

Hammond, IN (October 29, 2013) – Just before the start of the annual “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority unveiled an opportunity for visitors to see Flick, a character from the classic Christmas movie “A Christmas Story,” get his tongue stuck to a flag pole in front of the Indiana Welcome Center.

Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, and Scott Schwartz, the actor who played Flick in the movie, unveiled the permanent bronze statue during a press conference on Tuesday outside the Indiana Welcome Center.

“The South Shore CVA wanted to do something special for our 30th anniversary, as well as the 30th anniversary of the holiday classic ‘A Christmas Story,’” said Batistatos. “In honor of Jean Shepherd and the movie, the iconic “Triple Dog Dare” scene is now immortalized on one of the Indiana Welcome Center’s flag poles.”

The Flick statue was commissioned by the South Shore CVA in January 2013 and was created, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, by Timeless Creations – The Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany. In addition to the creation of Flick, Rotblatt-Amrany’s studio created the Orville Redenbacher statue in Valparaiso, as well as Michael Jordan, Frank Thomas and Harry Carey in Chicago.

The “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit will open Saturday, Nov. 9 and run through Sunday, Jan. 5. The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, Indiana 46323. For more information on the exhibit, weekend and holiday hours or special events, contact Bethany Randolph, special events and services manager for the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, at 219-554-2229 or visit


About the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority
The South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority, as the official destination marketing organization, leads and supports the visitor industry through the marketing and development of the county from convention, sports, gaming and special interest travel segments, thereby increasing economic impact, creating employment and enhancing the communities' quality of life.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

A CHRISTMAS STORY and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.

Galena, Illinois plans to set a record PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Celestino Ruffini   
Monday, 28 October 2013 15:04

First-ever “longest toast in Galena, Illinois” planned November 22 during Galena Nouveau Weekend; participants welcome

GALENA, Ill. – On November 22, Galena’s historic Main Street will be lined with merriment as participants raise their glasses high to “Toast the Town” and set a first-ever record for the longest toast in Galena, Illinois.

“We have a lot to celebrate in Galena, and especially this year,” said Scott Lawlor, general manager of Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery, whose goal, along with many supporters in this picturesque town, is to make more history in Galena on Friday, November 22, 2013 during its 29th annual Nouveau wine festival.

The Lawlor family, owners of Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery, along with the city of Galena plan to toast the town and its visitors to celebrate the many awards and accolades Galena received in 2013: one of “America’s Best Small Towns” by Executive Travel Magazine; “America’s Prettiest Towns” by Forbes Magazine; “10 Best Small Towns in America” by Fodor’s; “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013” by Smithsonian Magazine; and “2nd Friendliest City in the U.S.”, as well as “14th Friendliest City in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler.

The plan: participants will register by purchasing a $3 keepsake glass. Onsite pre-registration for the event begins at 11:30 a.m. Lineup for the toast, which will take place along Galena’s historic Main Street, starts at 2:30 p.m., with the toast scheduled and documented at 3 p.m. The traditional horse-drawn wagon parade delivering Galena Cellars’ 2013 Nouveau wine to area businesses will take place at 4 p.m. Toast tickets may be purchased in advance at

Galena Nouveau Wine Weekend, based on the French Beaujolais Nouveau celebration (named after the region in which it was founded), launched in 1985, spearheaded by Galena Cellars’ winemaker Chris Lawlor. “Nouveau is a shortly fermented wine from the fall’s harvest,” said Lawlor. “It’s meant to provide a preview of the vintage and celebrated.”

In Galena, the entire community celebrates. Area restaurants offer French-inspired lunch and dinner specials such as peasant stew served in a freshly baked bread bowl or other creative ways to incorporate or pair with Nouveau wine. Lodging properties offer specials. Area spas and shops pull out all the stops (or corks should we say…) with everything wine and grape.

To learn more about Galena Nouveau Wine Weekend happenings, including information on the “Toast the Town”, visit Additional area offerings and visitor information may be found at the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau at or by calling 877.464.2536. While in town, visit the CVB’s Old Train Depot Visitor Information Center at 101 Bouthillier St. (corner of Park Avenue) in Galena for on-site assistance and countywide information.


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