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Those choosing to spend their vacation in the United States made Illinois a stop on their trip at record levels last year, according to data released by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

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This weekend marks the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s funeral. To commemorate this anniversary, there are a number of events happening throughout the state. From re-enactments to museum displays, there are plenty of things to do to celebrate the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln this weekend.

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Located in Will County, the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area is a peaceful setting with flowing rivers and natural prairie land. Nature lovers and sportsmen will find themselves at home at this park.

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Illinois artist of the month: Jeff BoshartJeff Boshart has had a lifelong passion for art. He is a sculptor and educator who teaches sculpture at Eastern Illinois University. Boshart’s job involves introducing students to the history and contemporary issues in sculpture as well as demonstrating how and why artists create or invent. Boshart also works with various materials and tools and teaches others how to safely use them. When he is not busy teaching, Boshart enjoys working on large-scale sculpture installations that typically involve a lot of planning.

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Celebrating Illinois Authors

Some of the truly great and influential authors of the last century have hailed from Illinois. Whether it be Jane Addams writing on the great social issues of her time in Chicago, or Ray Bradbury writing fantasy novels, Illinois has a rich history of literature.

It is important to celebrate Illinois' rich literary history. Below are but a few of Illinois' great authors.

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