Springfield reacts to record breaking tourism


((PAUL)) THE STATE OF ILLINOIS HAS SET A NEW RECORD. ((JESSICA)) THE OFFICE OF TOURISM SAYS MORE PEOPLE FROM OUT OF STATE MADE A TRIP HERE THAN EVER BEFORE IN 2018. WCIA 3’S GABRIELLE FRANKLIN JOINS US LIVE IN SPRINGFIELD. GABRIELLE…ARE PEOPLE THERE SURPRISED BY THE NUMBERS? ((GABRIELLE)) PEOPLE AROUND THE CAPITAL CITY ARE NOT SURPRISED THAT MORE GUESTS ARE VISITING. IN FACT…THEY ARE HOPING TO WELCOME EVEN MORE. “The increase is definitely good news so it’s a wonderful surprise and we welcome it.” THE STATE’S OFFICE OF TOURISM SAYS 117 MILLION PEOPLE VISITED ILLINOIS LAST YEAR — THREE MILLION MORE THAN THE YEAR BEFORE.. WHILE MANY MAY HEAD TO CHICAGO…SOME GUESTS LIKE RUSSELL THOMPSON OPTED TO COME TO THE LAND OF LINCOLN INSTEAD. “It’s Springfield,

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