iBi - June 2009

The Illinois River Road

by Sienna Beard and Jonathan Wright

With a wealth of opportunities for historic exploration, scenic views and outdoor activities, the Illinois River Road is an ideal way to enjoy much of what the state has to offer.

A Snapshot of Sites Along the Byway

by Sienna Beard and Jonathan Wright
Fox Tales on the River Road... Canyons and Waterfalls... Happy Trails To You... The River as Muse... Plan Your Itinerary!.. Restoring Floodplains and Wildlife... Our National Bird... A Dozen Millennia at Dickson Mounds...

Loren Gill

Loren Gill is vice president and general manager of the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria. The Par-A-Dice has a tremendous impact on local and regional tourism, attracting more than one million guests from all over the Midwest each year.

One State: Together in Peoria

by Sienna Beard and Amy Groh
Working with the PACVB, local arts organizations and a host of volunteers, ArtsPartners spearheaded the collaborative effort to bring the statewide arts conference to Peoria.

Creating Benchmarks

by Cindy Patterson
Economic Development Council for Central Illinois
The Illinois River Valley has been attracting visitors since René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle’s exploration in the late 1600s.

A One-Stop Shop for Visitors

by Sienna Beard
This is the only remaining building from the bygone steamboat era and the only pre-Civil War commercial structure still standing in the city.

All Roads Lead to Steamboat

by Sienna Beard
The annual Steamboat Classic has been the premier running event in central Illinois for 36 years, an excellent opportunity to get outside, get some exercise and make new friends in the process