On May 30, the General
Senate Joint Resolution 10, sponsored by Sen. Debbie Halvorson,
D-Crete, and Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, making the first
Saturday in June of every year Main Street Day in Illinois.
Illinois Main Street is a community revitalization program that
promotes historic preservation and economic development in downtown
business districts. Improving economic management, strengthening
public participation and making downtown a fun place to visit are
critical to the future of Main Street communities.
A seven-member advisory council chaired by the lieutenant
governor oversees the Illinois Main Street program.
In honor of the first Main Street Day in Illinois, Quinn is
encouraging Illinois residents to visit Main Street communities and
learn about local history. Some upcoming summer events include
Dixon's Reagan 5K Run/Walk, Civil War re-enactments in Jacksonville,
a dog parade in Lincoln, an outdoor movie fest in Elizabethtown, a
Corvette show in St. Charles and farmers' markets in 25 Main Street
communities across the state.
Last summer Quinn promoted heritage-based tourism by driving to
eight Main Street communities along Route 66. He rode in a classic
1954 Chevy sedan and made stops in Plainfield, Dwight, Pontiac,
Bloomington, Lincoln, Springfield, Staunton and Collinsville.
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This year, Quinn plans to kick off the historic Dixie Highway
tour on June 18. The tour starts in Blue Island, then heads to
Momence and Danville -- all Main Street communities.
"Traveling to these Main Street communities is a great way to
rediscover historic routes and find treasures in our midst," Quinn
said. "Summertime is a great time to have fun exploring the Land of
Quinn also noted some innovative and successful Main Street
projects like Quincy's "It's All About Me Thursdays," Macomb's "Park
'n Cruise Night," St. Charles' Downtown Fine Art Show and fašade
renovations in Waukegan and Paris.
There are 58 Main Street communities in Illinois and 18
communities at the introductory level.
Quinn's office recently launched a new website highlighting
upcoming events, tour information and town history of Main Street
communities in Illinois. Explore these communities this summer by
[News release from the lieutenant