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Illinois Historic Sites Reopened Today

by Michael R. Allen


Scenes like these captured at Fort de Chartres this fall will return to Illinois’ closed historic sites. Today the sites, closed by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (Delusional-Chicago), opened once again.

This is good news for the entire state of Illinois as well as St. Louis. Fort de Chartres, the Pierre Menard Home and the Vandalia Statehouse are within 100 miles of St. Louis. They bring tourism dollars into the wider regional economy.

Planning a celebration with a friend whose husband is returning to work at one of the sites, I was happy to hear that Saturday might be a tight fit because he’ll be back at work — on the weekend, with beautiful weather and plenty of visitors!

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