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WCMY: Kinzinger bill would extend canal National Heritage Area

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OTTAWA, IL, April 18, 2021 | comments

Cong. Adam Kinzinger wants to give the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Area another 15 years. Its authorization will expire later this year. Kinzinger has introduced a bill to extend it to 2036.

The federal recognition can help the area get federal funding to enhance it as a tourist attraction and support economic development along it. It also provides a format in which to accomplish historic preservation goals.

Kinzinger’s office says since 2008, the canal has attracted more than 600,000 visitors and created an estimated $52 million in economic development.

The original article can be found on the WCMY website here.
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