WCMY: Kinzinger bill would extend canal National Heritage Area
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.
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