SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 15, 2018) - Visitors to Illinois hit an all-time high in 2017, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced. Nearly 114 million people traveled to the state last year to "Enjoy Illinois" and give a $1.1 billion boost to the state's economy.
Last year's visitor totals were 1.4% higher than 2016, which also was a record year. The Illinois tourism industry supported 335,500 jobs in 2017, an increase of 18,600 jobs since 2015.