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New, Improved 'Getting Around Illinois' Website
SPRINGFIELD, IL (SWI-News.com), April 9, 2017 - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has introduced a redesigned GettingAroundIllinois.com that provides continually updated information in a mobile-friendly format that's more convenient for the motoring public in Illinois.

"We are very excited to provide this new-and-improved resource for travelers," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. "GettingAroundIllinois.com is a great place to get important information - from winter road conditions to construction site locations to road or bridge closures - for any trip, any time of the year. The new mobile-friendly format will get travelers the information they need quickly and conveniently."

In keeping with the demands of today's users, the new website includes the ability to identify and zoom in to your location, travel route or destination, whereas the former site offered a static map that provided a broad view of a user's overall location. Additionally, the new website is operated by a cloud-based system, creating a better opportunity to provide real-time information and reducing potential system downtime.

As construction season gets underway, work zone information throughout the state is accessible by selecting the map's "road construction zone" layer to see where a work zone is located, how long it will be in place and what type of work is being done.

One of the more popular features of GettingAroundIllinois.com is the winter road conditions map, which averages more than 2 million visitors during snow-and-ice season and is regularly used by news media and shared widely on social media. The new map features an enhanced color scheme that better aligns with current map technology used by surrounding states, creating a more seamless travel experience for truckers and tourists, and is easier for color-blind individuals to discern.


Turkey Hill Grange Historical Designation and Heritage Day
BELLEVILLE, IL (SWI-News.com), April 9, 2017 - The Turkey Hill Grange Hall, located at the Corner of Route 15 and Greenmount Road, Belleville, IL, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Grange Hall was chosen for its association of events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of history and the distinctive characteristics of the Neo-Classical Revival architectural style.

Turkey Hill Grange will be celebrating this historical designation with a Heritage Day and Open House on Saturday, April 29 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm. The Dedication Ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. Grangers invite the local community to share in this historic celebration, take a tour of the Grange Hall, and learn more about the organization

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

Turkey Hill Grange was chartered in 1874 with nineteen original members. Turkey Hill Grange is now one of the largest and most progressive Grange's in the State of Illinois, including 4th and 5th generation descendants of some of our charter members.

The first Grange Hall was built in 1885, on one acre of land donated by founding members. A fire destroyed the first hall, in 1904, and the second one was removed in 1936 to accommodate the growing membership needs. The current Turkey Hill Grange Hall has stood at the same location since 1937.


Drury Inn & Suites Completes Renovation of Hotel in O'Fallon, Illinois
O'FALLON, IL (SWI-News.com), March 5, 2017 - The Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis O'Fallon, Illinois, has completed a full renovation to the property's 180 guest rooms and suites, public areas and more than 2,800 square feet of meeting and event space.

Renovations to the hotel's guest rooms include new mattresses and headboards, carpet, paint, window treatments, lighting and artwork. All of the guest bathrooms also received new showerheads, hair dryers and soft goods. The public and meeting areas of the hotel received upgraded lighting, new furniture complete with USB plug and play charging ports and artwork inspired and reflective of the St. Louis landscape.

"This is a great, fresh look for our property," said Ashley Timmons, general manager, Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis O'Fallon, Illinois. "Our upgrades were influenced by guest feedback and were made with their satisfaction in mind. We're excited for our guests to experience our new look and feel."

The hotel is 20 minutes east of downtown St. Louis off I-64. Conveniently located near Scott Air Force Base, the hotel is also near a wide variety of local attractions. Because of its central location and numerous amenities, Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis O'Fallon, Illinois, is an ideal location for business and leisure travelers.


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