I recieved this info from the Illinois Bureau of Tourism in a comment to one of my posts...
Mark your calendars (and leave me a comment so I can get you on the list) to join us in celebrating the great state of Illinois in Springfield on September 13th from 10:30 – 3:30 p.m.
With the presidential elections upon us this fall you can Blaze Your Own Trail by joining us to experience Illinois’ unique tie to presidential history and culture, as well as the popular fall events, scenic drives and agritourism opportunities provided to travelers this season.
Below you will find the itinerary details for you and your family to enjoy at the Blaze Your Own Trail event.
Saturday September 13th, 2008
10:00 am Welcoming remarks at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum from State Historian Tom Schwartz. Enjoy the museum at your own pace, with Mr. Schwartz on hand to answer questions.
11:45 am Brief Springfield Trolley tour of the downtown area
12:00 pm Hosted lunch at the Pizza Machine RestaurantAfter lunch we have setup three different options to choose so that you can pick what is most interesting to you!
1:45 pm Visit Lincoln Home National Historic Site
2:30 pm Visit Lincoln Herndon Law Office(Visit the Old State Capitol (where Obama announced his campaign and his VP) if time is permitted!)
1:45 pm Visit the State Museum (this is the option I'm picking)
2:30 pm Visit the Dana Thomas House (the governor is closing this historic site)
1:45 pm Lincoln History Walk
From here we will reconvene at Peases Candy at the end of the day, where you and your family can enjoy everything the city of Springfield has to offer on your own!
The full blog post can be read here
Turns out, this seems like a pretty sweet deal. They are providing a complimentary hotel stay for our family here. I guess I can't vouch that that is being offered to all bloggers or I just caught her on a good day, but suffice it to say we are very much looking forward to an educational and fun visit to Springfield next weekend. If anyone else from the Peoria area registers please let me know and we can caravan.
All bloggers are welcome...shoot an e-mail to Carla.Dabis@edelman.com