Help The Squrrels

===================================== Squirrels In Bid To Join Seven Wonders ===================================== Vote for the white squirrels at: www.enjoyillinois.com/sevenwonders Vote early. Vote often. HELP! ===================================== Please help Olney's town mascot - the white squirrel - become one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois, courtesy of a statewide promotion by the Illinois Bureau of Tourism. The bureau divided the state into seven regions, Chicago, Chicagoland, Northern, Central, Western, Southern and Southwest, and took nominations for "your favorite interesting, beautiful or just plain quirky Land of Lincoln destinations" from each section during February on its website, www.enjoyillinois.com. Enter Olney's albino squirrels. City Clerk Belinda Henton, also known as "The Squirrel Lady", nominated the squirrels for the honor after seeing the promotion on the state website. "It said, 'Nominate a wonder of Illinois,' and I thought, 'Cool! That's us!'" she said. The nominations were narrowed to 12 attractions for each region, and the bureau is collecting votes on the attractions via the website. During the month of March, each of the four weeks will double as rounds of elimination. The first week will feature all 12 attractions, which will be whittled down to eight in the second week, and then four in the third week. Finally, only two attractions will be left to battle it out in the final week of the month. The white squirrels face stiff competition to become the Wonder for the Southern region. Voting will continue until March 31, and voters can cast one vote per day, so Henton urges supporters to continue visiting the website. Henton's early prediction is that the squirrels will make it through the first rounds of the contest, but the last weeks of voting would be crucial. When you cast your vote, you also become eligible to enter to win a getaway to the winning Wonder of your choice, as well as other prizes. ===================================== For more information or to cast your vote, visit www.enjoyillinois.com/sevenwonders. ===================================== The Seven Wonders will be announced on the bureau's website on April 30. ===================================== GO SQUIRRELS!!! =====================================
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On Mar 16, 7:26 pm, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (Travel Guru) wrote:

=================================================== Another Illinois Wonder worthy of your support - north of the precious White Squirrel... (not competing against each other)
We are a small State Historic that receives no tourism advertising. We are 206 acres with a beautiful large Civilian Conservation Corps built Lodge overlooking the Rock River in Illinois. The forested part of out Site is also a Nature Preserve and will be a picture postcard in a few weeks when all the spring wildflowers bloom. They carpet the forest. We have a Nature Center we are renovating. We also have the Hauberg Indian Museum which houses the artifacts and tells the story of Black Hawk and the Sauk and Fox Indians who had one of the largest Villages here on the North American Continent. We host over 6,000 school children a year in educational programs for free. All the other sites in Western Illinois receive and have a large tourism budget and tourism staff - we have none. This would mean a lot to our Site
Please help spread the word and vote for Black Hawk State Historic Site. (home to many black and red squirrels!
Please vote each and every day through March 31
Here's the direct link to vote for Black Hawk
http://www.enjoyillinois.com/sevenwonders/western.html
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