Squirrels In Bid To Join Seven Wonders
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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,
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
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
The Seven Wonders will be announced
on the bureau's website on April 30.
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