mlc elvis 050223CREST HILL – State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel secured over $1.6 million in funding for Will County to boost local tourism efforts and attract visitors to drive along the historic Route 66 and Enjoy Illinois.

“As a lifelong resident of Will County, I know there is so much here to offer to tourists,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “Making strong investments into our communities will continue to keep Will County and Illinois on the map.”

The Route 66 Grant Program awarded $3.7 million in funding to seven recipients for the development of tourism, education, preservation and promotion leading up to the 100th Anniversary of Route 66 in 2026. 300 miles of Route 66 weave through Illinois, and Route 66’s economic and historical impact is felt firsthand in communities across the state.

Part of the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau’s $1,609,400 funding for a variety of statewide Route 66 promotional programs will be used to support EV charging station and landscaping projects in Lockport, Bolingbrook and Joliet, along with several Route 66 monuments, murals and Route 66-themed enhancements to welcome centers and local museums.

Additionally, Will County Lodging was awarded $30,000 through the Illinois Travel and Tourism Grant Program to support local tourism promotional efforts with the goal of attracting visitors to destinations, attractions and events across the state.

“I look forward to continue attracting tourists and bringing out the vibrant history Will County has to offer,” Loughran Cappel said.

To view a full list of Illinois Travel and Tourism Grant Program recipients, click here. For more information on the Route 66 Grant Program, click here.