ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Convention bureaus from northern Illinois discussed ways to have their concerns heard.
Instead of going to Springfield to try and lobby for a couple minutes with a legislator, today eight legislators ,including Jim Sacia, spent a couple hours as a captive audience to leaders in the tourism and hotel motel field.
"The effort today was to insure that legislators understand the importance and to encourage the Governor to insure that funding is adequate for our Tourism industry." said Sacia.
Sacia says that people have a tendency to look at tourism as fluff but they shouldn't when you consider the industry employs 300,000 Illinoisans directly and another 300,000 indirectly.