Illinois is a destination for meetings of all sizes. “Illinois is the ideal destination to hold meetings and conventions for a variety of reasons,” stated Jan Kemmerling, Acting Director of Illinois Office of Tourism. “O’Hare International Airport is the premiere connection hub in the US making Illinois meetings accessible to the world and centrally located for both fly and drive attendees. Illinois offers affordable meeting venues with multiple price points by having convention centers located in our first, second, and third tier cities such as Chicago, Rosemont, Tinley Park, Schaumburg, Springfield, and Quad Cities, Collinsville, Peoria, among others. Because of the breadth of available meeting venues throughout our state, Illinois is uniquely prepared to assist both international and domestic conferences.”Meeting planners can utilize a free resource in the 40 CVBs throughout Illinois by utilizing the Illinois Office of Tourism’s meeting and convention marketing group, found at MeetInIllinois.com. They are easy to work with, full of knowledge, and are up to date on the latest and greatest at their destinations. In addition, CVBs can offer planners special savings to maximize value and save time by identifying the best possible venues and rates.