Flider Touts "Buy Illinois Challenge"

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Published on July 25 2012 7:27 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Estimates are that $2.4 billion would be generated for the Illinois economy if each household in the state would dedicate $10 of their weekly grocery budget to the purchase of Illinois products.

So said Illinois Department of Agriculture Acting Director Robert Flider, who visited Effingham Wednesday to promote the Buy Illinois Challenge.  Flider also unveiled the department's newly-designed Illinois Product logo.

During a ceremony at the Firefly Grill, Flider said residents can go online at www.buyillinoischallenge.com to take the pledge to dedicate the $10 a week. 

(LEFT, THE NEW LOGO FOR ILLINOIS PRODUCTS; BELOW, ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ACTING DIRECTOR ROBERT FLIDER)

Flider was joined by Effingham Mayor Merv Gillenwater, Effingham County Board member Karen Luchtefeld, Effingham County Chamber of Commerce President Norma Lansing and Effingham County Farm Bureau Manager Julie Stephens, along with Effingham County Fair Queen Melissa Mellendorf and Junior Miss Elle Wessel, as well as St. Elmo High School FFA Advisor Doug Thurnau and members of the St. Elmo FFA chapter.  Representatives of Country Rhodes, Doug McCain Gourmet Barbecue Sauce and Pappy LeDeaux Barbecue Sauce...three local food businesses...were also on hand for the event.

(EFFINGHAM MAYOR MERV GILLENWATER AND EFFINGHAM COUNTY BOARD MEMBER KAREN LUCHTEFELD SIGN THE "BUY ILLINOIS" PLEDGE)

The Effingham stop was one of five planned by Flider across Illinois to announce the initiative.