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    1. Guests James and Michele Gustin enjoy some of the signature cocktails. 

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    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    2. Emcee Cory Jobe takes the stage. 

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    3. Hall of Fame winner Tori Terzakis. 

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    4. Margaret Minosa-Ryan, Joe Wilkinson and Shaunna Richardson. 

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    5. ILM+E Associate Publisher Susan Rose, Hall of Famer Monika Heppe and Suzanne Lockett. 

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    6. Mary Sprow enjoys some of the passed appetizers.

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     7. The awardwinning Kehoe Designs team.

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    8. ILM+E Editorial Advisory Board member Malaika Martin, Jennifer Jambrosek, Hall of Famer Elaina Vazquez and Erin Dahl Sellers. 

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    9. Guests Amber Kerrigan and Jill Gauthier. 

In May, Illinois Meetings + Events announced the winners of the Best of Illinois readers’ choice awards and the Hall of Fame inductees at our annual event that welcomed industry personnel from all over the state. Festivities were held at Rock Bottom Brewery’s upstairs event space with appetizers and signature cocktails provided by the restaurant and desserts courtesy of the Blue Man Group.

The night’s official emcee was Illinois Office of Tourism Director Cory Jobe who announced winners in 24 categories as well as the seven Hall of Famers, including Lifetime Achievement award winner Tina Carlson, president of Ivan Carlson & Associates. 

Nearly 500 people from Illinois and the greater Midwest gathered at the stunning Palmer House Hilton Feb. 26-28 for the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism. During the three-day event, attendees had the chance to hear from key industry officials, including an opening keynote from Carroll Rheem, vice president of research for Brand USA; a luncheon talk on crisis management and tourism security from Dr. Peter E. Tarlow, founder and president of Tourism & More; and an address by Cory Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, at the closing breakfast.

 

By training her team to view every guest as an individual, Catherine Mrowiec is changing the impersonal perception of large hotels.

 

New venues in this iconic neighborhood are a grand slam.