Illinois has seen another record year for tourism, with more than 99 million visitors from across the U.S. last year. The state released the 2012 numbers today. It's a 6.1% increase over the more than 93 million visitors in 2011. That year also was a record year. State officials say tourism generated more than $31 billion for the Illinois economy in 2012. That's about 5% more than in 2011, when tourism brought in about $29.5 billion. Tourism generated $2.3 billion in state and local tax revenues in 2012. The total number of international visitors to Illinois will be released later this year.
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