Department of Agriculture wants people to buy Illinois-made products

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CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Agriculture is urging residents of the state to spend some of their grocery money on products that were grown or made in Illinois.

On Monday the department encouraged residents to take its "Buy Illinois Pledge," which asks a household to dedicate $10 of its weekly grocery budget to Illinois products.

According to a news release from the department, if every household met the challenge, over $2.4 billion would go back into the Illinois economy each year.

Director of the Department of Agriculture Bob Flider says consumers may look for logos that state "Illinois Product" or "Illinois: Where Fresh Is" to help identify state-produced items.

The challenge is open to individuals, schools, and businesses.  For more information, go to http://www.buyillinoischallenge.com/

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