State officials asking residents to take part in "Shop Illinois Saturday"

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois officials are urging residents throughout the state to support local businesses and products on "Shop Illinois Saturday" October 4.

The initiative is part of the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Illinois Products Program, and part of the "Buy Illinois Challenge."  The challenge encourages families throughout the state to dedicate $10 of their weekly budgets to purchasing Illinois products.

Illinois Department of Agriculture officials say if every household took the $10 challenge, it would mean an annual $2.4 billion "re-investment" in the Illinois economy.
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