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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 1999

New Official Highway Maps Released
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan announced today the release of the new highway maps for 1999-2000 featuring two map covers and a special large print, easy-to-read edition.

SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan announced today the release of the new highway maps for 1999-2000 featuring two map covers and a special large print, easy-to-read edition.

"We have taken a different approach this year and are featuring two different map covers in addition to the enlarged print map," said the Governor. "The map covers highlight the state's great diversity featuring Chicago on one cover and southern Illinois on the other."

One cover depicts the famed Chicago Lakefront Path, a paved recreational trail extending 18.5 miles along Lake Michigan. The other cover is a picture of the Garden of the Gods in southern Illinois' Shawnee National Forest. It is located southeast of Harrisburg in Saline County on the Ohio River Scenic Route. The enlarged print version will feature both pictures.

The Department of Transportation has been developing a map base for the large print map over the past two years to provide an easier-to-view version.

After August 9, maps can be ordered from the Department of Transportation, 2300 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62764, Attention: Map Sales or by calling 217-782-0834. They will also be available at interstate welcome centers and from the Department's nine district offices throughout the state. The pictures were taken by department photographer, Roger McCredie.


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