Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!


Illinois Scenic Byways

Illinois Scenic Byways

Illinois River Road Report

Illinois River Road Report

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If you are a community, business or attraction interested in Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway program initiatives, please contact:

    North Central Illinois
    Council of Governments
    Kendall Cramer
    613 W. Marquette Street
    Ottawa, IL 61350

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Performance Report

Corridor Management Plan

Interpretive Plan for Nature

Interpretive Plan for Nature
Executive Summary

Business Study

Business Study - 2012


Business Guide

Upcoming Business Workshops and Events

  • TBA

Funding Opportunities and Resources

  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

  • SCORE - Peoria SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of the entrepreneur or small business owner and tailored to your personal objectives. SCORE volunteers are real-world professionals with time-tested knowledge who donate thousands of hours to help small businesses succeed.

  • Illinois Finance Authority - Provides access to low-cost, non-conventional financing along with expert, hands-on support to help businesses, farms, local governments, hospitals and non-profits get capital needed for growth. IFA invites developers, financiers, and community partners to explore our programs and talk with IFA about supporting economic development and job growth in Illinois.

  • Illinois Business Financial Services - IBFS is a Certified Development Company (CDC) that works in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Since 1981, Illinois Business Financial Services has been developing diversified loan programs for small businesses, utilizing the SBA 504 and other loan programs to create jobs and millions of dollars in project funding. IBFS is also a member of NADCO, the National Association of Development Companies.

  • USDA Rural Development - Program assistance is provided in many ways, including direct or guaranteed loans, grants, technical assistance, research and educational materials.

  • Illinois Office of Tourism - The State of Illinois offers a number of grant programs to counties, municipalities, non-profit and for-profit organizations to assist in the development, improvement and promotion of tourist attractions and destinations throughout Illinois.

  • Small Business Development Center - One-on-one counseling; assistance with management, business plans and marketing; financial services; training. SBDC provides specialized services in technology, innovation and entrepreneurial development.