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State wants people to buy Illinois-made products

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois residents are being urged to spend some of their grocery money on products that were made or grown in the state.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture on Monday encouraged residents to take its "Buy Illinois Pledge." It asks each household to dedicate $10 of its weekly grocery budget to Illinois products.

In a news release, the department says if every household met the challenge, more than $2.4 billion per year would go back into the Illinois economy.

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

The challenge is open to individuals, schools and businesses. Online: http://www.buyillinoischallenge.com/

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