Governor Pat Quinn is concerned about your diet.
Quinn is encouraging local shoppers to devote at least $10 of their weekly grocery bill to purchasing fresh Illinois-grown produce.
Quinn says if everyone took part in the “Buy Illinois Challenge,” it could mean two-billion-dollars in growth for the Illinois food industry.
A number of local stores and farmers’ markets are taking part in the state’s “Where Fresh Is” campaign, where Illinois produce is clearly marked.
In addition to corn and soybeans, the state is a leading producer of pumpkins and horseradish, and ranks in the top ten in asparagus, green peas and lima beans.