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Football fans encouraged to ‘Buy Local’

Published: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 1:36 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 2:55 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Agriculture invites football fans to celebrate game day with Illinois products. To get the party started, the department will sponsor a promotion on its Facebook and Twitter pages Feb. 1-3. Each day one lucky person selected from among the agency’s Facebook friends and Twitter followers will score free Illinois products.

“Illinois food companies make everything a fan could possibly need to throw a great party, from chili and pizza to chips and salsa,” Jennifer Tirey, bureau chief of marketing and promotion said. “For a sample of the many products available, visit our Facebook page and browse through the listings.”

The winner of the first drawing will receive a one-year supply (52 cans) of Ray’s Brand Chilli, located in Decatur. A $50 gift certificate to Lou Malnati’s Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza will be awarded the second day, and a game day gift pack of Uncle Joe’s Sauces and Rubs, located in Ina, is the third-day prize.

To sign up for the Game Day promotion, simply visit and “like” the Illinois Department of Agriculture Facebook page at or follow the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Twitter page at by Friday. For more information, call 217-782-8146.

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