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New CEO tapped for ILLINOISouth Tourism

From left to right: Jim Schneider, City of Belleville; Milton Wharton, retired St. Clair County Judge; Justin Chapman, TheBANK of Edwardsville and Wendy J. Pfeil, Executive Director of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce.
From left to right: Jim Schneider, City of Belleville; Milton Wharton, retired St. Clair County Judge; Justin Chapman, TheBANK of Edwardsville and Wendy J. Pfeil, Executive Director of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce.

The largest tourism bureau in Illinois will have a new president and CEO July 1.

Dan Krankeola will take over the top job at ILLINOISouth Tourism in place of Jo Kathmann, who is retiring.

Krankeola is no stranger to the folks at ILLINOISouth headquarters at 4387 N. Illinois St. in Swansea. Hired in 2009 as the bureau’s sales manager, he took on additional marketing duties when the bureau expanded from 10 to 19 counties in 2012. He became the bureau’s in-house publications coordinator in 2013, leading the production of the Tourism Times newsletters and the Annual Visitor’s Guide.

ILLINOISouth now covers 22 counties, stretching from the Mississippi River to the Wabash at the Indiana border.

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A retired St. Clair County judge was given the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Ambassador’s Club Commitment to Community award.

Milton Wharton first was appointed to the bench in 1976 and for many years ran the county’s juvenile court. Among his many contributions to the community, Wharton founded the Southwestern Illinois Court Appointed Special Advocate program and is a co-founder of the Center for Racial Harmony. He retired from his judgeship in 2011 but has remained active with CASA, Racial Harmony and the St. Louis NAACP chapter, where he is an executive board member.

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