The Vandalia Statehouse is a beautiful building. Each year, its classic lines and authentic appointments transport thousands of tourists back to the 1830s when the building served as the seat of Illinois government.
But when the Statehouse is dressed in its holiday finery, it’s absolutely gorgeous.
On Monday, along with my son, Ethan, Cheryl and Randy Pollard, Steve Riddle (Vandalia Statehouse site superintendent) and Travis Pence, I had the honor of visiting the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield.
If you're like most of us, the Christmas shopping season got underway in earnest the day after Thanksgiving. That day – Black Thursday – is huge for the nation's retailers. It sets the tone for the remainder of the season. It's the same for Cyber Monday – the Monday after Thanksgiving – when the online shoppers have their busiest day.