Last June, the city of East Peoria (it is like Peoria but better and on the other side of the river) announced they had received visitors from Bass Pro Shop. The reps were in town scouting a potential location for a new store. Everyone was real noncommittal and stand offish on the likelihood of BPS actually coming to town, so I wrote it off.
Then in January of this year, the city began investigating the "...construction and infrastructure costs and permits needed for a 'major outdoor retailer' to develop..." Again everyone interviewed was noncommittal and stand-offish and I still ignored it.
Two weeks ago, I heard in the rumor mill that BPS had actually purchased land. Rumors are just rumors, but they sure can be vicious. Can't they? My interest was growing.
Lunkerhunt got a hit today, which got me wondering if all these rumors were true. Someone in Springfield, Missouri Googled "central illinois fly fishing" and landed here (the poor sap). The IP address is owned by Bass Pro Shop and they are headquartered in Springfield.
Why would someone at Bass Pro Shop headquarters search for "central Illinois fly fishing?" I guess time will tell and we'll have to wait.