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AAA: 17% more Fourth of July travelers expected

The roads and airports will be more crowded during the July 4 weekend, but travelers will be spending less money.

AAA Chicago projects that the number of Americans traveling the July 4 weekend will rise 17.1 percent from 2009, with 34.9 million travelers taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home.In Illinois, nearly 2 million people will travel for the holiday weekend, defined as July 1 to July 5. That’s a 19.7 percent increase over 2009. Get the full story »