Friendliest small town awarded to Kewanee in the world downstate Illinois

October 16, 2013 10:00:00 PM PDT
A downstate Illinois town has been named the friendliest small town in the world.

Rand McNally recently gave that honor to the town of Kewanee in its "Best of the Road" contest. Kewanee is about 150 miles southwest of Chicago. Locals say it's a great place to raise a family.

They point to places like Jo-Jo's gas station, which they say is the friendliest place in town.

Town officials hope the award will boost tourism. Kewanee has suffered from a loss in jobs and industry over the years.