Federal PD is way more than $110 for this area.
I just looked it up on the GSA website. The 2011 Federal Lodging Rate is $128/day, which is biased on the southern part of the County, near Chicago, 45 miles away. $128 isn't much more than $110.
Zion is in Lake County Ill, which does have a Federal Rate of $128/day
for lodging in 2011, compared to the normal rate for Ill of $77/day. However, Zion is at the far North end of Lake County, about 45 miles away from Chicago. Zion is closer to Milwaukee, Wisconsin than it is to Chicago, and it boarders Kenosha County. Kenosha County, where you may end up living has a Federal Per Diem rate of $70 for lodging in 2011.
If $3,346/month ($110*365/12) isn’t enough to cover your lodging, then you seriously need to reevaluate your lodging choices. The most expensive hotel within 30 miles is in Kenosha and is the Radison, which charges $109 a night. The Super 8 charges $44, as does the Econo Lodge. The Days Inn in Great Lakes charges $35/day (About $2,300/mo less than your per diem). * According to Hotels.com
Here are the top 6 results for hotels in Zion, all cost considerably less than $110/day:
• Country Inn & Suites www.countryinns.com
- (847) 746-0101
• Illinois Beach & Resort www.ilresorts.com
- (847) 625-7300
• The Emanuelson Inn Bed & Breakfast www.emanuelsoninn.com
- (847) 872-8488
• American Inn Motel - (847) 746-2095
• Sheridan Motel - (847) 872-8236
• Parkside Motel - (847) 746-8133
Don't get me wrong, I'd love for them to pay $128/day or even $200/day... but I think $3,346/mo will cover my lodging expenses, if I ever visit them.