Entertainment industry brings big bucks to Illinois

CHICAGO-- Governor Quinn says 2013 was a record year for the Illinois film industry in Illinois. 
The state generated an estimated $358 million in spending last year, nearly double the previous record set in 2012. 
Derek Haas, co-creator of the TV show “Chicago Fire”, which is shot in the city, says the state’s tax incentives are working to bring Hollywood to Illinois, “the numbers speak for themselves, by any measure the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit Act has been a huge success in fostering the development of a world-class television and film industry in Illinois that has strengthened and diversified the state’s economy, created thousands of jobs, and supports local businesses.”
Quinn said the dollars raised was just one component of the film and television industry helping Illinois get back on its feet, “We also had many jobs created, whether it was in front of a camera or in the background, in the scene or behind the scenes, in 2013 the film industry helped get Illinoisans back to work.”
A record 6 TV series were filmed in Chicago in 2013 including Divergent, Jupiter Ascending, and Transformers 4, which was filmed in the city this past fall.