ILLINOIS

Why Illinois?

Illinois boasts the 5th largest economy in the US, with a population of 12.8 Million and a Gross State Product of $713 billion (2013). This midwest state is home to 34 Fortune 500 companies, 12 Fortune Global 500 companies, and more than 400 major corporate headquarters. Major industry clusters in the state include agriculture, manufacturing, biotechnology, finance, and telecommunications. Here are a few reasons why so many companies have chosen Illinois for their business operations…

ILLINOIS HAS A STRATEGIC LOCATION THAT REDUCES TRANSPORTATION COSTS FOR BUSINESS


  • 3rd largest intermodal port in the world
  • 42% of North American Consumers are less than a 2 day’s drive
  • 29% of North American Industry is within 1 day’s truck delivery
  • We’re the biggest producer of agricultural products
  • We’re the 19th largest economy in the world
  • 5th largest economy in the U.S.
  • All seven of the country’s Class 1 freight railroads, carrying 50 percent of all product transported by rail in the country, move through Illinois
  • 5 international airports that can get you anywhere in North America within 4 hours
  • The 3rd largest interstate system in the country

ILLINOIS HAS THE HIGHEST EDUCATION RATIOS IN THE MIDWEST


  • 60% of workers have education beyond a high school degree
  • More than 38% of our workforce hold a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Over 825,000 Midwest higher education graduates annually
  • 83 Nobel Prize winners

ILLINOIS HAS A WORLD CLASS INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEM TO SUPPORT BUSINESS NEEDS


  • 3 International Airports
  • 7 Class 1 Freight Railroads across the state
  • 50% of all railroad freight in the US passes through Illinois
  • 13 port districts and waterways provide critical links between Atlantic, Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico
  • 3rd largest interstate highway system with over 2,185 miles of road
  • Over 4,000 miles of fiber optics will be laid in Illinois over the next 3 years
  • 13 technology parks and 87 incubators and accelerators to grow your idea into a business
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