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Why Illinois?

Illinois offers unparalleled opportunity at the epicenter of North America. Companies can thrive in a world class business environment with the most diverse economy in the nation, a central location with easy access to your operations, a well-educated and experienced workforce of millions, and an opportunity to be an integral part of the second most economically powerful region in America.

We have one of the world’s most culturally vibrant states that has become a magnet for the country’s brightest minds. And Illinois businesses enjoy low corporate taxes and tax-free personal property that help make us one of the most business-friendly places in the nation. The Illinois Department of Commerce is ready to assist you with everything from intergovernmental coordination and site selection to regional collaboration and potential financial support.

Click here for statewide and regional contact information at the Illinois Department of Commerce. Our services are free and confidential for companies looking to grow, expand, or locate in Illinois.

 

BUSINESS MINDED

Home to 37 Fortune 500 companies and more than 5,600 foreign-owned company locations. Businesses enjoy low corporate taxes, a diverse economy and the 5th highest GDP in the nation.

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION LEADER

World class research and innovation hubs including Argonne, Fermilab, 1871, and UI Labs; and over 200 incubators, tech parks, accelerators and co-working spaces for innovators and startups across the state.

WORLD CLASS INFRASTRUCTURE

A central location with three international airports, the only state with all 7 Class I freight railroads, the third largest interstate highway system and more than a dozen thriving ports and waterways.

EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY OF LIFE

A central location with three international airports, the only state with all 7 Class I freight railroads, the third largest interstate highway system and more than a dozen thriving ports and waterways.

MAGNET FOR COUNTRY’S BRIGHTEST MINDS

Over 192 higher education institutions, a 6.6 million person labor force, 38% with an Associate’s degree or better and top ranked universities in computer science, engineering and other fields.

TARGET INDUSTRIES

The most diverse economy in the nation, strong in agribusiness and food processing and other industries including advanced manufacturing, energy, life sciences and biotech, business and professional services and TDL.