#48 Illinois


2.66 out of 10 in Taxation and Regulation

5.44 out of 10 in Workforce Quality

4.96 out of 10 in Living Environment

Right to Work?


State Profile

Starting under Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration, the Illinois Competitiveness Council is dedicating efforts to helping small businesses start, expand or stay in Illinois. The administration also is working to cut the red tape and make it easier for businesses to grow and thrive in Illinois, in part by reducing restrictions within the Illinois Code by 25%.

Key Industries

Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace & Defense, Biotech, Clean Energy, Optic/Photonics

Key Companies

Abbott Laboratories
Allstate Corp.
Archer Daniels Midland
Boeing
Deere & Co.
McDonald’s Corp.
Sears Holdings
State Farm
Walgreen

Key Contacts

Intersect Illinois
Andria Winters, President
312-667-6010
230 W. Monroe St., Suite 330
Chicago, IL 60606
andria.winters@ilbedc.org
http://intersectillinois.org/

CEO Comments

“Illinois is becoming a worse state to do business in all the time. Other businesses are leaving Illinois, which affects our customer base. We do business with the state of Illinois and they cannot pay their bills. This is shameful and embarrassing to say the least.”

“Illinois is on a death spiral due to unfunded pensions, too much political power concentrated in one person’s hands, unions with unfettered control over the state, highest real estate taxes in the country, and highest exodus from Illinois because of these issues!”

Current Developments

2016 Regional Report: The Midwest

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