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Illinois Strengths

September 7, 2018

This page provides links and information to several important resources that keeps Illinois businesses and employers up to date on what keeps Illinois strong when it comes to business.

Enjoy Illinois

Find what makes Illinois historic, eventful, and enjoyable on Enjoy Illinois' website. Stay up to date on what's taking place near you and your business and throughout the state.

World Class Infrastructure

  • IL has 5 intl. airports and 7 other commercial airports
  • O'Hare has most flights in U.S. and triple-hub airport system (ORD/MDW)
  • IL is only state that has all seven Class I freight railroads
  • Chicago is the #3 largest intermodal port in the world
  • IL has the 3rd largest interstate highway system in U.S.
  • IL has 2 major inland ports and 14 waterway ports

Target Industries

Illinois has several strong and growing industries throughout the state such as:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Energy
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Research and Development
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Learn more here.


Tech & Innovation Leader

Statistics on entrepreneurship, businesses, and related achievements

  • $2.4 billion annual R&D funding in Illinois
  • 5,028 patents issued by inventors in 2015
  • 83 Nobel Prize winners
  • 275 digital startups launched annually
  • 440+ corporate R&D facilities
  • $8 billion in acquisitions & IPOs in 2014
  • Availability of world class research and innovation hubs 

Click here to learn more about the latest and greatest science and technological advances in Illinois.

Business Minded

Tax code can multifaceted and complicated. Start understanding Illinois' tax code by learning the essentials:

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Find and review the latest reports and findings on Illinois':

  • Employment and Unemployment
  • Inflation, Prices, and Spending
  • Pay and Benefits
  • Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

Click here for more.

Brightest Minds

Illinois has some of the brightest minds pursuing, attending, and graduating college. Find the best college for you using:

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