Quinn announces Illinois film industries' record breaking 2013

By WEEK Producer

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 8:30 PM CDT

CHICAGO -- Governor Pat Quinn visited the set of the TV series Chicago Fire on Tuesday and announced that the Illinois film industry generated a record $358 million in spending in 2013.

The new record nearly doubled the previous record year of $184 million in 2012. In addition to the generated income, the film industry created approximately 4,200 jobs.

"These record-breaking numbers show there is no better place to film than Illinois," Governor Quinn said. “Productions like Chicago Fire are helping grow and strengthen Illinois’ economy by creating thousands of jobs across the state, from actors to painters and carpenters, and the hundreds of small businesses that serve the industry.”

Contributing to the increase were a record six television series such as Chicago Fire and Chicago PD; movies such as Divergent, Jupiter Ascending and Transformers 4; and approximately 150 commercial productions.

According to Governor Quinn, Chicago Fire alone spent $58 million in 2013, of which $30 million went directly to Illinois wages.