From Chicago Fire to the Transformers movies, and many more, Illinois is showing up on movie and television screens. “This past year, we had a record-breaking year in TV and movie production. $358 million was spent on productions here in Illinois,” Gov. Pat Quinn said. “About two-thirds of that, a little over $200 million, was spent on wages.” Quinn celebrated the record at the Cinespace Chicago studios, in a century-old building which used to be Ryerson Steel.
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“You combine the long-term potential that comes from TV series like Chicago Fire with large-scale productions like Divergent and Transformers, the impact on our local economy and our members is immense,” said John Coli, Jr., secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 727. “Last year, we had more Illinois Teamsters working in this industry than ever before, from drivers to caterers to custodians.” Quinn said the numbers are a testament to the success of the Illinois Film Tax Credit, a thirty percent credit on money spent, including wages.