Technology and Innovation


Where Makers Thrive

The birthplace of groundbreaking inventions including the cell phone, the wireless remote and the first-ever web browser, Illinois is a place where ideas become patents, businesses and life-changing technologies.

The state’s history of innovation continues today thanks to its robust digital infrastructure, venture capital networks and continually growing talent base. In fact, Illinois is the second largest producer of computer science graduates in the country, awarding nearly 10 percent of the nation’s computer science degrees, and ranks fifth in the nation for access to capital, according to CNBC’s Best States for Business 2017.

Chicago alone accounted for $1.7 billion in startup funding in 2017—a fact that helped the city rank among the top 10 tech innovation hubs in the world in a survey of more than 800 tech leaders from KPMG.

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New Inventions and 241 Patents Came Out of Illinois Universities
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Startups Have Been Founded in the Last Five Years at Illinois Universities
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in R&D from Illinois Businesses
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University R&D

Bradley University

DePaul University

Greenville University

Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois State University

Lewis University

Loyola University

Northern Illinois University

Northwestern University

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Southern Illinois University 

Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

University of Chicago

University of Illinois System

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Discovery Partners Institute

University of St. Francis

Western Illinois University

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April 9, 2019

New ADM Animal Nutrition Facility Uses Industry-Leading Technology to Meet Customer Needs for Livestock Feed

DECATUR, Ill., April 3, 2019—Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today celebrated the opening of its new high-tech livestock feed facility in Quincy, Illinois. This is the fourth cutting-edge animal nutrition manufacturing facility in North America opened in recent months by the global leader in value-added products and solutions for both production and companion animals. […]

March 13, 2019

Illinois Featured in United’s Hemispheres Magazine

Illinois is featured in United’s Hemispheres magazine’s Dossier. More than 700,000 copies of the issue occupy every seat pocket on every United flight in the month of March, and 40 pages of the magazine are devoted to showcasing Illinois and its unmatched academic institutions, its wide variety of communities, and its unique business advantages. A […]

March 11, 2019

Illinois Ranks Third in Site Selection’s Governors Cup

Illinois ranks third in the country in Site Selection’s Governors Cup. The magazine ranks states based on new and expanded corporate facilities. Illinois has 444 projects recorded from 2018. The annual analysis is regarded by the corporate real estate world as the “industry scoreboard.” In addition to Illinois’ ranking, Chicago has once again been named […]

November 30, 2018

Salesforce Announces Salesforce Tower Chicago, Commits to Adding 1,000 New Local Jobs

Salesforce (NYSE:CRM), the global leader in CRM, today announced Salesforce Tower Chicago, significantly expanding the company’s regional headquarters in Chicago. As part of the expansion, Salesforce plans to add 1,000 new jobs locally, over the next five years, helping fuel the city’s economic development.

October 26, 2018

HARTING announces $6 million expansion of Elgin facility

Investment follows German trade visit and is expected to create 50 or more new jobs ELGIN – HARTING today announced a $6 million facility expansion at the German company’s world-class North American Headquarters in Elgin. The new investment will include the addition of a lab and showroom to the on-site warehouse and distribution center as […]