Feeding the World

Home to 72,000 of the nation’s farms, Illinois feeds the world. Illinois farms are top producers of corn, soybeans, livestock, dairy and poultry. The state ranks 3rd nationally in the export of agricultural commodities with $8.2 billion worth of goods shipped to other countries.

In addition to its agricultural prowess, Illinois boasts unrivaled expertise in food processing, employing more than 78,000 people and ranking #3 nationally with a GRP of $12.3B. Some of the world’s most well-known food producers call Illinois home. The state is also the top state in the nation for food private manufacturing R&D and a leader in agtech. Additionally, Illinois is home to three of the five publicly traded cannabis companies.

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November 2, 2022

Intersect Illinois 2022 Annual Report Shows $402M in Investment

New Push Leads to 137% Growth in Investment and 112% Increase in Jobs South of I80 Intersect Illinois, the state’s not-for-profit economic development organization focused on bringing jobs and investment to Illinois, today released its annual report for the 2022 fiscal year. The report highlights businesses that Intersect Illinois helped relocate or expand during the […]

October 17, 2022

Polly Eldringhoff Appointed to Intersect Illinois Board of Directors

Eldringhoff to represent Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas in efforts to bring economic growth and jobs to Illinois Intersect Illinois today announced that Polly Eldringhoff, vice president of operational performance and compliance for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, has joined its board of directors. Eldringhoff’s experience in planning and community engagement will help […]

October 14, 2022

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Inc. Announces New $68 Million Distribution Center in Princeton

New center will create more than 145 jobs; facility will be completed in 2024 PRINCETON — Governor JB Pritzker, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Inc. (Ollie’s), and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced that Ollie’s will build a new distribution center in Princeton, which will meet growing demand and support the company’s […]

September 12, 2022

Illinois Hosts 52nd Annual Midwest US Japan Conference in Chicago

The State of Illinois is honored to host the 52nd Annual Midwest US Japan (MWJA) Conference, which is jointly held by the Midwest U.S.-Japan and Japan-Midwest U.S. Associations in Chicago. The MWJA Conference brings together Governors from Midwestern states as well as Japan, leading international companies, and executives. The conference serves as a unique venue […]

August 15, 2022

Governor Pritzker, LG Chem, and ADM Announce New Joint Ventures to be Located in Decatur

Pending regulatory approval, the joint ventures will manufacture ingredients for a variety of plant-based products, including eco-friendly bioplastics; project expected to create more than 125 new jobs (Decatur, IL) — Governor Pritzker along with leading global diversified chemical company LG Chem, and ADM, a global leader in nutrition and BioSolutions, today announced that pending regulatory […]