“From one of the first films ever made – The Tramp and The Dog – to Barbershop2, Illinois has provided the film and television industry a background for its work that mirrors the demographics and the geography of the nation. From Cairo to Crystal Lake, Illinois has everything a film producer could want, except the ability to make a movie as cheaply here as they can in Canada and 24 other states,” said the Governor. “The bill that I’m going to sign today will put an end to ‘runaway’ production and rejuvenate film and television production in Illinois.”
The law is also expected to enhance the tourism industry in Illinois. For example, in Iowa more than 800,000 people have visited the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa, since the movie was filmed there in the late 1980s.
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Kenneth Dunkin (D-Chicago), Rep. Angelo “Skip” Saviano (R-River Grove) and State Senator Rickey Hendon (D-Chicago).