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Possible online services disruption due to Internet related outage

A worldwide technology outage is causing disruption to some State of Illinois online systems.  We are aware of this issue and are diligently working on restoration.

Illinois Northeast Region

Regional Hubs

  • Chicago
  • Aurora
  • Joliet
  • Naperville
  • Elgin
  • Waukegan
  • Cicero


  • Cook
  • DuPage
  • Lake
  • Will
  • Kane
  • McHenry
  • Kendall
  • Kankakee
  • DeKalb
  • Grundy

Key Industries

  • IT
  • Energy
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Manufacturing & Agribusiness
  • AgTech
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Machinery

Major Employers and Headquarters

Higher Education

Unique Facts

  • Population 7,655,490+; Workforce of almost 4,000,000
  • Home to several Fortune 500 companies; 275 digital startups launched annually; over two-thirds of Illinois’ manufacturers are located in the Northeast Region, with 10,000+ manufacturing facilities (2020).
    3rd largest container hub in the world
  • 4 hours or less flight times to all North American destinations
  • Northeast Region is home to the United State Navy Boot Camp which serves as a major economic driver to the State
  • Home to the Illinois Medical District (IMD), which is made up of over 560 acres of medical research facilities, labs, a biotech business incubator, and two universities. The IMD is anchored by four major hospitals.

Chicago facts

  • #1 metro for Big Ten Alumni & #1 city for Recent Grads (2020)
  • Ranked “Top Metro” for corporate expansions 7 consecutive years (2020)
  • 416 business expansions/relocations (Chicago MSA); $5Binvestment (2020)
  • #1 in Foreign Direct Investment (2019)
  • 1,800+ foreign based companies accounting for $140B+in FDI (2020)
  • Home to many of the world's leading stock exchanges, including the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and the Chicago Board Options Exchange, making the Chicago area a leader in the financial services industry

Region Specific Assistance

Renee Wott, MPA
Northeast Regional Manager
(O) 312.793.9573

Joe McKeown
Northeast Region Manager

Agnes Masnik
Northeast Region Manager

Sacella Smith
Northeast Region Manager

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  • And more!