State Steering Committee
State Quick Facts
General Manager, Anderson Ford
Publisher, Grainnet Journal
Gregory W. Baise
President/CEO, Illinois Manufacturers Association
President & Founder, Veracruz LLC
Mayor, Hanover Park
President and CEO, Chamber630
Former U.S. Representative for Illinois’ 15th District
Buyer, Local Boutique and Member of the Sangamon County Board
President, Illinois Food Retailers Association
Vice President, Green T Services
Vice-President, Breakwater Chicago
Chairman, Lake County Board
President & CEO, GOA Regional Business Association
CEO, Service Shipping, Inc.
Chief Investment Officer, Kingsview Asset Management
Andy Van Meter
President, Design Ideas and Chairman of Sangamon County Board
Owner, A1 Airport Limousine Service, Inc
Former President, National Corn Growers Association and Member of the Waterways Council Board of Directors
Owner, Azteca Restaurant
President, ACE Hardware, and Member of Sangamon County Board
Executive Director, The Pike & Scott County Farm Bureau
President, Quality Float Works
Vice President, Thillens, Inc.
Owner, Tjelmeland Laketown Automotive; Sangamon County Board Member
Vice President Government Relations, Inland Real Estate Group and Vice Chairman of the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce
Chairman of the Board; ACME Industries, Inc.; Former Chairman of the Board, Elk Grove Village Chamber of Commerce
Gross State Product:
Total Nonfarm Employment:
Bruce Rauner (R)
Richard J. Durbin (D),
Support For Local Business
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D) “If we want to create new economic opportunities for working families, we are going to need to make it easier for local businesses to get off the ground.”
(Senator Tammy Duckworth, “Duckworth Highlights Importance of Small Business Development with Local Leaders in Hillside, Illinois,” https://www.duckworth.senate.gov. 2/19/17)
Illinois’ 1.2 million small businesses represent 99.6% of all employers in the state and employ 2.4 million workers.
Women-owned businesses make up 417,400 of Illinois businesses.
Veteran-owned businesses make up 755,3oo of Illinois businesses.
A total of 23,252 companies, which operate internationally, competing in global markets on a daily basis for inputs, capital, and customers, export from Illinois.
Illinois exports reached $59.8 billion in 2016, with products and services going to 220 countries.
Thirty-four Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Prairie State.