State Steering Committee

State Quick Facts

Randy Anderson

General Manager, Anderson Ford

Mark Avery

Publisher, Grainnet Journal

Gregory W. Baise

President/CEO, Illinois Manufacturers Association

Steve Cortes

President & Founder, Veracruz LLC

Rodney Craig

Mayor, Hanover Park

Laura Crawford

President and CEO, Chamber630

Tom Ewing

Former U.S. Representative for Illinois’ 15th District

Lisa Hills

Buyer, Local Boutique and Member of the Sangamon County Board

Brian Jordan

President, Illinois Food Retailers Association

Tonia Khouri

Vice President, Green T Services

Ashvin Lad

Vice-President, Breakwater Chicago

Aaron Lawlor

Chairman, Lake County Board

Shirlanne Lemm

President & CEO, GOA Regional Business Association

Bill Marston

CEO, Service Shipping, Inc.

Scott Martin

Chief Investment Officer, Kingsview Asset Management

Andy Van Meter

President, Design Ideas and Chairman of Sangamon County Board

Jim Miller

Owner, A1 Airport Limousine Service, Inc

Garry Niemeyer

Former President, National Corn Growers Association and Member of the Waterways Council Board of Directors

Nicolas Paz

Owner, Azteca Restaurant

George Preckwinkle

President, ACE Hardware, and Member of Sangamon County Board

Blake Roderick

Executive Director, The Pike & Scott County Farm Bureau

Jason Speer

President, Quality Float Works

Mel Thillens

Vice President, Thillens, Inc.

Joel Tjelmeland

Owner, Tjelmeland Laketown Automotive; Sangamon County Board Member

Dan Wagner

Vice President Government Relations, Inland Real Estate Group and Vice Chairman of the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce

Warren Young

Chairman of the Board; ACME Industries, Inc.; Former Chairman of the Board, Elk Grove Village Chamber of Commerce


Prairie State



2016 Population:


Gross State Product:

$791 Billion

Total Nonfarm Employment:



Bruce Rauner (R)


Richard J. Durbin (D),
Tammy Duckworth (D)

Representatives: 18

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,” 2/19/17)

Business Highlights

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.

Sources: Small Business Administration, U.S. Census Quickfacts, Business Roundtable, International Trade Administration, Fortune 500, Bureau of Labor Statistics, FRED Economic Data