“Transformers 3” brings in $24 million to Illinois

CHICAGO, IL (AP) Officials say more than 400 people were hired during the production of Transformers 3, adding millions to the state's economy.

As Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon premieres nationwide today, the Illinois Film Office (IFO) highlighted the strong economic impact the movie had on the state economy. The movie, which was partially filmed in Illinois last year, generated approximately $24,000,000 in spending in the state and provided 400 jobs during production, in addition to extras that were hired as part of the film.

"The impact of Transformers 3 extends far beyond its 30 days of production in Illinois by providing millions of dollars in economic activity in  the state, creating additional employment for Illinois crew, and, once-again, putting Illinois on the map," said Warren Ribley, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), where the state film office is housed. "As we continue our economic recovery, the film industry will continue to be an important part of our efforts to create jobs and spur economic growth."

"Transformers 3 played an important role in 2010 becoming a banner year for the Illinois film industry," said IFO Deputy Director Betsy Steinberg. "The influx of television, commercial and indie work also helped mark an incredible post recession-return for the state's film industry, and continues to be critical to our efforts to market Illinois as a world-class film location."

Transformers 3 shot for 30 days in Illinois in 2010, including areas of the Financial District, Tribune Tower and parts of Michigan Ave, LaSalle Street and Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago.

For more information about the Illinois Film Office, visit: http://www.illinoisfilm.biz/.

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