Pritzker Renews Tax Credit To Allow TV Shows, Movies To Film In Illinois

Craig Dellimore
August 02, 2019 - 7:22 am
Governor Pritzker signed a 30 percent production tax credit on Thursday for television and film companies that work here. 

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois has extended a tax credit that will keep TV shows like Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. in Chicago, at least for now.

Since 2008, Illinois has given more than a half-billion dollars in tax breaks to film and television production companies that have brought their shows, films and jobs to Illinois. 

Governor Pritzker signed a 30 percent production tax credit on Thursday for television and film companies that work here. 

"By extending this tax credit through at least 2026 we are guaranteeing that these jobs aren't going away anytime soon," Pritzker said. 

Lead sponsor, State Senator Elgie Sims, said the jobs have been diverse in functions and opportunities.

"We have women and people of color who are working in an industry where they had not had opportunities before," Sims said.

Dick Wolf, who produces Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med said he’d warned the Governor that NBC Universal, which airs those shows felt the tax credit was vital.
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Illinois Film Production supported some 16,000 jobs. Dick Wolf, who produces Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med said he’d warned the Governor that NBC Universal, which airs those shows felt the tax credit was vital.

"So I said look, I have to tell you, if the tax credit goes, we have to go," Wolf said. 

The bill signing comes just days after a former Teamsters boss admitted shaking down the studio where the TV shows were filmed.