Movie was filmed in Central Illinois during 2008
SPRINGFIELD – On the day of the nationwide release of The Informant!, the Illinois Film Office (IFO) announced that the film brought in approximately $2.73 million in revenues to Illinois’ economy, based on preliminary estimates. The Informant!, starring Matt Damon, is a dark comedy about the 1990s price-fixing scandal at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM).
The movie, which was filmed in the Decatur and Springfield areas last year, created approximately 83 crew jobs. In addition, 521 extras were hired during the course of the film, which spent 17 days shooting in Illinois.
“Our versatility is one of our greatest assets in Illinois. The Informant! was a great opportunity to showcase the remarkable resources that are available to films and productions outside of the Chicago area,” said Illinois Film Office Managing Director Betsy Steinberg.
The economic impact of The Informant! could be directly felt by Illinois workers who, in total, received over $856,000 in wages from jobs such as set construction, electrical work, make-up and hairstyling, truck driving and acting talent. In addition, Illinois vendors received nearly $1.4 million in sales from the movie. Local businesses, from hotels and florists to building supply companies, benefited from production of The Informant!.
“The film industry provides a tremendous boost to the state economy, generating millions of dollars in revenue each year and employing thousands of people,” said DCEO Director Warren Ribley. “From large blockbuster films to small independent productions, Illinois is continuing to evolve as a major player in the film industry.”
The film industry has a sizable impact on the Illinois economy and brings thousands of jobs to the state each year. In 2008, Illinois film productions brought in more than $141 million into the Illinois economy making it the second most profitable year on record.
On January 1, 2009, the Illinois legislature enacted a strengthened Illinois Film Tax Credit, which offers a 30 percent tax credit to filmmakers for money spent on Illinois goods and services, including wages paid to Illinois residents. Previously, the tax credit was 20 percent. In addition, the yearly sunset provision was removed, highlighting our long-term commitment to growing Illinois’ film industry.
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is dedicated to advancing Illinois’ reputation as a world-class film destination. The Illinois Film Office, a division of DCEO, promotes and markets the state as an ideal shooting location for films, television shows and commercials. The IFO also promotes and encourages the training and hiring of Illinois residents who represent the diversity of the state’s population.