Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Text size: Illinois, Michigan compete for films

By Robert K. Elder | Chicago Tribune | October 14, 2008

Michigan is drinking Illinois' milkshake, to paraphrase Daniel Day-Lewis in "There Will Be Blood."

That state's generous tax incentive—42 percent—to companies that make movies there has challenged Chicago's position as a Midwest filmmaking center. Illinois' incentive amounts to 20 percent of production costs.

"We're hemorrhaging dollars, literally, to Michigan right now," says Lars Ullberg, president of the Illinois Production Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group.

The Alliance plans to propose Tuesday that the state's incentive be increased to 30 percent and be extended to 2013, to be more competitive with Michigan.


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