BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW …

 

Exports (trade) really is so important to the Illinois economy.  Illinois ranks among the top 5 state exporters in 41 industries, including first in railroad rolling stock ($957 million) and second in ag & construction machinery ($8.0 billion), oilseeds & grains ($4.2 billion), and engines & turbines ($2.6 billion).

Between 2009 and 2013, Illinois goods  exports have increased by 53 percent and services exports by 32 percent.  That’s a lot of economic activity during the U.S. downturn and a budget and revenue crisis in Illinois!
exports by the numbers

 

source: http://tradebenefitsamerica.org/sites/default/files/IL_TRADE_2013_0.pdf 

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