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Pat Quinn Illinois Film Industry: Governor Drops By New Movie Set To Announce Statewide Film Boom

04/13/2013 09:39 am ET | Updated Apr 13, 2013

Story by Chloe Riley, courtesy of DNAinfo Chicago

Film in Chicago is booming, generating a record $184 million in spending in 2012, Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday on the set of “Divergent,” the largest feature film ever to be shot in the state.

“We have a world-class sound stage and studio right here. One of the very best in the United States, indeed the world,” Quinn said at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, 2621 W. 15th Place.

The film, starring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet, began filming at Cinespace in early April. The production is expected to spend more than $30 million in Illinois and create 1,000 jobs.

In 2011, Quinn signed a 10-year extension of the Illinois Film Tax Credit, which gives tax breaks to production companies that film in the state.

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