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If you work, or plan to work, in Illinois’ media production industry, your future depends on helping shape the economics and politics of the state.

Legislative Action


The IPA was a driving force behind the development and passing of the Illinois Film Production Tax Credit Act in 2004, which put the state back on the industry radar with a 20% tax credit. In 2008, the IPA’s lobbying efforts paid off again when the tax credit increased to 30%, and the sunset clause was deferred until May 2021. The enhanced tax incentive provided the long-term sustainability needed to draw major television production to the state. Since then, such shows as: Boss, The Chicago Code, Chicago Fire, The Mob Doctor, The Playboy Club, Shameless, and Underemployed have used Illinois as a backdrop. Moving forward, the IPA continues to work with the Illinois Film Office and state leaders to improve the tax incentive while preserving its economic sustainability.

Click HERE more information on the Illinois Film Services Tax Credit and download an application.

Business Development

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On August 1st of last year, the IPA and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn hosted a reception at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles where they presented information on the benefits of Illinois production. In attendance were executives from every major television network. Following the event, NBC/Universal’s Chicago Fire and several pilots began production in Chicago and the surrounding areas. The IPA also actively supports the Illinois Film Office in their efforts to draw media production to the state.



As our industry grows, diversity must grow with it. The IPA believes strongly in a diverse working community and continually sponsors numerous minority training workshops, including Free Spirit Media’s “Hidden Heroes Showcase”. In addition, Illinois is the first and only state with a diversity requirement as part of its tax credit.

Click HERE to learn more about Free Spirit Media’s efforts to provide Illinois’ youth with the tools needed to express their vision and voice.



A complete and active production community is just as important as a sustainable tax incentive when it comes to bringing media production opportunities to any state. The IPA sponsors a multitude of industry training workshops, networking events, and local film festivals, including: Best of the Midwest Awards, Cinema/Chicago, Diversity Vendor Summit, IATSE Set Building Training Program, Independent Feature Project Chicago, Midwest Independent Film Festival, Monday on Main Street, Windy City West, and Women In Film.


Content Theft Prevention


In addition to the thousands of jobs and billions of dollars stolen from our industry every year, content theft undermines all the new, legitimate online services, providing movies and television quicker and easier than ever before. The IPA avidly supports Creative America in its efforts to raise awareness and push further legislation to prevent content theft.

You can help by spreading the word, telling your story, and urging others to join Creative America. Click HERE to take action today.