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What is the Illinois Defense Network? 

The Illinois Defense Network (IDN) brings together stakeholders from industry, government, and academia to strengthen Illinois' defense industry.

With its active DoD installations and diverse industrial base, Illinois has strong links to the military and the companies and people that support it. What Illinois lacks is a data-driven approach to quantifying the breadth of its defense sector – as well as its potential vulnerability – amid changing defense spending landscape.  



Learn more about the Illinois Defense Network, our partners, and the five initial Illinois communities we will be working with to implement the program. 

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Download our latest Report on the Economic Impact of Defense-related Spending in Illinois assessing the statewide impact of federal defense spending