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Illinois sees record year for film, TV during 2013

CHICAGO – Hollywood is spending big money in Illinois.

The state said Tuesday that the film industry generated $358 million in spending in the state during 2013. Officials say that easily surpasses the previous record of $184 million in 2012.

Chicago officials say filming last year included six TV series, three studio feature films and 137 commercials. Some of those projects include TV series like "Chicago Fire" and movies like the upcoming "Divergent" and "Transformers 4."

Gov. Pat Quinn's office says "Chicago Fire" spent $58 million in 2013. "Chicago PD" has spent $21 million in Illinois.

The Chicago Film Office and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events cite a 20 percent increase in overall production compared with 2012. The city says 2012's numbers were 40 percent higher than 2011.

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