Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Question of the day
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Question of the day

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020

* Press release…

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) launched the first annual “Makers Madness” contest, a bracket-style tournament in which voters will decide what product is the Coolest Thing Made in Illinois.

The competition is designed to highlight the many different products manufactured in Illinois, ranging from food products and furniture to automobiles and components for the aerospace industry. Statewide, manufacturing generates more than $304 billion in economic output, contributing 12 percent to the state’s Gross Domestic Product – the largest share of any industry in Illinois.

Nominations are now being accepted at www.makersmadnessil.com, where all voting will take place. Voting to narrow the field to the Top 16 products will begin on February 26. Weekly matchups will follow, culminating in an awards ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion on April 1, when the Coolest Thing Made in Illinois will be named.

“From combines and bulldozers to American flags and macaroni and cheese, Illinois manufacturers make some of the most iconic products in the nation. Manufacturers make the world a better place every single day by creating products that help feed the world, save lives, and explore planets beyond our own,” said Mark Denzler, president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “This contest is designed to not only showcase the many amazing things made in Illinois but to also highlight the great careers available in manufacturing, ranging from product designers and robotics specialists to cyber security experts and human resources professionals.”

Manufacturers employ 592,200 women and men in Illinois at an average salary of $88,691, providing $52 billion in wages and benefits. However, the industry is facing a worker shortage and skills gap as 300,000 baby boomers are set to retire in the coming years. The IMA worked in partnership with the Governor and lawmakers last year to extend the Research & Development tax credit and establish a new apprenticeship tax credit, which will allow manufacturers to jump-start their efforts to build a pipeline of workers to help fill the next generation of manufacturing jobs.

* The Question: What is (or should be) the coolest thing made in Illinois?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

63 Comments
  1. - Timmeh - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:10 am:

    Liquid nitrogen


  2. - Dome Gnome - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:10 am:

    The mobile phone *ring* excuse me while I get this . . .


  3. - Dotnonymous - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:10 am:

    Cool particles… @Fermilab


  4. - The Wombat - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:13 am:

    Coolest in my opinion two days after the Super Bowl is Riddell Football Helmets.

    Special honorable mention in Southwestern, IL is Ski Soda in Breese, Salsa Rose in Mascoutah (if you haven’t tried either you need to).
    Silliest thing made in Illinois is Billy Bob Teeth in Hardin.


  5. - Suki - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:14 am:

    Soy sauce!


  6. - Dingo - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:15 am:

    Beer Nuts


  7. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:16 am:

    Radio Flyer carts. Cool lit-up building with a large red cart on the grounds. Also reportedly a great employer.


  8. - 4 percent - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:17 am:

    Salvation Army Kettles


  9. - George - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:20 am:

    Novec made by 3M in the Quad Cities. Used in fire suppression systems it is essentially water that wont get you wet. You could swim in a pool full of it and when you get out you would be bone dry. Electronics work just fine immersed in it. Amazing stuff.


  10. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:21 am:

    John Deere’s self-scouring steel plow.

    – MrJM


  11. - 4 percent - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:22 am:

    John Deere combines
    Caterpillar makes largest dump truck in Decatur


  12. - Al - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:27 am:

    In Centralia, Honeywell makes triggers for nuclear bombs.


  13. - Father Ted - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:29 am:

    The answer is beer. What’s the question?


  14. - NoGifts - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:30 am:

    Corn Syrup! in (Argo)Summit. Used to be Corn Products International. Now named “ingredion” :( boo on the name change. But it’s a beautiful plant at night https://www.ingredionincorporated.com/content/dam/ingredion/pdf-downloads/corporate/Ingredion%20Timeline_Jan2017.pdf


  15. - Anon For Now - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:30 am:

    Weber grills, or (as the universe has a sense of humor) a majority of components for most military small arms.


  16. - SOIL M - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:37 am:

    Soybeans.
    Including the soybean meal and oil that they are processed into here. This provides food for humans and animals, oils (both cooking and industrial), and biodiesel among other uses. Soybeans grown and processed in Illinois, and the oil and meal are used in products worldwide. New uses for soy based products are replacing petroleum based products more every year.


  17. - The Real Captain - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:38 am:

    The Puck created by Smashtoast. Idea thought up in Springfield and it is made in Jacksonville.
    https://smashtoast.com/


  18. - Anyone Remember - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:38 am:

    For both good and ill, Fermi’s Chicago Pile-1 (first human-made self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction).


  19. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:38 am:

    Ice cold craft beer


  20. - Leaf Garrett - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:38 am:

    Equity Centricity


  21. - bogey golfer - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:42 am:

    Vienna Hot Dog, encased in Rosen poppyseed bun.


  22. - Moi - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:46 am:

    Public corruption?


  23. - Moi - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:50 am:

    Sorry, I know corruption is not cool…but, man, it seems like they come up with a new way to do it.


  24. - Anyone Remember - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 11:52 am:

    Moi -
    “Public corruption?”

    Seriously?


  25. - Highland IL - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:04 pm:

    Ski soda in Breese.


  26. - Scamp640 - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:05 pm:

    Solo Cups


  27. - Angry Republican - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:05 pm:

    Lava lamps


  28. - Scamp640 - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:06 pm:

    Zippers


  29. - Lefty Lefty - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:07 pm:

    Lemonheads and Mike & Ikes (tie)


  30. - don the legend - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:09 pm:

    Bunn-O-Matic coffee makers


  31. - Lefty Lefty - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:11 pm:

    Jeez I just had it Saturday. Vito & Nick’s Pizza. It’s like magic–no other pizza like it anywhere.


  32. - SOIL M - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:13 pm:

    Although it is headquartered and produced in Paducah, Dippin Dots were invented and developed in Pulaski County


  33. - jimbo - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:13 pm:

    ==Radio Flyer carts==

    Everything I can find says that they moved manufacturing offshore 15+ years ago except for “plastic wagons that are made for them in WI”

    Have they moved production back here?


  34. - Rabid - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:14 pm:

    Third generation family owned Wahl Clipper


  35. - SOIL M - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:17 pm:

    In Centralia, Honeywell makes triggers for nuclear bombs.

    Centralia is also home to Country Bobs Sauces


  36. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:20 pm:

    Super Slurper-

    https://agresearchmag.ars.usda.gov/1996/may/starch/


  37. - Ben Marc*m - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:21 pm:

    Skittles are made in Yorkville


  38. - Boots - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:33 pm:

    Horween leather.


  39. - Give Me A Break - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:45 pm:

    Butter Cows and Horseshoes


  40. - Six Degrees of Separation - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 12:54 pm:

    Rivian R1T, someday.


  41. - SOIL M - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 1:16 pm:

    Everything produced by Rock River Arms, Colona


  42. - Groucho - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 1:21 pm:

    Second City trained comedians


  43. - SubRosa - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 1:24 pm:

    Weeeed, maaaan.


  44. - pool boy - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 1:32 pm:

    My children.


  45. - Blue Dog Dem - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 1:36 pm:

    ethylene oxide.


  46. - zatoichi - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 1:48 pm:

    The Puck. cool device that can control all types of electronics.


  47. - JT11505 - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 1:49 pm:

    Maze Nails - produced in Peru, IL since 1886.


  48. - NoGifts - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 2:01 pm:

    Knaak steel security boxes in Crystal Lake https://www.knaack.com/


  49. - Decorative Arts - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 2:04 pm:

    https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/GovernorsMansion/exhibition/art-of-illinois/decorative-arts/western-stoneware-company/Western-Stoneware-Plates


  50. - Practical Politics - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 2:05 pm:

    The original Steak N Shake. Additional franchises have opened elsewhere around the world, but store #1 opened in Normal, Illinois.


  51. - BCOSEC - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 2:11 pm:

    Heath candy bars, made in Robinson for over 100 years.


  52. - frisbee - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 2:13 pm:

    Not sure if it is still made here but barbed wire would be on my list


  53. - ChrisB - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 2:17 pm:

    Going local, but Trains. Specifically, locomotives. EMDs are iconic.


  54. - Alan - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 2:25 pm:

    Pickard China - White House, Camp David, Governors Mansion - all made in Antioch Il


  55. - SpfdNewb - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 2:57 pm:

    Not sure if it has been said, but Weber grills has to be on the list.


  56. - don the legend - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 3:26 pm:

    WeatherTech


  57. - Bemac - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 4:04 pm:

    HAL computers?


  58. - Chippy Dave - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 4:14 pm:

    Tootsie Rolls


  59. - dr. reason a. goodwin - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 4:39 pm:

    Dinger baseball bats


  60. - 13th - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 6:14 pm:

    second the Centralia is also home to Country Bobs Sauces, and if you not had it you need to try them


  61. - Darian - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 8:41 pm:

    GUNS https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldArmoryUSA/


  62. - Rich Hill - Tuesday, Feb 4, 20 @ 8:53 pm:

    Lem’s


  63. - Commonsense in Illinois - Thursday, Feb 6, 20 @ 8:41 am:

    Maize Nails. No house in Illinois would be able to stand without Maize Nails.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* *** UPDATED x1 *** Madigan touts his "strong leadership" to Black Caucus, says will work to pass tax hike if Pritzker wants it
* Former Sen. Martin Sandoval has died
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* The least surprising Tom DeVore news yet
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Kifowit requests in-person hearing for her House Veterans Affairs committee
* Question of the day
* 10,526 new confirmed and probable cases; 148 additional deaths; 5,453 hospitalized; 1,153 in the ICU; 10.3 percent case positivity rate; 12.1 percent test positivity rate
* COVID-19 roundup
* SoS announces Driver Services facilities will remain closed for in-person service until January 4
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Illinois turnout hit 72.92 percent; Voting evenly split between early, mail and in-person
* *** UPDATED x1 *** 10.4 percent of all new unemployment claims were filed in Illinois last week
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Despite losing by 1.4 percentage points, Oberweis launches discovery recount
* *** UPDATED x2 *** Expect a Black Caucus endorsement of MJM
* Open thread
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* Senate Democrats choose Harmon for a full term as President
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Loading


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller