Illinois cashes in on John Dillinger film

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"Public Enemies," the coming Michael Mann movie starring Johnny Depp as notorious bank robber John Dillinger, has beat out last summer's Batman saga "The Dark Knight" as the largest film made in the state, the Illinois Film Office said.

"Public Enemies," which was filmed in and around Chicago last year, generated $46.7 million in revenue for Illinois, compared with $40 million for "The Dark Knight."

The Illinois film industry generated $141 million in 2008.

In 2004, Illinois began offering a 20 percent tax credit for money spent on Illinois goods and services, including wages paid to Illinois residents, in part to counter Canadian tax credits that were pulling business north of the border. This year, the credit rose to 30 percent.

The Illinois Film Office said local workers received more than $23 million in wages from "Public Enemies," and vendors racked up $23.6 million in sales from the filming. The movie, which opens to the public July 1, created 1,052 cast and crew jobs for the state and employed 1,786 Illinois residents as extras.

Mann and cast members are scheduled to attend a special screening of the film Thursday in Chicago.

"Public Enemies" shot at area locations including Union Station, the Bridgeview Bank at 4753 N. Broadway and the Joliet Correctional Center.

wawong@tribune.com

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