Dick Wolf

Local TV and film production caught in state budget crossfire

The Illinois TV and film industry is caught in the crossfire between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislators in Springfield. With the state budget in shambles and both parties sparring over how to move forward, the governor announced Tuesday that he is taking steps to balance the budget by instructing the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to "defer application approvals for film tax credits," among other programs in various departments he says are also suspended. Whether Rauner has the authority to put the film incentive on hold is unclear. A law passed in 2008 established the current 30 percent tax credit, which remains in effect through 2021 (with provisions...