TV Blows Into the Windy City
After "The Dark Knight" gave Chicago new cachet, series like "Chicago Fire," "Boss" and "Shameless" rushed in, boosting production spending in Illinois.
Back in December, when Universal Television was debating whether to shoot NBC's new series Chicago Fire full time in Chicago or keep the studio work in Los Angeles, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn sprang to action, intervening and requesting a meeting with the studio's execs and the show's producers. As a result of that personal touch, says Chicago Fire executive producer and Wolf Films president Peter Jankowski, "we are able to film Chicago Fire where it ought to be: Chicago." The show was even rewarded with a cameo by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who swooped in to shake a fictional firefighter's hand in the pilot episode.
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