• Project Labor Agreements

    Statute allows state agencies to require PLAs on projects when determined appropriate. Statute requires PLAs on some transportation projects procured through public-private partnerships.

  • Prevailing Wage

    Yes; no monetary threshold.

  • Right to Work


  • Public-Private Partnerships

    Statute allows state and local entities to enter into P3s on transportation projects and certain social infrastructure projects.

  • Workforce Development Incentives

    Earned Credit Program (ECP) – A rewards initiative that allows contractors and subcontractors to earn bid credits toward future Illinois Tollway construction bids when they hire from a pool of qualified, pre-screened job candidates, including underemployed African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, women, eligible offenders and veterans. Contractors or subcontractors can hire an eligible first-time ECP worker and receive a $5,000 bonus bid credit when the ECP worker has accumulated 160 hours or more of work.

  • Career and Technical Education

    99% of CTE high school graduates placed in colleges or careers.

    Illinois does not recognize NCCER as an approved curriculum for CTE programs.

  • Job Growth Rate


Monthly Unemployment Rate in Illinois

Industry Overview

Prompt Pay

Private: Owner to prime has 40 days total to pay (25 to approve invoice, 15 to pay it).
Public: Owner to prime has 60 days total (30 to improve invoice, 30 days to pay).
Subs: Prime to sub and sub to lower tier within 15.

Immigration/E-Verify Mandate

Private businesses are allowed to voluntary use E-Verify; however, the law provides for privacy and anti-discrimination protections for workers when employers violate E-Verify procedures. State law prohibits the state or localities from requiring employers to use E-Verify.

Percentage of State GDP From Nonresidential Construction


Incidence Rate


Occupational Safety & Health Oversight (State vs. Federal)

State plan covers state and local government workplaces.

Percentage of Union Membership in Private Construction


Marijuana Legalization Status

Legalized for medicinal use, decriminalized for personal use.

Business Facts

Minimum Wage


Percentage of Pensions Funded


Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate


Corporate Income Tax Rate(s)


State and Local Public Construction Expenditures (in millions)