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Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Illinois state seal © Public Domain
Date: 11/05/2013 Description: Illinois state flag © Public Domain

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Former Secretary of State Elihu Benjamin Washburne of Illinois has the distinction of serving the shortest amount of time on the job – 11 days. More»

For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services, and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. Read on for some specific ways that the Department worked to benefit this state’s citizens.


  • Business/Jobs/Trade

    • In partnership with agencies across the federal government, the Department of State advances U.S. trade policy objectives through trade agreements that open new export opportunities for American businesses and create jobs for American workers. International trade supports more than 1.6 million Illinois jobs with customers in 219 countries and territories buying Illinois-grown and manufactured goods and services. This resulted in $70.9 billion in goods exports (2012) and $26.9 billion in service exports (2011). (EB) More»

    • U.S. Embassy Kolkata assisted Illinois-based Caterpillar, together with Sasan Power Limited, on a $500 million deal to develop a 3,960 MW power plant in India. (SCA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a deal worth approximately $11.4 billion between Boeing, headquartered in Chicago, and flydubai for the largest purchase of Boeing aircraft for the Middle East. (EB) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs assisted with a deal worth approximately $693 million for Kuwait to purchase Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. (EB) More»

    • The Department’s Chicago Passport Agency employs 81government and contract staff. (CA) More»

    • Illinois hosted 9,683 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of Department of State work and study-based international exchange visitor programs. (ECA) More»

    • The U.S. Embassy in Poland participated in Chicago TechWeek and provided support to “Do IT with Poland,” a new initiative to promote ties between Polish technology start-ups and American businesses. (EUR) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed nearly $650,000 to the economy of Illinois by providing jobs and manufacturing opportunities, yielding products and services that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»

    • Luxe Bloom, a company founded by partners from Illinois and Ecuador, was one of sixteen finalists through the Department supported La Idea Business Competition. La Idea is a component of the Small Business Network of the Americas that connects Latin America diaspora in the U.S. with entrepreneurs throughout Latin America to help them cultivate and expand their businesses. (WHA/GPI – click here to learn about the semifinalists: Cayala Learning Academy; Medko; PiraPar; SigoatuLado; Un Envio) More»

    • Under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program,12 partnership plans were created with Illinois organizations and the following countries: Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, and Panama. (WHA) More»

    • Argonne National Laboratory received from the Department $1,974,750 to provide six International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cost-free expert positions to promote the peaceful uses of nuclear energy (agriculture, sustainable nuclear power, and environment). (ISN) More»

    • Argonne National Laboratory and New Brunswick Laboratory received a total of $217,443 from the Department of State through the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards, which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN) More»

    • The Department of State held a career event in Chicago, Illinois, to recruit Americans for jobs at the International Atomic Energy Agency. (ISN) More»

    • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in your state. (HR)

  • Education

    • Diplomat-in-Residence (Amb. Ian Kelly): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career foreign service officers located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) More»

    • Through the Department of State’s Medical Education Partnership Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health and Northwestern University created a Medical Education Partnership in Nigeria. (S/GAC) More»

    • The Department provided grant funding to Illinois Community Colleges to host Community College Initiative (CCI) Program participants from Nairobi. The program helps raise the profile of U.S. community colleges as prime motivators and initiators of higher education globally. (AF) More»

    • The Department created an academic partnership between the Chicago Graduate School of Business and the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Partnerships with universities abroad help U.S. institutions strengthen their programs, promote opportunities for students and faculty and enhance their global presence. (AF) More»

    • 598 exchange visitors from overseas visited Illinois and 1,235 Illinois residents travelled overseas, including 122 Scholars, Students and Teachers who were awarded Fulbright Scholarships, as part of Department of State-funded exchange programs. (ECA) More»

    • 3,566 Illinois citizens volunteered for the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program through their local Council for International Visitors. (ECA) More»

    • 40 Illinois families hosted Department-funded international exchange students. (ECA) More»

    • 348 Brazilian students studied at several educational institutions in Illinois through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Funded by the Brazilian government and private sector, this program sends 101,000 Brazilian university students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study and conduct research abroad. The U.S. is a priority destination for scholarship recipients, and strengthens U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develops a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contributes to long-term economic growth for both countries. (WHA) More»

    • TheDepartment of State partnered with Argonne National Laboratory and provided $664,098 for the Laboratory to host 13 courses on International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) matters and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy (agriculture, sustainable nuclear power, and environment). Since 1976, the Laboratory has organized 145 joint U.S./IAEA training courses for 3,700 people from approximately 124 countries. (ISN) More»

    • Five colleges and universities in Illinois participated in the Department of State’s 2013 International Virtual College Fair to celebrate International Education Week and the $29 billion international student industry in the United States. This event featured colleges and universities from across the United States and had more than 22,000 potential students from numerous countries in attendance who completed nearly 55,000 visits to the virtual university booths. The following schools participated: Columbia College Chicago; College of DuPage; DePaul University; Illinois Institute of Technology; University of Illinois-Springfield. (IIP) More»

  • Partnerships

    • Illinois hosted one student from an allied and friendly nation for International Military Education and Training. (PM) More»

    • Illinois welcomed 2,453 refugees. The Department works with nine domestic nongovernmental organizations and their 350 affiliated offices to place refugees in over 180 communities in all 50 states. These offices work with communities, local volunteers and elected officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. (PRM) More»

    • Department of State facilitates the Illinois National Guard State Partnership Program founded in 1993 with Poland. (PM) More»

    • The Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative provided more than $237,000 to bring undergraduate students from the Middle East and North Africa to Benedictine University for the Student Leaders Program, which aims to develop leadership skills and expand understanding of U.S. civil society and democratic processes that the students can apply in their home countries. (NEA/MEPIMore»

    • The Department’s Office of Global Food Security entered a public-private partnership with several major companies as part of the Feed the Future program, including Kraft Foods, which is headquartered in Illinois. (S/GFS) More»

    • The Department awarded $750,000 dollars to Illinois’ Heartland Alliance to provide protection services to human trafficking victims in the form of emergency shelter, medical services, trauma counseling, legal assistance, economic reintegration, and safe repatriation in conjunction with local partners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi. (J/TIP) More»

    • The Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) partnered with the Illinois Institute of Technology as part of the Pathways to Cleaner Production in the Americas Initiative. (OES) More»

    • Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois received a $270,874 grant from the Department to process applications from over 1,390 international experts for participation in International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meetings on nuclear energy safety, security, nonproliferation, and peaceful applications. (ISN) More»

    • The Department of State issued a Statement of Work in the Argonne National Laboratory/Department of Energy Annual Interagency Agreement wherein the U.S. Department of State provides $1,115,179 for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Peaceful Use Operations (PUO) to organize training, review programs, analyze reporting, place IAEA fellows in U.S. Institutions and Industry, and recruit talent. (ISN) More»

    • The Department of State partnered with Argonne National Laboratory and provided $414,179 to the peaceful uses of nuclear technology (agriculture, sustainable nuclear power, and environment) through the training of 140 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) science and engineering fellows from 40 developing countries. Since 2003, more than 340 fellows have been trained through this program, which is hosted by the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, and have been entrusted with nuclear security responsibilities important to the development of their home countries. (ISN) More»

    • The Chicago Regional Office of the Office of Foreign Missions assists with the Department of State’s regulation of foreign missions in the U.S. in a manner that is in accordance with both foreign policy and the national interests of the United States. Among other duties and responsibilities, OFM regional offices liaise with local, state, and federal government agencies in matters affecting foreign consular representation, immunities, and privileges. OFM regional offices also reinforce the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ message to law enforcement agencies regarding consular notification in the event of arrest, detention, or death of foreign nationals. (M/OFM)

  • Travel and Security

    • 517,003 passports were issued to Illinois residents. (CA) More»

    • The Department has one consular facility in Illinois, the Chicago Passport Agency. The Department also receives passport applications through 77 Passport Application Acceptance Facilities in Illinois. (CA) More»

    • The Department facilitated 390 overseas adoptions for Illinois families in 2012. The Office of Children's Issues (CI) plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. Its work is dedicated to assisting parents as they seek to provide a home to orphans abroad. (CA) More»

    • Illinois welcomed almost 1.4 million international visitors in 2012, comprising 4.7% of the U.S. market share*. (CA) More»

    • The Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Chicago Field Office serves Illinois: In the United States, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security protects the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries below the head-of-state level who visit the United States. The Bureau also develops and implements security programs to protect the more than 100 domestic State Department facilities as well as the residence of the Secretary of State. Domestically, the Bureau’s agents focus on investigating passport and visa fraud, conducting personnel security investigations, and issuing security clearances. The Bureau also assists foreign embassies and consulates in the United States with the security for their missions and personnel. (DS) More»

*Excluding Canada and Mexico, whose land border entries are not included in the methodology for establishing the number of international visitors by State.


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