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

Fast Fact

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»

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 to learn how the work of the Department benefits this state’s residents.

  • Jobs and Diplomacy

  • The “Chicago Convention” established the International Civil Aviation Organization in 1944 – the first UN specialized agency. (IO) More»
  • Illinois hosted 9,439 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program in 2016. (ECA) More»
  • In FY17, Illinois-based companies received approval to export $9,401,391,447 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (PM) More»
  • Illinois-based companies were approved to provide approximately $2.84 billion in defense equipment and services to U.S. partners under the Foreign Military Sales program, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. (PM) More»
  • Argonne National Laboratory received $87,540 to provide 5 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) internship positions for American students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain practical work experience in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy (agriculture, sustainable nuclear power, and environment). (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • Argonne National Laboratory and New Brunswick Laboratory received a total of $217,443 from the Department of State to invest in the U.S. Program of Technical Assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards which funds the U.S. Support Program and provides budgetary assistance for peaceful nuclear research and development projects on technical safeguards. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • The U.S. Department of State invested $4,363 toward a career event in Chicago, Illinois to recruit Americans for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) jobs. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed more than $3.5 million to the economy of Illinois through contracts and federal grants that directly supported INL missions. (INL) More»
  • Luxe Bloom, a company founded by partners from Illinois and Ecuador, was among sixteen finalists in the 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 grow their businesses. (WHA) More»
  • 12 partnership plans were created under the Small Business Network of the Americas International Sister Center Program with Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama. (WHA) More»
  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. Goods exports of $64.9 billion (2017) support approximately 325,368 Illinoisan jobs (2016). Foreign direct investment into Illinois supports an additional 324,900 jobs (2015). (EB) More»
  • Click here for more information about Department career recruitment events in Illinois. (HR)
  • Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Melissa Martinez): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (HR) 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»
  • 84 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Illinois were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 208 international students received a Fulbright to study in Illinois in academic year 2017-18. (ECA) More»
  • 52,225 international higher education students studied abroad in Illinois in academic year 2016-17. (ECA) More»
  • 738 exchange visitors from overseas visited Illinois, and 455 Illinois residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs in 2015. (ECA) More»
  • U.S. Department of State partnered with Argonne National Laboratory and provided $474,470 for the Laboratory to host 9 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 224 joint U.S./IAEA training courses for 5,100 people from approximately 141 countries. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • U.S. Department of State partnered with Argonne National Laboratory and provided $175,124 to the peaceful uses of nuclear technology (agriculture, sustainable nuclear power, and environment) through training 184 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) science and engineering fellows from 55 developing countries. Since 2003, more than 1,000 fellows have been trained through this program, hosted by Argonne National Laboratory, and have been entrusted with responsibilities important to the development of their home countries. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • Argonne National Laboratory received $142,800 to organize and conduct two export control training courses for international experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency to assist the experts in improving their nuclear trade analysis capabilities. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • The University of Illinois Springfield and Universidade Estadual de Maringa in Brazil created a joint collaborative research program on river ecology. Students from both universities will work with real datasets, learn from river ecologists and river management professionals, and experience field studies on two large rivers in the Americas. These exchanges form part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. (WHA) More»
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Peruvian Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. One graduate student is completing a two-year program studying agro-ecology at the University of Southern Illinois, and another is completing a three-year graduate program studying civil engineering at the University of Illinois. (WHA) More»
  • Partnerships

  • Wilbur Wright College is a participating school in the Diplomacy Lab partnership led by the Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. (S/GP) More»
  • With State Department support, Cure Violence, a Chicago-based organization affiliated with the University of Illinois, is partnering with Moroccan organizations to pilot a health-based prevention approach to countering violent extremism. The program is modeled on the belief that violence is an epidemic that can be prevented by changing norms and behaviors in affected communities (CT) More»
  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of State-Defense Integration has three Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) positions assigned to U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) and a TRANSCOM component command based out of Scott Air Force Base. POLADs are U.S. diplomats that serve typically two-year tours at U.S. military commands and provide foreign policy advice to senior military leadership. (PM) More»
  • Refugee Arrivals in Fiscal Year 2017: 1,705. The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. (PRM) More»
  • Department of State facilitates the Illinois National Guard State Partnership Program with Poland founded in 1993. (PM) More»
  • U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 2 elementary schools with sister schools in Taiwan to promote environmental education. (EAP) More»
  • The INL Bureau partners with the American Association of Police Polygraphists (Wilmette, IL) to provide polygraph training updates in accordance with international best practices to Mexican law enforcement. 40 Mexican officials participated in the 2017 annual seminar on the topic. (INL) More»
  • The INL Bureau implements the PROLAW program through Loyola University Chicago, for the Africa Union (AU) to provide technical assistance for attorneys who work directly for the AU. Since 2014, INL has trained 22 AU attorneys through PROLAW. (INL) More»
  • Argonne National Laboratory received $90,111 to process over 1690 international experts for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meetings on nuclear energy safety, security, nonproliferation, and peaceful applications. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • U.S. Department of State includes a Statement of Work in the Argonne National Laboratory/Department of Energy Annual Interagency Agreement where U.S. Department of State provides $1,839,850 for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Peaceful Use Operations (PUO) to organize training, review programs and analyze reporting, place IAEA fellows in U.S. Institutions and Industry, and talent recruitment. (ISN/MNSA) More»
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) partnered
  • The Office of Global Food Security entered a public-private partnership with several major companies, including Kraft Foods, as part of the Feed the Future program. (S/GFS) More»
  • 68 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Illinois on one of the Young Leaders initiatives in 2017. (ECA) More»
  • Illinois residents in the Global Ties U.S. network volunteered 66,965 hours of their time in 2017 to host or support International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange participants who visited the state. (ECA) More»
  • Heartland Alliance International in Illinois was awarded the following grants to combat human trafficking: More»
  • $750,000 was awarded to Heartland Alliance International to improve victim identification and comprehensive shelter-based services for victims of trafficking in the Lake Chad Basin. (J/TIP)
  • $750,000 was awarded to the American Bar Association to strengthen the investigations of human trafficking cases and services for victims of trafficking in Jordan. (J/TIP)
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs partnered with the Illinois Institute of Technology as part of the Pathways to Cleaner Production in the Americas Initiative. (OES) More»
  • The commercial and recreational fisheries of the Great Lakes employ thousands of Americans and generate billions of dollars in economic activity each year in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Through the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission (GLFC), established by a treaty concluded in the 1950s, the United States and Canada cooperate to coordinate research into these shared fisheries and develop measures to ensure their long-term sustainability. The GLFC also coordinates efforts to eradicate parasitic sea lamprey, an invasive species that entered the Great Lakes in the early 20th century and nearly decimated populations of Great Lakes trout, salmon, whitefish, and other fish. Through its sea lamprey control programs, funded by OES through the International Fisheries Commissions account, populations of sea lamprey are sharply down, and the fish stocks are rebuilding.” (OES)
  • Battelle Memorial Institute was awarded a grant to create professional linkages between U.S. experts—from a variety of public and private institutions—and international public health communicators to share innovations and strategies that work to change behavior and build community resilience against Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. The program will establish a self-sustaining international network among community leaders and trusted health practitioners, scientists, journalists, and educators to spur innovation in public engagement, and develop/implement communication strategies and follow-on programming that drive impactful and locally appropriate solutions. (OES/IHB and OES/PPO)
  • Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2017: 791,802. (CA) More»
  • The Chicago Passport Agency comprises 73 government employees and 48 contract employees. (CA) More»
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 386. (CA) More»
  • In Fiscal Year 2016, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 281 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Illinois. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. (CA) More»
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Cahokia Mounds State Historical Site, the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico, in Collinsville, Illinois. (IO)
  • The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State and maintains one of eight domestic field offices in Chicago, Illinois. Regional responsibility includes protecting the integrity of U.S. travel documents by investigating passport and visa fraud, serving on federal and state law enforcement task forces, combatting terrorism and human trafficking, as well as protecting the Secretary of State and other domestic and foreign dignitaries. (DSS) More»