Agriculture is Illinois' largest industry, generating more than $9 billion a year from commodities like corn, soybeans and hogs and another $13.4 billion in food processing, which happens to be the state's largest manufacturing activity.
So why does 96% of the food eaten in Illinois come from elsewhere?
That's the question at the core of legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn last year. The Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act is basically a stimulus package aimed at increasing the amount of local food bought and consumed in Illinois.
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