Hollywood is spending big money in Illinois. The film industry generated $358 million in spending in the state during 2013. Easily surpasseing the previous record of $184 million in 2012. Chicago officials say filming last year included six TV series, three studio feature films and 137 commercials. Some of those projects include TV series like ``Chicago Fire'' and movies like the upcoming ``Divergent'' and ``Transformers 4.'' Governor Pat Quinn's office says ``Chicago fire'' spent $58 million in 2013. ``Chicago PD'' has spent $21 million in Illinois. The Chicago Film Office and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events cite a 20 percent increase in overall production compared with 2012. The city says 2012's numbers were 40 percent higher than 2011.
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