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Rosie O'Donnell leaves Chicago; Steve Harvey brings show to city

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By Tim O'Brien
Posted Mar 12, 2012 in Business
With news that Rosie O'Donnell was taking her show from Chicago to New York, jobs were lost, too.
Now, the announcement that Steve Harvey will be bring his show to Chicago, jobs will be gained. A little good news on that front came for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's office today. It has been learned that up to 100 jobs will be needed when this happens, according to NBCUniversal.
"Our commitment to the film industry is helping us bring new shows to Illinois and create jobs for our residents," Gov. Quinn said. "We are pleased to welcome Steve Harvey to the great state of Illinois, and look forward to a long-lasting relationship with the show, NBCUniversal and Endemol USA."
The show will debut this fall and is expected to cover a variety of topics, ranging from relationships and parenting to navigating today’s workplace, while incorporating his comedy roots.
"I commend the state of Illinois - the Governor’s Office, the Film Office and Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - in their proactive efforts to attract film and television production to their state, and in particular making it possible to bring the ‘Steve Harvey’ production to Chicago," said Barry Wallach, president, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution. "Chicago is an outstanding, multicultural city that offers access to talented production crews, the best audiences in the country and is the perfect home for ‘Steve Harvey’."
The Illinois Film Office (IFO) actively pursues film projects by promoting Illinois. And with the Illinois Film Tax Credit has been instrumental in spurring growth of Illinois’ film industry.
Besides the jobs, the governor's office also noted the potential for an influx of tourism as the show will have an audience.
Meanwhile, NBCUniversal estimates that production will bring millions of dollars to Chicago-area merchants and businesses.

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