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Illinois Key State in Food Distribution

Jan 4, 2015

More food passes through Illinois annually than any other state.

The finding is in a report from the University of Illinois.

Civil engineering professor Megan Konar hoped her study will encourage Congress to invest in roads, railways, and other infrastructure used to transport America’s food.

“The American Society of Civil Engineers ranked Illinois’ infrastructure as a D+. The U.S. as a whole has received a D+,” Konar said.

“We have finite federal funds available for infrastructure improvements. And so after the study, hopefully they may want to target Illinois since it’s been shown to be such a critical node to the nation’s food transportation network.”

Konar said Illinois’ location and farms are keys to why it ranks so high.

California and Louisiana were also top distribution states.