Of the total population of approximately 12.9 million in Illinois, 5.9 million people live in coastal portions of the state.
Coastal Illinois employs 2.9 million people annually, earning a total of about $191 billion. This equates to almost $474 billion in gross domestic product.
Three billion-dollar weather disaster affected Illinois in 2018—and a total of 38 affected the state between 2010 and 2018. One of the costliest and deadliest years was 2017, which saw numerous tornadoes and historic levels of flooding.*