Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday, Aug. 26 that Illinois will be home to two of the five new National Quantum Information Science Research Centers led by Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in affiliation with the University of Chicago.

With more than $100 million in federal funding allocated for each project, the state is accelerating the Rebuild Illinois capitol program, aiming to create an ecosystem that supports groundbreaking innovations in research and technology.

The state also invested $200 million in the Quantum Exchange, bringing together academic and industrial researchers to advance the science and engineering of quantum information. These efforts are expected to position Illinois in the vanguard of the science industry, creating jobs for the next century.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will also receive federal funding for two research institutes focused on artificial intelligence. Seven AI institutes will receive federal funding in partnership with existing academic research groups.

With these new investments, Illinois was the only state in the country to receive funding for multiple hubs.