Congrats to Brenda Sexton for her leadership of the Illinois Film Office. Brenda has been a tireless advocate for getting the message out about the benefits of bringing the film industry back to Illinois and securing state legislation to make it far more beneficial for producers who get the benefit of Illinois locations, Illinois talent and significant tax savings.

For the second year in a row, Brenda and the Illinois Film Office, along with Dreihaus Capital Management and Columbia College, is hosting Sweet Home Illinois ( in Los Angeles. Eli’s is proud to be part of the Taste of Chicago in LA with Robinson’s Ribs, Connie’s Pizza, Lou Malanati’s Pizza, Original Rainbow Cone, Billy Goat Tavern, Star of Siam and Tuscany.

What makes this event very exciting for us at Eli’s is that the honorees include Joyce Sloane, Founding Producer of the Second City. Joyce is a Chicago icon who brings so much to the cultural and educational life of Chicago. The honor is so well deserved and we will be delighted to be part of the celebration.