RIA for Illinois supporter:

Welcome to the RIA for Illinois website. Since asking Governor Thompson and Secretary Daley to co-chair the RIA for Illinois Task Force, we have made great strides toward demonstrating why the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory will provide the ideal home for the U.S. Department of Energy's (USDOE) $1 billion Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA) facility.

While we had anticipated that the US Department of Energy (USDOE) would issue the RFP for the Rare Isotope Accelerator by the beginning of the year, this timetable has been pushed back as the US Congress debates next year’s budget.

The RIA facility will be a boon for Illinois and the Illinois economy. It is estimated that RIA will create 16,000 construction jobs and 1,750 permanent new jobs in the state. As the major U.S. training ground for nuclear science, RIA will provide research and development opportunities for the state's higher education and industrial communities.

The University of Chicago's plan to bring RIA to Argonne is the most cost-effective plan to guarantee the project's long-term success:

  • COST SAVINGS. Argonne's existing state-of-the-art infrastructure will save the USDOE $100 million dollars in construction costs -- savings that will be passed on to the taxpayer.

  • EXPERIENCE. The University of Chicago and Argonne have a strong track record of working with the USDOE to develop and operate research facilities. Argonne currently operates five major USDOE user facilities and maintains a strong user community that serves more than 3,300 researchers annually.

  • LOCATION. Argonne's proximity to a major transportation hub provides easy accessibility to not only the region's strong pool of research talent, but also to researchers from around the world.

Please take a moment to learn more about the RIA facility, and why Illinois' business, civic, academic and labor communities are united in their commitment to bring RIA to Illinois.


Governor Rod Blagojevich