As the sixth most populous state in the U.S. and home to the magnificent city of Chicago and the natural wonders of the Great Lakes, Illinois is a great place to live and to start a business. The Port of Chicago connects to the Atlantic through the network of lakes, and the state is a central hub for domestic and international travel. Known as a bellwether of culture and politics, Illinois is a place where great movements and businesses are born. The industries that dominate in Illinois include agriculture, manufacturing, services and energy.
If you want to start your own business in Illinois, one of the best ways to do so is by forming an Illinois LLC. Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a business entity designed for startups and small- and medium-sized businesses. Illinois makes forming an LLC easy and inexpensive. LLCs are great for small and medium businesses because they give you many of the protections and advantages of larger corporations — without all the rules, regulations and compliance issues common to larger business entities. Let’s start by looking at the advantages of forming an Illinois LLC.
In Illinois you also have the option to set up a Series LLC — these are specialized LLCs designed to allow you to manage multiple separate LLCs under one master, umbrella LLC. Series LLCs are not available in every state, so being an Illinois business owner is an added bonus if this is a structure that works best for your business. Here are other advantages to forming an LLC in Illinois...
Illinois LLCs have several benefits for business owners.
An Illinois LLC must have a designated street address. That could be your home address (if you’re running the company from your residence), where your office is located or any physical address of your preference — even outside of Illinois. It cannot be a PO Box.
Every Illinois LLC must have a “registered agent.” That could be you, the managing director, owner or a dedicated registered agent service. The registered agent in Illinoisis someone who receives official legal and tax correspondence and has responsibility for filing reports with the IllinoisSecretary of State.
At Incfile, all of our packages include a “Registered Agent” service free for the first year and $119 per year thereafter. We also have a dashboard you can login to and easily view any document your registered agent has received on your behalf. Here are a few reasons you might want to appoint Incfile as their registered agent service...
There are more considerations, but this should help you with your decision to use a Registered Agent service.
Your Illinois LLC members are the people who own and run the business. They will be the individuals who withdraw profits from the business to pay themselves. Illinois requires you to list the names and addresses of all managers or members when you register the Illinois LLC. You can register these addresses as street addresses or PO Boxes. If you are the sole owner, operator and manager of your LLC, then you are the only member!
Once you've gathered all the information together for your LLC, you’ll need to file formal documents with the Illinois Secretary of State. Filing these Articles of Organization creates your Illinois LLC. You can do this online or download a PDF, fill it out and mail it in. Here at Incfile we can file your Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State of Illinois and create your LLC for you — this saves you research, time and frustration of figuring it out on your own.
Illinois LLCs aren’t required to have an operating agreement, but they are extremely useful for several reasons. Your operating agreement covers how the business will be run, how managers and members are chosen, rights and duties of members and several other key areas. If you have more than one member in your LLC, we suggest creating an Operating Agreement. Learn how to create your operating agreement.
We also have a lot more information on how to form an LLC.
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This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.
Due Date: Within 60 days immediately preceding first day of anniversary month.
Filing Fee: $128
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