Illinois Makes Effort to Be a Player in Homeland Security Industry

State holds numerous events, seeking to find a route into development of homeland security technologies

"Whether it works or not, we'll just have to wait and see," he said.

The fact that there is significant money being spent on homeland security and Illinois would like it to be spent here is not enough to make it happen, Giertz said.

"Typically, it's not just a matter of wanting to do it, it's a matter of does the state have the background and expertise and infrastructure to build on," he said. "If we don't, it's probably going to be difficult to develop that fast enough."