Group wants you to pick coolest things made in Illinois

In addition to filling in college basketball brackets, Illinoisans can pick winners for another March tournament that will determine the "coolest thing made in Illinois."

IMA President and CEO Mark Denzler wants to showcase the wide range of items made in the state. He said most people don't realize what all is made in Illinois.

Manufacturing accounts for 12 percent of Illinois' gross domestic product and a $304 billion economic output — the largest of any industry in the state, according to the IMA. More than 592,000 people are employed in the industry.

"We have to attract the next generation of workers to Illinois," Denzler said. "By showing the products and companies that are here, hopefully we can also help provide that next pipeline of workers."