Illinois Finishes 3rd Among States With Most 2022 Emmy Nominations

This year’s Emmy Awards are again going to have a very British flavor, thanks to “Ted Lasso” and others, and of course there will be a majority of nominees from California and New York.

But the state that came in third in terms of Emmy nominees is Illinois, and surprisingly it wasn’t due to Chicago, but a state-wide effort.

That should make Illinois sportsbooks take note if they offer odds on tonight's award show.

The Primetime Emmys are live tonight in Los Angeles on NBC (8 p.m. Eastern, 7 Central).

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2022 Emmy Nominees

Rank Location Percentage of Nominees Odds of State To Produce a Nominee
1 New York 12.8%+681
2 California 10.1%+890
3 Illinois 8.1%+1135
4 New Jersey 5.4%+1752
5 Massachusetts 4.7%+2028
6 Pennsylvania 4.1%+2339
7 Washington 3.4%+2841
8 Florida 2.7%+3604
9 Virginia 2.0%+4900
T-10Kansas, Michigan, Texas, Ohio, Louisiana, North Carolina, Missouri 1.4%+7043
**International 29.7%+237

Familiar Faces

Among the Illinois nominees are Jane Lynch, born in Dolton, chosen in the Guest Actress in a Comedy category for her role as Sazz Pataki in “Only Murders in the Building.” The longtime character actress is perhaps best known for “Glee” and her role in a number of Christopher Guest satirical mockumentaries. She can now also be seen as the host of “The Weakest Link.”

In the same category, Lynch will be competing against another industry veteran, Laurie Metcalf (“The Conners”) nominated for her role as the surly, butch bus driver in “Hacks.” Metcalf, who hails from Carbondale, has been acting for 40 years and may be known to many from “Roseanne” and as Sheldon Cooper’s mother on “The Big Bang Theory.”

Naperville’s Bob Odenkirk, a Lead Actor in a Drama nominee for “Better Call Saul,” is a former comedy writer who starred in “Breaking Bad,” ‘Fargo” and the vigilante movie “Nobody.” Of this impressive group from Illinois, Odenkirk may have the best chance at taking home a statue, and likely will be a favorite across Illinois betting apps if they get in on the Emmy action.

Patricia Arquette, from Chicago, is best known for the movies “True Romance” and “Boyhood” and the TV series “Medium,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Escape at Dannemora.” She’s Emmy-nominated this year as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role as Harmony Cobel in “Severance.”

Nick Offerman got famous for his role as Ron Swanson in “Parks and Recreation.” He’s been working steadily in series and movies ever since. The Joliet native is nominated this year as a Host of a Reality Show (with his “Parks and Rec” co-star Amy Poehler) for the crafts competition “Making It.”

Belleville’s Peter Sarsgaard gets a Supporting Actor in a Limited Series nod for his role as Federal Prosecutor Rick Mountcastle in “Dopesick.” Sarsgaard’s first TV role was in a 1995 “Law & Order” episode, and he’s since become one of the most versatile, memorable actors working in film and television.

Methodology utilized to gather every person that was nominated for a 2022 Emmy. For this research, only Emmy categories that have actual names for the nominations were included. For example, anybody that works on an Outstanding Comedy Series nomination would not be included. We used the birthplace (or hometown if moved recently after birth) and developed odds that your state would produce a 2022 Emmy nominee. 

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Howard Gensler is a veteran journalist covering the Illinois casino and sports betting market for Before his focus on U.S. sports betting, Howard worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Howard is also a founding editor of

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