Why Rent from Illini?

The Eight Most Desired Factors:

Re: Survey of Construction / Industrial Contractors


Machine Availability

Contractors want a quality ‘one stop’ vendor/supplier for all of their aerial equipment needs.

Illini Hi-Reach has the most modern and productive aerial rental fleet in greater Chicagoland. Our 100% JLG rental fleet is now approaching 1000 total units and covers the entire JLG product line; scissor lifts to 56’ boom lifts, 191’/electric, dual fuel, diesel, 4WD, and all current JLG production models. Illini Hi-Reach has been a factory authorized JLG distributor since 1997.



Proper geographic location for convenience and rapid service response times are important to contractor productivity.

Illini Hi-Reach offers five full service facilities that are key to customer activity and service support. Locations are conveniently located in Lemont, East Dundee, and South Beloit in Illinois as well as South Bend and Crown Point in Indiana covering southern Wisconsin and south western Michigan.


Service Response Time

Quick response time for rental and customer machine repair is vital to contractors and their jobsites.

Since our inception in 1993, Illini Hi-Reach has been committed to rapid response/same day service for our satisfied customers. We are confident that our factory trained, and experienced service technicians are unequaled in the aerial lift industry.


Well Maintained Rental Fleet

Modern and productive equipment equals contractor profitability and productivity.

Illini Hi-Reach maintains the safest and most productive aerial/reach forklift rental fleet in Chicagoland, insuring maximum jobsite efficiency for our customers.


Field Service

Quick “In-field” service response time is vital to maximum machine ‘uptime’ and maintaining jobsite productivity.

Illini Hi-Reach satisfies this contractor desire with factory trained, union service technicians. Fully stocked service vehicles also ensure one-stop service calls to keep the contractor working. ‘Same day service’ is a major commitment made by Illini Hi-Reach to its customer base. We are also a factory-authorized JLG parts and service center, and have been for the past 20 years.


Past Performance

Contractors want and need to rely on dependable equipment suppliers and their ability to handle large and complicated projects and jobsite challenges.

Illini Hi-Reach has been a major supplier on practically every major construction project in the Chicagoland area. We have been a dependable and sought after equipment partner from major bridge construction projects to 750,000 square feet (+) building jobsites and all the way to multi-million dollar refinery and steel mill projects. Our satisfied customers include; Walsh Construction, Graycor, Area Erectors, BMW, Imperial, ASI technologies, S&J Construction, Morrison Construction, and many others.


Knowledgeable Sales Staff

Quick exchanges of information and efficient problem solving from their suppliers sales and marketing staff are ‘must-haves’ to contractors and their rental equipment applications.

Illini Hi-Reach is proud to have the most experienced sales and management team available in Greater Chicagoland. Currently, the total years of equipment rental experience for this segment of Illini is approaching 150 years in veteran experience.


Online Presence

Contractors want to be able to easily communicate and reference their equipment supplier through their supplier’s website.

Since 1998, Illini Hi-Reach has offered a comprehensive website that allows customers to do everything from research parts availability, reference machine specs, and access their individual account information.

Who Rents from Illini?


We are extremely proud of our successful participation in the vast majority of the Chicago area’s most challenging and visible construction/industrial projects over the past several years as well as the thousands of smaller jobsites for which we have regularly been chosen as the Chicago and Northern Indiana preferred supplier for scissor lifts, boom lifts, and reach forklifts.

Most contractors find that they are more efficient and more profitable by leasing aerial lift and material handling equipment from Illini. Below is a list of industries that we serve.

  • Steel erectors
  • Mechanical contractor
  • Electrical contractor
  • Pipefitter contractor
  • Carpentry contractors
  • Masonry contractors
  • Glazing contractors
  • Drywall contractors
  • Sign installation and maintenance
  • Overhead door/garage door installers
  • General contractors
  • Decking contractors
  • Roofing contractors
  • Bridge contractors
  • Demolition contractors
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Municipalities
  • Home Owners
  • Sports Teams
  • Highway Departments
  • Malls
  • Universities
  • Military bases