The Republican candidate for secretary of state says the office is slow when it comes to turning around applications for incorporation. Mike Webster of Hinsdale is the Republican nominee. He’s a lawyer, he says he handles incorporation for his business clients, and it can take several weeks. “Illinois was just rated – it was in CEO Magazine in their May edition – we are in the bottom 10 of states, and actually only New York and California are worse and take longer to incorporate and start a business than Illinois, from a timing standpoint,” he says.
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Webster says the process still involves filling out a paper application, writing a check for the fee, mailing it in and waiting each day to see if the certificate has arrived. A spokesman for the office now says the situation is better than it once was and continues to improve, and that applicants can file on-line and get turnaround within 24 hours – but Webster notes that costs an extra fee.