A state lawmaker isn't impressed with the answers he's getting – or, more accurately, isn't getting – as to whether Illinois can compete with Florida for a corporate headquarters. Office Max and Office Depot are merging – one company is based in each state now. Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity director Adam Pollet was short on the answers House Revenue Committee chairman State Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion) wanted.
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Pollet: “The governor of Florida does have significant executive privilege to disburse that money without necessarily running that by the legislature.”
Bradley: “How much has he already spent out of that fund that he has available to him?”
Pollet: “I don't know the answer to that.”
Bradley: “OK. These are questions I think this committee is going to want to know.”
“What's at stake here is a total of 2,250 jobs,” said Office Max chief executive Ravi Saligram. “2,050 jobs which, you can think of from the original Office Max, and another 200 new jobs … and $150 million in capital that we plan to invest.” No vote has been scheduled for the Office Max / Office Depot package, nor on incentives which could keep ADM's headquarters in Illinois.