The sponsors of two bills in the Illinois Senate which aim to keep two companies in Illinois aren’t the sweating the fact that neither bill was called for a vote before the legislature wrapped up its fall session. The key, say State Sens. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) and Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), is not that their bills had to be approved by both chambers but that the legislation simply moved. And both bills did, clearing a committee.
Cullerton says that puts the $53 million incentive package out there for the board of the newly formed Office Depot Inc. to review. “It’s not wishes and dreams that, oh, Illinois will do something,” said Cullerton.
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Office Depot, which is situated in Florida, and Office Max, based in Naperville, recently merged. The combined company, Office Depot Inc., is choosing between the two states for its corporate headquarters.
Roughly $30 million in incentives to keep ADM in Illinois is also reviewable by the company, which is moving its headquarters out of Decatur and is considering Chicago. The sponsor, Manar, expects the legislation to clear the Senate whenever lawmakers vote on the plan.
“The next step is getting a vote scheduled for both chambers, so that we have this company in this state, and that they grow jobs in the hundreds in the next five years,” said Manar.
Retaining and adding jobs is part of ADM incentive package.
Both lawmakers want their bills called for a vote if and when lawmakers return to vote on pension reform, which could happen next month.