Illinois Democrats and Republicans both welcome the decision by Walgreens to stay in Illinois. Where the two parties differ is on what’s causing the problem. Gov. Pat Quinn paints it as an issue of patriotism when companies consider reincorporating in other countries to avoid U.S. taxes. “Our country, our workers, our consumers, we come first,”Quinn said. “We can’t be seeing these companies go overseas and take advantage of, you know, unfair situations.”
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U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) thinks that’s going too far. “I would say, for all those people that are calling various companies traitors, that sounds like over-the-top rhetoric,”Kirk said. Kirk believes the solution is cutting down on taxes and corruption. Proposals have been made by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to make it harder for U.S. companies to establish headquarters overseas. Kirk says he hasn’t looked at those bills.
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