There’s been a lot of talk this year of companies threatening to leave Illinois. So, at the end of the year, it's time for some fun: Illinois could attract the worldwide headquarters of Santa Claus.
In a holiday-minded attention-getter, the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute has used real research to imagine the top cities where Santa Claus could move.
Peoria and Rockford finished No. 2 and No. 3 among U. S. cities on the list. The No. 1 city was Williamsport, Pa.; and St. Louis was 10th in the U.S. rankings.
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Study co-author Kevin Stolarick, the institute’s research director, says the report takes into account the numbers per capita of the following: dairies, toy factories, cookie factories, department stores; and letter carriers.
Climate and transportation were not considered.
Stolarick was born in Waukegan and raised in the Quad Cities, though he says the numbers are objective.