Gov. Rauner Says Illinois' Pitch to Amazon is Strong

Oct 17, 2017

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the state's proposal for Amazon's second headquarters is strong.

States still have a few days to submit their bids so Governor Rauner says he doesn't want to give too much away about Illinois and Chicago's proposal. He says this will be a lengthy process.

Governor Rauner says the offer includes sites in the city and suburbs.

He notes Amazon is looking for locations within an hour of a major airport, in an urban setting and with a strong local public transportation system.

Illinois state lawmakers are scheduled to return to session next week.

But one Democratic leader says he does not think they will consider an incentive package for Amazon.
Amazon is doing a national search to build a second corporate headquarters.

Senate President John Cullerton says it's too soon for the legislature to vote on any incentives.
"I think we're going to get a little bit of a bidding war and we'll find out what the details are so any efforts to implement our incentive package would probably be in the future."

It's unclear how much Illinois can offer in incentives considering the state's poor finances.