By: Kara Gilmour - Staff Writer
Published: May 10, 2021

Sears Leaving Illinois

Sears Leaving Illinois - Governor Pat Quinn is working on the Sears leaving Illinois issue. Apparently, Sears wants to move because of a new controversial income tax hike that went into law. Several big businesses with headquarters in the state have publicly stated that they want to move.

Sears has been in talks with North Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and New Jersey about leaving the Hoffman Estates-based headquarters after their state and local tax incentives expire in 2012.

“We do owe it to our associates and shareholders to consider options and alternatives and intend to be very thoughtful and thorough in our deliberations,” a Sears spokesman said in a statement. “It is still very early in the process.”

Sears Roebuck and Co. moved into the Hoffman Estates offices after leaving its home in Chicago’s Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) 22 years ago. It was reportedly set to open up shop in North Carolina, when Illinois offered them $100 million in state infrastructure money to stay.

The company has since become a vital part of the community: at least 6,000 Sears employees live in the Chicago suburbs, and an additional 9,000 have jobs with nearby businesses, vendors and contractors, according to the Daily Herald.

The Daily Herald sums up how destructive the move would be to the area:

Besides the loss of roughly 15,000 jobs, a Sears move out of state would lead to the loss of millions in tax revenue, according to the impact study Sears commissioned from Gruen Gruen & Associates and the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory.

“Annual tax revenues to the state of Illinois will decline by $130.7 million,” the study said. “Annual tax revenues to the Chicago region will decline by $112.4 million.”


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