Sears eyes Ohio or Texas for HQ

By Julie Wernau
Tribune reporter

Sears Holdings Corp. is pitting Ohio and Texas against its home state of Illinois in a bidding war that has states clamoring for its headquarters.

… The Hoffman Estates-based company is among several Illinois ones, including CME Group Inc. and Caterpillar Inc., that have raised the possibility of moving after a temporary increase in the state corporate income tax rate in January.

While possibly driving the corporate giant Sears out of the state because of high taxes and government corruption, Gov. Pat Quinn wants to spend $78 million in federal taxpayer money on business start-ups. Here’s an idea: Cut taxes, cut regulations, and make Illinois business-friendly across the board. Then you won’t have to cut special deals for this business or that.

We’ve lost tens of thousands of jobs to other states in recent months. The liberals may not like it, but these businesses pay the taxes that keep the doors in Springfield open. The Democrats would be advised not to chase them out of the state through their arrogant, short-sighted policies. If they leave, the rest of us will be left holding the bag.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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