• a stable and business-friendly environment;
• proximity to major highways, mass transit and international airports;
• and space for up to eight million square feet for its office complex. Amazon plans to have the first phase completed in 2019, with additional space added through 2027. The mayor said Chicago has everything Amazon wants for its second headquarters, including several possible sites. “I don’t want to pick favorites about sites. That’s for them to pick. We have a multitude of sites, based on the perspective of what they want when they say Amazon in 2030,” he said. “I know, and I don’t want to speak for either the county or the state, but I can say from their staff levels, that we’re going to make sure that we have a unified public-private proposal.” Chicago-based developer Sterling Bay has said it plans to pursue the second Amazon headquarters at a massive mixed-use project it has proposed for up to 100 acres of land it has acquired along the Chicago River on the North Side, including the old Finkl steel plant. Other sites mentioned as possible homes for Amazon’s complex include the long-vacant Old Main Post Office spanning the east end of the Eisenhower Expressway, the old Michael Reese Hospital campus, and a 62-acre mixed-use development planned for a vacant stretch of the South Loop along the Chicago River.
(CBS) – Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin has a message for any Republicans and Democrats unhappy with the compromise school funding bill just signed into law this week: That’s what compromise feels like, and it’s a good thing.
WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.
Several Republicans still complain the school-funding bill provides way too much money for Chicago teacher pensions. But Durkin says Chicago Public Schools needed the money and Democrats were going to get it somehow.
What he and fellow Republicans got in return was a $75 million tax credit plan for people who donate to scholarships for private and religious schools. Democrats say that’s a voucher plan.
Durkin says no, not according to the law.
At times during the battle over school funding, Chicago Mayor Emanuel and others accused Gov. Rauner of being incapable of compromise. Durkin says the governor is simply a driven man who has a strong vision of what he wants to accomplish for the state. He demanded that he get something for each item he “gave” on.
Durkin is the guest on “At Issue,” which airs 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 pm. Sunday.