Rauner Pushing Pitch To Bring Second Amazon Headquarters To Illinois

Sep 13, 2017

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’s been in touch with Amazon executives in an effort to bring the company’s second headquarters to the state.

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Officials from the Seattle-based online retailer last week announced they want to build another headquarters in North America that would be staffed by up to 50,000 employees. Several states are making offers.

Rauner says Amazon already has some distribution centers in Illinois, which could help with his pitch.

“We can really be world class base for them with their headquarters given all that plus O’Hare Airport and the diversity in Illinois,” he said.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has also been promoting O’Hare Airport as part of the city’s bid to host Amazon’s second headquarters.