Lawmaker wants more big box stores in IL

May 15, 2009 3:50:04 PM PDT
A downstate lawmaker wants to encourage more so-called 'big box stores' to come to Illinois. Republican State Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington who is running for governor has proposed a measure so communities could not block such stores from locating in their towns.

Brady says big box stores like Wal-Mart and Target provide jobs and give people access to needed products.

Three years ago, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance that would have set wage and benefit requirements for big box stores. Mayor Daley vetoed the plan.

But in an interview provided by the Illinois Information Service Brady says the threat remains.

"Over the last several years, many retailers and many people involved in the business community have told me if we could eliminate the threat of such ordinances that we would be able to encourage investments on the part of businesses into the Chicago metropolitan area specifically," said State Senator Bill Brady, (R) Bloomington.

Jerry Roper from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce says just the threat of a big box ordinance passing Chicago's City Council is costing the city $50 million dollars a year in additional sales tax revenue because retailers are hesitant to build new stores in the state.


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