1 month, 2 weeks ago from herald-review.com
From from herald-review.com:
For the first time since the project surfaced in March, Gov. Pat Quinn and company officials said Illinois and Iowa aren’t alone in their pursuit of a $1.1 billion fertilizer plant.
In comments to reporters in Urbana, Quinn said Cronus Chemical LLC is still considering its options when it comes to building the facility near Tuscola in Douglas County, even though he’s already signed off on a multi-million dollar package of state tax incentives.
“We still have a ways to go. They have to make their decision,” the Chicago Democrat said.
However, he added that the site near Tuscola and one in northern Iowa may not be the only places under consideration for a urea production facility by the Delaware-based company.
“There are other states that are competing with us, and we have to put our best foot forward,” Quinn said.
Quinn did not say which states are in the sweepstakes for the 2,000 construction jobs and 200 full-time positions.
“Iowa is the major one,” Quinn said.
Cronus consultant John Kinnamon confirmed other states could be in the running.
“Officially, it is still between Illinois and Iowa. But, we have looked at sites in other states,” Kinnamon said Monday. “We haven’t decided to go in that direction yet.”
Talk of a bidding war between Iowa and Illinois for the fertilizer plant began seven months ago, when plans for the facility began emerging in Springfield as part of legislation designed to lure the company to Illinois with a package of tax breaks.
In Iowa, officials haven’t offered details about any similar tax incentives for the company to build in Mitchell County, near the Minnesota border.