In Decatur, McDaniel says, he's pulling for Chicago — better there than somewhere else.
"I'd rather see them up in the Chicago area, where they stay in Illinois," he said. "They make a lot of their profits in Illinois."
Illinois in recent years has found itself at least occasionally bidding to keep the headquarters for companies such as Sears Holdings Corporation and the CME Group in place as other states try to leverage Illinois' financial problems to lure them away.
But that doesn't mean Illinois must cut a deal with ADM, state Rep. Jack Franks said. The Democrat from Marengo has unsuccessfully tried to create a committee of experts to review tax-break deals.
"We have to have a lot of scrutiny here. I understand that ADM is still going to be keeping operations in Decatur," he said. "But moving their corporate headquarters, I'm not sure what economic impact that would have on the state."
"We certainly have to be competitive with other states," he added, "but we don't have to be stupid."
Associated Press writer Sophia Tareen contributed to this report from Chicago. Mercer reported from Champaign and O'Connor from Decatur.
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