Chicago Wants A Piece Of Amazon's Potential Second HQ — Again

Bob Roberts
February 08, 2019 - 8:13 pm

Bill Daley and Al Gore (Bob Roberts/WBBM Newsradio)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Governor J.B. Pritzker has reportedly been on the phone to let Amazon know that Illinois is interested in plans for a second headquarters if plans in New York get blocked.  But at least one candidate for mayor would take a more cautious approach.

Former Commerce Secretary Bill Daley said it is not enough to simply say Chicago wants the thousands of jobs that Amazon's H-Q-2 will generate.  He said there are other considerations, such as the tax package and other obligations, and what it would cost average Chicagoans.

The Washington Post reports Amazon is reconsidering the site in Queens, after strong local opposition. Neighbors of the site in Queens, New York say they fear they'll be pushed out by any new arrivals.  Chicago's vacant South Loop '78" site is still available.

Daley also addressed the complaints he received earlier from Susanna Mendoza and Toni Preckwinkle on not attending a recent mayoral forum. Mendoza called him a "withering flower."

"I don't think they would be attacking me if they didn't think I was gaining some momentum," Daley said, adding that it is a positive remark that he thinks still gives him good publicity. 

His efforts campaigning in communities, meeting constituents and sharing his opinions on climate change and business has gotten him more attention, he said. Those topics bind him and Al Gore, who endorsed him for mayor at a press conference Feb. 8. 

Al Gore spoke on behalf of Bill Daley. (Bob Roberts/WBBM Newsradio)