* Greg Hinz…
Chicago and Illinois may be getting back into the race to attract Amazon’s prized HQ2—at least the half that was supposed to go to New York City.
A source close to Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he already has been on the phone to the company in light of a story earlier today in the Washington Post that the company is reconsidering locating half of its second headquarters in New York City, where a proposed location in the Long Island City section of Queens has drawn intense local opposition.
“Gov. Pritzker immediately called Amazon earlier this morning to make a full-throated pitch to attract these good-paying jobs to Illinois and assure them that they would have a strong partner in the governor’s office,” said a high-ranking administration source, speaking on background.
*** UPDATE *** Press release…
Mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle supports Governor JB Pritzker’s efforts encouraging Amazon to reconsider Chicago including South Side locations for its HQ2 site.
“Chicago was initially considered for Amazon’s new headquarters and the economic opportunity is certainly welcome here,” said Toni, who was a part of the original Amazon pitch team last year. “Structured in the right way, this type of development would bring tens of thousands of good-paying jobs to the South Side and provide an influx of new economic activity into some of Chicago’s most disinvested neighborhoods.”
The HQ2 would bring an estimated 25,000 jobs to the City. Recently, Toni has pushed her plan to implement a $15 minimum wage in Chicago by 2021, which attracts the workforce needed for this kind of high-paying employer.