Motorola Mobility: Bringing Jobs to Chicago or Taking Them

In May of 2012, it was announced that Motorola Mobility and its 3,000 employees would be moving to Chicago. Mayor Emanuel heralded this event and said that "the company will bring jobs and economic opportunity to our city.”

A recent announcement by Google, the owner of Motorola Mobility, proves contrary to the mayor's hopes for the move stating that the company is cutting 750 jobs from the Chicago branch and 4,000 jobs around the country.

Motorola Mobility must keep 2,500 employees in order to keep its Illinois tax incentives. That means they will now have to start paying their fair share of taxes, but will that just mean that Motorola Mobility will be leaving Chicago as quickly as it arrived? Or has the mayor offered some other tax incentives to keep the company in Chicago?

Isn't it time for big companies to pay their fair share of taxes in Chicago and around Illinois? Are tax incentives the only way to keep companies in-state? If they payed adequate amounts of taxes this state's education system would not be so underfunded, and the company would want to stay in Illinois because the state would offer a well-educated workforce that would allow their company to grow without the need for tax breaks. Has anyone pitched that to these companies?

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  • If nothing else, this proves that Quinn's policy of giving in to corporate extortion (give us a tax break or we'll move) doesn't work, if the aim is to protect jobs. Apparently, Google was big enough not to need the break.

    You also implied by the headline, but did not discuss, that any jobs Chicago was getting were at the expense of Libertyville.

    Maybe Quinn should come up with some idea to increase private investment and employment in Illinois, rather than make half hearted efforts to save jobs at failing companies like Sears and Mitsubishi by giving them tax breaks that did not have the intended result. However, that would be too Republican of him. But, at least he got the Japanese to assemble Metra cars, paid with your sales and liquor tax money, in Roselle. But when that project runs out....

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for the comment, Jack! Very good point. It's not really job creation in Chicago if the jobs were taken away from another place in Illinois. Tax breaks aren't even that big of an issue to corporations anymore if they are willing to cut that many jobs. I also enjoyed your idea that Quinn should be thinking of ideas to better create private investment in Illinois that is not based on tax-breaks.

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