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ADM: Past Tax Breaks Set Precedent for Illinois Bill
ADM: Past Tax Breaks Set Precedent for Illinois Bill

Archer Daniels Midland says perks Illinois gave Sears Holdings Corporation set a precedent as the company tries to get tax breaks from the state.

ADM is planning to move its headquarters from Decatur. It won’t say what locations it’s considering, but Chicago officials say they’re in the mix.

ADM spokeswoman Victoria Podesta said Tuesday that Illinois’ track record of offering companies perks paved the way for a proposed ADM-focused bill in the state Legislature. That bill would give ADM $24 million if it keeps its headquarters in Illinois. It has received a cold reception from lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn.

Sears previously received perks for keepings its headquarters in suburban Chicago.

Podesta would not discuss a report in the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal that ADM met with Minneapolis officials.