Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked Amazon executives to take another look at Chicago after news broke Friday the tech giant might be reconsidering its plan to bring 25,000 jobs to Long Island City in New York.
Pritzker “immediately called Amazon” once he read a report from Washington Post saying the company might back out of New York, Crain’s reported. The governor made a “full-throated pitch” to the company leaders and “assure[d] them that they would have a strong partner in the governor’s office,” according to a “a high-ranking administration source.”
The Post cited two anonymous sources who said that since Amazon has yet to lease or buy any space in Queens, it might shift its plans to a city where it would find a warmer welcome.
Emanuel, who has touted his practice of aggressively courting corporate relocations to Downtown, initially shrugged off Amazon’s decision not to relocate in Chicago in November. [Crain’s] — Alex Nitkin