| CHICAGO, Sept 30
CHICAGO, Sept 30 Archer Daniels Midland Co
would receive tax breaks to keep its headquarters in
Illinois under new legislation being considered in the state.
Illinois Rep. John Bradley, a Democrat from down state
Marion, Ill., introduced legislation on Friday that would give
ADM a 10 percent discount on utility taxes for up to 30 years if
it does not move its head office out of state. ADM also would
receive credits on some income taxes.
ADM said last week it was scouting locations for new
corporate headquarters because the company is becoming more
global. Its headquarters have been located in Decatur, Ill.,
about three hours south of Chicago, for the past 44 years.
ADM is "holding discussions with various public officials"
about the new headquarters, spokesman David Weintraub said on
Monday. He did not have an estimate for how much money the tax
incentives in Bradley's bill could save the company.
"We are aware that the bill was introduced," Weintraub said.
Bradley could not immediately be reached for comment. A
legislative committee that he chairs is set to hold a hearing on
tax credits in Chicago on Tuesday.
ADM is one of four large players known as the "ABCD"
companies that dominate the flow of agricultural goods around
the world. The others are Bunge Ltd, Cargill Inc
and Louis Dreyfus Corp.
ADM has said it plans to relocate about 100 existing jobs to
its new headquarters and create a technology center at the
location that will add about 100 new jobs over several years.
Officials from Chicago have talked to ADM about moving the
headquarters to the city.
About 4,400 employees will continue to work in Decatur,
which will become ADM's North American headquarters.
Illinois lawmakers approved tax breaks in 2011 for Sears
Holdings Corp and exchange-operator CME Group Inc
when they threatened to move out of state.