Subsidizing Amazon won’t pay off for Illinois taxpayers

At a forum last Sunday, Democratic gubernatorial candidates expressed a range of skepticism about the use of public subsidies to attract Amazon’s so-called second corporate headquarters.

“It’s really encouraging,” commented Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, a policy resource center that tracks corporate subsidies nationally.  LeRoy got his start working with labor and community groups in Chicago, fighting plant closings in the 1980s.

He was encouraged to see...

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