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Indiana launches $250K ad blitz for Illinois businesses

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State and local officials in northwest Indiana are investing $250,000 in an advertising campaign to lure Illinois businesses across the state line.

They say billboards and television and print ads will appear across Illinois and target that state's personal and corporate tax increases, The Times of Munster reported Tuesday. The move coincides with the Indiana Economic Development Corp.'s "Illinnoyed by Higher Taxes" initiative.

Indiana Commerce Secretary Mitch Roob said the campaign's website already has generated 2,000 unique visits.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law last month increases in that state's personal income tax from 3 percent to 5 percent and corporate tax rate from 4.8 percent to 7 percent.

Indiana legislators have suspended tax increases except for a proposed hike in the state's unemployment insurance tax.

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  • Marcus is right
    You can put lipstick on a pig but its still a pig. Indiana can lower business taxes all it wants but people have to want to live here.

    I have several friends actively seeking employment in Chicago (yes despite the higher taxes) because they are fed up with this state and the direction its headed. As a gay Hoosier, I am seriously considering the same thing and I've lived here my whole life and never thought I'd say that but sometimes the grass IS greener on the other side.
  • The other side...
    Illinois has started to fire back at these attempts to take jobs and investment. When the legislature passed the gay marriage amendment and the immigration bill, the Chicago media (which usually ignore Indiana altogether) made much ado about Indiana's intolerance towards minorities. I tend to agree. Indiana can't invite business with one hand and promote intolerance on the other.

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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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