Wed, 02/08/2012 - 1:48pm
Caterpillar laid out its decision Tuesday in an email to elected leaders in Peoria County, saying it considered factors such as access to ports and local labor markets, as well as proximity to Caterpillar's building and construction projects division headquarters in Cary, N.C.
But the email, signed only by the Peoria-based company's North American Facility Site Selection Team, says Caterpillar's longstanding complaints about Illinois' state budget deficit were a factor.
"Please understand that even if your community had the right logistics for this project, Caterpillar's previously documented concerns about the business climate and overall fiscal health of the state of Illinois still would have made it unpractical for us to select your community for this project," the email, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, says.
And why does Illinois have a budget deficit?
Could it be because the Demonrats in Chicago have tried their damnedest to make Illinois into a socialist paradise?