Should they stay or go: Illinois offers advantages to business that the coasts don’t

September 26, 2011

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'Eight Forty-Eight' looks at the impact of 'The Onion's proposed relocation to Chicago.

A correction has been made to this story.

The Onion recently announced they want to move the editorial staff from New York to their corporate headquarters in Chicago. Perhaps the goal was to create one, big, happy satirical family--OK, maybe not the happy part! Some employees reportedly felt "blindsided" by the potential Midwest migration. Meanwhile other business chickens headed to Chicago to roost; but some may still flee the coop. That was not surprising: Illinois was recently ranked among the worst business climates in the country—third worst to be exact. So – Eight Forty-Eight's go-business guru, David Greising, helped businesses assess the question question of the moment: Should they stay or should they go?

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Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated that The Onion is making plans to move to editorial staff from New York to Chicago. They have said it's an option they want but have not announced plans for a move.