Libertyville mayor reacts to Motorola Mobility leaving his town

July 26, 2012

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The mayor of north suburban Libertyville says he’s disappointed Motorola Mobility has decided to move its corporate headquarters to downtown Chicago.

Motorola Mobility employs about 3,000 people in Libertyville. Google purchased Motorola Mobility last year. Next year, those employees will be going to the top of the Merchandise Mart instead of the far northern suburbs.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday that bringing companies into the city proper isn’t a Chicago versus suburbs issue. It’s a Chicago versus the world issue.

"These jobs, this technology, is a worldwide, now, market. With worldwide technology, jobs can be moved anywhere," he said.

The mayor of Libertyville, Terry Weppler, said there are no hard feelings against Emanuel.

"I’ll put our community up against Chicago any day, you know, for any type of amenity whatsoever," he said.

Weppler said he’s glad that even with Motorola leaving, it’s at least staying within commuting distance of Libertyville so residents won’t necessarily have to move.

He said his next plans involve brainstorming what could fill Motorola’s giant corporate campus once it empties out.