School district upset over proposed Sears legislation

November 28, 2011

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District 300 wants specific language in the bill the prevents Hoffman Estates from using EDA taxes to pay for the Sears Arena.

A Northwest suburban school district bashed changes made to an Illinois tax incentives bill.

Sears corporate headquarters sits in School District 300, and the district wants any new tax incentives to have new stipulations. After wrestling their way into a seat at the tax bill's bargaining table, the district emerged feeling good about the verbal negotiations.

But the bill was filed Sunday and a press release by the district said it now violates several agreements made last week, including too much money going to the Village of Hoffman Estates.

Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod said the District shouldn't be surprised - everything in the bill was discussed last week.

"I have no idea why some people conduct themselves in such an unprofessional manner. But that's their modus opperandi. Try to smear everybody, and hope some of it sticks," McLeod said.

McLeod also said that the Village of Hoffman Estates is fine with the bill as it's written.

The tax bill includes incentives to keep Sears in Illinois. It's expected to be voted on this week.