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Senate OKs incentives for OfficeMax, Univar

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 3:00 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois Senate has approved tax incentives worth roughly $58 million for chemical distributor Univar and newly-merged OfficeMax and Office Depot.

Senators approved the plan by a 43-10 vote Tuesday. The measure now moves to the House, where lawmakers were taking up a major pension overhaul.

The proposal is aimed at creating jobs and keeping companies in Illinois.

The incentives are separate from a plan a House committee considered Monday. That one proposes a satellite television tax expected to generate $75 million annually and includes $92 million worth of incentives for Univar, OfficeMax and Archer Daniels Midland Company.

Univar wants to relocate to Illinois from Washington state. Naperville-based OfficeMax merged with Florida-based Office Depot last month. ADM plans to relocate from Decatur.

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The bills are HB3271 and SB1227.

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