Illinois to lose hundreds of jobs as Office Depot headquarters relocates

By WEEK Producer

December 10, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 12:10 AM CDT

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- The new Office Depot Corporation, which is a combined OfficeMax/Office Depot, is moving its world headquarters to Florida from Naperville, Illinois.

That could mean 1,600 jobs leaving the state.

Republicans are blaming Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, because he didn't call for a vote on tax breaks for the office supply company.

State Representative Darlene Senger represents the Naperville area.

"This was not just keeping a company here it was bringing in a brand new company to the state," she said. "So, I'm concerned about my constituents now, making sure they find work if they're not selected to move to Florida."

Speaker Madigan's Chief of Staff responded by saying, "I'm not aware of anyone who thought Illinois was really in the hunt for Office Depot."

Meanwhile, Senator Bill Brady has called for Governor Pat Quinn to re-convene the General Assembly to act on an incentive package to keep ADM in Illinois.