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"Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is there," but "THERE" will soon be Texas, not Illinois
Coach is Right ^ | 2/22/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins

Posted on 02/22/2013 10:17:00 AM PST by Oldpuppymax

State Farm, the nationally knowninsurance chain headquartered in Bloomington Illinois, has apparently had its fill of “The Land of Lincoln’s” confiscatory taxes. The 800 million dollar company is reported to have purchased “substantial workspace” in the Dallas, Texas area. The giant insurance firm’s workers are being kept in the dark reportedly to avoid “alarming them” but is it their workers or the State of Illinois they would like to keep in the dark about this move? If this doesn’t signal State Farm’s coming dash out of Illinois’s clutches what could it mean?

A knowledgeable Dallas real estate insider has called this impending move “a major business relocation” of record breaking proportions. The numbers involved are approximately 2.5 million square feet of workspace and...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: bluestates; enoughalready; migration; profit; redstates; taxes; texas; welfarestate

1 posted on 02/22/2013 10:17:04 AM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: Oldpuppymax

Always remember: business people are smarter than politicians.


2 posted on 02/22/2013 10:18:12 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: From The Deer Stand

They’ve leased over a million square feet in Plano, Irving, and Dallas.

Their new building in Irving is just across from mine.


3 posted on 02/22/2013 10:22:27 AM PST by TexasGunLover ("Either you're with us or you're with the terrorists."-- President George W. Bush)
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To: From The Deer Stand

For the businesses that are relocating here; please don’t bring any transplants with you. They created the reason you moved in the first place...


4 posted on 02/22/2013 10:23:45 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Oldpuppymax

The bad news is they’ll be bringing a shipload of socialists with them.


5 posted on 02/22/2013 10:25:09 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Now in their commercials, the “pop-up” agent will be shown wearing a 10-gallon hat…


6 posted on 02/22/2013 10:29:20 AM PST by mikrofon (Ill-a-noise)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Welcome to Texas! WE have plenty of room and great people you can employ. Please don’t bring any liberals with you.


7 posted on 02/22/2013 10:30:24 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Oldpuppymax

Tell the truth: How many of you sang this title as you were reading it?


8 posted on 02/22/2013 10:36:02 AM PST by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: Moonman62

Most of Illinios is very conservative - My wife is from that area, went to school in bloomington - if they relocate folks from central Illinios, they’ll fit right in in Texas.

It’s the greater Chicago area that runs Ilinois and is nearly impossible to overcome in elections for down staters - it’s a constant complaint..

I believe there is even a fringe movement to make Chicago its’ own district like DC and the rest of Illinios would run itself.

I’m from Texas - live in WIsconsin now - Scott Walker has been lobbying hard to get John Deere to move to Wisco -


9 posted on 02/22/2013 10:36:25 AM PST by acw011 (Great Goooogly Mooogly!)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Serves them right. This is only the beginning. It just takes time to make plans to relocate such a large company, but it will continue to happen until the socialists see that their policies do not work in a free market economy.


10 posted on 02/22/2013 10:43:04 AM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: jsanders2001

Hey! Ol’ Cletus came from suburban Chicago in 2011. Don’t write us all off!

Most might be happy to come south and be able to own a gun and criticize the gummint with out backwash from some smarmy prius driver (Austin excluded)!


11 posted on 02/22/2013 10:46:13 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (*Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Isn’t Chicago and most of Illinois catholic? If so, how are they so liberal where they are liberal? It doesn’t make any sense to me.


12 posted on 02/22/2013 10:46:39 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: CIDKauf
their policies do not work in a free market economy.

You should have stopped right after work.

13 posted on 02/22/2013 10:50:19 AM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: acw011

“Most of Illinios is very conservative”

Probably land wise but not population wise. Just seeing what is being elected in the state. I know there are Consevative areas but like California there is just not enough of them.


14 posted on 02/22/2013 10:56:09 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: acw011

“I believe there is even a fringe movement to make Chicago its’ own district like DC and the rest of Illinios would run itself.”

Actually, a better idea might be to lop off the northernmost 25 miles of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio (including Cleveland), and add to that the southeast portion of Wisonsin including Milwaukee — and make those combined areas one new state.

Southern Illinois probably wouldn’t mind — nor would southern Ohio, Indiana, and the rest of Wisconsin. All of them would instantly change from the blue or purple categories into “leaning red”.


15 posted on 02/22/2013 10:57:46 AM PST by Road Glide
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To: jsanders2001
For the businesses that are relocating here; please don’t bring any transplants with you. They created the reason you moved in the first place...

Shout that from the rooftops!

After Volkswagen decided to build in Chattanooga, TN, they started recruiting for plant workers - in Michigan! While I know that there are plenty of good people in Michigan, it's rather dangerous recruiting for auto workers in the land of UAW. If you want a successful auto-manufacturing operation, the UAW is the last place I'd seek employees.

16 posted on 02/22/2013 10:58:07 AM PST by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: acw011
I believe there is even a fringe movement to make Chicago its’ own district like DC and the rest of Illinios would run itself.

If the conservatives keep moving out of state, then Chicago will have to support itself.

I've heard similar things about Detroit. Some of the surrounding areas are still nice, but the city itself is in ruins.

17 posted on 02/22/2013 11:08:41 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: envisio

Ugh. I did.


18 posted on 02/22/2013 11:18:38 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: acw011
I’m from Texas - live in WIsconsin now

As a Houstonian who has lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota, I noticed the weather was a little different in your area.

Learning to use an ice chest and keeping a canteen of hot water in it instead of ice, to keep my beer drinkable, was a new experience, as was having my long neck beer freeze in my (gloved) hand while walking to a friends house in sub zero temps.

19 posted on 02/22/2013 11:21:34 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: Oldpuppymax
State Farm, the nationally knowninsurance chain headquartered in Bloomington Illinois, has apparently had its fill of “The Land of Lincoln’s” confiscatory taxes. The 800 million dollar company is reported to have purchased “substantial workspace” in the Dallas, Texas area.

You missed the size of the company by 8000%, it did $64 BILLION in 2011, I haven't seen the 2012 results.

If State Farm only did $800 million, Illinois wouldn't even miss them, and wouldn't say goodbye.

20 posted on 02/22/2013 11:37:42 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: CIDKauf

Serves who right? Those of us in Downstate and Central Illinois who are conservatives outnumbered by the beast known as Chicago?

We live in Bloomington/Normal and I can say the prospect of losing State Farm is a scary proposition. Many businesses in the are are dependent upon the dollars State Farm employees pump into the local economy.


21 posted on 02/22/2013 11:51:23 AM PST by morans14
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To: morans14

Those of us in Downstate and Central Illinois who are conservatives outnumbered by the beast known as Chicago...

How many of those downstate and central Illinois conservatives bother to vote?


22 posted on 02/22/2013 12:12:00 PM PST by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

The Chicago Catholics(relatives of ours) are way to the left. They see the church as a mechanism of social justice, not a place of worship.


23 posted on 02/22/2013 12:22:37 PM PST by lurk
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To: Oldpuppymax

I wish they’d move their stupid TV ads there too.


24 posted on 02/22/2013 12:27:12 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: morans14

Just curious, is there any special meaning to your name?

You should rename your towns to Bloomisoffington/Notnormal.
Just sayin.


25 posted on 02/22/2013 12:27:22 PM PST by bigmak007 (They who can't control their own passions, want to passionately control others.)
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I would love to see what the 2020 census will be like. How many congressional seats, EV’s the blue states will lose and the red states gain.


26 posted on 02/22/2013 12:36:09 PM PST by Kolath
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To: bigmak007

Bloomington and Normal are the 2 cities connected


27 posted on 02/22/2013 1:17:30 PM PST by morans14
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To: stars & stripes forever

Those of us in Downstate and Central Illinois who are conservatives outnumbered by the beast known as Chicago...

How many of those downstate and central Illinois conservatives bother to vote?

Everyone is our circle votes. Typically our local government is Republican.


28 posted on 02/22/2013 1:20:01 PM PST by morans14
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To: bigmak007
You should rename your towns to Bloomisoffington/Notnormal. Just sayin.

The mayor of Normal has a standing offer of $50 to anyone who offers up a joke on the town's name that he hasn't heard before.

29 posted on 02/22/2013 1:40:20 PM PST by prairie dog
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To: morans14
State Farm is not pulling their headquarters out of Bloomington. They are consolidating ten zone centers (which were consolidated years ago from 25 regional offices) into three larger ones in Dallas, Atlanta, and Phoenix. SF will reduce its workforce in Bloomington by attrition, which will include offers to employees to transfer to those three cities.

So yes, State Farm is expressing their displeasure with Illinois' draconian taxes/business regulations just like another great downstate industry, Caterpillar, started doing with their factories 40 years ago.

30 posted on 02/22/2013 1:52:19 PM PST by prairie dog
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To: Oldpuppymax

If not for the government default process, insurance companies would probably need several times the “substantial workspace” that they have now.


31 posted on 02/22/2013 3:00:19 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: lurk
The Chicago Catholics(relatives of ours) are way to the left. They see the church as a mechanism of social justice, not a place of worship.

When members of the new testament church which I attend stray that far as your Chicago catholics have done, we don't have fellowship with them. We do not condone the error.

32 posted on 02/22/2013 3:03:28 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: morans14

I’m sorry about that. I am sure you are right. Maybe the revolution in Illonois should be against the Chicago politics. I forget that the socialists are from the big cities, as in Denver. We are now the MMJ capital of the U.S., but not by me. I can’t believe it.


33 posted on 02/22/2013 3:15:13 PM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: acw011
Most of Illinios is very conservative Correct. Born and raised Cook County and live in Southern Illinois. Outside of Chicago/Inner burbs, even Cook is Republican leaning. Take away Springdump and Cook County, Illinois is a red state.
34 posted on 02/22/2013 8:58:47 PM PST by 98ZJ USMC
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

I’m slowly coming to realize tha all Yanks’ aren’t bad...lol


35 posted on 02/24/2013 8:11:12 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: stars & stripes forever

Our turnout was very very high. There is also East St Louis to contend with in downstate IL, however. Their turnout usually isn’t good unless the Dems are giving out free chicken dinner tickets [I’m serious, that’s what they used to do... now it’s probably cigarettes] but I bet turnout in the last two national elections was high since it was for the first halfblack president. And I guarantee the Dems transported blacks from Chicago downstate to vote a second time using addresses of abandoned or burnt out apartment buildings to register them.


36 posted on 02/24/2013 8:28:06 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

The reason I say that is the blacks my mom worked with up there in the St Louis area often went to get state aid and freebies by traveling up to Wisconsin, then to Missouri, then to states downriver such as Louisiana and Mississippi like it was some kind of handout family reunion world tour. They’d brag about it. The only lady that didn’t go on the annual journey was her black Republican friend who was embarassed by it all. Her friend was so conservative she made her own dresses rather than “waste money” by shopping and she was very good at it.

That said, there really are a lot of patriotic religious conservative blacks in the area but the Republican party simply doesn’t bother to reach out to them or give them a hand because there are so few volunteers to begin with. What there are... are little old white ladies who are scared of the crime rate- caused by Democrats who like it that way- and they aren’t going to go walk any precincts and talk to anyone. Even the foreign black students at local colleges are afraid to drive through the area because of the reputation. The problem with the GOP in Illinois is that it depends almost entirely upon little old white ladies. The men are AWOL.


37 posted on 02/24/2013 8:45:37 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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