Illinois Trying to Land New Boeing Facility

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois is among the states trying to land Boeing's new aircraft manufacturing plant.

The Chicago-based company is choosing a location to build its new 400-seat 777X jetliner.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports ( the state submitted an offer Tuesday that would provide economic incentives if Boeing selects Illinois.

David Roeder is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Commerce. He says it's "a compelling proposal" but that he couldn't elaborate because of a confidentiality agreement.

Boeing is looking at a $7 billion to $10 billion plant that would start with 3,250 workers in 2018 and grow to 8,500 by 2024.

Several other states also submitted offers by Tuesday's deadline. They include Missouri, Alabama and California.

Boeing officials are expected to announce the new plant's location early next year.

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon chose a monument to the space race manufacturing boon as a backdrop to sign into law a $1.7 billion tax incentive package to lure aerospace giant Boeing to the state.

The governor endorsed the tax breaks for production of the company's 777X jetliner Tuesday morning at a bill signing ceremony at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in St. Louis.

More than 100 civic and business leaders joined Nixon, hours before Boeing's self-imposed deadline for offers from eager local and state governments across the country. The presumed manufacturing site is on the edge of Lambert St. Louis International Airport.

The tax credits are worth up to $150 million annually over 23 years if Boeing meets its target of 8,000 new jobs.

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