SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The digital world’s data must be stored somewhere. Lawmakers want to give Illinois an even chance of ensuring it’s stored here.
House Republicans pushed the Legislature in its final weeks in May to add a package of business-friendly initiatives to state budget legislation now awaiting action by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Chief among them are tax breaks for data centers, often-monstrous facilities that centralize an organization’s information technology operations equipment and store, manage and disseminate data.
A decade ago, just seven states offered data center-development incentives. Today, 30 do, including neighboring Iowa and Indiana, both of which have landed sizable projects in recent years.
“When you talk about cloud computing, this is where a lot of that is. Your Instagram photos,