Motorola Mobility, a corporation that regional leaders had been trying to bring to San Diego, will keep its headquarters in Illinois, according to a joint statement issued May 6 by the corporation and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.
Motorola Mobility will stay in Libertyville, north of Chicago, after Illinois offered it an incentive package that includes tax credits, valued at $10 million a year over 10 years, as well as grants. The decision keeps 3,000 jobs in Illinois, the statement said.
San Diegans thought they may have had an edge in the competition because Motorola Mobility’s chief executive officer, Sanjay Jha, is a former Qualcomm Inc. executive with a home in San Diego.
Early this year, Motorola split in two. Motorola Mobility is the entity that produces wireless phones and tablet computers.
Motorola Mobility had also been considering moving its headquarters to Texas.
— Brad Graves