Just in time for us to get there

This would be a real blow to central Illinois:

The chairman and CEO of Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. is raising the specter of moving the heavy equipment maker out of Illinois.

In a letter sent March 21 to Gov. Pat Quinn, Caterpillar chief executive officer Doug Oberhelman said officials in at least four other states have approached the company about relocating since Illinois raised its income tax in January.

Cat employs 23,000 people in Illinois. That’s a lot of taxable income to lose — which sort of defeats the purpose of the income tax hike.

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