Buried in a story about a number of companies seeking incentives from the Illinois state legislature being held up by a veto by Governor Pat Quinn over a lack of pension reform, High Voltage Software's name popped up. Apparently Fred Crespo, a Hoffman Estates (a northwestern suburb of Chicago) Democrat, is pushing incentives legislation for the company, which is headquartered in his district. According to the Herald-Whig Crespo's bill would give the developer tax credits it says "it needs to compete with mainly Canadian competitors."
High Voltage Software is certainly one of the smaller fish in a big pond looking to get tax incentives and investment from the state. The biggest is agricultural giant ADM, who is seeking $24 million in state incentives to keep its global headquarters in Illinois. The company, currently located in Decatur, said that it would move 100 of its top executives to a city served by a world-class airport. Chicago is under consideration.
All of the incentive bills being pushed by various lawmakers are being stalled by pressure from the Governor to deal with a state pension shortfall. The Governor has promised that he would veto any legislation that doesn't deal with this issue. The pension fund has a shortfall of $100 billion.
You can read more about the posturing of these various deals in the Illinois legislature here. Sen. John Sullivan said that there is a chance that these issues could be picked up again after the Thanksgiving holiday.