BP to move 1,200 jobs to downtown Chi...

BP to move 1,200 jobs to downtown Chicago from suburbs

There are 25 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 6, 2008, titled BP to move 1,200 jobs to downtown Chicago from suburbs. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Oil giant BP plans to move approximately 1,200 workers from the western suburbs to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Wacker Drive.

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Frank

Springfield, IL

#1 May 6, 2008
Even though it is a long commute from naperville, it's better than getting cancer from that building.
good news

Valparaiso, IN

#2 May 6, 2008
It's about time that major corporations look to downtown venues that have other options than to drive a car to Naperville. I think downtowns across America will benefit from $5/ gallon gas. Let's stop the sprawl that eats up road fundings and let people take the Metra or El to get to work.
The first smart thing that BP has done in awhile.
olucy

Redford, MI

#3 May 6, 2008
1200 BP workers! Great! Are these the people who are going to clean up Lake Michigan? That would be a start.
Paper

United States

#4 May 6, 2008
maybe with their windfall of profits they can subsidize their workers Metra/CTA fares.
Mike

Schaumburg, IL

#5 May 6, 2008
Yeah- wait until they workers start realizing what they have to pay in taxes to Crook County and the city- they will be running back to the suburbs- not to mention- you will lose all those workers when they have kids b/c no one in their right mind sends their kids to CPS if they don't have to
Steelpedler

Sevierville, TN

#6 May 6, 2008
Good to see that BP treats its employees the same way as everyonoe else and doesnt' worry about their gasoline bills either.
olucy

Redford, MI

#7 May 6, 2008
Worry about their gasoline bills? Why...it's good for business! That's what you call "investing in the company you work for."
da truth

AOL

#8 May 6, 2008
People just love this great city. The west loop is a great place to live.
Glitch

Rolling Meadows, IL

#9 May 6, 2008
Except.. it's likely many of them don't live there and don't want to.
Too Easy

AOL

#10 May 6, 2008
Hum, I wonder what kind of deal Richie cut with our tax dollars to lure BP back into town. You know, like what trhe Boeing deal cost us....
Mark in OP

Oak Park, IL

#11 May 6, 2008
Just in time for Daley's parking tax plans!!!!!!!!!!
Abracadabra

Chicago, IL

#12 May 6, 2008
COuld you blame them? Ever try dirving around Naperville? It is a traffic nightmare. Nowhere else do you sit for 20 minutes waiting to make a left hand turn. May as well just live in the city...traffic is just as bad, but at least there is public trans.
da truth

AOL

#13 May 6, 2008
Abracadabra wrote:
COuld you blame them? Ever try dirving around Naperville? It is a traffic nightmare. Nowhere else do you sit for 20 minutes waiting to make a left hand turn. May as well just live in the city...traffic is just as bad, but at least there is public trans.
Naperville is the worst for traffic. BP was smart to move downtown. As far as Daley doing anything on this move that would be no. But getting the Boeing HQ hear in the city was great. It has made millions for the city the past 6 years.
Butch

Chicago, IL

#14 May 6, 2008
So much for Naperville being the "Best Place to Live"....

The yuppies don't seem to like it and can you blame them? It's nothing but an over-rated, overbuilt, cookie-cutter home community with the WORST traffic congestion in the burbs. We moved out of that suburban cesspoll years ago and never looked back.
Brad

Chicago, IL

#15 May 6, 2008
Steelpedler wrote:
Good to see that BP treats its employees the same way as everyonoe else and doesnt' worry about their gasoline bills either.
Apparently you missed the point that by working in the city, many more employees will be able to take public transportation rather than drive cars to work as was necessary in Naperville.

The only problem with this plan is that riding public transportation in Chicago is a rather unpleasant experience. Perhaps someday we will have a system as comfortable and attractive as Montreal and Paris, but not as long as Daley is mayor and granting contracts to his pals.
Lefty

Lombard, IL

#16 May 7, 2008
Great move!! Working downtown is so much fun!!
Forget about joining a gym, the walk from the train to the building is plenty of exercise twice a day.
I guess BP knows the price of gasoline is high- so why not take a train to your place of employment.
Anon

AOL

#17 May 7, 2008
Butch wrote:
So much for Naperville being the "Best Place to Live"....
The yuppies don't seem to like it and can you blame them? It's nothing but an over-rated, overbuilt, cookie-cutter home community with the WORST traffic congestion in the burbs. We moved out of that suburban cesspoll years ago and never looked back.
Good thing you are in Hinsdale where you won't have to worry about the yuppies and Mc Mansions...... HA !
Thomas

Oklahoma City, OK

#18 May 7, 2008
They did what is best for the company. I'm sure they did not poll there employees and ask them if they all wanted to work down town. Yes the traffic in Naperville is bad but if you live in Naperville and work at BP your commute just went from 20 minutes to 2+ Hours with car, bus & train.
progress

Pleasanton, CA

#19 May 7, 2008
Mike wrote:
Yeah- wait until they workers start realizing what they have to pay in taxes to Crook County and the city- they will be running back to the suburbs- not to mention- you will lose all those workers when they have kids b/c no one in their right mind sends their kids to CPS if they don't have to
Since when did Chicago have an income tax? Besides, last report I saw Lincoln Park H.S. was ranked nationally, yet I don't remember seeing any suburban school other than Riverside Brookfield ranked. I am sue many BP workers will embrace working and living in a city vs stripmallville.
Bob

Lynchburg, VA

#20 May 7, 2008
Mark in OP wrote:
Just in time for Daley's parking tax plans!!!!!!!!!!
Ever hear of the Burlington-Northern or the Northwestern?

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