United Airlines may relocate operations center to Willis Tower

United Airlines is talking to owners of the Willis Tower about moving the airline's Elk Grove Township operations center into the famous Chicago skyscraper, according to sources familiar with negotiations. Full Story
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Ed Kasprzycki

Chicago, IL

#1 Jul 23, 2009
Umm Willis Tower? We don't have no Willis Tower -- we have a Sears Tower though... any true Chicagoan knows where that is. Hey maybe they can cut a deal with the owners and lease more space than Willis and rename it back to its proper name -- Sears Tower.
Those bloody brits are still mad that we kicked the arses at Yortktown 230+ years ago.
Lookout here it comes

Yorkville, IL

#2 Jul 23, 2009
Why not Houston, Texas?
Clarence

Lombard, IL

#3 Jul 23, 2009
United making deals with Chicago. Dosen't United know that is like making a deal with the devil himself. Why doesn't United just go under, and it won't have all these problems.
cut expenses

Chicago, IL

#4 Jul 23, 2009
If they focused on providing a good service at a fair price and hire committed people maybe UAL wouldn't be in the shape their in today....good luck with those cost cutting efforts...When was the last time UAL posted a profit?
CGull

Schaumburg, IL

#5 Jul 23, 2009
Not trying to be Little Johnny Raincloud here, but where exactly are the approximately 2800 employees currently employed at the Elk Grove facility, running three shifts, suppose to park if the proposal here goes through?
Randall Krause

Fairport, NY

#6 Jul 23, 2009
So according to this article United Arilines would occupy over THREE TIMES more space in the building than Willis. And yet Willis got the naming rights attached to their lease?

So just because the owners were so desperate to cut a deal in the heat of the moment with the first new tenant they could get their hands on, now Chicago is stuck with Willis Tower for the next 15 years.

The name "United Tower" (while still not Sears Tower) at least commands some serious respect and attention. Even I might be half inclined to accept such a new title -- anything other than "Willis Tower".

Randall Krause
www.thesearstower.org
Common Sense

Schaumburg, IL

#7 Jul 23, 2009
Anyone remember 911?
KING RICHARD II

Lincolnwood, IL

#8 Jul 23, 2009
CGull wrote:
Not trying to be Little Johnny Raincloud here, but where exactly are the approximately 2800 employees currently employed at the Elk Grove facility, running three shifts, suppose to park if the proposal here goes through?
Have no fear! I assure you there will an adequate number of parking meters @$6.00 per hour.
CGull

Aurora, IL

#9 Jul 23, 2009
KING RICHARD II wrote:
<quoted text>
Have no fear! I assure you there will an adequate number of parking meters @$6.00 per hour.
Which is why the Rolling Meadows location looks more feasible by the minute.
RegularGuy

Western Springs, IL

#10 Jul 23, 2009
This is just a negotiation strategy. Typical of United. Twenty years ago they threatened to move their Chicago Reservations Center from Elk Grove to some other suburb.

Chicago had a tract of land at Touhy & Wolf that Sears had rejected, so United squeezed the city for all kinds of tax concessions in exchange for moving there.

United saw how the carpetbagger Willis got TIFF financing for moving into Sears Tower, and now they want a piece of that action.

Daley will take the United bait again, just like he did when Stephen Wolf put it out for the Reservations Center.
It is the WILLIS TOWER

Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong

#11 Jul 23, 2009
Yet another great thing about Willis Corp. taking the name from Sears. Due to their investment and upgrades to the Willis Tower, another 2800 jobs will make their way into the city. More money for CTA, more money for Metra, less people wasting gas on I94, restaurants and shops in the city having more customers, the list goes on.

Thank you Willis Corp. for saving the Willis Tower and helping bring jobs and vitality to Chicago! You are a much better neighbor than Sears.
Adam in Orland

Orland Park, IL

#12 Jul 23, 2009
Randall Krause wrote:
So according to this article United Arilines would occupy over THREE TIMES more space in the building than Willis. And yet Willis got the naming rights attached to their lease?
Thank you! My thoughts exactly! Is there any way we can "Blagojevich" Willis and take their name off the signs in front of the Sears Tower?

“You wouldn't understand”

Since: May 09

Dixon, IL

#13 Jul 23, 2009
They're relocating where?
Willis Tower???
Never heard of it.
Christopher

Chicago, IL

#14 Jul 23, 2009
Why would the owners of Sears Tower agree to some unknown British company to attach their name to an iconic American building knowing that United was considering moving there?

I'd rather have United Tower instead of Willis Tower. At least United is an American Company. I also believe United would have been cool with leaving the Sears name alone.

When is the last time an American company relocated to London and they renamed a major skyscraper for us?
Perfect

Crystal Lake, IL

#17 Jul 24, 2009
By using Willis tower as part of your headline, you were guaranteed comments. Especially by the ones that don't like the new name of the Sears Tower.
Nice strategy to get readers, except me. Sorry, I didn't read it.
Stan

Hillside, IL

#18 Jul 24, 2009
How close is that to the Sears Tower?
lyn

AOL

#19 Jul 24, 2009
yeah, great move United, lets not worry about the employees already tying to keep their head above water with the pay concessions, lets move downtown. Most of your employees live in McHenry County, we know they can drive downtown, and pay 25.00 a day to park thats a great move.

I dont know what I want to be when I grow up, I just know I want to wear a suit and work downtown...
RegularGuy

Bellwood, IL

#20 Jul 24, 2009
It is the WILLIS TOWER wrote:
Yet another great thing about Willis Corp. taking the name from Sears. Due to their investment and upgrades to the Willis Tower, another 2800 jobs will make their way into the city. More money for CTA, more money for Metra, less people wasting gas on I94, restaurants and shops in the city having more customers, the list goes on.
Thank you Willis Corp. for saving the Willis Tower and helping bring jobs and vitality to Chicago! You are a much better neighbor than Sears.
We have a Willis SHILL here, everyone!

Willis did NOT create 2800 new jobs. This was a CONSOLIDATION of a bunch of smaller offices, paid for by our tax dollars.

Since: Jul 09

Chicago's Gold Coast

#21 Jul 24, 2009
Don't worry. Daley has sold the naming rights to the city. We now reside in United Airlines, IL.
Randall Krause wrote:
So according to this article United Arilines would occupy over THREE TIMES more space in the building than Willis. And yet Willis got the naming rights attached to their lease?
So just because the owners were so desperate to cut a deal in the heat of the moment with the first new tenant they could get their hands on, now Chicago is stuck with Willis Tower for the next 15 years.
The name "United Tower" (while still not Sears Tower) at least commands some serious respect and attention. Even I might be half inclined to accept such a new title -- anything other than "Willis Tower".
Randall Krause
www.thesearstower.org
Who really cares

Naples, FL

#22 Jul 24, 2009
WUT U TALKIN BOUT WILLIS ?? I really thought Dana Plato was hot, anybody else think so??

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