Emanuel wooing Indiana businesses upset with ‘religious freedom’ law

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CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to take advantage of the backlash from Indiana's controversial "religious freedom" law.

Emanuel has sent letters to several Indiana businesses, urging them to cross the border into Chicago.

In a letter to a business in East Chicago, IN., the mayor writes:

"Today, you cannot succeed in the global economy if you discriminate against your residents by treating them like second-class citizens. As Governor Pence changes state law to take Indiana backwards,  I urge you to look next door to an economy that is moving forward into the 21st century, with diversity, business climate and infrastructure your company will need to succeed."

Some business leaders in Chicago are saying this may actually work, in some cases, to bring companies who were on the fence over the border.

A number of companies are taking a look at the impact of this law, including Angie's List, which is based in Indianapolis, saying it may reconsider a $40 million expansion.

Chicago indie rock band Wilco has canceled its May 7 show in Indianapolis, citing the religious freedom law as "thinly disguised legal discrimination."

Read the full letter here: Rahm Emanuel Letter


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