Illinois governor says Walgreens made right choice

In this Wednesday, May 14, 2014 photo, a customer walks toward an entrance to a Walgreens store, in Boston. Walgreen plans to keep its roots firmly planted in the United States, saying Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 it will no longer pursue an overseas reorganization that would have trimmed the amount of U.S. taxes it pays. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
In this Wednesday, May 14, 2014 photo, a customer walks toward an entrance to a Walgreens store, in Boston. Walgreen plans to keep its roots firmly planted in the United States, saying Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 it will no longer pursue an overseas reorganization that would have trimmed the amount of U.S. taxes it pays. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says Walgreens made the right decision to stay headquartered in Illinois.

The Deerfield company announced Wednesday that it would stay in the U.S. instead of pursuing an overseas reorganization. Quinn put out a statement commending the nation’s largest drugstore chain. He says the decision respects the company’s “thousands of workers, managers and customers” who call Illinois home.

Walgreen Co. had drawn criticism for considering the move, in part because it receives a portion of its revenue through government-funded programs that help cover the sick and elderly. On Wednesday the company said it was “mindful of the ongoing public reaction” to a potential overseas reorganization.

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