A Cook County steel plant is laying the groundwork to relocate to Gary, Ind., after winning the Gary Redevelopment Commission’s go-ahead this week for a 25-acre purchase of industrial land.

The move by Alliance Steel Corp. prompted observers of Illinois’ business climate to say it reflects a continuing out-migration of Illinois businesses looking to escape high taxes, bad public policies and a looming pension crisis. The company expects to employ about 100 people at its planned 250,000-square-foot plant in Gary.

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