An interesting story is brewing (or steeping, if you prefer tea) around this executive order Gov. Jim Doyle issued on Jan. 10, 2008. The order seems innocuous enough. It declares SC Johnson's Administration Building and Research Tower, both in Racine, historic landmarks.
But the award may come with more than a plaque. This state law suggests the designation could remove the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings from the property tax rolls. We offer that suggestion with a caveat: We're not property lawyers and we weren't able to track down the "manual" referenced in the state law.
But there's a lot of chatter about the executive order and possible benefits to SC Johnson. The JT is reportedly working on follow-up story tied to this story by Bridget Thoreson. SCJ is suing former employee Michael DeGuelle over confidential documents DeGuelle allegedly took from the company.
No one is alleging any impropriety by SCJ, but the situation has a lot of people talking.