Texas Gov. Rick Perry is in Chicago to try and lure Illinois companies to Texas. (Photo from Flickr user Ed Schipul)
By Dave Dahl
CHICAGO - The governor of Texas, Rick Perry is trying to rustle up some business from Illinois.
He’s visiting Chicago Monday, following up on an advertising campaign portraying the Lone Star State as a better place to do business than the Land of Lincoln.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn called his Texas counterpart a big talker.
“Companies are coming to Illinois because of our highly skilled, educated work force; because of our excellent transportation; because of a government that works with companies. We know how to do it in Illinois. We don’t need any advice from Gov. (Rick) Perry.”
But an Illinois Republican who wants Quinn’s job next year said the Perry assault provides an opportunity.
“He has once again highlighted to our governor and the General Assembly that there are those watching who are going to try to take advantage of the situation,” said Treasurer Dan Rutherford. “Illinois is good. We can continue to improve it.”
Rutherford said Illinois has the factors it needs for a good business climate, but it should address its nearly $100 billion pension problem.