Quinn: Trying to lure Ill. jobs is 'showboating'

Gov. Quinn: Other governors coming to Illinois to lure away jobs are just 'showboating'

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says any governors trying to poach Illinois companies are all just "showboating."

At least five governors have recently tried to lure away Illinois businesses.

Earlier this week Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in Chicago to try and spark competition between the states. Also this week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott sent letters to Illinois' top 100 companies encouraging them to buy a one-way ticket to his state. Governors in Wisconsin, Indiana and New Jersey have also tried the tactic.

They've pointed out Illinois' shaky finances, including nearly $100 billion in pension debt, the worst of any state nationwide.

Quinn spoke to reporters after an unrelated event Thursday.

The Chicago Democrat says he's not worried about Illinois' image and that it is a great place to do business.

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