Texas governor in Illinois to lure business

Perry ready to 'bring' the competition

Published On: Apr 22 2013 03:19:12 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 22 2013 03:45:00 PM CDT

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he wants to spark competition with Illinois and will do so by luring businesses away from the state.

The Republican is in Chicago through Tuesday to meet with businesses, speak at a conference and host a reception. Perry declines to name the businesses.

He tells The Associated Press he hopes Illinois is ready for competition because he's going to "bring it."

He cites Illinois' massive pension problem and high taxes. He says Texas is cheaper and has less regulation. Perry has made a similar trip in California.

In Illinois he's launched an $80,000 ad campaign, which urges companies to "Get out while there's still time."

Gov. Pat Quinn has said that Illinois doesn't need advice from Perry and such attempts are merely publicity stunts.