AUSTIN (April 17, 2013)-- Gov. Rick Perry is heading to Illinois to recruit businesses to move to Texas.
Perry announced the trip Wednesday, after purchasing $42,000 in radio advertising in the Chicago area.
Perry calls Texas' business-friendly in the ad paid for by Texas One, a public-private marketing firm using private money.
Perry will spend one night in Chicago from April 22-23 meeting with business leaders in the biotechnology and financial industries and will also speak at the 2013 BIO International Convention, his office said.
Perry says he wants to "spur competition between states and recruit jobs and employees to Texas."
He frequently travels to blue states with big Republican donors, including California, to recruit businesses to Texas.
Perry has also said he is considering running for president again in 2016.