CHICAGO (April 22, 2013)--Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he wants to spark competition with Illinois and will do so by luring businesses away from the state.
Perry is in Chicago through Tuesday to meet with businesses, speak at a conference and host a reception.
Perry declined to name the businesses, but told The Associated Press he hopes Illinois is ready for competition because he's going to "bring it,” citing Illinois' massive pension problem and high taxes.
He said Texas is cheaper and has less regulation.
Perry made a similar trip in California.
In Illinois he 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.