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Ill. Gov. Quinn looks to recruit rail jobs from Wis. (AUDIO)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he would welcome Talgo to his state. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Paul Newton)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he would welcome Talgo to his state. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan, Paul Newton)

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says a Wisconsin trainmaker is welcome to move its jobs to Illinois.

Quinn is inviting Talgo Inc. to come to the state after Wisconsin’s newly elected Republican governor said he wanted to give back federal money for a proposed high-speed rail project or use it for something else.

Quinn sent a letter to the Milwaukee company Wednesday. He said Illinois will do whatever it can to lure them.

Illinois officials have also said they would take any federal money Wisconsin doesn’t want to use for high-speed rail projects in Illinois.

The federal stimulus bill allocated $810 million for a Madison-to-Milwaukee line.

LISTEN TO ILLINOIS GOV. PAT QUINN SPEAKING ON WISCONSIN’S HIGH-SPEED RAIL MONEY

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3 comments

  1. Scott “More Jobs” Walker isn’t even governor yet, and Wisconsin jobs are threatening to leave.

    What’s really ironic is that Scott Walker voted in favor of Wisconsin’s proposed high-speed rail line in 1993. His was one of 53 ‘aye’ votes on Senate Bill 44 during state budget hearings when he was the 14th District state assemblyman.

  2. Karen
    17 years ago Windows 93 was new technology, and my cordless phone was the size of a brick.
    What will you sell us next Karen ? a station wagon with with wood decals on the side

  3. You’re right, Troy…. 17 years ago gas was relatively cheap… rail makes even MORE economic sense now. That is why you are seeing companies use it more. There is a reason Buffet was buying railroads (must be nice to play Monopoly in real life!).

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