Former Governor Jim Thompson is calling on business and labor to cooperate in the service of economic development for the region. The Republican elder statesman was giving a speech in Bloomington for the Economic Development Council. Thompson says he always viewed his role as salesman in chief for Illinois in attempting to attract international investment.
"And I have to say in that respect, Governor Quinn does a very good job. He is constantly promoting economic development, constantly taking the trade missions looking for business, and I commend him for that."
Thompson also says Democrats and Republicans need to cooperate better in adjusting to global pressures on the economy. He says challenges to development in the state are the same as the nation faces in every respect. When Europe does not do well, he says the U.S. exports less. When China's economy falters, Thompson says Illinois and the nation import less and send less food abroad.
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