Positive Talk Between CAT and Governor

By WEEK Reporter

August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 1:11 PM CDT

There is positive talk Tuesday following the highly publicized business meeting between Governor Pat Quinn and Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman.

The two men met after attending an Emerging Technologies conference at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria.

Concerns about Caterpillar leaving the state grew after a letter to Quinn became pubic, talking about the unfavorable business climate in the State.

Oberhelman said he had been approached about moving to other states, but he emphasizes the goal is to foster dialog with the Governor and help create a better business environment.

"I think Caterpillar is here to stay. We have 23-thousand employees, we're the largest manufacturer in Illinois, but we want a climate that the governor shares so we can increase our business. Who doesn't want more jobs in Illinois," said Oberhelman.

"We want to get in this four years our budget under control. I inherited a huge deficit. We want to erase the deficit, part of doing that is economic growth," said Gov. Quinn.

Caterpillar and the Governor's Office say more meetings will take place in the future.

It's interesting to note that during the Technologies conference, Oberhelman served as the honorary chairman of the conference and Quinn received the Heartland Sustainability Award for his work in promoting infrastructure and emerging technologies.