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Regionalism touted as key to growth, making money

Indiana and Wisconsin have repeatedly attempted to lure away Illinois businesses over the years, such as with billboards on the Borman Expressway that say things like “higher taxes ahead in 5 miles.”

A businessperson made a blind call a few years ago to the Indiana Department of Transportation, to find if it had any upcoming projects crossing into Illinois. It didn’t.

If neighboring states are competing and not jointly planning, then why work together?

For Racine Mayor John Dickert, the answer is clear.

“There’s money in it,” he said…Please click here to read Joseph S. Pete’s story in the Times.

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