Scott Walker got in a few sophomoric self-serving digs at Illinois in the Chicago Tribune last week, but there has been no better friend to the Illinois economy than Walker's job-killing ideology:
* Amtrak rail-line construction funding: Illinois receives $42.3 million of Wisconsin's Milwaukee-Madison money rejected by Walker.
* Amtrak train manufacturing, also shut down by Walker in Milwaukee:
Locomotives capable of exceeding the 110-mph limit on the passenger rail corridor between Chicago and St. Louis will be bought for Illinois and four other states under a process the Illinois Department of Transportation will lead, officials said Thursday.
The Federal Railroad Administration selected IDOT to manage the multistate procurement of at least 35 next-generation locomotives for rail corridors in Illinois, California, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state, Gov. Pat Quinn said.* Wind power:
As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and other politicians in the state continue promoting a virtual wind energy ban in the Dairy State, developers are now focusing their resources on Illinois, where more friendly siting regulations make project development easier.* Health care: And no doubt Illinois got some of the millions of federal health care dollars ticketed for Wisconsin that will help stabilize our neighbor's economy when Walker turned down federal funds for Wisconsin Medicaid expansion and the building of a state-run health care exchange.