Illinois, Indiana Governors Host Expressway Forum

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- The governors of Illinois and Indiana have kicked off a forum aimed at drawing interest in an interstate expressway project they say will bring jobs and boost economies in both states.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Monday that there's a lot they disagree on, but the so-called Illiana expressway will help both states.

They opened a two-day forum for potential investors, laborers and companies interested in the 47-mile project.

The idea is to reduce congestion in the Chicago area, create jobs and make the region a more efficient transportation hub.

The public-private partnership has been under discussion for years. Both states agreed to move forward in 2010.

Construction of the roughly $1.3 billion project is still several years off.

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