CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence opened a two-day business forum on Monday aimed at luring private contractor and investment interest in a proposed $1.3 billion expressway linking the two states.

The two governors plan to finance the 47-mile Illiana Expressway, which would link Interstate 55 in Illinois with Interstate 65 in Indiana, through a public private partnership. "The Illiana is a key transportation priority for Illinois," Quinn said. "We will deploy an innovative public-private partnership to put thousands of people to work and drive our regional economy forward."

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