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Fallin Pitches Okla. to Chicago Businesses (Jul 21, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin is in Chicago pitching Oklahoma's business climate and workforce in an attempt to lure Illinois-based companies to the Sooner State.

Fallin said she plans to host a reception Thursday night with several "business prospects" and national location scouts to tout recent changes in Oklahoma law that she described as pro-business.

Fallin said she already met with several Illinois-based businesses that currently have a presence in Oklahoma, including insurance giant Blue Cross/Blue Shield, transportation company Navistar, and Acciona, which manufacturers wind turbines.

Fallin says the purpose of the trip is to both thank the companies for the investments they've already made in Oklahoma and to encourage them to consider the state for future expansion.

She says she's touting changes to Oklahoma's workers' compensation and civil justice laws.

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