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Wisconsin's aglow with Foxconn announcement, but can Illinois share the spotlight?

Wisconsin's aglow with Foxconn announcement, but can Illinois share the spotlight?

Wisconsin, a Rust Belt state known for its beer, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and the Green Bay Packers, is having its moment in the 21st century's manufacturing spotlight.

With Wednesday's announcement that Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group will build its first U.S. plant in the southeast part of the state, creating 3,000 to 13,000 jobs, Wisconsin — a Republican-led swing state that voted for President Donald Trump — beat out Illinois and other contenders for the $10 billion investment.

No specific site has been identified, and a fair amount of cynicism has been raised, related to both the $3 billion in taxpayer-funded incentives and Apple supplier Foxconn's...

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