CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday that he believes Caterpillar Inc.'s decision to bypass Illinois as it looks to build a new plant and relocate some of its Japanese operations was based almost entirely on Illinois' lack of ocean access and had little to do with the state's business climate.

The Peoria-based manufacturer said this week that it decided against the almost one-dozen Illinois locations vying for the plant and its 1,400 jobs because of logistical shortcomings and its longstanding, widely publicizes concerns about doing business in the state.

Quinn, during a stop at the University of Illinois in Champaign, said he spoke with Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman before this week's decision and was told the plant needed easy access to a deep-sea port.

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