Gov. Pat Quinn visited the Freeport factory of a company owned by Bain Capital Thursday to commiserate with workers whose jobs will be outsourced to China after the factory closes at the end of the year.
Some employees of the company, Sensata Technologies, have generated national publicity through what they call a longshot plea to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to keep the plant open.
Romney once led Bain Capital, which owns Sensata. Romney, however, was no longer running Bain when Sensata took over the plant.
Quinn said the outsourcing of 170 northern Illinois jobs is a good reason to back a piece of federal legislation to give tax breaks to companies that return jobs from overseas.
A news release on Quinn's Freeport stop doesn't mention Romney or Bain.
Quinn instead urges passage of the Bring Jobs Home Act.