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Governor Quinn and Governor Ávila Honor Benito Juárez on Eve of Lincoln’s Birthday

Wreath-Laying at Juárez Statue and Lincoln-Romero Meeting Reenactment Strengthen 150-year Friendship Between Mexico and Illinois

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by the Governor of the State of Mexico Eruviel Ávila for a wreath-laying ceremony to honor Benito Juárez and the 150-year friendship between Illinois and Mexico. Governor Ávila has traveled to Illinois as a result of Governor Quinn’s trade mission to Mexico City which took place in April 2013. This week’s visit is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to strengthening relations between Illinois and Mexico.

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Governor Quinn and Governor Ávila Open New Cultural Office, Present Free Concert by Orquesta Sinfónica

150-year Friendship Between Mexico and Illinois to be Celebrated and Strengthened During Two-Day Official Visit

CHICAGO – Today Governor Pat Quinn welcomed to Illinois the Governor of the State of Mexico Eruviel Ávila for an official state visit that celebrates the 150-year friendship between Illinois and Mexico. Governor Ávila’s trip is a result of Governor Quinn’s trade mission to Mexico City which took place in April 2013. This week’s visit is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to strengthening relations between Illinois and Mexico.

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Governor Quinn to Host Mexico State Governor Eruviel Ávila

Official Visit to Include Benito Juárez Tribute, World Premiere at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced he will host Mexico State Governor Eruviel Ávila for an official state visit from Feb. 9 to Feb. 12. Governor Ávila’s trip is a result of Governor Quinn’s trade mission to Mexico City which took place in April 2013. Next week’s visit will include several events, including a ribbon-cutting at Illinois’ new “Casa del Estado de Mexico” (a trade office representing the state of Mexico), a free concert from the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, a wreath-laying at the Benito Juárez statue on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and the world premiere performance of “Of Mutual Interest: Lincoln and Mexico” at the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The visit is part of the Governor’s commitment to strengthening relations between Illinois and Mexico.

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Governor Quinn Highlights Progress Made in Welcoming Everyone in Illinois

Report Shows Illinois on the Way to Becoming Most “Immigrant-Friendly State”; Governor Details Upcoming Trade Mission to Mexico

MELROSE PARK April 2, 2013 - Governor Pat Quinn today released an inter-agency report detailing the efforts of his New Americans Initiative to welcome everyone in Illinois. The report comes in advance of the Governor’s upcoming trade mission to Mexico, which is part of his agenda to create jobs in Illinois and drive the state’s economy forward.

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Governor Quinn to Lead Trade Mission to Mexico

Trip to Focus on Job Creation and Economic Growth Through Agriculture, Water Tech, Manufacturing and Tourism

CHICAGO – April 2, 2013 - Governor Pat Quinn will lead a trade mission to Mexico April 3 - 6 to spur economic opportunities and tourism between Illinois and Mexico. With Illinois already leading the Midwest in exports, the mission will build on the success of Governor Quinn’s agenda to aggressively pursue international trade and create jobs in Illinois. He will be Illinois’ first governor to visit Mexico in 13 years and only the fourth U.S. governor to visit Mexico since 2005.

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Governor Quinn Signs Historic Traffic Safety Legislation

Law Will Allow All Motorists to Be Properly Licensed and Insured

CHICAGO – January 27, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by legislators, community leaders and public safety advocates to sign into law a bill that will help ensure every Illinois motorist is properly licensed to drive. An estimated 250,000 immigrant motorists are on Illinois roads today, and these unlicensed drivers present a serious, but preventable safety risk to all Illinois drivers. Governor Quinn was an early supporter of this key legislation, which is part of his agenda to improve traffic safety in Illinois and lead the nation in welcoming and including our immigrant population.

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