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Illinois Governor meets San Juan Mayor

In an effort to boost trade and tourism between Illinois and Puerto Rico, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn met with San Juan’s new leader, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on June 14 at the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.

Mayor Cruz was elected last November, beating a heavily-favored incumbent to become San Juan’s third female mayor.

Governor Quinn’s Trade Missions to Brazil and Mexico

Governor Pat Quinn has conducted several trade missions abroad, including successful trips to Brazil (2012) and Mexico (2013).

Since becoming Governor, foreign-owned businesses have added nearly 80,000 jobs in Illinois which has played a major role in fueling Illinois’ economic recovery. Illinois’ central location, multiethnic population, educated workforce, and excellent road, rail and water infrastructure are among the factors for this success.

During the Brazil trade mission, Governor met with leaders of biotech, agriculture and tourism industries, signed a Sister Rivers/Lake deal with the Capibaribe River, and strengthened educational exchange programs between Illinois and Brazilian universities.

While in Mexico, Governor Quinn met with leaders of CONAGUA (Mexico’s national water company), federal agriculture officials, and heads of such major firms as Ingredion and Bimbo. He hosted a breakfast to boost tourism between Mexico and Illinois, and signed a Sister Rivers/Lakes pact with Lake Pátzcuaro. The Governor laid wreaths at the statues of Martin Luther Knig, Jr., and Benito Juarez in Mexico City parks, and met with Mexico City students where he shared postcards written by students from Chicago’s Benito Juarez High School.