Quinn Heads To Canada To Promote Illinois Business

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Gov. Pat Quinn took a surprise trip to Canada Monday to promote Illinois trade and business opportunities.

As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, Quinn was in Toronto Monday, attending the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association trade show.

Ten Illinois companies mounted exhibits at the show, funded by grant money.

Quinn says the visit was a chance to promote Illinois “on a global stage.”

Canada is the largest Illinois export market, taking more than $19 billion worth of exports from the state last year alone.

Quinn spent time promoting Illinois as a tourist destination, attending a “Visit Illinois” tourism luncheon in Toronto.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports

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  • southside

    Ten companies exhibiting at a Canadian trade show with GRANT MONEY??? This is an outrage. Governement spending gone wild. Quinn, you idiot, cut this spending now, and quit travelling on our dime all over the globe.

  • tom sharp

    Any chance Canada can lock him up for violating the minimum IQ rule.?

  • juju

    Canada just another name for drunk euro-pee-ons looking for some moose to massage. Or as I call it “America’s Hat”

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  • Ken

    It would be better to stay home and promote Illinois business by passing laws that favor Illinois business instead of chasing them out with higher taxation.

  • leprechaun for a day

    Yo, Canada: keep Quinn. Please.

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