Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL) left Friday for Japan to attend the 45th Annual Midwest US-Japan Association Conference in Tokyo.
Quinn will try to entice foreign businesses to expand their business to the Prairie State. He'll meet with CEOs from several major Japanese companies. "I look forward to this annual event that takes place with our strong partners in japan and other Midwestern leaders" says Quinn. "Japan has deep roots in Illinois and is one of the largest export markets for Illinois products. This trip will allow us to capitalize on available economic opportunities"
Foreign-owned firms already have added nearly 80,000 jobs in Illinois since 2009. "These jobs have played a major role in fueling Illinois' economic recovery... we must continue to build on these efforts."