Jack Franks http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Group of Ill. lawmakers heads to Cuba for "trade mission" http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/group-ill-lawmakers-heads-cuba-trade-mission <p><em>Reporting from Illinois Public Radio&#39;s Sean Crawford used in this report.</em></p><p>About a dozen Illinois state lawmakers are headed to Cuba this week for what&#39;s being called a trade mission.</p><p>Representative Jack Franks says the visit could boost state exports to Cuba.&nbsp; The Democrat from Woodstock will be leading the week-long trip.&nbsp; It&#39;s been 12 years since former Governor George Ryan traveled to Cuba in a high profile effort to build a new market for Illinois&#39; farm economy.&nbsp; Franks says trade with Cuba has fallen off since then.</p> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 16:47:26 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 1987 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Group of Ill. lawmakers heads to Cuba for "trade mission"