Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford used in this report.
About a dozen Illinois state lawmakers are headed to Cuba this week for what's being called a trade mission.
Representative Jack Franks says the visit could boost state exports to Cuba. The Democrat from Woodstock will be leading the week-long trip. It's been 12 years since former Governor George Ryan traveled to Cuba in a high profile effort to build a new market for Illinois' farm economy. Franks says trade with Cuba has fallen off since then.