Illinois exports rose more than 17 percent in the first quarter to their highest level in more than a decade.
The increase was driven by sales of industrial machinery, petroleum and coal products, automobiles and chemicals. The export of products to build roads and factories in China and Brazil also helped boost the numbers.
An announcement from Gov. Pat Quinn's office says exports for January through March reached $17.2 billion. That's compared with $14.7 billion from the same period last year.
The governor has set a goal of doubling the state's exports by 2014.
Missouri companies exported $14.1 billion worth of goods and services last year, according to new data from the World Trade Center St. Louis and the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research.
That's a record level of exports, officials say - $500 million higher than the previous record, which was set in 2007. The state's biggest customers were Canada, Mexico and China, with China's consumption of goods like copper scrap, fan parts, and semiconductor devices growing another 18 percent in 2011.
Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon looks at some of the traditional dry-cured Italian meats, hanging in Volpi Foods, during a tour in St. Louis on March 3, 2011.Nixon used the setting to announced that Missouri exports grew 35 percent in 2010.