Jack Franks

Illinois lawmakers go to Cuba
11:47 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Group of Ill. lawmakers heads to Cuba for "trade mission"

Ill. Rep. Jack Franks.
(Illinois General Assembly website)

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.

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