SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration says he will visit Mexico City next week on a trade mission.
Quinn spokesman Grant Klinzman said Wednesday that the governor leaves April 3, and plans to publicly announce the trip—including his itinerary—on Tuesday.
The Chicago Democrat has made foreign business trips to China, Japan, Brazil and elsewhere. Former Gov. Jim Edgar visited Mexico City in 1991.
Illinois exports to Mexico in the first half of 2012 reached $3 billion. Mexico accounts for nearly 9 percent of the state’s exports.
Quinn wants to double those exports by 2015.
The 2010 Census shows more than 1.5 million Illinois residents—or over 12 percent of the population—are of Mexican origin.