Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Quinn Promotes Illinois In Brazil
Gov. Pat Quinn is in Brazil this week, promoting Illinois tourism and a plan to bring Brazilian students to study at the state’s universities. Quinn’s campaign fund is picking up the cost of the trip, although additional expenses could be incurred by the state.
Quinn announced Tuesday an effort Tuesday to bring more Brazilian college students to Illinois for one year to study science, technology, engineering and math in Brazil’s “Science Without Borders” program. His initiative includes scholarships and internships supplied by Illinois companies Motorola, Ingredion and Tate & Lyle.
“As one of the world’s largest economies, Brazil is an important partner for Illinois as we expand our relationships overseas and boost our global competitiveness,” Quinn said in a statement. Illinois had 56,000 Brazilian visitors in 2011, according to state figures.
Quinn also is meeting with various business leaders and industry groups in Brazil. He will be there for six days. Other Quinn extra-U.S. trips this year have included Spain, Belgium and Canada.
You can read Jayette's full report at: http://watchdog.org/57325/il-quinn-courts-brazilian-travelers-with-authentic-american-experience/
In the pic: Governor Pat Quinn pitches Illinois in Sao Paulo.