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updated: 7/10/2012 5:24 PM

Quinn says Spain trip was 'thank you' to good customer

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  • Gov. Pat Quinn spent four days in Spain at his own expense.

      Gov. Pat Quinn spent four days in Spain at his own expense.
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Gov. Pat Quinn says his trip to Spain was a way of saying "thanks" to a good customer and building new relationships that could help the Illinois economy.

Illinois exports to Spain are up by 29 percent, and Quinn says it's smart to thank such a good business partner.

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Quinn said Monday that Spain has strong public-private partnerships for construction projects. He says that's something Illinois should study, along with Spain's top-notch high-speed rail system.

Spain also has successful biotechnology companies that might be persuaded to do business in Illinois.

The Democratic governor spent four days in Spain at his own expense.

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