Illinois officials are opening a Chicago office aimed at helping Mexican Americans with social and civil services as Mexican leaders visit Illinois.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced Monday that the center -- which will be called a "casa" -- will be located on the near West Side.
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Gov. Eruviel Ávila of the State of Mexico is in Illinois this week with other leaders. He and Quinn met last year when Quinn was in Mexico on a trade mission.
The casa will help serve as a liaison with state authorities.
The visit to Illinois will include a stop at Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and a reception at the Governor's Mansion.
The orchestra of the State of Mexico will play a free concert at a Chicago school Monday.