Gov. Pat Quinn is forming an advisory council on exports. Quinn says the idea is to help the state continue growing its exports. The council's goal will be to double exports by 2014. Quinn announced the council Wednesday during his State of the State address. He says it will be headed up by Navistar CEO Dan Ustian and that meeting the goal will result in the addition or retention of nearly 230,000 jobs in Illinois.
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“Illinois is home to world-class goods and services and we should utilize all of our assets in order to market them around the world,” Quinn said. “Expanding trade opportunities in growth markets like China, Australia, Brazil and India puts Illinois products in the international marketplace and creates jobs here at home.” Quinn met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last month to discuss exports. He's planning a trade mission to Brazil later this year, which he says is the state's fifth-largest trading partner.