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Gov. Quinn To Travel To Japan For Conference

Pat Quinn

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his State of the Budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Springfield Ill. (Seth Perlman/AP)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is set to travel to Japan next month for a conference.

It's the 2013 Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference. Nine states, including Illinois, are members of the association. Governors, lieutenant governors and business officials usually attend.

Quinn told reporters Tuesday in Decatur that Japan is a top customer for Illinois' soybeans. He says attending the conference is an opportunity to grow exports.

According to the conference schedule, the Chicago Democrat will give a speech at the conference that runs Sept. 7-10.

Quinn traveled to Japan on a trade mission in 2011.