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Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois' 'exporter in chief,' setting a globetrotting standard

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SPRINGFIELD-Gov. Pat Quinn is the most globetrotting Illinois governor since at least Jim Thompson.

Rod Blagojevich never went outside the country in his capacity as governor. George Ryan made his celebrated trips to Cuba twice and also to South Africa. And, Jim Edgar went to China, Mexico, the Middle East, India and Europe during his two terms in office.

But in leaving on a trade mission for Brazil this Sunday, Quinn is setting a standard for going abroad.

Since July 2011, the governor has gone on separate trips to Israel, China, Japan, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Spain and now Brazil, mostly to talk business, though the Germany trip last Christmas involved visits to U.S. troops from Illinois.

"He's the exporter in chief of Illinois and a key part of his strategy is to promote Illinois around the world," spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said. "The governor's efforts have resulted in more tourism and exports for Illinois."

Here's the full list of those accompanying Quinn to Brazil:

Werner Baer
Lemann Professor of Economics
University of Illinois

William H. Bohnett
Executive Committee Member
Council on Competitiveness

Robin L Brown
Vice President Government Affairs
and External Relations
Ingredion Incorporated

Patricia Brown-Holmes
Member
University of Illinois Board of Trustees

Mario Ciardelli
General Manager
Baxter Brazil

Jacqueline Y. Collins
Senator
Illinois General Assembly

Gerald Doyle
Vice Provost for Student Access,
Success and Diversity Initiative
Illinois Institute of Technology

Omar Duque
President and CEO
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce

Andrew Faville
Vice Chairman
Illinois Manufacturer's Association

Mark Harris
President and CEO
Illinois Science and Technology
Coalition

Donna Hrinak
Vice President, Boeing International
President, Boeing Brazil
Boeing, Co.

Erin Inman
Senior Vice President
Primera Engineers Ltd.

Pradeep Khanna
Associate Chancellor for Public
Engagement
University of Illinois

Emily Knight
President
Kendall College

Jack Lavin
Chief of Staff - Office of the Governor
State of Illinois

Carmen Lonstein
Chair
Financial Restructuring Group North
America
Baker & McKenzie, LLP
A firm in association with Trench,
Rossi e Watanabe Advogados

Daniel Lynch
Managing Director, Corporate and
Government Affairs
United Airlines

Jim Messmore
Senior Vice President
Hanson Professional Services Inc.

Monica Mueller
Director, Public and Governmental
Affairs
Motorola Solutions

Mike Mullen
Member, Board of Directors
Cone
Vice Chairman
Center Point Properties

Chris Olsen
Vice President, Community and
Government Affairs
Tate & Lyle

Esther Quintero-Guzman
Associate Director of Global
Initiatives
DePaul University

Guadalupe Rico
Vice President Educational Services
and Partner
Rico Computers Enterprises, Inc.

Michael Rosen
Senior Vice President New Business
Development
Forest City Science and Technology
Group

Mark Staublin
Senior Vice President Business
Development
Garrett Brands

Jeff Uhrig
Vice President Corporate
Development
Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc

David Vaught
Director- Department of Commerce
and Economic Opportunity
State of Illinois

Don Welsh
President and CEO
Choose Chicago

Phyllis Wise
Vice President and Chancellor
University of Illinois
In Country Representative
ADM
In Country Representative
Caterpillar

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