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Quinn to host Mexico state governor

Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 3:00 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has announced he will host Mexico State Gov. Eruviel Ávila next week as part of an effort to increase trade between the two states.

Avila's visit Sunday through Wednesday will include a ribbon-cutting at Mexico's new trade office and a wreath-laying at the Benito Juarez statue in Chicago He will also visit the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

The highlight of the museum visit will be a re-enactment of the 1861 meeting between Mexican envoy Matías Romero and President-elect Lincoln that sealed a friendship between their two nations.

Avila's visit is a result of Quinn's trade mission to Mexico City last year.

In a statement, Avila said he is eager to continue discussions about increasing commerce and tourism between residents of Illinois and Mexico state.

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