Paying his own way, McHenry County State Rep. Jack Franks is off to Cuba on a mission to boost Illinois exports, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.
He’ll be gone for almost a week, traveling with State Rep. Dan Burke.
Last September Franks accompanied Burke on a trip to Ireland along with Sen. Pam Althoff, House Speaker Mike Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton (and maybe others).
Franks Chairs the Illinois House International Trade & Commerce Committee.
Governor George Ryan’s trip in 1999 to Cuba boosted exports to $650 million, the Tribune report.
Franks says it’s 1/10 that amount now.