Jack Franks Off to Cuba

Jack Franks at reapportionment hearing that ended up fracturing McHenry County.

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.

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