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Quinn, Mexican Governor Sign Education Agreement

Updated: Wednesday, February 12 2014, 11:05 AM CST
Gov. Pat Quinn is traveling around the state today, along with a
governor from Mexico. The pair stopped by Springfield to sign a new
collaboration.

The agreement is a memorandum of understanding
between the University of Illinois and the National Autonomous
University of Mexico.

According to Robert Hauser, a dean of the
University of Illinois, the pact will allow the two universities to
share the expertise and resources. Hauser added similar agreements have
positively affected health research, environmental issues, and
especially agriculture.

"Governor Avila, who is with us here
today, has come, with a delegation, on behalf of something very
important," Quinn said. "Agriculture, feeding the people. Very, very
important to all of us, in both of our countries, and on planet Earth."

The
governor's office noted Mexico is Illinois' second-largest trading
partner. Since 2012, Mexico has purchased $1.9 billion in agricultural
products. Last year, Quinn visited Mexico on a trade mission to try to
increase that number.

Before their trip to Springfield, the two governors laid a wreath at the statue of Benito Juarez in Chicago.

After
signing the agreement, both governors attended a short play based on a
meeting between president-elect Abraham Lincoln and an envoy of
then-Mexican president Benito Juarez. Quinn, Mexican Governor Sign Education Agreement


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