CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and the premier of Manitoba, Canada, have signed an agreement to work together on trade and commerce opportunities.

Quinn and Premier Greg Selinger signed the memorandum of understanding Saturday in Chicago.

The agreement means the two governments will work together to increase collaboration in industries including manufacturing, renewable energy and information technologies.

They’ll also work together on trade and tourism opportunities. Quinn’s office says Illinois delivered about $14.7 billion in exports to Canada last year, making it the state’s largest trading partner.

Illinois’ exports to Manitoba were $1.3 billion last year and included construction machinery and agricultural implements.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


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