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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is in Japan to promote the state’s universities and transportation infrastructure in hopes of attracting businesses.

Rauner had repeatedly asserted that the state’s political system is broken - and that hurts the state’s business climate. Speaking from Tokyo last night, Rauner said one Japanese company looking to grow in Illinois considers local property taxes to be a hindrance.


Brian Mackey

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is embarking on an eight-day trade mission to Japan and China later this week.

Until now, Rauner has spent more time criticizing the Illinois business climate than promoting it. Rauner says he wasn’t traveling to aggressively promote Illinois because he thought it was inappropriate.

There was no budget for two years, and Democrats were blocking his anti-union agenda. Even though Rauner didn’t get that passed, he’s now going to personally recruit companies abroad anyway.

Gov. Rauner Promotes Illinois-Japan Trade Ties

Sep 13, 2016
Illinois CMS

The economic relationship between Illinois and Japan has never been stronger, Gov. Bruce Rauner told the annual Midwest-U.S. Japan Association Conference in St. Louis on Monday.

Rauner says the state’s relationship with Japan is very important to the state’s economy.

“We have 350 companies from Japan invested in Illinois, we have 1,200 locations for businesses throughout the state of Illinois, and the employ almost 50,000 hard-working Illinoisans.”