Gov. Pat Quinn says his trip to Spain was a way of saying ``thanks'' to a good customer and building new relationships that could help the Illinois economy. Illinois exports to Spain are up by 29 percent, and Quinn says it's smart to thank such a good business partner. Quinn says Spain has strong public-private partnerships for construction projects. He says that's something Illinois should study, along with Spain's top-notch high-speed rail system. Spain also has successful bio-technology companies that might be persuaded to do business in Illinois. The Democratic governor spent four days in Spain at his own expense.
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