Foreign Firms Employ More Than 350,000 in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has released some figures about the Illinois economy during his trip to Japan.

Quinn's office says more than 2,000 foreign-owned businesses employ more than 350,000 people in Illinois. State officials say Japan and the United Kingdom are the top contributors. That number has gone up since 2009. That's when foreign-owned firms employed just more than 280,000 workers in Illinois.

Quinn has been in Japan since Friday. His trip is scheduled to end on Tuesday.

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