Jackson says Illinois has ties to Cuba - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois
Jackson says Illinois has ties to Cuba
Prof. John Jackson being interviewed by News 3 in front of a picture of the late Sen. Paul Simon.
WSIL -- Political expert John Jackson with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute in Carbondale has traveled to Cuba twice and he and the president are not the only ones from Illinois to make a visit.
Jackson recounts his visits as times where he was shown great hospitality from the Cuban people. Now he is rejoiced President Barack Obama is ending the embargo.
He said Illinois has long had a history with the island country.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin traveled with the president for the popular visit this weekend and Jackson said that is a good sign for Illinois.
“First time I went, Paul Simon led the delegation. He, of course, had been our senator, and he followed Governor George Ryan, who was the first American governor ever to go to Cuba after the embargo," he said.
Jackson expects an increase in trade for the Midwest.
“We in Illinois have all kinds of interesting trade matters because we’re a big [agricultural] state and they want to buy our agricultural produce, [and] we manufacture drugs in northern Illinois,” he said.