Rauner off to Poland, Germany next week

Gov. Bruce Rauner is traveling to Germany and Poland next week in what he described as an effort to bring companies from the two countries to Illinois.

The trip makes good on a pledge the Republican governor made last fall to visit Europe, after taking a trip to Japan and China.

Of the trip to Germany, Rauner said, “We’ve got a bunch of announcements.”

“We’re bringing German companies more here and expanding German investment in the state,” he said.

“Poland is becoming more free-enterprise, they’re actually growing some pretty big companies, and the No. 1 state where they should be investing when they come to the U.S. is Illinois,” he said.

Before he leaves, the governor is set to meet with legislative leaders on Thursday in Springfield to discuss the budget. (Kim Geiger)