Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton Meets with Scotland’s Minister for Community Wealth and Public Finance to the United States (Chicago, IL) — Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton met with Scotland’s Minister for Community Wealth and Public Finance to the United States, Tom Arthur, during his visit to Chicago this week. They discussed opportunities for continued partnership between Illinois and Scotland in key sectors including education and finance.
“Illinois is a world-class leader in business, innovation and sustainability and I am always proud to uplift our great state,” said Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton. “I enjoyed meeting with Minister Arthur and look forward to building upon this enduring partnership.”
Illinois has deep ties with Scotland, including several Scottish societies, and North America’s only Scottish nursing home. The State of Illinois even has its own official Scottish tartan. The Chicago Saint Andrew’s Society and the Chicago Scots are the oldest not-for-profit in the state, dating back to 1845 and they host the Highland Scottish games every June. West Dundee is also a Sister City to Dundee, Scotland. Illinois is home to several Scottish companies including Menzies Aviation, Inc., in Chicago; Air Menzies International in Wood Dale; Aggreko, LLC in Lemont; Sam Van Galder, Inc., in Rockford and Laidlaw Transit Services, Inc., in La Grange.
In addition to Minister Arthur, the Lieutenant Governor was joined by the Head of the Scottish Government in the United States, Chris Thomson, and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Director Kristin Richards, and Deputy Director Margo Markopoulos for Trade and Investment.
Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton Meets with Scotland’s Minister for Community Wealth and Public Finance to the United States