Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is in South Korea, looking to expand the state's business partnerships. Rutherford took off on a six-day trip where he'll meet with several governmental and business leaders. During the trip, Rutherford intends to encourage Korean leaders to expand their imports from Illinois. The state already sends more than 800 million dollars in goods to South Korea each year. He'll also work to facilitate the expansion of a South Korean energy-solutions company to Central Illinois. That agreement would immediately create several technology-related jobs in the region. Rutherford says this is a great opportunity to enhance the economic and political ties between Illinois and South Korea. The trip is not funded by taxpayer dollars.