Gov. DeSantis was in the Windy City for business talks

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Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Chicago Thursday, meeting with financial executives on another business development expedition.

During the morning, the governor’s schedule placed him in talks with CME Group, the futures and derivatives exchange, and with Northern Trust Corp. which specializes in wealth management and banking services to corporations and very rich people.

The governor began his trip Wednesday afternoon with meetings with KMPG, one of the Big Four auditing firms, and Loop Capital, an investment bank and brokerage.

DeSantis has been heavily recruiting financial services companies to install or expand existing presences in Florida. Earlier this week, he was in Jacksonville announcing a workforce training program centering on financial technology as part of a bid to boost the industry in Northeast Florida.

During that same trip, he said he would seek legislation to provide regulatory flexibility to companies offering new financial products and services. DeSantis also announced that the state has joined the American Consumer Financial Innovation Network, which coordinates oversight of financial services between the federal government and now seven states.

DeSantis has conducted earlier trips to cities such as New York and Chicago, pitching Florida’s business-friendly environment as an alternative to states with higher government debt burdens and taxes.

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