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November
2014


November 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Abner Mikva Receiving Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today made the following statement regarding Abner Mikva, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Barack Obama:


November 25, 2014
IDOT, Illinois State Police, Local Law Enforcement Push to Keep Fatalities on Decline for 2014
Motorists Advised to “Click It or Ticket,” Drive Sober During Holidays
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and local law enforcement are working diligently this long Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the holiday season to keep roadways safe and traffic fatalities on a pace for the lowest total since 2009. The arrival of the snow-and-ice season and winter holidays means Illinois will see a heightened risk for crashes, with heavy traffic starting this week and lasting into January.


November 25, 2014
State Seeks Public Input on Strategy to Reduce Phosphorous and Nitrogen Pollution in Mississippi River Basin
Draft Strategy Aims to Have Agricultural and Municipal Interests Work Together to Improve Water Quality
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett and Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Robert Flider today announced that the public is invited to provide comments on a new statewide effort designed to improve water quality in Illinois and the Gulf of Mexico. The public comment period for the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy is now open, and comments must be postmarked by midnight on January 24, 2015.


November 25, 2014
Dept on Aging Observes Family Caregivers Awareness Month by Reminding about Resources to Assist
Administers the Family Caregiver Support Program
SPRINGFIELD – Family caregivers help their loved ones with a broad range of activities which can be a critical component in providing long term care for older adults. Without the support of their relatives and caregivers, many older adults would have difficulty remaining in their homes and community. Increasing numbers in the aging population has led to an increased need for caregivers. But, caregivers also need support or risk putting their own health and well-being at risk which is the message from the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) in observance of National Family Caregiver Month.


November 25, 2014
Avoid Foodborne Illness This Holiday Season
CHICAGO – The season for family gatherings and festive meals is here, and with that comes the potential for foodborne illnesses, if the foods are not properly prepared and handled. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck offers this helpful advice to avoid getting sick: “You should make sure your meats, including your Thanksgiving turkey, are completely thawed before you cook them. As you plan your meal, consider how much time you’ll need to thaw and cook your meats, and keep raw meat and poultry separate from food that’s ready to eat.”


November 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Launches Newest Veterans Cash Lottery Ticket
Program Has Raised More Than $11.7 Million for Illinois Veterans Since 2006
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today launched the newest Veterans Cash instant lottery ticket, a $5 ticket that has 100 percent of proceeds going directly to benefit Illinois veterans. Today’s launch is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to support the men and women who have served our nation.


November 24, 2014
Liquor Control Commission October Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In October 2014, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 341 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 52 for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-five percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


November 20, 2014
Illinois Residents Asked to Put the Tobacco Down
Support the Great American Smokeout – November 20
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is asking residents to make a commitment to stop smoking today – Thursday, November 20 – in support of the Great American Smokeout. This annual health observance challenges tobacco users across the nation to quit using tobacco for one day or make a plan to quit for good.


November 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on President Obama’s Executive Action
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today made the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration:


November 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Selection of New University of Illinois President
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today made the following statement regarding the selection by the University of Illinois’ board of trustees of Dr. Timothy Killeen as the university’s next president:


November 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Committee Passage of Minimum Wage Legislation
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the Illinois Senate Executive Committee’s passage of a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour next year, then to $10.50 per hour in 2016 and $11 per hour in 2017:


November 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Installation of Archbishop Blase Cupich
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the installation of Blase Cupich as archbishop of Chicago:


November 18, 2014
Legion Chaplain, Air Force Veteran Honored with the Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion Award
Ernie Collins has been a constant and calming presence in the veterans’ community in and around Mount Vernon, Illinois for over 22 years, building on his experience in the Air Force and his service as a Trooper in the Illinois State Police. In addition to his veteran and law enforcement efforts, Collins has been a volunteer fireman, EMT, speaker and teacher on a wide range of community interest topics, fundraiser, Honor Guard member, Chaplain, and working in a local soup kitchen. He was honored as a Senior Saint in Jefferson County (2008) and one of the Southern Illinois’ Leaders Among Us in 2009, and was honored today as Illinois’ Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion Award recipient for November, 2014.


November 17, 2014
Honoring Mayor Jane Byrne
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Monday, November 17, 2014.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Monday, November 17, 2014.


November 17, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Monday, November 17, 2014.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Monday, November 17, 2014.


November 17, 2014
Governor Quinn Visits Washington and Brookport Communities on Anniversary of Deadly Tornadoes
Governor Participates in Memorial Dedication Service, Announces Additional State Relief Toward Recovery Process
WASHINGTON – One year after deadly tornadoes devastated several areas of Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today visited two of Illinois’ hardest-hit communities, Washington and Brookport, to visit with families and participate in the dedication of a new memorial to mark the tragedy. The Governor also announced additional state recovery assistance to aid the two communities who are still in the process of rebuilding and recovery one year later.


November 17, 2014
Governor Quinn opens 100+ warming centers to help residents beat the bitter cold
State agencies urge safety during cold temperatures
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn is urging people across Illinois to take advantage of the state’s warming centers as temperatures across the state continue to fall. The state has opened more than 100 warming centers across Illinois to provide shelter from the bitter cold.


November 17, 2014
Transportation, Law Enforcement Agencies Announce Preparations, Driving Reminders for Upcoming Winter
Drivers Urged to Slow Down, Buckle Up, Put Down Handheld Devices
CHICAGO –With colder weather rapidly approaching and winter right around the corner, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois Tollway and the Illinois State Police (ISP) today announced that they are fully prepared for the upcoming snow-and-ice season and once again reminded motorists that when there is “Ice and Snow, Take it Slow.” Throughout the state, salt domes are being restocked following last year’s historic winter and snow plows and emergency equipment are ready to be pressed into action during the coming months.


November 17, 2014
State Health Department Promotes Diabetes Awareness and Prevention
CHICAGO –This November, American Diabetes Month, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is encouraging everyone to learn their risk factors for diabetes and how to reduce or eliminate them.


November 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Officially Launches Get Covered Illinois’ Second Annual Open Enrollment Period
New Statewide Three-Month Enrollment Period Opens Today; Will Add to the More than 700,000 People Who Have Already Gained Access to Quality Healthcare
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today officially launched the second year of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the Health and Wellness Expo at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. Led by the Get Covered Illinois (GCI) program, the state plans to build on the program’s successful first year in which more than 700,000 people across the state gained access to quality health coverage. The second open enrollment period is a three-month window running from Nov. 15 through Feb. 15. The launch is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare.


November 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Passing of Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today made the following statement on the passing of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne:


November 14, 2014
Five Year Prison Sentence for Unemployment Fraud
Restitution of $234,000 Ordered After IDES Investigation
CHICAGO - A Blue Island man was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $234,000 to the Illinois Department of Employment Security for defrauding the unemployment insurance program. IDES’ anti-fraud efforts initiated the investigation that led to the federal conviction.


November 13, 2014
Staffing company Medix selects downtown Chicago for its expansion
Recruitment firm to create 50 jobs, spend $2.1 million at new site
CHICAGO—Medix, a professional recruitment firm cited as among the fastest growing private businesses in the country, will expand, moving its headquarters to downtown Chicago and creating 50 jobs at that office within the next two years, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) said today.


November 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Launches Get Covered Illinois’ Second Open Enrollment Period
More than 700,000 People Gained Access to Quality Healthcare in First Year; New Enrollment Begins Saturday, Nov. 15
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced that the second year of open healthcare enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will begin on Saturday, Nov. 15. The announcement comes as Illinois plans to build on the program’s successful first year in which more than 700,000 people across the state gained access to health coverage. The second open enrollment period is a three-month window running from Nov. 15 through Feb. 15. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare.


November 13, 2014
Department of Insurance Announces Multi-State Settlement with Sun Life
Illinois will share part of a $3.2 million penalty against Sun Life regarding payment of Life Insurance Benefits
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today announced an agreement with the Sun Life Companies (Sun Life) regarding its use of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (DMF) as part of a multi-million dollar settlement with several states. Under the settlement, Sun Life will change business practices related to the payment of life insurance benefits and will pay $3.2 million to states that are party to the settlement.


November 12, 2014
Illinois Vehicle Crashes Involving Deer Still on the Decline
IDOT, IDNR Urge Motorists to Drive Defensively, Stay Alert for Seasonal Wildlife Activity on Illinois Roadways
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced that crashes involving deer are still on the decline in Illinois. Data reveals a one percent decline in motor vehicle vs. deer crashes, from 15,495 in 2012 to 15,334 in 2013.


November 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Illinois’ Veterans and Servicemembers
Attends Veterans Day Ceremony at Soldier Field to Honor Illinois’ Heroes for Their Sacrifice and Unwavering Commitment to Protecting Our Freedoms
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today saluted Illinois’ veterans, servicemembers and their families during a Veterans Day ceremony at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Governor Quinn has made our veterans and servicemembers a top priority throughout his career in public service. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s longstanding commitment to honor, protect and support the men and women who have served our nation.


November 10, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Monday, November 10, 2014.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Monday, November 10, 2014.


November 7, 2014
Federal and State Agreement Will Maximize Educational Benefits for Illinois Veterans
CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has joined Illinois elected officials, veteran and student groups, and several state agencies in support of a rule change that will maximize educational benefits for Illinois veterans. The rule change will ultimately provide veterans with greater flexibility in meeting the costs of post-secondary education. Today’s announcement is part of an agenda at all levels of government to keep Illinois as the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.


November 7, 2014
State Announces LIHEAP Winter Energy Assistance Program Enrollment
All Eligible Households Can Apply for Home Heating Assistance
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced that all eligible individuals can begin applying for winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Under LIHEAP, utility bill payments are made on behalf of certain low-income households. “As winter approaches, I’m reminding all Illinois residents that help is available to warm your homes,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “I encourage all those eligible to apply so we can make certain that Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens remain healthy, safe and warm this winter.”


November 7, 2014
Illinois Department of Insurance Announces Additional Competitors and More Consumer Options for Year Two of Open Enrollment
With more carriers and more plans, residents are encouraged to compare options before enrolling or re-enrolling in health coverage
CHICAGO – As open enrollment approaches for the second year of Get Covered Illinois (GCI), the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) announced today that the number of Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has more than doubled from 165 plans offered in 2014 to more than 400 plans being offered in 2015.


November 6, 2014
Collaboration Gets Results for Military and Veteran Students To Get Academic Credits for Military Training and Education
The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, in cooperation with the Illinois Community College Board, several community colleges, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and MyCreditsTransfer, recently completed a collaborative project to grant veteran and military students appropriate academic credit for the education and training they gained in military service.

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