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2015


May 26, 2015
Gulf War Veteran Reports for Duty as IDVA Women Vets Coordinator, Vet Business Champion
SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Army Gulf War veteran Nicole Mandeville reported for duty today with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs as a Senior Program Manager, championing Women Veterans issues, Gold Star Family Coordinator, and as the facilitator for Veteran Business Owners and Entrepreneurs.


May 25, 2015
Vietnam Veteran Confirmed as IDVA Assistant Director
SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran Harry F. Sawyer, a 33-year state employee, was confirmed today as the Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) by the Illinois Senate in a unanimous vote today.


May 22, 2015
The Illinois Department of Public Health Urges Illinoisans to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus
Illinois Department of Public Health offers tips for avoiding mosquito bites
SPRINGFIELD – As we start to see warmer weather, we will start to see mosquitoes, and that means West Nile virus. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) began accepting birds for West Nile virus testing on May 1, 2015. Local health departments will also collect birds and mosquito samples for West Nile virus testing in order to track the virus across Illinois.


May 22, 2015
Governor Announces Appointments
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today the following appointments to the Illinois State Tollway Authority, the Illinois State Employees’ Retirement System, the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois State Board of Health, and the Urban Weatherization Initiative Board.


May 21, 2015
Illinois Veterans’ Honor Memorial Day
Springfield – “On Monday, May 25, people across Illinois will observe Memorial Day – a time when we remember those who died while serving in the military and we honor their service and sacrifice,” said Erica Jeffries, Army veteran and Director, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “Memorial Day is an important moment in our civic life when we reflect on the real and human costs of war. We thank all our veterans for their service and we at IDVA remain on duty, ready to help them. We encourage our veterans to contact us, or visit our Stand Up And Be Counted website, so we help them get the benefits they have earned through service.”


May 21, 2015
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Noon on Monday, May 25, 2015.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Rauner’s Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Noon on Monday, May 25, 2015.


May 21, 2015
Breakfast Club Fans Can Take Home Movie Memorabilia with Special 30th Anniversary Auction
Theater Chairs from Set of Iconic Movie Up for Sale
Des Plaines, IL – In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the “The Breakfast Club,” fans of the iconic movie will have the unique opportunity to own a piece of the show’s history when the State of Illinois launches an exclusive online auction of a limited number of theater seats from the actual movie set throughout the month of June. The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS), together with the Illinois Film Office, announced plans to auction 30 chairs from the actual theater shown in the opening scene of the movie on the state of Illinois’ iBid website.


May 21, 2015
IDOT, ISP: Drive Safe, Drive Smart Over Memorial Day Weekend
Click It or Ticket Campaign Continues, New “Driving Dead” Episode Debuts
SPRINGFIELD – With the busy summer travel season beginning this holiday weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) was joined today by the Illinois State Police (ISP) and more than 350 local law enforcement agencies to remind motorists that they will be out in force, working around the clock to keep Illinois roads safe through Memorial Day.


May 21, 2015
Illinois State Fire Marshal Recognizes EMS Week
SPRINGFIELD – This week is National EMS Week and serves as an opportunity to thank the men and women who deliver emergency care across Illinois. Fire service-based EMS workers provide critical care to men and women who suffer injury or trauma and require emergency medical aid outside of a hospital.


May 21, 2015
IDOT Suspends Non-Emergency Road Work for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend
Lanes Opened to Improve Traffic Flow
SPRINGFIELD – The Memorial Day holiday weekend is expected to be a busy one on Illinois roads. Today, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that non-emergency roadwork will be suspended, where possible, from 3 p.m. Friday, May 22 until 12 a.m. Tuesday, May 26. Lanes will be opened where possible, in an effort to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for holiday travelers. Motorists should be alert, as lane closures in some work zones will remain in effect. Please slow down, eliminate distractions, and use extra caution while driving through all work zones. Work zone speed limits remain in effect wherever they are posted.


May 20, 2015
The American Red Cross, Illinois DCFS, Illinois DNR and Illinois Association of Park Districts Team Up to Promote Water Safety, Prevent Drowning
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The American Red Cross, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Association of Park Districts will team up for a 10:00 a.m. press conference on Wednesday, May 20 at the Springfield Elks Lodge #158, 409 East Lake Shore Drive.


May 20, 2015
Man Sentenced to Prison for Cigarette Smuggling in Champaign
Chicago – Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) announced today that Lemont Baggett, 51, of Chicago was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to felony cigarette smuggling in Champaign County. Baggett was arrested in Champaign County on August 21, 2013 with approximately 3,880 packages of cigarettes from the State of Missouri.


May 20, 2015
IL Nursing Survey Reveals Approaching RN Shortage
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois may soon face a shortage of Registered Nurses, across all specialties, as an aging workforce readies to retire, according to a survey conducted by The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) – Illinois Center for Nursing. The 2014 Illinois Registered Nurse (RN) Workforce Survey also finds that despite the increasing diversity of our state, the cultural and gender diversity of our future RN workforce is in decline.


May 19, 2015
Four Illinois Companies Awarded the 2015 President’s “E” Award
CHICAGO - U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzer presented the 2015 President’s “E” Award to 45 American companies that have made significant strides in expanding U.S. exports. Four of the companies honored, Garrett Popcorn, Sumac, MB Financial and the Illinois SDBC International Trader Center at Governors State University, are located in Illinois and have worked with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Trade and Investment (DCEO-OTI) to expand and make their business globally competitive.


May 19, 2015
IDOT Announces “2015 Airport of the Year” Recipients
CHICAGO –Seven Illinois airports are winners of the “2015 Airport of the Year” award by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). For a wide variety of categories, Decatur Airport, DuPage Airport, Marshall County Airport, Mount Vernon Airport, Northwest Community Airport, Poplar Grove Airport, and Quincy Regional Airport, were all recognized on May 14, at the Illinois Aviation Conference, held in Rockford. These highly-regarded airports were acknowledged for their accomplishments throughout the year, including an outstanding partnership with the State of Illinois and the commitment to customer safety and satisfaction.


May 19, 2015
Illinois Honors Achievements in Hiring and Promotion of People with Disabilities
Governor, IDHR Director and IDHS Secretary attend, address awards ceremony
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Bruce Rauner joined Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) Director Rocco J. Claps and Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Secretary James Dimas today to present the annual awards from the state Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED). The awards honor the achievements of those who have done an outstanding job of providing equal opportunity and access to people with disabilities, including the Illinois Tollway and a number of other agencies that have participated in the Successful Disability Opportunities Program.


May 18, 2015
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until interment.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Rauner’s Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until interment.


May 18, 2015
New Senior Home Administrator Appointed for Illinois Veterans’ Homes
Springfield – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) announced today that following an extensive selection process Lenard F. Winnicki of Herscher, Illinois, has been selected to be the Senior Home Administrator (SHA) for the Illinois Veterans’ Homes, state-wide.


May 18, 2015
Still Time to Enter Weather Alert Radio Contest
Online Contest Offers Chance to Win a Weather Alert Radio
SPRINGFIELD – People in Illinois have until May 22 to register for a chance to win a weather alert radio through the ‘Weather Alert Radios Save Lives’ contest sponsored by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA.


May 15, 2015
Older Americans Month Honored in Illinois
Observance highlights state’s commitment to provide quality programs to seniors
SPRINGFIELD – May 15, 2015. Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed May as Older Americans Month in Illinois and joins the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) to honor more than two million adults, aged 60 years or older, who live in the state. The governor’s proclamation coincides with the national observance each May and this year’s 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act. (See the full proclamation on the next page). Older Americans Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of community engagement as a tool for enhancing the wellbeing of older adults.


May 15, 2015
Josh Thompson To Perform At DuQuoin State Fair
First of Many Great Acts Finalized Ahead of 2015 Fair
DuQuoin, IL – State Fair Manager, Patrick Buchen announced today the finalization of the first grandstand performance for the upcoming 2015 DuQuoin State Fair.


May 15, 2015
Illinois EPA Announces Community Water Supply Testing Program
Drinking Water Testing Services Available through Illinois EPA Laboratory
SPRINGFIELD —Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett announced the Agency is offering drinking water testing services for Community Water Supplies for fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). Through the Illinois EPA Community Water Supply Testing Program, water systems can elect to participate in the program for one complete fiscal year.


May 15, 2015
Illinois Conservation Police Remind Boaters to Wear a Life Jacket and Stay Safe on the Water
National Safe Boating Week is May 16-22
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Conservation Police officers – in observance of National Safe Boating Week – are reminding boat operators and passengers to wear life jackets and stay sober while on the water this boating season.


May 15, 2015
Illinois Holds First Veteran Treatment Court Summit
Chicago – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Illinois Joining Forces, the American Bar Association, and others gathered today in Chicago to hold the first Veteran Treatment Court Summit, to highlight the importance of VTCs while learning about military culture, treatment methods and persons with mental health disorders who are involved in the criminal justice system in order to better serve those who served our country.


May 15, 2015
IDOT Listening Tour Wraps Up with Nine Stops
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that nine stops are scheduled during the final week of its listening tour to talk about the state’s infrastructure needs and priorities. Meetings will be held in Romeoville, Jacksonville and DeKalb on Monday, followed by Moline, Galesburg and Waukegan on Tuesday. The listening tour will visit Joliet and Bourbonnais on Thursday before concluding in Galena on Friday.


May 14, 2015
New Multi-Year Highway Construction Plan Released
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today released a six-year, $8.4 billion highway construction plan that fixes and improves roads and bridges throughout the state, but anticipates a rapid deterioration in the overall condition of Illinois infrastructure due to a lack of sustainable investment.


May 13, 2015
Lowering of Flags -In honor of the Peace Officers Memorial Day
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Rauner’s Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff on behalf of: Peace Officers Memorial Day from Sunrise to Sunset on Friday, May 15, 2015


May 12, 2015
New Administrator Reports for Illinois Veterans’ Home - LaSalle
LaSalle – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced today that following an extensive selection process, Sherri Whitmer of Princeton, Illinois is now the Veterans Home Administrator for the Illinois Veterans’ Home – LaSalle (IVH-LaSalle).


May 12, 2015
IDOT, ISP, Local Law Enforcement Begin Click It or Ticket Campaign
CHICAGO – With Memorial Day approaching and summer right around the corner, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and more than 300 local law enforcement agencies today are announcing the Click It or Ticket campaign over the next two weeks to crack down on seat belt law violators and impaired drivers.


May 12, 2015
Ceremony Honors Fallen Firefighters, Recognizes Others For Life-Saving Acts Of Bravery
Hundreds of firefighters gathered in Springfield for the 22nd Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial, Firefighter Medal of Honor Awards Ceremony
SPRINGFIELD – Firefighters from across the state gathered in Springfield on Tuesday, May 12th, to remember firefighters who died in service and honor 39 other firefighters for their outstanding bravery and service to their communities during the 22nd Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighter Medal of Honor Awards Ceremony.


May 12, 2015
Growers And Apiaries Encouraged To Register In Driftwatch™ Program To Protect Crops
Driftwatch™ Serves As Location for Producers and Pesticide Applicators to Communicate Sensitive Crop Locations
SPRINGFIELD, IL – As planting season continues throughout the state, specialty, organic growers, and apiaries are encouraged to register their crops in the online Driftwatch™ program to make pesticide applicators aware of their sites.


May 11, 2015
Curb Your Car Week Challenges Commuters to Use Active Transportation
Wednesday Group Ride Features Stop at Illinois Governor’s Mansion
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission has once again teamed up with area government agencies, organizations, and businesses to promote a Curb Your Car Commute Challenge. The 8th annual Curb Your Car Week is scheduled May 11th-16th 2015. Participants are invited to join a group ride on Wednesday, May 13th at 7:30 a.m., starting at Washington Park with a stop at the Governor’s Mansion and ending at the Old Capital Farmers Market in downtown, Springfield.


May 8, 2015
Acting Secretary Bassi Issues Statement Recognizing National Childcare Provider Appreciation Day
Acting Secretary Gregory Bassi issued the following statement: “Today the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) would like to recognize the exceptional men and women to whom parents across the nation entrust their children. Dedicated child care providers positively impact children every day through their love, support and guidance. . The importance of what these men and women do makes a significant difference in children’s lives and in their future contribution to society. IDHS is grateful for our continued partnership with child care providers across Illinois.”


May 8, 2015
Du Quoin State Fair Announces Two Headliners For 2015 Fair
DuQuoin, IL – State Fair Manager, Patrick Buchen announced today the first of many entertainment acts for the upcoming 2015 DuQuoin State Fair.


May 8, 2015
Governor Announces Appointments
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has nominated James Dimas as the Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services and Anna Hui as the Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Labor. He has also appointed the chairman of the Illinois Housing Development Authority


May 7, 2015
IEMA Helps Schools Remove Unused Radioactive Materials
Program enables schools to avoid costly disposal costs and ensure student safety
SPRINGFIELD -- More than 60 Illinois schools already have benefitted from a state program that helps schools safely remove unused radioactive materials at no cost. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging other schools to check for similar materials in storage closets and laboratories and to contact IEMA about collection and disposal.


May 7, 2015
Governor Announces Fourth Consecutive Year of Record-Breaking Visitors to Illinois in 2014
Domestic visitors to Illinois rose 3.8 percent in 2014 to 107.44 million; 6.4 percent increase in hotel-motel tax revenue sets mark for third year in a row
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced a record-breaking number of visitors traveled to Illinois in 2014, topping out at 107.44 million in total domestic travelers. It is a 3.8 percent increase over 2013, and the fourth consecutive year of record-breaking visitor numbers. One of the strongest growth sectors in 2014 was leisure travel, with day and overnight leisure visitors up 4.3 percent from 2013.


May 6, 2015
Illinois Agencies Host 24th Annual Earth Stewardship Day at Illinois State Fairgrounds
Area Fourth Grade Students to Learn Ways to Take Care of the Earth
SPRINGFIELD — More than 900 fourth grade students from Sangamon County are participating in the 24th Annual Earth Stewardship Day at the Illinois State Fairgrounds today. This year’s event is hosted and jointly sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Departments of Agriculture and Transportation and the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation District.


May 6, 2015
Party Before The Party
Illinois State Fair & Illinois Lottery Partner To Offer Fairgoers An Opportunity For Exclusive Backstage Party
Springfield, IL – Never before has the Illinois State Fair offered such access to its Grandstand entertainment. This year the Illinois State Fair and Illinois Lottery have come together to offer StageSide Parties. This offers fairgoers the chance to purchase a special ticket to participate in a pre-show party like none other. This ticket will also allow fairgoers a chance to be entered into a drawing to meet the artists performing at the Illinois State Fair.


May 6, 2015
Riding Season Here, IDOT Urging Motorists to “Start Seeing Motorcycles”
Annual Campaign, Yard Signs Tout Safety, Importance of Sharing Road


May 6, 2015
Growing Illinois Announced As The Theme For The 2015 Illinois State Fair
Theme Focuses on Growing Agriculture and Illinois’ Economy
State Fair Manager Patrick Buchen is pleased to announce the theme for the 2015 Illinois State Fair—“Growing Illinois”. “Growing Illinois” is an all-encompassing theme that goes well beyond the rows in a cornfield. It speaks to the hard working men and women in Illinois who help feed and clothe this great nation, ultimately growing the State’s economy.


May 5, 2015
Know Your Fair Housing Rights as the Rental Season Nears
Illinois Department of Human Rights Warns of Housing Discrimination During Rental Searches
CHICAGO – As summer approaches and rental leases begin to expire, May is regarded as the unofficial start of renting and moving season in Chicago. The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) urges renters to know their fair housing rights and to report any signs of discrimination to IDHR or local agencies.


May 4, 2015
DIRECTOR PHILIP NELSON ANNOUNCES NEW STATE FAIR MANAGER
Illinois Native Returns Home to Manage Springfield and DuQuoin Fairs
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Director Philip Nelson announced today the hiring of Patrick Buchen as the next state fair manager. Buchen, 63, was born and raised on a farm in Fulton County, Illinois. His family has long standing ties with the Illinois State Fair, including logging countless hours in the livestock barns, and as a member of 4-H where he worked with sheep, hogs, and cattle. The Buchen family holds an “Illinois Centennial Farm” designation dating back to 1863.


May 4, 2015
Emergency Preparedness Important for People with Disabilities and Functional Needs
Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
SPRINGFIELD – While every home should have a disaster preparedness kit and family communications plan, emergency preparedness is particularly important for households with members who have disabilities, functional needs or may need assistance during an emergency.


May 4, 2015
Four Science Students Receive Environmental Excellence Awards from Illinois EPA
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois EPA presented Environmental Excellence Awards to four Illinois students at the State Science Exposition. The competition was hosted by the Junior Academy of Science at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale on Saturday, May 2.


May 1, 2015
Illinois Senate Confirms Tom Tyrrell to Lead the Department of Central Management Services
Tyrrell brings vast private, public, and military sector experience to lead CMS
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Senate confirmed Tom Tyrrell as the Director of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Tyrrell brings nearly 40 years of combined experience in the military, public and private sectors to head the agency.


May 1, 2015
IDOT Listening Tour Continues Next Week in 12 Illinois Communities
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that listening sessions being held throughout Illinois to discuss the state’s infrastructure needs and priorities will be in 12 communities next week.


May 1, 2015
Governor Rauner Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action on the following bill today


May 1, 2015
Governor Rauner Submits Statements of Economic Interest
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today submitted his statutorily-required Statement of Economic Interests as well as the Supplemental Statement of Economic Interests required by the governor’s Executive Order 15-09.

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