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January
2015


January 28, 2015
IEMA, American Lung Association Launch Health House - Radon Excellence Program in Savoy
Two Champaign builders coordinating with Heyworth radon mitigator in program to reduce radon-related lung cancer risks in new homes
SPRINGFIELD – A new home in Savoy built with radon-resistant construction techniques and an activated radon mitigation system is the standard officials with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) hope home builders across the state of Illinois soon will adopt.


January 28, 2015
IDHS reminds eligible workers to take advantage of free tax help and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
More than 30 sites offer free tax services Statewide
SPRINGFIELD, IL—As the tax season gets into full swing; the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) urges eligible Illinois families to take advantage of tax preparation assistance supported by the State.


January 27, 2015
One Confirmed Case of Measles in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav Shah today confirmed one case of measles in Illinois. A suburban Cook County resident became ill in mid-January and test results were positive for measles.


January 23, 2015
Governor announces latest round of agency appointments
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has made a number of cabinet secretary and agency board appointments. Today’s appointments include the Illinois Department of Labor, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois State Police, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Illinois Department of Central Management Services. Governor Rauner also announced he hired the administration’s Public Safety Director.


January 22, 2015
Rauner announces “Turnaround Team”
Stellar team to help turn Illinois around
CHICAGO – Following a presentation at the University of Chicago, where he laid out a number of structural issues facing Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner today announced his Turnaround Team, a group of extremely talented individuals who have deep experience in management, budgets, and streamlining bureaucracies.


January 21, 2015
Commerce Department to Review Proposals for Enterprise Zones
Program Promotes Job Growth in Communities Across the State
SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) said today it has received 67 applications for Enterprise Zones from communities throughout the state. The department will now review the applications. State law requires proposals for new and existing Enterprise Zones to compete for up to 49 available designations.


January 19, 2015
Governor Rauner signs Executive Order for Minority and Veteran Empowerment
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner signed Executive Order 15-12 today designed to help bring more economic opportunities to minorities and veterans. “Illinois is an incredibly diverse state, and we benefit from that diversity,” Gov. Rauner said. “But the unemployment rate for minorities and veterans is way too high. This Executive Order will help reveal some of the causes and identify ways to solve this injustice.”


January 16, 2015
Governor Rauner Announces Second Round of Appointments
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner announced today he has made a number of cabinet secretary, agency director and commission appointments. Today’s appointments include the Department of Revenue, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Health and Illinois Commerce Commission.


January 15, 2015
Governor Rauner signs Executive Order for hiring transparency
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner signed Executive Order 15-10 today to increase government transparency. Under Executive Order 15-10, Rutan-exempt employees will be published on the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal (ITAP) website, finally giving the people of Illinois a way to easily find the state’s political hires.


January 15, 2015
Representative Duckworth, US Army Iraq Veteran Honored With The Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion Award
Chicago -- In a career spanning over 23 years as an officer, leader of veterans’ services, and as a member of Congress, Tammy Duckworth has focused on her mission, her people, and her responsibilities, always seeking the best possible results. For her leadership, energy, and efforts, she was honored today with the Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion Award, presented by Harry Sawyer, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Interim Director, at an event attended by state-level leaders of the major veteran organizations, supporters, and friends in Wood Dale, Illinois.


January 14, 2015
Statement on start of 99th General Assembly
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner issued the following statement on the convening of the 99th Illinois General Assembly. “I want to congratulate all the members of the 99th General Assembly on their swearing in today. We have a historic opportunity to repair our state and make Illinois a leader in job creation, economic growth and education quality. I look forward to working with all members to deliver bipartisan results for the people of Illinois. I also want to congratulate President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan, Leader Radogno and Leader Durkin on their elections. I hope to work closely with them to make Illinois the most compassionate and competitive state in the nation.”


January 14, 2015
Readout of GOMB Meeting with Agency Chief Financial Officers
SPRINGFIELD – Tim Nuding, director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, led a meeting and conference call with state agency chief financial officers to discuss Executive Order 15-08 addressing the state’s fiscal crisis.


January 13, 2015
Vietnam Veteran Selected as IDVA Interim Director
SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran Harry F. Sawyer, a 33-year state employee, was designated to serve as the Interim Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) effective today. Sawyer takes over in the place of the departing Acting Director, Rodrigo Garcia.


January 13, 2015
Governor Rauner signs Executive Order for ethical and responsive government
Bans “revolving door” of state employees to lobbying entities; Further restricts bans on gifts from prohibited sources; Expands disclosures of economic interests; Reviews state employment contracts
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner signed Executive Order 15-09 today, which tightens ethical requirements for all state employees to ensure they adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity and impartiality while working for the people of Illinois. “Business as usual is over in Illinois and we need to regain the trust of the taxpayers,” Gov. Rauner said. “Today, we are showing the State of Illinois we have learned our lessons and are changing.”


January 12, 2015
Governor Rauner signs first Executive Order addressing state’s fiscal crisis
Review of spending, procurement & personnel decisions ordered; Halts awarding of contracts & grants; Instructs sale of surplus state property, conservation
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today signed Executive Order 15-08 addressing the State of Illinois’ fiscal crisis ordering a freeze of all state discretionary spending, halting the awarding of contracts and grants, and instructing the sale of surplus state property. “Years of bad decisions have put Illinois in a financial crisis,” Rauner said. “Today we start the process of putting our state back on the road to fiscal stability by reviewing agency spending, stopping contracts and grants, and selling excess state property.”


January 11, 2015
Governor Quinn Vetoes Bobcat Hunting Bill
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today vetoed House Bill 4226, which would have allowed bobcat hunting in Illinois. The Governor issued the following statement:


January 10, 2015
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Strengthen Democracy
Bills Expand Early Voting, Make Same-Day Registration Permanent and Set Special Election to Fill Comptroller Position in 2016
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to expand democracy in Illinois and bring it into the 21st century. The new laws make same-day voter registration permanent, expand early voting and set a special election on Nov. 8, 2016 to allow voters to fill the statewide position of Illinois Comptroller. Today’s actions are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase participation in our democracy and ensure that every voice is heard in Illinois.


January 10, 2015
Governor Quinn Announces $400 Million in Affordable Care Act Funding to Support Illinois Hospitals
Governor Also Issues Executive Orders to Prevent Pregnancy Discrimination and Ensure Implementation of Affordable Care Act
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $400 million in federal Affordable Care Act funding for hospitals across Illinois. The Governor traveled to Washington D.C. last month to personally advocate for the funding, which will help cover the cost of healthcare for more than 500,000 people. In addition, the Governor today issued two executive orders that fight pregnancy discrimination and ensure the state continues to enroll individuals in the healthcare marketplace.


January 9, 2015
Liquor Control Commission December Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In December 2014, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 182 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 41 for violations of liquor control laws. Seventy-seven percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


January 9, 2015
The Illinois Office Of The State Fire Marshal Urges Residents To Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
November through February: Months with Highest number of CO Incidents in U.S.
SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) wants to encourage residents to take a proactive approach to preventing carbon monoxide poisoning this year. Carbon monoxide (CO) causes sickness and can lead to death if not detected. Taking simple preventative measures can help keep families safe.


January 9, 2015
Volunteers Across Illinois Set to Make Martin Luther King Day a “Day On, Not a Day Off”
Day of Service Will Mark the Beginning of the Year of the Volunteer
CHICAGO – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today encouraged people across Illinois to take part in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 19, 2015.


January 9, 2015
Gaming Intercept program nets nearly $120,000 in overdue child support during first months
SPRINGFIELD – Parents who owe delinquent child support and like to gamble be warned; if you win big at Illinois casinos, it’s your children who will benefit. In a joint venture between the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the Illinois Gaming Board, the state recently launched its Child Support Intercept program at all 10 Illinois casinos. Noncustodial parents who owe delinquent child support and win a large-enough jackpot to file a federal W2G form will see that money turned over to HFS’ Division of Child Support to pay down the debt to their families.


January 8, 2015
Vietnam Veteran, Latino Leader from Des Plaines Honored with Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion Award
Chicago -- Chicago Vincent E. Rangel credits young draftee soldiers he trained and led in Vietnam, men he called “the living example of American initiative and resourcefulness”, for making him a better leader. Rangel was honored at a ceremony last evening with the Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion Award, presented by Acting Director Rodrigo Garcia, of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, at the Casa Michoacan in Chicago.


January 8, 2015
Governor Quinn Statement on Passage of Special Election Legislation
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding successful passage of legislation he advocated that will allow voters to fill the statewide position of Illinois Comptroller. A special election will give voters the opportunity to choose their Comptroller in the next statewide election on Nov. 8, 2016.


January 7, 2015
Governor Quinn Statement on Leaders’ Joint Proclamation for Special Election
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the below statement regarding legislation he proposed that would allow voters to fill the elected position of Illinois Comptroller. A special election will give voters the opportunity to choose their Comptroller in the next statewide election on Nov. 8, 2016. The primary election is scheduled for March 15, 2016. Governor Quinn issued the following statement:


January 6, 2015
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ Economy Driving Forward into 2015
New Businesses, More Jobs, Lower Unemployment Rate and Decreased Cost of Business are Driving Illinois’ Economic Comeback
CHICAGO – As 2015 gets started, Governor Pat Quinn today highlighted Illinois’ strong economic recovery. In 2014, the state’s economy significantly improved, with unemployment down and job creation up across Illinois.


January 6, 2015
IEMA Encourages People to Test Homes for Radon During Radon Action Month in January
Announces annual contests to promote awareness of radon health risks
SPRINGFIELD – Cold weather might put a damper on outdoor activities, but according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency it’s a great time to test your home for cancer-causing radon gas that has been found in nearly 40 percent of Illinois homes tested. IEMA is encouraging people to test for radon during Radon Action Month in January.


January 5, 2015
Governor Quinn Issues Executive Orders to Support President Obama’s Immigration Action in Illinois
Creates Initiatives to Help Undocumented Immigrants Apply for Federal Administrative Relief and Improve Public Safety in Illinois Communities
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued two executive orders to help support the state’s undocumented immigrants in their integration into communities across Illinois. The orders create the Governor’s New Americans Welcoming Initiative and the Governor’s New Americans Trust Initiative to help undocumented immigrants apply for federal administrative relief and to improve cooperation between immigrants and law enforcement agencies. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to support comprehensive immigration reform and make Illinois a welcoming place for all people.


January 5, 2015
Governor Quinn Directs State Agencies to Combat Severe Winter Weather
Opens More than 100 Warming Centers; Readies State Plows in Anticipation of Snowfall; Urges Safety During Severe Low Temperatures
CHICAGO – As Illinois battles severe low temperatures and anticipated snowfall, Governor Pat Quinn today is directing Illinois state agencies to be on high alert to help combat winter storms. The Governor also announced that the state has opened more than 100 warming centers across Illinois to provide shelter for residents from the bitter cold and has more than 1,700 trucks ready to combat the anticipated snow and ice. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to keeping all Illinois residents safe and warm this winter.


January 4, 2015
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Provide Secure Retirement Option for Workers Across Illinois
Creates Secure Choice Savings Program for Private Sector Employees
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to create the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program. The program establishes the option of an individual retirement plan for more than two million Illinois private sector employees who currently do not have access to any retirement plan at work. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all Illinois workers are protected and treated fairly.

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