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2016


February 8, 2016
Illinois State Museum to Reopen to the Public
Director Rosenthal Announces Sustainable Model to Prepare the ISM System for the Future
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Wayne A. Rosenthal announced today that an agreement has been reached to reopen the Illinois State Museum to the public. IDNR has worked closely with Governor Bruce Rauner’s office to develop a new, more sustainable model for operating the museum that will save about $1 million per year by closing two museum branches, consolidating human resources and accounting functions within IDNR, and by development of a new management and organizational structure. The museum will also seek to improve revenue by charging an admission fee, and increase fundraising efforts through an improved partnership with the Illinois State Museum Society.


February 8, 2016
February Is Financial Aid Awareness Month: File Your FAFSA Now To Be Eligible For Financial Aid!
Illinois Student Assistance Commission promotes free financial aid events and resources
CHICAGO – While the current budget delay has made this a challenging time for higher education in Illinois, financial aid is available to help make college possible for Illinois students—if they apply for it. As part of Financial Aid Awareness Month, students are reminded to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)—the form that determines a student’s eligibility for most federal, state, and college financial aid programs. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state agency that works with students and families year-round to increase college access, is offering a host of free workshops and other assistance to assist students in completing the form as soon as possible.


February 8, 2016
Knox County Court Imposes Penalty Of $1,183,000 On Gas Station Operator
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) announced today that on January 19, 2016, a Knox County Circuit Court issued a Default Judgment Order against T-Mart, Inc., a dissolved Wisconsin corporation, for $1,183,000 in civil fines and penalties. The order came in response to the defendant’s failure to remove abandoned underground petroleum storage tanks at a closed gasoline station, along with other violations of the Gasoline Storage Act.


February 5, 2016
Governor Applauds Bipartisan Consolidation Legislation
Task Force headed by Lt. Governor announces four bipartisan bills to empower local communities & save taxpayer dollars


February 5, 2016
Governor Takes Bill Action
Issues amendatory veto to ensure long-term sustainability of Illinois State Museum


February 4, 2016
Illinois Department of Human Rights Releases Interim Report on Statewide Discrimination Study
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) has publicly released its interim report to Governor Bruce Rauner on a wide-ranging study of statewide discrimination patterns and barriers to success. The study, Illinois Scorecard on Discrimination: Identifying Best Practices to Promote Diversity and Inclusion, will partner with over 125 statewide partners to develop recommendations on improving diversity, inclusion, and non-discrimination throughout Illinois.


February 4, 2016
Gov. Rauner Declares I-55 Open for Business
New Resolution to Advance Managed Lanes as Possible P3
CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner today was joined by legislative leaders and local elected officials to announce a legislative resolution that would allow the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to pursue adding managed lanes to Interstate 55 under a private-public partnership. By seeking out a P3 agreement, the state could deliver the project benefits more quickly and at a reduced cost.


February 4, 2016
IDOT, ISP: Make a Super Bowl Game Plan
Pick your team now: Are you drinking or are you driving?
SPRINGFIELD – Millions of people will gather this Sunday to watch the Super Bowl. Many will celebrate with alcohol. As part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and police and sheriff’s departments throughout Illinois strongly urge fans to come up with a game plan now: drinking or driving, but not both.


February 3, 2016
Illinois Businesses will work with State Government to promote Human-Trafficking Resource Center Hotline Number
Chicago, IL – Effective January 1, 2016, The Human-Trafficking Resource Center Notice Act will assist victims by requiring businesses and establishments to post the National Human-Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline number. The specific business or other establishment must post a notice that complies with the requirements of this Act in a conspicuous place near the public entrance of the establishment or in another conspicuous location in clear view of the public and employees where similar notices are customarily posted. This mandated notice is available on the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) website for downloading in several languages.


February 3, 2016
Governor Signs Executive Order Directing Department of Commerce to Work with New Economic Development Non-profit
Focused Effort to Attract Business and Create Jobs


February 3, 2016
Hoverboard Safety Memo
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of the State Fire Marshal would like to warn Illinois residents about fire hazards that have been posed by self-balancing motorized scooters known as “hoverboards.” Hoverboards were one of the most popular gifts of the holiday season but have come under recent scrutiny due to a number of incidents in which they have caught fire while charging or while in use.


February 2, 2016
Illinois Film Industry Generates $330M in 2015
Industry continues to diversify, show potential with increasing need for content
CHICAGO – The Illinois FILM Office today announced that Illinois’ film industry continues to thrive, generating $330 million in Illinois spending in 2015, an 18 percent increase over the previous year, and employing thousands of Illinois residents. In 2015, the FILM Office worked with 291 television, commercial and film projects, representing the state’s multidimensional film infrastructure. Due to sustained growth and strong local support for the film industry, Chicago, Illinois was once again named one of the top 10 best places to live and work as a filmmaker by MovieMaker Magazine.


February 1, 2016
IEMA Encourages People to Prepare for Earthquakes
Preparedness actions can prevent injuries, reduce property damage
SPRINGFIELD – Just over 200 years ago, parts of Illinois and several other states in the Central U.S. were rocked by some of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in North America, with the strongest quakes estimated to be around magnitude 8.0.

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