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November 25, 2015
Governor Rauner takes clemency action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today granted ten and denied 200 clemency petitions. Nearly 1,200 petitions remain from previous administrations.

November 25, 2015
Serve Illinois Joins The #ILGive Campaign To Support Illinois Nonprofits
Goal Of $6 Million In Donations In One Day
SPRINGFIELD – To help increase donations to nonprofit organizations throughout the state, the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is joining Forefront in its #ILGive campaign. #ILGive is a statewide, non-partisan movement to support nonprofit communities in Illinois by increasing individual giving. #ILGive will launch on December 1, 2015 as part of the nationwide #GivingTuesday campaign.

November 24, 2015
Illinois Department of Commerce Announces New EDGE Agreements
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce today announced three companies have been approved to receive EDGE tax credits for committing to create a total of 87 net new jobs and $27 million in capital investments in Illinois. All three companies considered moving operations to another state but chose to stay and grow in Illinois as a result of the state’s high quality workforce and competitive incentive packages.

November 24, 2015
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission Receives CIO'S Most Effective IT Team Award From SIM-Chicago and AITP-Chicago
ISAC is First Government Agency to Win Award
CHICAGO – The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is pleased to announce that it has been honored with the CIO’s Most Effective IT Team Award, an award given to three Chicagoland organizations annually from two of the leading professional associations, the Society for Information Management (SIM) – Chicago and the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) – Chicago. Awards were presented at a dinner held by the associations on November 19, 2015. ISAC is the first government agency to ever receive the award, which recognizes the accomplishments of the team reporting directly to the CIO.

November 23, 2015
Readout of Governor Rauner Calls with WH Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
CHICAGO – The following is a statement attributed to Lance Trover, Director of Communications:

November 23, 2015
Celebrate Thanksgiving Tradition of Buckling Up, Driving Sober
IDOT, ISP Join Forces to Urge Safe Travel, Drive Down Fatalities
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is joining Illinois State Police (ISP) and local law enforcement agencies to remind motorists to buckle up and drive sober during one of the heaviest travel periods of the year. With one of the biggest party nights of the year on Wednesday and more people on the roads through Sunday, police throughout the state are stepping up their enforcement of seat belt law violators and impaired drivers during the long holiday weekend.

November 23, 2015
State Regulator: Title Insurance Upgrades Increase Efficiency, Reduce Costs
CHICAGO – In ongoing efforts to increase efficiency and regulatory responsiveness, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has implemented a revised agent application and renewal process for title insurance companies licensed in Illinois. Streamlining the two processes will result in less personnel time spent on agent applications and renewals by both underwriters and IDFPR. State savings are estimated to be $275,000, with underwriters realizing a total savings of nearly $500,000 over a five-year period.

November 23, 2015
Illinois Youth Center-Harrisburg Employees Raise $40,000 in Charity Campaign
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) Director Candice Jones commended Illinois Youth Center – Harrisburg for reaching their employee fundraising goal of $40,000 through the State and University Combined Appeal (SECA) donation campaign.

November 20, 2015
Statement Congratulating Sara Wojcicki Jimenez
SPRINGFIELD – First Lady Diana Rauner and Governor Bruce Rauner issued the following statement regarding Sara Wojcicki Jimenez:

November 20, 2015
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:

November 20, 2015
Governor Announces Appointments
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has made appointments to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board and the Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees.

November 20, 2015
Snow Expected to Impact Travel in Illinois this Weekend
Be Prepared for Hazardous Driving Conditions in Some Areas
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that snow is expected in parts of Illinois from late afternoon today, through Saturday afternoon. The National Weather Service is forecasting approximately 10 inches of snow in portions of northern and northwestern Illinois, and measurable amounts throughout the northern half of the state.

November 18, 2015
Rauner Administration Reaches Collective Bargaining Agreements with SEIU & Additional Trade Unions
- Total Number of Ratified Agreements Now at 17 -

November 16, 2015
Honoring The Victims of the Attacks in Paris, France
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Thursday, November 19, 2015.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from The President of the United States of America and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Thursday, November 19, 2015.

November 16, 2015
Governor Rauner Issues Statement on Accepting Syrian Refugees
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner has issued the following statement regarding Illinois’ acceptance of Syrian refugees after the terror attacks in Paris:

November 13, 2015
Governor Announces Appointments

Names Rep. Raymond Poe the Director of the Dept. of Agriculture SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has named a new Director of the Department of Agriculture. He has also made an appointment to the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission

November 13, 2015
Inadvertent Data Release
SPRINGFIELD – On November 9, 2015, the Department of Insurance (DOI), through a constituent complaint learned of an inadvertent data disclosure involving health care providers’ Social Security Numbers (SSNs). DOI provided unredacted filings from Blue Cross Blue Shield to the System for Electronic Rate and Form Filing (SERFF) database which posted the information on its publically available website.

November 12, 2015
Governor Rauner Announces Military Holiday Card Drive with the USO of Illinois
Governor Rauner and the USO of Illinois Encourage Citizens of the State to Remember Those U.S. Military Members Still Serving Throughout the World
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced this year’s Holiday Card Drive for the Military will be done in partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois.

November 10, 2015
IEMA Encourages People to Stay Aware, Be Prepared for Potential Severe Storms Wednesday
Dangerous thunderstorms, straight-line winds, tornadoes possible
SPRINGFIELD – With widespread severe weather predicted for most of Illinois Wednesday afternoon and evening, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today encouraged people to stay aware of local forecasts and be prepared to act quickly if storm warnings are issued.

November 10, 2015
Administration Takes Step Forward on Job Creation Tax Credits
- DCEO Signing EDGE Credit Agreements; Still Will Not Disburse – -- Film Credits, Enterprise Zones Also Impacted --
SPRINGFIELD – After reaching economically-responsible compromises on Unemployment Insurance Reform, the Child Care Assistance Program and DON Score legislation, the Rauner Administration announced today that it is taking some steps forward on EDGE Tax Credits as well as re-instituting the Film Tax Credit approvals. Both credits were suspended for new projects at the beginning of the fiscal year.

November 10, 2015
Governor Rauner Statement on Today’s Session
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Rauner issued the following statement following today’s action in the General Assembly: “I want to thank General Assembly members on both sides of the aisle who helped craft and ensure reasonable and responsible compromises to the issues addressed today. As a result of their efforts, now we are able to move forward on providing child care for working families in a more financially-responsible way, and we are able to continue our long-term transformation towards better and community-based care for our seniors.

November 9, 2015
Administration-Business-Labor Reach Agreement on Unemployment Insurance
- Strengthens Misconduct Provisions for Fraud, Abuse and Negligence – -- Eliminates $470 Million Tax Increase & $300 Million Benefit Reduction – --- Better Protects Social Security-eligible Workers ---

November 9, 2015
Statement on Senate Bill 570
SPRINGFIELD – Governor’s office spokesman Lance Trover released the following statement regarding Senate Bill 570:

November 9, 2015
Members of Nutrient Science Advisory Committee Named
Scientists Will Guide Development of Numeric Nutrient Water Quality Standards
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett and Illinois Department of Agriculture Acting Director Warren Goetsch today announced the members of the Nutrient Science Advisory Committee (NSAC). The NSAC is one of five working groups identified to aid in the implementation of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. The science experts will guide the development of nutrient water quality standards to protect aquatic life in Illinois waters.

November 6, 2015
Governor Bruce Rauner Issues Amendatory Veto
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto today of House Bill 2482.

November 6, 2015
Board Acts on Concerns Regarding Coal Ash Waste from Electric Generating Plants
Chicago—The Illinois Pollution Control Board today responded to public concerns regarding coal ash waste ponds at electric generating plants in Illinois. The Board denied the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s (IEPA) request to indefinitely delay consideration of proposed rules to regulate coal ash ponds. The Board also ordered the IEPA to answer specific questions regarding coal ash pond regulation, including the new USEPA regulations that became effective in October 2015.

November 6, 2015
Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Begin Opening for Business on Monday, November 9
The sale of medical cannabis to qualifying patients and caregivers will begin on Monday, November 9, 2015 at eight dispensaries located throughout the state.

November 6, 2015
Governor Announces Appointments
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has appointed an Inspector General of the Illinois Tollway, and made judicial appointments to the Illinois Court of Claims and the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board.

November 5, 2015
Tree Planting Campaign Begins On State Fairgrounds, New Lincoln Connection Added To Grounds
Four year plan will add over 200 new trees to Springfield fairgrounds
Springfield, IL – In a move that will forever change the landscape of the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is proud to announce a new partnership with Illinois Green Industry Association (IGIA) to replace dozens of trees removed due to an invasive pest known as the Emerald Ash Borer.

November 5, 2015
Bank of Springfield Tom Marantz Appointed to State Banking Board
SPRINGFIELD — Bank of Springfield (BOS) CEO and Chairman Tom Marantz was recently appointed to the State Banking Board of Illinois by Governor Bruce Rauner. As a member of the Board, Marantz will be charged with providing advice and guidance to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) Division of Banking with respect to the supervision and regulation of state chartered banks and trust companies. Board members also serve as the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Bank Examiners' Education Foundation, approving investments and expenditures of Foundation funds.

November 5, 2015
State Announces “Where Workers Work” Report Now Available
Department Publishes Private Sector Industry Data as Reported by Employers
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced today that the “Where Workers Work” report, a tabulation of employment as reported by employers to the state, is now available on the Department’s website. The report reflects only private-sector employment for Chicago and the northeastern six-county area, and is produced once a year using first quarter data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program.

November 5, 2015
Governor Rauner Announces Top Students to be Honored by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois
Ceremony at Old State Capitol Recognizes the Top Students from Each College and University in Illinois

November 4, 2015
La Salle County Court Imposes Aggregate Penalty Of $556,500 On Gas Station Owner And Operator
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) announced today that on October 23, 2015, a La Salle County Circuit Court issued a Judgment Order against Alpine International, Inc., a dissolved Illinois corporation, for $504,000 and against Ghulam Murtaza for $52,500. The order came in response to the defendants’ failure to remove abandoned underground petroleum storage tanks at a closed gasoline station, along with other violations of the Gasoline Storage Act.

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