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July
2014


July 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Give Public a Voice Regarding Millionaire Tax for Classroom Education
Law Establishes a Statewide Advisory Referendum on Nov. 4 Ballot
BERWYN – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will give Illinois residents the opportunity to voice their opinion on whether millionaires should pay a little more to help ensure all students have access to a high-quality education. The legislation establishes a statewide advisory referendum on the November 4 ballot to ask voters if they favor a surcharge paid by the state’s wealthiest individuals to provide much-needed funding for public education in classrooms across Illinois. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to delivering stronger education in Illinois.


July 29, 2014
DOI Calls for Health Insurers to Bar Discrimination Based on Transgender Status or Gender Identity
Insurers Are Instructed to Remove Exclusions of Coverage Based on Gender Identity in Plans Offered Under ACA
CHICAGO—The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) today issued guidance clarifying that under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Illinois state law health insurers may not discriminate based on gender identity and related medical conditions. The guidance reminds insurers that exclusions and denials of coverage on the basis of gender identity are against the law.


July 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Reminds Drivers to Take Caution in Work Zones, Directs State Agencies to Redouble Efforts to Protect Public and Workers
Encourages Public to Increase Vigilance Following I-55 Tragedy
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today directed the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police to explore additional highway safety measures in the wake of last week’s tragedy that claimed five lives in an Interstate 55 work zone near Channahon. The Governor also urged the public to do their part to help crack down on reckless and inattentive driving in work zones throughout Illinois.


July 28, 2014
Regulators Charge Chicago Area Doctor with Cannabis Violations
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) urges both physicians and members of the public to be cautious about setting up or visiting so-called “medical cannabis clinics.” The Department issued this warning in the wake of filing a formal complaint against a physician for violating the Medical Practice Act and the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. While regulations for growing, dispensing and registering patients for the legal use of medical cannabis were approved by a legislative committee on July 15, no licenses have been issued for growing or dispensing cannabis and no physician certification forms are yet available.


July 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Eid al-Fitr
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan:


July 27, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims “Frank Thomas Day” in Illinois
Honors “The Big Hurt” and the Class of 2014 Hall of Famers
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed July 27, 2014 as “Frank Thomas Day” across Illinois in recognition of the “Big Hurt’s” formal induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Thomas is one of six Hall of Fame inductees in the Class of 2014 that also includes Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux and Joe Torre.


July 27, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Expand the Holocaust and Genocide Commission
Commission Works to Increase Public Awareness Through Educational Programs, Events and Outreach
SKOKIE – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to expand the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission, increasing its ability to reach even more people across Illinois with its important message. The commission works with Holocaust survivors to increase public awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides through educational programs, events and outreach efforts. The Governor signed the legislation at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie as part of his agenda to ensure Illinois embraces all people.


July 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on New Pullman Community Center in Chicago
Center will Increase Year-Round Recreational Opportunities for Chicago’s South Side and Create Jobs
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by city officials, community leaders and representatives of the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs to break ground on the new Pullman Community Center. Designed to be a center of community life, the facility will be a home to meetings, exhibitions and sporting events in Chicago’s south side. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive economic development in every part of Illinois.


July 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Investment for Broadview Park Project
New Development Will Create Jobs and Improve Recreational Facilities
BROADVIEW – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a capital investment of $1.2 million for a park development and improvement project in Broadview. Funded by his Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the project is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase recreational opportunities, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


July 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Unaccompanied Children Crossing the US Border
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the thousands of unaccompanied Central American children who have crossed the border into the United States:


July 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Welcomes New Class of Illinois State Police Troopers
37 Police Academy Graduates Assigned Across the State
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau to commission 37 new State Troopers during a graduation ceremony at the State Police Academy in Springfield. The new troopers will begin patrolling throughout the state starting Monday, July 28. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve public safety across Illinois.


July 25, 2014
July 30 Hiring Event to Maximize Veterans' Non-Profit Job Opportunities
IDVA, IDES and U.S. Chamber Partner in first-of-kind event
CHICAGO – The Hiring Our Heroes event, one of the largest efforts to help Veterans, military service members and their family members to find employment, returns to Chicago on Wednesday, July 30. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) are primary sponsors. The event is from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the University of Chicago, Ida Noyes Hall 1212 East 59th Street, Chicago.


July 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Ensure Quality Distance Learning and Online Education Programs
Also Signs Legislation to Streamline School Financial Processes and Extend Task Force on Civic Education
CHAMPAIGN – Governor Pat Quinn today visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to sign a law to help boost the quality of distance and online learning programs across Illinois and other states. The Governor also signed laws to streamline higher education financial processes and to extend the Task Force on Civic Education. Today's actions are part of Governor Quinn's agenda to ensure that everyone in Illinois has the opportunity for a high quality education.


July 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Charter School Fairness and Accountability
New Law Makes Lottery Process Transparent and Helps Prevent Conflicts of Interest
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to improve fairness and accountability in the student selection process, governance and funding of charter schools throughout Illinois. The reform legislation sets new standards of transparency for charter schools, which receive public funds but operate independently. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to give every child the opportunity for a high quality education and also make Illinois’ government more accountable, transparent and effective.


July 23, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Combat Flooding in Illinois
Oak Lawn to Receive $12.7 Million in Stormwater Assistance as Part of New Law’s Expansion of Clean Water Initiative
OAK LAWN – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help combat flooding across the state and protect Illinois’ drinking water. The legislation makes stormwater management and treatment projects available for state financial assistance following last year’s record rainfall and severe flooding that affected communities across Illinois. At today’s bill signing in Oak Lawn, Governor Quinn also announced that the community will be taking advantage of $12.7 million in low-interest loans from the assistance program for their local water system improvements. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive the economy forward and protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ water infrastructure.


July 23, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Cook County Board’s Additional Advisory Referendums
Cook County Voters Asked to Voice Their Opinions on Gun Safety and Mental Health Care on November Ballot
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the Cook County Board’s approval to add two additional advisory referendums to the November ballot. Voters in Cook County will be asked whether the state should require universal background checks for all gun sales and whether the state should prohibit the sale and transfer of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. A second referendum asks voters whether the state should provide additional funding for mental health care.


July 22, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs $1.1 Billion Capital Construction Bill
Shovel Ready Projects Will Create Thousands of Jobs and Drive Economic Growth
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new state capital construction bill that invests $1.1 billion in road and bridge projects to improve transportation and create jobs and boost economic development across Illinois, including Cook and DuPage Counties. The bill, which follows Governor Quinn’s successful six-year, $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, will deliver more than 210 projects and create an estimated 14,300 jobs. The legislation is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


July 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Strengthen Ethics Provisions in County Government
Law Helps Increase Accountability for Public Officials in Illinois’ Collar Counties
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to strengthen ethics provisions in certain Illinois county governments. The new law helps these counties establish ethical guidelines and simplifies the removal process for individuals who violate those guidelines. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.


July 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Ease Pain for Adults and Children with Seizures
New Law Adds Seizures to List of Debilitating Medical Conditions Under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to add the treatment of adults and children with seizures to the state’s Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protecting and improving the health of the people of Illinois.


July 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Ensure Fair Hiring Practices Across Illinois
New Law Prevents Criminal Background Checks Until After an Applicant is Deemed Qualified for a Job
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help ex-offenders secure employment in the private sector and become productive members of society. The new law prevents criminal background checks until after an applicant is deemed qualified for a job. Today’s action follows an administrative order the Governor issued last year to ensure the same consideration for those seeking state employment. Today’s bill signing is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all Illinois’ workers are treated fairly.


July 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Unveils Mandela Road in Chicago
Portion of Cicero Avenue Now Named for Late World Leader
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by state and local officials on what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 96th birthday to unveil the newly-designated Mandela Road in Chicago. The stretch of Cicero Avenue from Roosevelt Road to West Grand Avenue will now also bear a designation in honor of the late South African President and world civil rights leader Nelson Mandela.


July 18, 2014
Grayslake Man Honored as Illinois Veteran of the Month
CHICAGO - Robert Krautstrunk joined the Navy in January, 1944 and served as a Radioman 2nd Class in the waning days of World War II on the USS Requin (SS 481). While the Requin (ray-quin) was on its first combat patrol in the Sea of Japan when the war ended, for Krautstrunk, it was the start of a lifetime of service, accomplishments, and making a difference in his community.


July 17, 2014
Liquor Control Commission June Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In June the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 364 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 64 for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-two percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


July 17, 2014
Governor Quinn Expands Job Training Program for Illinois’ Hardworking Residents
Construction Projects Will Put Hundreds to Work as Illinois' Unemployment Rate Drops to its Lowest Point Since October 2008
CHICAGO – As Illinois’ unemployment rate fell to its lowest point since October 2008, Governor Pat Quinn today announced Employ Illinois, an expansion of his efforts to provide diverse residents with training for jobs in the construction industry. Offered through the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Tollway, Employ Illinois links job seekers with training and also increases the incentive paid to contractors from $10 to $15 an hour for each program graduate they put to work. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and help drive Illinois’ economy forward.


July 17, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Tragedy in Ukraine
CHICAGO—Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement:


July 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Landmark Grant Accountability Legislation to Protect Taxpayers
New Law to Reform Grant Procedures and Ensure Transparency, Enact Nation's Strongest Grant Controls
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed landmark legislation that overhauls the state’s grant oversight and accountability process, while providing the strongest grant oversight in the nation. The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act strengthens and streamlines requirements for state grants from all state agencies and will provide unprecedented protections for taxpayers. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.


July 16, 2014
Illinois EPA Releases Annual Report on Landfill Capacity
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has released the Illinois Landfill Projections of Disposal Capacity Report for calendar year 2013. This is the 27th annual report, which includes data regarding the expected disposal capacity available for municipal waste at Illinois landfills as of January 1, 2014.


July 15, 2014
SENATOR DURBIN, GOVERNOR QUINN, MAYOR EMANUEL AND COOK COUNTY BOARD PRESIDENT PRECKWINKLE ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $31 MILLION IN HUD DISASTER RECOVERY FUNDING FOR CHICAGO AREA
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced that the Chicago area has been awarded a total of $31.475 million in funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs’ (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program. This funding was made available through the FY2013 Sandy Supplemental Appropriations Bill, passed by Congress last year, and is part of a third allocation for communities that are continuing recovery efforts following severe storms and flooding that began on April 18, 2013.


July 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the First Meeting of the Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn issued the following statement on the first meeting of the Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee:


July 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces State's Backlog of Bills Falls to $3.9 Billion
Lowest Point Since Governor Quinn Took Office; Strict Spending Brings Backlog Down from High of $9.9 Billion in 2010
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today announced that the state's backlog of bills has fallen from a high of $9.9 billion in 2010 down to $3.9 billion as of June 30, the lowest point since the Governor took office. Five years ago, Illinois was home to the worst pension crisis in America and the state’s backlog of bills was on its way to more than $9 billion. Since taking office, Governor Quinn has made tough decisions, enacted major structural reforms and cut state spending by more than $5.7 billion.


July 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of U.S. Congressman Kenneth J. Gray
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Congressman Kenneth J. Gray:


July 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Fights for Stronger Gun Laws Across Illinois
Congresswoman Kelly Joins Governor to Urge General Assembly to Pass Illinois Public Safety Act and Take a Stand Against the Violence
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn, joined by Congresswoman Robin Kelly, today visited the site a recent fatal shooting in Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood to urge legislators to stand with families and communities and take action against gun violence. The Governor pushed passage of the Illinois Public Safety Act, legislation that would ban the sale or delivery of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois and require background checks for the transfer of guns. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois neighborhoods safer.


July 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Educational Opportunities for Students With Dyslexia
Aims to Boost Awareness of the Reading Challenges Faced by Many Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to improve educational opportunities for students with dyslexia in Illinois. The law identifies dyslexia as a learning disability and establishes an advisory board to develop teacher and school administrator training for teaching students with dyslexia. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to give every child the opportunity for a high quality education.


July 11, 2014
Lowering of Flags - remembrance of: Senator Alan Dixon
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise until Sunset on Monday, July 14, 2014.


July 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Names Rodrigo Garcia Acting Veterans’ Affairs Secretary
U.S. Marine Corps veteran is first Latino to lead IDVA
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn has appointed Rodrigo Garcia as Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), replacing Erica Borggren, who will head the Illinois Department of Transportation as Acting Secretary, effective July 10, 2014.


July 11, 2014
El Gobernador Quinn designa a Rodrigo García como Secretario Interino de Asuntos de Veteranos
El veterano de la Infantería de Marina de los EE.UU. es el primer latino en dirigir el IDVA
CHICAGO – El Gobernador Pat Quinn ha nombrado a Rodrigo García como Director Interino del Departamento de Asuntos de Veteranos de Illinois (IDVA, por sus siglas en inglés), será el reemplazo de Erica Borggren, quien dirigirá el Departamento de Transporte de Illinois como Secretaria Interina, a partir del 10 de Julio de 2014.


July 11, 2014
New Veterans’ Service Office in Franklin Park
CHICAGO – Veterans and family members in and around Franklin Park, Illinois and eastern DuPage County should find it easier to get to see a Veteran Service Officer (VSO) with the opening of a new VSO office.


July 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on Weber-Stephen Products Global Distribution Center in Huntley
Grill Manufacturer Will Add 120 New Jobs and Invest $26.6 Million in Facility
HUNTLEY — Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Weber-Stephen Products LLC to break ground on its new Global Distribution Center in Huntley. The facility will add 120 jobs and consolidate distribution operations from four other states. State support for the new Illinois Route 47 – Interstate 90 interchange made the development possible. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve the state’s business climate, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


July 11, 2014
IL Dept on Aging Raises Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse
Campaign Stresses Importance of Reporting Suspected Abuse; 24 Hour Hotline is (866) 800-1409 or TTY (888) 206-1327
SPRINGFIELD - July 11, 2014. Governor Pat Quinn has issued a proclamation that July is Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month and the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is raising awareness through its annual campaign.


July 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Record-Breaking Visitors to Illinois in 2013
Visits Chloe Stirling at Culinary Camp to Highlight Illinois’ Status as a Premiere Food Destination
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois had its third consecutive record-breaking year for tourism by welcoming nearly 105.7 million visitors in 2013. The Governor made the announcement during a visit with Chloe Stirling at the Kendall College Culinary Camp in Chicago where the 12-year-old entrepreneur is perfecting her baking skills along with other young culinary students. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase tourism, create jobs and drive economic development throughout Illinois.


July 10, 2014
Illinois EPA Refers Jaspreet Petroleum, Inc. to Attorney General for Enforcement
Agency Cites Release from Leaking Underground Storage Tanks
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett has referred an enforcement action to the Illinois Attorney General’s office against Jaspreet Petroleum, Inc. for releasing gasoline into the sanitary sewer system in Calumet City, Illinois.


July 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law Further Assisting Adoptees’ Access to Birth and Identity Information
Illinois Leads Nation in Expanding Adoptee Rights
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will help adoptees and their birth family members learn more about their family history. Today’s action follows the historic Illinois Birth Certificate Access Law, signed by the Governor in 2010 and recognized as the most expansive adoptee rights legislation enacted in the nation. Today’s ceremony is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to protecting and improving the health of the people of Illinois.


July 9, 2014
Mayor Emanuel, Governor Quinn and Roundy's Announce New Location in Lakeside on Chicago's South Side
New Mariano's Grocery Store Will Add Hundreds of Jobs and Create New Food Opportunities in Area; Investing in Neighborhoods is a Key Component of the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Pat Quinn, Alderman John Pope and Roundy's, Inc., a leading grocer in the Midwest, today announced a new Mariano's grocery store will be built on the former site of the South Works steel mill, now known as Chicago Lakeside, at the intersection of 87th Street and S. Lake Shore Drive. The new store, the second Mariano's to be announced on the south side, will increase the availability of fresh and healthy foods for residents and add hundreds of jobs to the neighborhood when the store opens, anticipated in 2016. Like other Mariano's locations, which average approximately 400 total employees, Mariano's Lakeside will deliver world-class customer service to the neighborhood.


July 7, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Tornado Relief Funding for Hard-Hit Illinois Communities
Signs New Laws in Washington and Gifford to Help Communities Recover From Disasters
WASHINGTON – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $11.6 million in state relief to help Illinois local governments recover from the deadly November 2013 tornadoes. The assistance is part of $45 million multi-agency relief package assembled earlier this year at the Governor's direction following the denial of the state's appeal for federal disaster assistance for local governments. Governor Quinn also today signed three new laws in the tornado-damaged communities of Washington and Gifford that will help Illinois communities recover from disasters.


July 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Put Women’s Rights Issue on the November Ballot
Referendum to Ask Voters if Health Insurance Plans Should be Required to Cover Contraception
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law to let voters weigh in on whether prescription insurance programs should be required to include birth control. The question will now appear on the November 4th General Election ballot. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure that all women in Illinois have full access to healthcare.


July 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of U.S. Senator Alan Dixon
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Senator Alan Dixon:


July 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Increase Boating Safety
New Laws will Improve Safety and Education in Illinois’ Waterways
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help improve safety on Illinois’ waterways. The three new laws expand boating safety education, improve safety and awareness of water skiers and tubers and increase penalties for those who operate watercraft under the influence. Today’s bill signings, which took place at Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor, are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make outdoor recreation safe and enjoyable for everyone.


July 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Fourth of July
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the Fourth of July:


July 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Expand the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund
Law Extends Program to Aid Military Families During Future Conflicts
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to expand the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund (IMFRF) to cover future conflicts for which the Illinois National Guard and Reserve may be called to duty. Since its inception in 2003, the IMFRF has provided more than $15.4 million in support of 28,840 families of deployed servicemembers. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to honor and support Illinois’ veterans and their families.


July 2, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Strengthen African American Family Commission
Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act by Signing New Law at Chicago’s Oldest African American Church
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law to strengthen the Illinois African American Family Commission. The Governor signed the legislation at the Quinn Chapel AME Church, the oldest African American congregation in Chicago. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure equal rights and opportunities for all Illinois residents.


July 2, 2014
Illinois Department of Human Rights Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964
Agency Unveils National Traveling Exhibition of 1961 Freedom Riders at James R. Thompson Center
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) today commemorated the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act with a proclamation from Governor Pat Quinn declaring today Civil Rights Act Day in the state of Illinois, and with local dignitaries who worked in the Civil Rights Movement. IDHR also unveiled the Freedom Riders national traveling exhibit, which will be displayed until July 11 at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St. in Chicago.


July 2, 2014
Governor Quinn Hosts Annual “Iftar” Dinner
Governor Observes Ramadan with Muslim American Community Leaders in the “Peoples’ House”
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn was joined by more than 100 Illinois Muslim American community leaders Wednesday evening to observe Ramadan with a traditional “Iftar” meal at the Executive Mansion. Governor Quinn inaugurated the custom in 2013 as part of his agenda to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation.


July 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Landmark Legislation to Expand Voting Opportunities in Illinois
Streamlines Voting Process to Help Give More Illinois Citizens a Voice
OAK PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today signed landmark legislation to expand voting opportunities in Illinois. The new law is designed to encourage participation in elections and streamlines the registration and early voting processes. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase participation in our democracy and ensure that every voice is heard in Illinois.


July 1, 2014
State Regulators and Federal Reserve Take Action Against Cole Taylor Bank
Bank to pay combined $4.11 million penalty for deceptive practices impacting nearly 440,000 students nationwide
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), working with the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors issued an order on June 26, 2014, requiring Cole Taylor Bank (“Cole Taylor”) to pay millions in fines for participating in deceptive banking practices through its agent, Higher One, Inc., of New Haven, Connecticut (“Higher One”), impacting hundreds of thousands of college students across the country.


July 1, 2014
DCEO Releases Five-Year Blueprint for Job Creation and Business Growth
CHICAGO—The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today issued a five-year economic development plan for Illinois, a proposal that sets out the state’s priorities for encouraging private-sector job growth and business vitality, especially in regions with the highest poverty and unemployment.


July 1, 2014
IDOT Acquires Bult Field, Major Milestone for South Suburban Airport
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today the acquisition of Bult Field, a general aviation airport and a key component of the state’s overall plan to develop the South Suburban Airport. The purchase, which closed this week, was for $34 million.


July 1, 2014
Extreme Heat Can Be Serious Health Hazard
IEMA, local EMAs urge people to never leave children, pets in cars
SPRINGFIELD – On average, more people die from heat-related causes each year than any other weather hazard. Yet many people still don’t take heat dangers seriously. That’s why the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will be working to increase awareness of heat safety throughout July, traditionally one of the hottest months in Illinois.

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