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2017


January 23, 2017
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Bruce 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 Sunset, Wednesday, January 25, 2017.


January 23, 2017
It’s Not Too Late To Get A Flu Shot
Influenza cases increasing in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Influenza activity is increasing nationwide and in Illinois. Many counties throughout the state are seeing more influenza-like-illnesses (100ºF or higher fever plus cough and/or sore throat), an increase in flu-related intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, and more people testing positive for the flu.


January 20, 2017
Illinois Film Industry Generates $499 Million in 2016
Chicago named #5 Best Place to Live and Work as a Moviemaker
CHICAGO – The Illinois FILM Office today announced that Illinois’ film industry generated $499 million in estimated Illinois spending, a 51 percent increase over the same period last year. This adds to the 18 percent increase that was seen in 2015. The office worked with 345 television, commercial and film projects that generated 13,377 non-extra job hires over the course of 2016.


January 20, 2017
New Authority Allows DCFS to Strengthen and Preserve Families
Federal waiver grants DCFS flexibility to better care for fostered youth
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Federal Administration for Children, Youth, and Families has granted Illinois a waiver of restrictions on federal foster-care funds to let the Illinois Department of Children and Families address family problems without having to remove children from their homes and putting them in foster care.


January 20, 2017
State Announces Free Tax Preparation for Low Income Families
Department of Human Services offers extra help during tax season


January 20, 2017
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


January 20, 2017
Governor Announces Appointments
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has made appointments to the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Labor Relations Board, the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Illinois Racing Board, and the Illinois Pollution Control Board. In addition, he has made a number of appointments and reappointments to the Boards of Trustees at Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, and Governor’s State University.


January 19, 2017
Governor Rauner Recognizes Illinois’ Progress In Bringing High Speed Internet to Schools, Students
EducationSuperHighway 2016 "State of the States" Annual Report Finds 83 Percent of Illinois School Districts Meet Minimum Connectivity Goal, Up from 71 Percent in 2015


January 19, 2017
Illinois Department of Public Health Reports Six Cases Of Viral Illness Linked To Ratteries
General public at low risk of infection
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting six cases of Seoul virus in individuals who had direct exposure to rats in two different Illinois ratteries. Ratteries are facilities where rats are bred. A rattery in Wisconsin purchased rats from the two Illinois ratteries and two Wisconsin residents have also tested positive for Seoul virus. Results of laboratory testing of rats at these facilities are pending.


January 18, 2017
Reality Check App Puts Career Planning Tools in the Hands of Youth, Job Seekers
Going Mobile Initiative in Illinois Making Rapid Progress
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has teamed up with the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) on a new Going Mobile initiative that will help teens, young adults and those considering career changes to obtain realistic projections and information. The app tells students and job seekers the reality about their career choice, so they can be prepared now for what the future could bring.


January 18, 2017
2017 Illinois Tax Filing Season Begins Monday, January 23rd
IDOR fraud efforts resulted in over $20 million in savings in 2016
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Revenue (“IDOR”) will begin accepting 2016 state individual income tax returns on Monday, January 23rd, the same date that the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) begins accepting federal individual income tax returns. IDOR is reminding taxpayers that filing tax returns electronically and requesting direct deposit into a checking or savings account is still the fastest, most secure way to receive a refund. IDOR begins this tax season with a continued focus on protecting taxpayers and state government against fraud.


January 18, 2017
Governor Discusses Importance of Apprenticeships
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner met with members of Illinois Workforce Innovation Board Apprenticeship Committee today to discuss the importance of bringing opportunity to every neighborhood in Illinois through apprenticeships.


January 17, 2017
Governor Rauner Announces Completion of New Illinois Route 29 Expansion
Joined federal, state and local officials to highlight four-lane highway improving safety and connecting Rochester, Taylorville
ROCHESTER – Governor Bruce Rauner joined by Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus and local officials announced the completion of the final 7.25 miles of Illinois 29 expansion between Berry and Edinburg today in Rochester.


January 17, 2017
Governor Introduces Teams to Improve Student Success at Chicago State University
Creates Advisory Council to work with Board of Trustees on strategic plan
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced the creation of the Chicago State Advisory Council to work with the Board of Trustees to build a stronger school with improved student outcomes.


January 16, 2017
Governor Rauner Signs Lead Testing Bill
Bipartisan legislation to protect Illinois children, remove lead contamination from schools, daycare drinking water


January 13, 2017
Governor Announces Appointments
Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has made appointments to the Chicago State University Board of Trustees, the Illinois State Board of Education, the Department of Central Management Services and the Department of Agriculture.


January 13, 2017
Illinois Targeted Violence Prevention Program Receives $187,000 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Grant
Funding will support community training and engagement programs
CHICAGO—Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) Executive Director John Maki today announced a $187,877 grant award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to support efforts of the Targeted Violence Prevention Program (TVPP).


January 12, 2017
Governor Rauner Announces #GovClassroomVisit
Plans to go on Learning Tour at schools around the state


January 12, 2017
IDNR announces $3.6 Million in Land and Water Conservation Grants
Federal funding helps local communities purchase public access and recreation spaces
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today that more than $3.6 million in federal grant funding has been approved for local governments to purchase land to be used for public access and recreation. Funding for the program is made available through the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).


January 12, 2017
IDoA tips for winter weather preparedness
Health hazards to be aware of during the winter months that could affect older adults
Springfield – To combat the dangers of extreme winter weather, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) has compiled a list of tips and signs to look out for to avoid serious safety and health complications. The environmental conditions during winter in Illinois pose a health risk to all residents, especially those in the older adult community.


January 12, 2017
Governor Rauner Addresses First Meeting of Illinois Bicentennial Commission
Official Bicentennial logo unveiled and co-chairs introduced


January 12, 2017
Freezing Rain Could Make Roads Slick this Weekend
Expect longer travel times and potentially hazardous travel conditions
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is alerting motorists that travel may be impacted by freezing rain and sleet today through Sunday.


January 11, 2017
Volunteers Across Illinois Set To Make Martin Luther King Day A “Day On, Not A Day Off”
Illinois also seeking nominations for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed January 16, 2017 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in the state of Illinois. The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today encouraged people across Illinois to take part in the day of service by volunteering in their community.


January 11, 2017
Department of Human Services Announces Illinois School for the Deaf Superintendent
Julee Nist brings vast experience as educator and leader to the school
JACKSONVILLE, IL – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced today the selection of Julee Nist to serve as the next Superintendent for the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD). Nist brings a wide range of experience, from interpreter and teacher to principal, which will be beneficial to the continued success of ISD students. Nist will assume her role as Superintendent in February 2017.


January 10, 2017
Criminal Justice Reform Commission Releases Final Report
-Thirteen additional recommendations aimed at reducing prison population and improving public safety-
--Will sign SB 2872 that addresses some of the commission’s 27 total recommendations and looks forward to working with the General Assembly to enact others -


January 10, 2017
Multi-state license fraud investigation results in over $85,000 in fines and restitution
“Operation Double Dip” Prevents Would-Be Hunters from Claiming Residency in Two States
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Conservation Police and Indiana Conservation Officers investigated cases of hunting license/permit fraud beginning in early 2015 extending through 2016 that has resulted in over $85,000 in fines and restitution.


January 9, 2017
Governor Rauner Recognizes National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Participates in Project Blue Light to honor law enforcement


January 6, 2017
Governor Rauner Proclaims January ‘Radon Action Month’
IEMA, ALA launch initiative to help school districts test buildings for radon
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed January ‘Radon Action Month’ in Illinois to encourage residents to test their homes for radon, a radioactive gas that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. To kick off the month, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) today announced a statewide initiative to help Illinois school districts screen school buildings for radon.


January 6, 2017
Rauner Signs Bill to Alleviate Burdens on Teachers Moving to Illinois
Cuts red tape & helps experienced, out-of-state teachers move into classrooms more quickly and efficiently


January 6, 2017
Governor Honors Scott Air Force Base in Centennial Celebration
Declares 2017 the Year of Scott Air Force Base


January 5, 2017
Employer Withholding Tax Changes Increase Accuracy, Enhance Fraud Prevention Efforts
SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to reduce taxpayer filing and payment errors, and increase the detection of false income reporting and insolvent employers, the Illinois Department of Revenue (“IDOR”) will begin requiring all withholding taxpayers to file quarterly withholding income tax returns and report detailed payroll data beginning in 2017.


January 4, 2017
A Year of Progress at IDOT in 2016
A look back: new capacity, improved safety, innovative solutions


January 3, 2017
Illinois DCFS Releases Public Service Announcement To Prevent Child Human Trafficking
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The human trafficking of children for sex in Illinois happens in every small town and big city throughout the state. In 2016, DCFS investigated 143 calls to the hotline for allegations of Human Trafficking. Many of the reports involved children being victimized within blocks of where they live.

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