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August
2014


August 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Help Prevent Concussions Among High School Athletes
Law Requires Illinois High Schools to Train Athletic Directors and Coaches on Concussion Reduction
OAK PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help reduce and prevent concussions among high school athletes. The law requires training on concussion awareness and reduction for high school athletic directors and coaches. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health of the people of Illinois.


August 19, 2014
IDHS/DRS helps more than 5,000 individuals with disabilities find jobs
Program provides necessary tools to earn a living wage and become more independent
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – A program operated by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) helped 5,155 individuals with significant disabilities find gainful employment last year (fiscal year 2014). This was the third consecutive year of positive growth for the program, with more than 15,000 people with disabilities becoming employed during that time period.


August 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces AAR Corporation to Expand in Rockford and Create 500 Jobs
AAR to Open a New Hangar at Rockford International Airport to Service Next Generation Aircraft
ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that global aircraft service leader AAR Corporation is opening a new maintenance and repair hangar in Rockford that will create up to 500 new jobs over five years. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Protect Vulnerable Adults and Seniors
New Laws Improve Procedures for Reporting and Resolving Problems with Individuals in Nursing Homes or Community Settings
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed two new laws that protect vulnerable adults and senior citizens across Illinois. The new laws improve procedures for reporting and resolving problems with individuals in nursing homes or community settings. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve safety, care and quality of life for Illinois’ senior citizens and persons with disabilities.


August 17, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Ban Smoking on State University Campuses
Also Signs New Law to Restrict Display of E-Cigarettes Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to prohibit smoking on the campuses of all state-supported colleges and universities. The smoking ban takes effect July 1, 2015 and applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces on campuses. The Governor also signed a law to restrict the display of e-cigarettes. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health and well-being of all people in every community across Illinois.


August 17, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Support Illinois’ Latino Population
Law Updates Data Collection Practices to Reflect Illinois’ Increasingly Diverse Population
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today attended the Fifth Annual Cuban Festival in Chicago to sign legislation to update state agency data collection policies to reflect Illinois’ increasingly diverse community. The new law will help ensure the state meets the needs of every community and is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation.


August 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Coordinate Assistance to Illinois’ Servicemembers
New Partnership Will Help Guide Support for Illinois’ Servicemembers and their Families
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will help coordinate the donations and grants made by the public toward Illinois’ veterans. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to support Illinois’ military families.


August 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Keep Dangerous Substances Away from Illinois’ Schools
Additional Laws Help Combat Drug Use and Possession by Illinois’ Children
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed three new laws to fight the use and manufacture of illegal drugs in Illinois. The laws toughen penalties for meth manufacture near schools, add certain synthetic drugs to the Controlled Substances Act and prohibit anyone under 18 from purchasing or possessing any product containing the herbal drug Kratom. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to keep schools safe and protect the health of the people of Illinois.


August 15, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Sunday, August 17, 2014 until Sunset on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Sunday, August 17, 2014 until Sunset on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.


August 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Prohibit ATM Fees on Child Support Payments
Law Will Ensure Children Receive the Support and Care They Deserve
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to prohibit ATM fees on EPPICards, reloadable debit cards which are methods of receiving child support payments. The new law will ensure that children receive the support and care they deserve. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect consumers and support Illinois’ families.


August 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ Unemployment Rate Drops to Near Six-Year Low
Visits Chicago Manufacturer to Announce State’s Unemployment Rate Dropped to 6.8 Percent in July with 11,200 Private Sector Jobs Added
CHICAGO – As Illinois’ unemployment rate fell to its lowest point since August 2008, Governor Pat Quinn today visited Wheatland Tube, the largest pipe and conduit manufacturer in North America, to discuss the state’s ongoing economic comeback. Illinois’ unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in July, its lowest level since August 2008. Wheatland Tube is among many Illinois businesses that are adding new jobs to the state’s workforce and fueling the economic recovery. Today’s event is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Calls for State Building to Be Named in Honor of U.S. Senator Alan Dixon
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a plan to name the Illinois State Museum Building in Springfield after the late U.S. Senator Alan Dixon. Governor Quinn initiated and is working with the Illinois General Assembly to pass a joint resolution making that designation official.


August 13, 2014
Illinois EPA Announces Fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett today announced household hazardous waste collections have been scheduled in six communities for the fall of 2014. Through household hazardous waste collections, citizens are given the opportunity to safely dispose of unused or leftover household products commonly found in homes, basements and garages. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


August 13, 2014
Liquor Control Commission July Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In July 2014, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 342 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 47 for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-six percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


August 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Veterans With Disabilities
New Law Removes Unnecessary Hurdles for Veterans Who Rely On the Use of Accessible Parking Spots
VILLA PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to ensure that veterans with disabilities can utilize accessible parking spaces across Illinois without facing unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles. The Governor was joined at today’s bill signing by Congresswoman and former Assistant Director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Congresswoman Duckworth is a decorated Iraq War veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart for serious injuries sustained during combat. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to honor and support the men and women who have served our nation.


August 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Emergency Response Services in Rural Areas
New Laws Will Help Improve Emergency Response Times and Quality Care to People Across Every Corner of Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today visited the Illinois State Fair on Agriculture Day to sign legislation that will help improve emergency response services in rural areas throughout the state. The new laws help ensure the highest quality of care can be provided in ambulances and on the scene of accidents across Illinois. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to protect and improve the health and well-being of the people of Illinois.


August 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Innovative Swedish-Based Manufacturer to Expand in Naperville
SKF Group Creating 80 Jobs, Investing $18.6 Million in Research Center
CHICAGO — Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Swedish-based SKF Group has selected Illinois for its new North American research and development facility, which will create 40 full-time jobs within two years and another 40 within four years. The company chose a site in Naperville over locations in several other states. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Expands Green Transportation Program on Illinois’ Highways
‘Bus on Shoulders’ Program Made Permanent and Will Now Transport Even More People Over More Illinois Highways
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to expand the innovative ‘Bus on Shoulders’ program and make Illinois’ highways more environmentally-friendly, efficient and accessible. The legislation is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward and protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ infrastructure.


August 11, 2014
Veterans’ Day at the Illinois State Fair Great Success for Thousands
Springfield -- The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois State Fair, hosted veterans and their family members to a great day at the State Fair – admission free – on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, with a surprise visit by Governor Pat Quinn, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and other elected and appointed officials to veteran-centric events.


August 11, 2014
Misclassified Employees Force Taxpayers To Subsidize Costs, Harm Economy
Illinois Led Nation in Auditing Problem Employers
CHICAGO – Illinois employers wrongly classified nearly 20,000 of their workers as independent contractors rather than full-time employees in 2013, skipping out on more than $250 million in wages and contributions to funds that support laid-off and injured workers, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today.


August 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Illinois’ Military Families
New Law Offers Gold Star License Plates to Children of Fallen Servicemembers
ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to allow the children of fallen servicemembers apply for Gold Star license plates. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to support Illinois’ military families.


August 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Jackie Robinson West Little League Team
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team’s regional championship victory. The Chicago South Side team will now head to Williamsport, Pa. to compete in the Little League World Series.


August 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs “Sign and Drive” Law
Legislation Ends the Practice of Posting a Driver’s License for Traffic Citations
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law to end the practice of posting a valid driver‘s license as security for traffic citations in Illinois. Today’s action on the “Sign and Drive” law continues the Governor’s commitment to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.


August 8, 2014
Governor Quinn Kicks-Off 2014 Illinois State Fair
Annual Family-Friendly Agricultural Showcase Features Entertainment and Activities for Everyone
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by families and officials from across the state to kick-off the 2014 Illinois State Fair. The annual 10-day agricultural celebration features a wide variety of family-friendly activities including food, racing, music and carnival rides. This year’s fair theme is “Making Memories.”


August 8, 2014
Illinois EPA Features Interactive Exhibit at State Fair’s Conservation World
Agency Will Highlight Recycling and Green Actions at Home with Carnival/Midway Themed Exhibit
SPRINGFIELD—Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett today announced the Agency’s participation in the 2014 Illinois State Fair Exhibits. In keeping with this year’s State Fair theme “Making Memories,” the Agency’s State Fair exhibit theme will be “Recycling Memories at the Illinois State Fair.” Using a carnival/midway theme, the exhibit will teach visiting youth how to recycle and highlight “green actions” they can take at home.


August 7, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Next Phase of South Suburban Airport Development
Following Bult Field Purchase, Upcoming Forum Will Help Guide Historic Project to Revitalize South Suburban Region and Create Thousands of Jobs
MONEE – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois is taking an important next step toward building the South Suburban Airport (SSA). At the direction of Governor Quinn, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will host an industry forum next month with private developers, air carriers and potential airport tenants to create a business plan and strategy to complete the project as quickly and efficiently as possible. The move follows the state’s recent purchase of Bult Field – a general aviation airport that will serve as the SSA’s first runway.


August 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Walgreens
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the Walgreens Company's decision to remain headquartered in the United States.


August 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Workers Across Illinois
Bill Drafted by Attorney General Madigan Limits Payroll Card Fees and Gives Employees More Flexibility
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law to protect the increasing number of workers across Illinois who receive their compensation through a payroll card. The measure, drafted by Attorney General Lisa Madigan, provides important protections for employees by limiting fees that can be imposed on payroll cards. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all Illinois workers are treated fairly and receive the compensation they deserve.


August 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces State Police to Assist Chicago Police Department
Forty State Police Troopers Will Join CPD Officers Following Mayor Emanuel’s Request for Assistance
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today directed the Illinois State Police to deploy 40 state troopers to join Chicago Police officers in patrolling four city neighborhoods. The action follows the city’s request for assistance and is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.


August 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on 49th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn issued today a statement on the 49th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965:


August 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Heroin Awareness and Prevention Efforts Across Illinois
New Law Strengthens Task Force Devoted to Fighting Heroin
ROMEOVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to fight heroin use in communities across Illinois. The new law will expand the scope of a special task force created last year to study heroin use in Illinois and make recommendations to increase awareness and prevention. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to strengthen drug prevention efforts and save lives.


August 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Valence Health to Expand in Illinois
Chicago Company Will Create 500 New Jobs by 2019
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn announced today that Valence Health is significantly expanding their business in Illinois and will create 500 jobs in Chicago over the next five years. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement Regarding Passing of Gene Callahan
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passing of Gene Callahan:


August 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of James Brady
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the passing of James Brady:


August 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Address Urban Flooding and Ensure Cleaner Drinking Water
Legislation Will Help Protect Health and Wellness of All Illinois Residents
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed critical legislation to address urban flooding and to help ensure clean drinking water supplies and a cleaner environment. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


August 2, 2014
Governor Quinn Takes Action to Strengthen Humane Treatment of Animals Law
Signs New Law Proposed by Illinois Third-Graders Devoted to Fighting Puppy Mills; Issues Order to Create Illinois Pet Advocacy Task Force
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action to protect animals across Illinois by fighting puppy mills. The Governor today signed a new law that was proposed by three dedicated third-graders from Arlington Heights and increases penalties for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Today’s action, taken at a Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS) event in Chicago, is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure that all animals are treated humanely in Illinois.


August 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Invites Applications for 32nd Annual Hometown Awards
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn is encouraging Illinois communities large and small to submit entries for the 2014 Governor’s Hometown Awards competition. This year marks the 32nd annual event, which recognizes volunteers whose hard work and dedication greatly improve their communities. The deadline to submit applications is August 18, 2014.


August 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Investments to Expand Recreation and Tourism in Rockford Area
Investments Will Help Expand and Improve Rockford Area Facilities to Create Jobs, Support Recreation and Drive Tourism
LOVES PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by local government, business, civic and labor leaders to announce $3.1 million in state investments to expand sporting facilities in the Rockford area. The Governor also launched construction of the region’s Reclaiming First initiative, to help boost tourism in the Rockford area. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to promote recreation and sports tourism in Illinois.


August 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Completion of Cutting Edge Broadband Network
$100 Million Illinois Century Network Construction Brings Ultra-Fast Access to Communities Across 55 Counties
NORMAL – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the completion of a nearly $100 million, four-year project to install more than 1,000 new miles of high-speed fiber-optic broadband infrastructure across 55 Illinois counties. Supported by the Governor’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the project created nearly 700 jobs expanding access to high-speed broadband services for schools, libraries, hospitals and internet providers throughout Illinois. The network is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 1, 2014
Veteran Hiring Event Nets 26 On-the-Spot Job Offers
Pre-Registration and Illinoisjoblink.com Key to Hiring Success
CHICAGO – Twenty-six on-the-spot job offers were made at this week’s Hiring Our Heroes event in Chicago. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) were primary sponsors. This success illustrates how well the state’s hiring portal, Illinoisjoblink.com, links employers with qualified workers to grow our economy.


August 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Outlaw Cyberbullying of Illinois Students
Law Helps Protect Illinois Students from Bullying Outside the Classroom
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law to protect students across Illinois by banning cyberbullying outside the classroom. The new law, which builds on previous legislation banning cyberbullying in schools, will help ensure that Illinois’ students aren’t bullied through electronic means whether they are at school or home. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of students in every community across Illinois.


August 1, 2014
IEMA Encourages Parents to Include Emergency Preparedness in Back-to-School Plans
August is School Preparedness Month in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – School bells soon will be ringing as students across the state begin the new school year. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is joining with local emergency management agencies throughout Illinois during August to encourage families to include emergency preparedness in their back-to-school plans.

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