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July
2015


July 30, 2015
Safety Belt Use in Illinois Reaches 95.2 Percent
Drivers and front seat passengers are buckling up more than ever before in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn today announced that the estimated safety belt usage rate for drivers and front seat passengers in Illinois has reached an all-time high of 95.2 percent. This marks an increase of 1.1 percent from the previous record high level of 94.1 percent last year and represents an estimated 377 lives saved on Illinois roads.


July 29, 2015
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


July 29, 2015
IDOT Seeks Ownership of Arsenal Road in Will County
Walter Strawn Hearing Request Withdrawn, Work on Long-Term Solutions Continues
CHICAGO – To maintain the strong economic growth in a thriving area of the state, Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn announced today that the Illinois Department of Transportation is negotiating to assume jurisdiction of Arsenal Road from Will County and is no longer asking for additional Illinois Commerce Commission hearings on the Walter Strawn Drive closure in Elwood.


July 28, 2015
Governor Takes Bill Action
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


July 28, 2015
Governor's Office Statement on Passage of HB 576
SPRINGFIELD – The Governor’s Office has issued the following statement, attributable to Lance Trover, Director of Communications:


July 28, 2015
Governor Rauner Signs Veteran Preference Bill
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 3122 today creating the Veterans Preference in Private Employment Act, allowing private employers to voluntarily establish preference in employment for certain veterans.


July 27, 2015
Time Running Out to Stop Legislator Pay Raise
– Legislators have until Friday to stop pay hike – – Pantagraph Newspaper: “Legislator Pay Hike Another Insult to Taxpayers" -


July 24, 2015
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


July 24, 2015
Governor Announces Appointments
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has made appointments to the Illinois Workforce Investment Board, the State University Retirement Board, the Medical Disciplinary Board, the Medical District Commission, and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.


July 23, 2015
Governor Takes Bill Action
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


July 23, 2015
Governor Signs Historic Anti-BDS Law in Illinois
Illinois Becomes First State in America to Divest Public Pension Funds from Foreign Companies that Boycott Israel


July 22, 2015
Governor’s Office Statement
CHICAGO - Lance Trover, Director of Communications, issued the following statement:


July 22, 2015
Illinois Releases Final State Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy to Reduce Pollution Loading to Illinois Waters and the Gulf of Mexico
Strategy Emphasizes Coordinated, Voluntary and Cost-Effective Efforts
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett and Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Philip Nelson today announced the release of a finalized statewide strategy designed to improve water quality in Illinois and the Gulf of Mexico. The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (the Strategy) is the culmination of more than a year of work by a policy working group as well as public input.


July 22, 2015
Five Illinois Communities Honored as Leaders in Working to Improve College Access and Completion
Communities in Peoria, Aurora, East St. Louis, Northwest Chicago Suburbs and Lake County Receive College Changes Everything™ Champion Award
CHICAGO – Despite state budget issues, work continues across Illinois communities to make college possible for Illinois families. Five such communities were honored last Thursday at the annual College Changes Everything™ Conference in Tinley Park, where Illinois educators, government, business and non-profit leaders gathered for discussion and workshops on the collaborative efforts underway in Illinois to increase the proportion of adults in the state with high-quality postsecondary credentials or degrees to 60% by the year 2025 (“Goal 2025”).


July 22, 2015
Rock Island County Court Imposes Penalty on Individual owner
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) announced today that on July 14, 2015, a Rock Island County Circuit Court issued a Default Judgment Order against Baldev Singh for $610,000.


July 21, 2015
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bill:


July 21, 2015
In honor of the five U.S. Service Members killed in the Chattanooga, TN tragedy
Please immediately lower the United States flags and the State flags at all buildings occupied by your agency’s personnel until: Sunset, Friday, July 24, 2015


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


July 17, 2015
Governor Announces Appointments
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has made appointments to the Illinois Tollway, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, and the Illinois Community College Board.


July 17, 2015
Gov. Statement on Death of Decatur Mayor
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner has issued the following statement on the death of Decatur Mayor Mike McElroy: “Mayor Mike McElroy was a champion for the city of Decatur, and I was saddened to hear about his tragic death this morning. It is a true loss for the community. “Tuna” was a strong advocate for Decatur who was always excited and honored to show off his wonderful community to anyone who visited. His passion for the community was infectious - he loved working for the people of Decatur. He was a wonderful friend to me and Diana. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family and the community during this difficult time.”


July 16, 2015
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


July 16, 2015
Governor Signs Executive Order
Executive Order 15-16 to improve hiring process in state agencies


July 15, 2015
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


July 15, 2015
Governor’s Office Statement on Legislature Taking Pay Raise while Passing Unbalanced Budget
SPRINGFIELD - Lance Trover, Director of Communications, issued the following statement: “Speaker Madigan and the legislators he controls will leave town without a responsible, balanced budget and without any reforms while taking a pay raise for themselves. That’s unfair to taxpayers and the people they represent. It is time to stop protecting the political class at the expense of the middle class.


July 15, 2015
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


July 14, 2015
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


July 13, 2015
IEMA Encourages People to Stay Aware, Be Prepared for Potential Severe Weather Today
Dangerous heat also presents hazards
SPRINGFIELD – With widespread severe weather predicted for most of Illinois later today, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging people to stay aware of local forecasts and be prepared to act quickly if storm warnings are issued. Much of the state is also expecting heat indexes above 100 until early this evening, and IEMA officials urged people to stay safe in the extreme heat.


July 10, 2015
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


July 9, 2015
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bill: Bill No.: SB 842 An Act Concerning: State Employee Benefits Action: Signed Effective: July 1, 2015


July 9, 2015
Get Covered Illinois Moves to the Department of Insurance
The State’s Health Insurance Marketplace will continue to provide Illinoisans with access to affordable, quality health coverage
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Anne Melissa Dowling, today announced the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace (IHIM), also known as Get Covered Illinois (GCI), will be administered by the department beginning August 1.


July 9, 2015
Statement on Unbalanced Budget Vote
SPRINGFIELD – Lance Trover, spokesman for Governor Bruce Rauner, issued the below statement following the Illinois House’s partisan vote to pass another unbalanced and unconstitutional budget plan:


July 7, 2015
New Report Examines Issues, Strategies for Dealing with Urban Flooding in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The prevalence and costs associated with urban flooding in Illinois, along with strategies and recommendations for minimizing damage to property from urban flooding are examined in a new report published by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).


July 6, 2015
IEMA Radiochemistry Lab One of Nine in U.S. Selected for Federal Training
Will Enhance State, Federal Response Capabilities
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s radiochemistry laboratory is one of nine labs in the nation selected to participate in on-site training aimed at increasing state and federal capabilities to respond to a potential nuclear or radiological incident.


July 2, 2015
IDOT, State and Local Police Join Forces for Fourth of July Safety Campaign: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”
Emphasis on drunk drivers, seat belt law violators to last through Sunday
SPRINGFIELD – Our nation’s birthday, arguably the most patriotic day of the year, falls in the middle of summer, when Americans are enjoying their freedom and the opportunity to participate in Fourth of July festivities with family and friends. But Independence Day can be one of the deadliest holidays for those who aren’t careful when their celebrations include alcohol. The holiday can quickly move from festive to fatal for those who choose to drive after drinking.


July 2, 2015
IL Department of Insurance Recommends Essential Health Benefit (EHB) Benchmark for Plan Year 2017
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Insurance has recommended the BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois “Blue PPO Gold 011” small group plan, supplemented with the All Kids pediatric dental package and the federal definition for habilitative services and devices, to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as the new Essential Health Benefit (EHB) benchmark beginning Plan Year 2017. This selection meets the Department’s goals of recommending an EHB benchmark that provides comprehensive coverage, would not be expected to increase the cost of coverage, and minimizes market disruption. This recommendation preserves the benefits offered under the current EHB benchmark without reducing the coverage in any of the 10 EHB categories.


July 2, 2015
Governor Announces Appointments
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has made appointments to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the Illinois Financial Reporting and Standards Board, the Illinois Finance Authority, and the Illinois Lottery Control Board. Governor Rauner also made reappointments to the Workforce Investment Board and the Illinois Finance Authority.


July 2, 2015
Governor Rauner Takes Clemency Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today granted five and denied 153 clemency petitions. Nearly 2,000 petitions remain from the previous administrations.


July 1, 2015
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action on the following bill today:


July 1, 2015
State, Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement
Workers at IDOT, DHS, IDES, and CMS in Cook County to Vote on New Contract
SPRINGFIELD – After several productive rounds of good faith negotiations, the Illinois Governor’s Office and Teamsters Local 700 have agreed to terms on a new four-year collective bargaining agreement. The current agreement expired June 30, 2015.


July 1, 2015
Governor Receives Initial Criminal Justice Commission Report
Governor Bruce Rauner received today the initial report from the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, pursuant to Executive Order 15-14.


July 1, 2015
IDNR Urges Public to Leave Fireworks Displays to Those Who Are Licensed and Trained
Fireworks Show Sponsors Reminded to Check Credentials of Fireworks Vendors
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding organizations and individuals sponsoring fireworks displays in Illinois to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses and certificates issued by the IDNR and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) prior to their fireworks show.


July 1, 2015
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 2014. This is the 28th annual report, which presents data regarding the expected disposal capacity available for municipal waste at active Illinois landfills as of January 1, 2015.


July 1, 2015
Governor Rauner Extends Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines for Businesses and Individuals Impacted by Recent Tornado
Deadlines Pushed to December 31, 2015
Springfield – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced that residents affected by the June 22, 2015 tornado and severe weather that devastated parts of Grundy and Lee County will now have until December 31 to file tax returns that were due between June 22 and December 31 of 2015. The extended deadline will provide relief for individuals and local businesses trying to file their returns or payments on time while recovering from the storms.


July 1, 2015
Emergency Management Officials Urge Caution When Temperatures Rise
Offer safety tips to help people beat the heat
SPRINGFIELD – The hottest days of summer are just around the corner, and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies are offering heat safety tips to help people play it safe when temperatures rise.


July 1, 2015
Illinois EPA Launches Document Explorer Tool for Public
Online Tool Provides Public Access to Highly Sought Agency Records
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett announced the launch of a new online tool created to improve transparency and public access to Agency documents. The IEPA Document Explorer includes technical documents from the Agency’s Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) program and Site Remediation Program (SRP).

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