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April 25, 2015
Illinois EPA and Boy Scouts of America Partner for Annual 20-Mile Lincoln Trail Hike
Lincoln Pilgrimage honors Abraham Lincoln’s 20-mile trek; Scouts pick-up litter along the scenic trail
SPRINGFIELD—Over 1,000 area Boy Scouts are spending the day taking part in the annual Lincoln Trail Hike, so named because hikers retrace the steps of a young Abraham Lincoln as he journeyed from New Salem to Springfield to borrow books. The Lincoln Trail Hike is part of the weekend activities of the 70th Annual Lincoln Pilgrimage, which is hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Council Boy Scouts of America. This is the 21st year the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has partnered with the Council for the event.

April 23, 2015
IDPH Moves to Eliminate Meningococcal Meningitis
New Vaccination Requirements for Adolescents
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., is urging parents to talk with their child’s doctor about the new school-entrance vaccination requirements, which include meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV). In observance of National Infant Immunization Week, April 18-23, IDPH plans to raise awareness of the value of timely vaccinations for infants, as well as for residents across the lifespan.

April 22, 2015
Emergency Management Officials Launch Weather Alert Radio Contest
‘Weather Alert Radios Save Lives’ contest promotes awareness; 100 radios to be awarded
SPRINGFIELD – The recent devastating tornadoes in northern Illinois were a heartbreaking reminder of the tornado risk in Illinois. To increase awareness and use of an important severe weather alerting tool, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA) today launched an online quiz for a chance to win a weather alert radio.

April 22, 2015
YOUR ACTIONS MATTER! kicks off statewide as preparations begin for new server training law
SPRINGFIELD— In partnership with local groups throughout the state, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) is kicking off its 7th annual spring educational effort tomorrow. Entitled YOUR ACTIONS MATTER!, this underage drinking prevention program is designed to remind adults that “preventing underage drinking is EVERYONE’S responsibility.”

April 21, 2015
IDOT Launches Statewide Listening Tour to Discuss Illinois Infrastructure Needs, Priorities
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Illinois Capital Development Board, announced today the start of a series of listening sessions over the next month to discuss the state’s infrastructure needs and the steps required to make sure the right investments are being made to keep Illinois competitive in a 21st century global economy. The meetings will be held in multiple communities throughout the state, with a goal of presenting Governor Rauner’s office with a comprehensive package of recommendations for consideration this spring.

April 20, 2015
Illinois Student Assistance Commission Encourages Families To Learn About Personal Finance During Money Smart Week Event
DEERFIELD, IL – With the escalating cost of college and national student loan debt at over $1 trillion, it’s never been more important for students to learn financial basics. That’s why the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is pleased to continue its annual participation in the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s annual Money Smart Week, April 18-25, which offers a series of events both state and nationwide, as well as free resources to learn about managing personal finances.

April 18, 2015
Illinois EPA Honors Young Environmentalists in 28th Annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest Ceremony
Students Recognized for Creativity on the Importance of Green Transportation
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett today honored a group of distinguished fifth and sixth grade students selected for their creative skills used to express environmental awareness, as part of the Agency’s 28th Annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest. The writers and artists selected from throughout Illinois were recognized at a reception in the Old State Capitol building in downtown Springfield.

April 17, 2015
Illinoisans Receive Governor’s Volunteer Service Award
6thAnnual Awards Ceremony to be Held on April 20thin Springfield
SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service will present 24 Illinoisans and four businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award during a special reception at the Hoogland Center for the Arts on April 20, 2015 at 1 p.m. The award recognizes volunteers and volunteer programs that have made a difference in Illinois and highlights the importance of volunteerism and community service.

April 16, 2015
HFS and Advocate Health Care announce plan to ensure Medicaid coverage for nearly 100,000
Model Accountable Care Entity agreement serves taxpayers and clients
Chicago – The largest Accountable Care Entity (ACE) in Illinois has finalized a plan with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to provide ongoing care to nearly 100,000 Illinoisans, the department announces today. Working under the framework of Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget, Downers Grove-based Advocate Health Care, accelerated its transition to become a fully operational, and risk-based, Medicaid care provider.

April 16, 2015
Get Smart About College Planning During Money Smart Week®
College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program offers tips to plan for--and afford--the cost of college
CHICAGO– It’s tax time, and we’ve all got money on the mind. While completing our taxes might not be the most enjoyable task, it offers an opportunity to assess and set our priorities, and get a realistic look at how much we can save and invest. Many of us would like to make saving for college a priority, but the rising cost of tuition can make it seem impossible. As we enter national Money Smart Week® (April 18-25th), the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program is offering some tips to help make college a reality for Illinois families.

April 15, 2015
Motorcycle Season Revs Up, Riders Urged to “Gear Up-Ride Smart”
New Campaign Touts Staying Safe Through Proper Gear, Education
SPRINGFIELD – Spring is rolling in, the weather is getting warmer and motorcycles are emerging from winter hibernation. Before riders hit the road, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association are reminding them to invest in their safety and “Gear Up-Ride Smart.”

April 14, 2015
IDOT’s Operation Teen Safe Driving Program Announces 2014-15 Winning Schools
Innovative Program Helps Save Lives, Promotes Safe Driving Habits
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Allstate Foundation, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Illinois State Police today announced the winning schools from each of the seven regions of the 2014-15 Operation Teen Safe Driving (OTSD) program.

April 14, 2015
SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced today that Illinois Grown Medicine, LLC, has been awarded a cultivation center permit in District C.

April 14, 2015
Governor Rauner Extends Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines for Businesses and Individuals Impacted by Recent Tornado
Deadlines Pushed to October 31, 2015
Springfield – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced that residents affected by the April 9, 2015 tornado and severe weather that devastated parts of DeKalb and Ogle County will now have until October 31 to file tax returns that were due in April 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.

April 13, 2015
IEMA, American Lung Association Announce Winners in Student Video, Poster Contests
Winning entries raise awareness of radon hazards, importance of testing homes
SPRINGFIELD – Hundreds of students from across the state recently used their creative talents to increase public awareness about the hazards of radioactive radon gas in homes. Nearly 500 posters and 236 one-minute YouTube videos were submitted to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALA-IL) for consideration in the annual contests.

April 10, 2015
Governor Press Briefing
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner will hold a press briefing with IEMA Director and other elected officials and survey damage from the tornadoes that hit north central Illinois last night.

April 10, 2015
Illinois Department of Human Rights Commemorates Fair Housing Month
Agency Launches Fair Housing Training for Housing Providers and Landlords
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) and the Chicago Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, Incorporated (CLCCRUL) marked the beginning of Fair Housing Month with a free training for housing providers and landlords on the Illinois Human Rights Act and best practices in avoiding discriminatory acts. The informative training session followed a proclamation by Governor Bruce Rauner, urging all Illinois residents to “to embrace diversity, recognize the importance of equal opportunity in housing and recognize the important work of equal housing advocates” throughout the month of April.

April 10, 2015
Governor Rauner Declares DeKalb and Ogle Counties State Disaster Areas
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today declared DeKalb and Ogle counties state disaster areas after severe storms and tornadoes ripped across Illinois. At least two people in DeKalb County are reported dead and roughly a dozen more injured. Dozens of homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed.

April 10, 2015
Veterans Service Offices Closed Next Week
SPRINGFIELD – All of the State’s Veterans Service Offices will be closed for annual training, as the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veteran Service Officers (VSO) will be attending mandatory annual training at the Chateau Conference Center & Hotel, Bloomington, from Tuesday, April 14 through Friday, April 17, 2015.

April 9, 2015
Governor Rauner activates State Incident Response Center in Springfield
State agencies ready to assist following tornado touchdowns SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner this evening activated the State Incident Response Center (SIRC) in Springfield to ensure state personnel and equipment are ready to be quickly deployed if needed to help local emergency responders with public safety issues following tornado touchdowns in Illinois this evening.

April 8, 2015
IEMA Encourages People to Stay Aware, Be Prepared for Potential Severe Weather This Week
Heavy rainfall, dangerous thunderstorms possible for most of Illinois Wednesday night through Thursday night
SPRINGFIELD – With widespread severe weather predicted for most of Illinois Wednesday night through Thursday night, 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.

April 6, 2015
Illinois OSHA Recognizes Lafayette Steel & Aluminum Sales LLC with SHARP Status
Franklin Park — The Illinois Department of Labor – Illinois OSHA is pleased to announce the newest worksite to be recognized for their achievements in occupational safety and health: Lafayette Steel & Aluminum Sales LLC – Franklin Park, Illinois.

April 6, 2015
Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Reviewing 14 Additional Conditions or Diseases
First hearing scheduled for May 4, 2015
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board (board) is reviewing 22 petitions requesting 14 medical conditions or diseases be added to the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. After its review, the board will hold a hearing on May 4, 2015 at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago to discuss and listen to technical evidence concerning those 14 medical conditions or diseases. The board will then make a recommendation to the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health about those debilitating conditions or diseases that would benefit from the medical use of cannabis and should be considered for addition to the program.

April 6, 2015
State of Illinois Takes Action on Medical Cannabis Dispensary Applicants
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) today announced the qualification of one applicant and disqualification of another seeking to register as medical cannabis dispensing organizations in Illinois.

April 1, 2015
Don’t Forget Pets When Planning for Disasters
IEMA, local emergency management agencies to focus on pet preparedness throughout April
SPRINGFIELD – Pets are treasured family members in more than half of Illinois households. If your family includes a dog, cat, hamster or other furry, feathered or scaly friends, don’t forget to include their unique needs in your home emergency plans. That’s the message the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will promote throughout April as part of Pet Preparedness Month in Illinois.

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