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October
2014


October 20, 2014
Illinois EPA Registration of Smaller Sources Program Hits Program Landmark
3,000 Illinois Small Businesses Benefit from Permit Streamlining
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett today announced the Agency has met its target of registering 3,000 small sources since the 2012 inception of the Registration of Smaller Sources (ROSS) program. The ROSS program is part of a major regulatory streamlining effort designed to reduce the burden and costs on Illinois small businesses.


October 18, 2014
Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel Announce $20 Million Investment for Gately Park in Chicago
Investment will Build New Indoor Track at the Pullman Neighborhood Park
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced a $20 million investment to construct a new indoor track facility at Gately Park in the Pullman Neighborhood. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase recreational opportunities, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


October 17, 2014
Governor Quinn Opens Hope Manor II, Expands Affordable Housing Options for Illinois’ Veterans
Campus-Style Community Designed to Serve Veterans with Families Now Open in Chicago
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the opening of Hope Manor II, one of the first large-scale housing developments in the nation designed to address the needs of female veterans and veterans with families at risk of homelessness. The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) provided approximately $1 million in funding to finance the development located at 60th and Halsted streets in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.


October 17, 2014
Governor Quinn Visits Chicago Chocolate Business as Illinois Comeback Continues
Unemployment Rate Falls for 7th Consecutive Month, Employers Add 19,300 Jobs
CHICAGO – As Illinois’ unemployment rate continued falling to its lowest point in more than six years, Governor Pat Quinn today visited Vosges Haut-Chocolat in Chicago to discuss the state’s ongoing economic comeback. In September, Illinois’ unemployment rate dropped for the seventh consecutive month, from 6.7 to 6.6 percent, the lowest level since June 2008. Today’s event is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


October 17, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Provides Update on State’s Preparedness Efforts for Ebola
Governor Quinn Directs Agency to Assemble Ebola Preparedness Task Force, Announces Informational Hotline and Website
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, joined by local health department, hospital, health care and emergency response officials, held a media briefing today to update the public about Ebola preparedness efforts in Illinois.


October 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $1 Million Investment in Chicago Innovation Exchange
Partnership Will Foster Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Job Creation
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced an investment in the new Chicago Innovation Exchange, an innovative business incubator for entrepreneurs. The state’s partnership will help provide resources for University of Chicago faculty and students and local community entrepreneurs as they turn discoveries and ideas into startups. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


October 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on AAR Corporation Expansion in Rockford That Will Create 500 Jobs
New AAR Hangar at Rockford International Airport Will Service Next Generation Aircraft
ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by company and local officials to break ground on a new maintenance and repair hangar for global aircraft service leader AAR Corporation at Rockford International Airport. The new facility will create up to 500 new jobs over five years. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


October 16, 2014
Study Finds Illinois Leads the Nation in Workers’ Comp Insurance Savings
Oregon Study Analyzes Rates in 50 States & Highlights Sharp Reduction in Illinois Workers’ Compensation Costs
CHICAGO – The administration of Governor Pat Quinn, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and the Department of Insurance (DOI) announced today that a national study has provided additional evidence that Illinois’ historic workers’ compensation reforms are delivering major savings for businesses across the state. The biennial report by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services shows Illinois recorded the sharpest reductions in workers’ compensation insurance premiums in the nation over the last two years.


October 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Investment for Early Childhood Center in Brighton Park Neighborhood
Launches Quality Rating System for Early Learning Providers Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced an investment to help Gads Hill Center develop an early childhood education center in the Brighton Park neighborhood of Chicago. The investment is part of Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program and will help increase the availability of early childhood services in the most underserved area of Illinois. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s Birth to Five Initiative unveiled during his 2014 State of the State address that is focused on three keys to a healthy child: prenatal care, access to early care and learning opportunities and strong parent support.


October 15, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Announces Plans for an Ebola Hotline
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today is announcing plans to stand up a hotline later this week to answer questions the public may have about Ebola.


October 15, 2014
Illinois College Application Month is Underway at Over 85 High Schools
High School Events Help Students Start and Complete College Applications
DEERFIELD, IL – Completing college applications can seem pretty overwhelming, especially for those students who might be the first in their family to attend college. But there’s help available—especially in the month of October, when high schools across Illinois hold special college application workshops and events as part of their participation in College Application Month.


October 15, 2014
OSFM and IFA To Loan $14 Million For The Purchase Of Fire Trucks
Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program Application Period Opens
CHICAGO – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and the Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) are pleased to announce the launch of the Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program application period. This year, $14 million in loans are being made available through the Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program to be used by fire departments to fund the purchase of fire trucks and brush trucks. The application period will run from October 15th to December 12th, 2014.


October 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Joins 1871 to Open Major Expansion of Chicago’s Digital Startup Hub
25,000-Square-Foot Expansion Will Allow Tech Hub to Continue to Grow and Create Jobs
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman to officially open a major expansion of the innovative digital startup hub. The $2.5 million expansion, funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), will increase 1871's current size by 50 percent and create space for alumni companies, venture capital firms and several incubators, accelerators and programs. In total, the new space will allow 1871 to house approximately 400 companies within The Merchandise Mart. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


October 14, 2014
Illinois Film Office Announces Winner of Seventh Annual Shortcuts Competition
‘Parietal Guidance’ premieres at 2014 Chicago International Film Festival
CHICAGO – The Illinois Film Office (IFO) today announced the winner of Shortcuts, Illinois’ short film contest. The winning film, Lonnie Edwards’ Parietal Guidance was written and directed by Lonnie Edwards and stars his daughter, Alinah Edwards. The film will screen as part of the 2014 Chicago International Film Festival short films program tonight, Oct. 14, at 5:45 p.m. at AMC River East 21 in Chicago.


October 14, 2014
IEMA Urges Illinois Residents to Join October 16 “Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill
Millions will “Drop, Cover and Hold on” in biggest emergency exercise in Illinois and U.S. history
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today urged Illinoisans to participate in the 4th Annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:16 a.m., on Thursday, October 16. It is expected to be the largest earthquake drill in the history of Illinois and the United States.


October 14, 2014
Department on Aging Offers Free Counseling for Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period Starting October 15
SHIP Provides Help to Seniors & People with Disabilities for Insurance Options; Call (800) 252-8966 or visit the website at http://www.illinois.gov/aging/
SPRINGFIELD - To assist Medicare-eligible individuals regarding their Medicare insurance options, Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., today announced free counseling assistance is available. Medicare Open Enrollment starts tomorrow, October 15, and runs until December 7. The department’s Senior Health Insurance Program, (SHIP), provides free counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.


October 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Visits Flagship Walgreens Store in Chicago to Receive Annual Seasonal Flu Shot
Encourages People Across Illinois to Get a Flu Shot to Protect Themselves and Others
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today received his annual flu shot and reminded people across Illinois of the importance of this annual vaccination. The Governor’s flu shot was administered by a pharmacist at the Walgreens flagship store in Chicago, and today’s event is part of his agenda to improve the health and well-being of the people of Illinois.


October 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois to Receive More Than $26 Million Award to Support Small Businesses
Federal Funds Will Support State’s Small Businesses and Create Jobs Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the U.S. Treasury Department has awarded $26.64 million to Illinois to expand the state’s efforts to support small businesses and economic development. The award recognizes Illinois’ success in creating and expanding opportunities for small businesses and helps the state partner with local banks to ensure that small businesses have access to necessary credit. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to foster small business growth in Illinois.


October 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the 37th Annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the 37th Annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon:


October 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $55.8 Million for Work on Next Phase of Jane Byrne Interchange
Dan Ryan/I-290 Flyover is Next Major Phase of $475 Million Project
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $55.8 million capital investment for the next phase of work on the Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction - a new flyover ramp from inbound Interstate 90/94 (Dan Ryan/Expressway) to outbound Interstate 290 (Eisenhower Expressway). The $475 million interchange project is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st-centruy infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


October 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Investment to Improve PACE Operations in Suburban Chicago Area
Investment Will Create 300 New Jobs, Consolidate Operational Functions to Improve Productivity, Service and Innovation
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a major investment to consolidate several PACE operations in one location to improve productivity, service and innovation for the Chicago-area bus transportation system. Approximately 300 new jobs will be created at the new combined facility. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


October 10, 2014
Little Village Man, Marine Corps Veteran First Selected to Be Honored with the Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion Award
Jose L. Campos grew up in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago and joined the Marine Corps in 2002. With 3 overseas tours behind him as a Field Radio Operator, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2006, he left the Corps. When discharged, Campos then returned to Illinois - and the Little Village - where he embarked on a new mission. As a member of the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Urban Warriors, he and other veterans met with and mentored at-risk youth to help them avoid the pitfalls of fractured neighborhoods, and to help combat veterans heal from combat experiences.


October 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces 500 New Jobs at Growing Technology Firm
Innovative Company Expanding in Chicago and Elk Grove Village
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that software development company SpringCM will accelerate its growth in Chicago and Elk Grove Village and hire an additional 500 people within five years. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


October 10, 2014
Lowering of Flags -In honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset on Sunday, October 12, 2014


October 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Dedicates University of Illinois Electrical and Computer Engineering Building
State of the Art and Energy Efficient Facility Will Serve 2,500 Students and Help Prepare them for In-Demand Careers
URBANA – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by University of Illinois President Robert Easter to dedicate the new Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Building on the University’s Urbana campus. The $95 million facility will enhance educational opportunities, fuel job-creating research breakthroughs in computing, communications, nanotechnology and biotechnology, and set a new standard for energy efficient buildings. The project was funded by Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program and private donations, and created more than 620 jobs during construction.


October 8, 2014
IDOT Celebrates Illinois Students for “Making Strides” on International Walk to School Day
Governor Quinn Issues Proclamation; Encourages Healthy Habits for Illinois Children
SPRINGFIELD - To support a healthy lifestyle for children and promote green transportation practices, the Illinois Department of Transportation worked with schools across the state to encourage participation in today’s International Walk to School Day. Governor Pat Quinn also proclaimed October 8, 2014 as “Walk to School Day” in Illinois to encourage everyone to consider the safety and health of children today and every day.


October 8, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Outlines Ebola Preparedness in Illinois
CHICAGO – Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), today briefed the media and public about the state’s preparedness efforts should a case of Ebola be suspected or confirmed in Illinois. At this time, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola in Illinois.


October 8, 2014
Patients Continue to Apply for Medical Cannabis Registration
SPRINGFIELD – Approximately 6,300 citizens have started the patient registration process for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program since the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) began accepting applications on September 2, 2014. Of those, IDPH has received approximately 800 complete applications. IDPH began issuing approval and denial letters two weeks ago.


October 7, 2014
State Hosts Retiree Medicare Advantage Insurance Seminars Across Illinois
First two seminars set for Rockford and DeKalb in Northern Illinois on 10/14
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has scheduled a series of informational seminars over the next several weeks during the State’s Medicare Advantage plan open enrollment period. The seminars are for state of Illinois retirees and survivors that have Medicare coverage and are also enrolled in, or eligible for, the Total Retiree Advantage Illinois (or TRAIL) Program. The TRAIL Open Enrollment Period will be held October 15th through November 15th, 2014. The first two seminars are scheduled for October 14th in Rockford and DeKalb.


October 6, 2014
State Calls Attention to the Residents of Long Term Care in Observance of Residents Rights Month
Dept on Aging Ombudsman program protects & defends residents rights
SPRINGFIELD - October is Residents’ Rights month, as started in 1981 by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care to highlight the importance of resident focused care. In keeping with this year’s theme “Better Staffing: They Key to Better Care”, Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, PhD., is encouraging people to become educated about long term care. In addition to providing services for older adults to remain living in their homes, IDoA also serves residents living in long term care facilities.


October 6, 2014
Gov. Quinn Proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Illinois
Special events planned throughout the state
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in the state of Illinois. The month is designed to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence and available resources for those in need.


October 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Action
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court decision to reject appeals that sought to ban same-sex marriage in Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana:


October 6, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Issues Statement on Ebola
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck would like to reassure Illinoisans during this Ebola outbreak. “We understand there is anxiety surrounding Ebola, but we want to assure the public the Illinois Department of Public Health continues to work with hospitals, local health departments and the CDC to monitor for any potential cases of Ebola in Illinois.


October 5, 2014
The Office Of The State Fire Marshal Joins National Efforts To Promote Fire Prevention
“Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month”
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) echoes the initiatives of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as National Fire Prevention Week kicks off today. This year’s emphasis is on the importance of having working smoke alarms installed in every home, school, business or other public facilities. This year’s theme “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month” reminds the public that having smoke alarms can prevent personal injuries and human losses.


October 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Major Investments in Conservation and Illinois State Parks
Announces Expansion at Starved Rock State Park, Land Acquisitions and $6.5 Million in State Park Capital Projects
OGLESBY – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the acquisition of a 51-acre parcel of land adjacent to Starved Rock State Park that will provide additional wildlife space and serve as a buffer to protect the park. The Governor also announced wildlife habitat land acquisition in Edgar, Woodford and Jackson Counties and improvement projects at state parks operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural areas and expand outdoor activities for the people of Illinois.


October 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $1 Million Investment for Women’s Domestic Violence Shelter
Investment Will Help Build Chicago’s First Domestic Violence Shelter in 10 Years
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Alderman Deborah Graham and local leaders to announce a $1 million capital investment for construction of the WINGS Metro domestic violence shelter in the city of Chicago. The announcement took place at the 29th Ward Women Against Domestic Violence Rally where Alderman Graham brought together elected officials, members of the community and survivors in solidarity against domestic violence. Governor Quinn today also proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month across Illinois, and today's announcement is part of his agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.


October 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Occasion of Eid al-Adha
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the occasion of Eid al-Adha:


October 3, 2014
Chicago Man Honored as Illinois Veteran of the Month
Jaime P. Pesongco, as a young man in the Philippines joined U.S. Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) in the initial days of the United States’ involvement in World War II. Once Imperial Japanese troops had overrun the Allied forces in the Philippines in 1942, he joined the Resistance. There he served for over 30 months fighting the Japanese forces and providing support to American and Allied efforts to liberate the Commonwealth, at times only armed with a bolo, the traditional knife of the Philippines.


October 3, 2014
Quinn Administration Celebrates Illinois’ Top Industry on National Manufacturing Day
State’s Manufacturing Industry is Crucial to Economic Growth as Unemployment is Down and Jobs are Up
CHICAGO – One day after President Barack Obama visited Illinois to highlight the nation’s economic comeback, the Quinn Administration today joined Americans across the country on National Manufacturing Day to honor the nation’s factories for their contributions to the economy. Manufacturing is the number one industry in Illinois, fostering technology and innovation leadership and providing a broad range of jobs and economic stability to the state.


October 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Yom Kippur
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on Yom Kippur:

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