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December
2014


December 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Appoints Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of state Budget Director Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller following the unexpected passing of Judy Baar Topinka. Stermer will serve as Comptroller on an interim basis to ensure that state operations continue uninterrupted and will resign from the post on Jan. 12, 2015.


December 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ Unemployment Rate Hits New Low
Illinois’ Economic Comeback Continues; Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level in More than Six Years
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois’ unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in more than six years. Last month the state’s jobless rate fell to 6.4 percent, its lowest point since June 2008 and lower than when the Governor took office. In addition, the state added 2,300 jobs in November, for a total gain to approximately 300,000 jobs since the economic recovery started in February 2010.


December 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Calls Legislative Special Session
Governor Urges Legislature to Set Up 2016 Special Election for Comptroller
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today called legislators back to Springfield on Jan. 8, 2015, to consider legislation that would allow voters to fill the elected position of Illinois Comptroller. A special election will give voters the opportunity to choose their Comptroller in the next statewide election on Nov. 8, 2016. The primary election is scheduled for March 15, 2016. Governor Quinn issued the following statement:


December 18, 2014
Law Enforcement, IDOT Make Final Push to Save Lives in 2014, Roadside Safety Checks Planned Over Holidays
New Episode of “The Driving Dead” Premieres Friday as Holiday Travelers are Reminded to Drive Sober and Buckle Up
SPRINGFIELD – A final, end-of-the-year push begins today to lead Illinois to far fewer motor vehicle fatalities than last year and the lowest annual fatality totals since 2009. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and more than 230 law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in this comprehensive effort to save lives on Illinois roads at a time of year that can be one of the most deadly.


December 18, 2014
Illinois Ranks #1 in Volunteer Rate Among the Country’s 8 Largest States
2.57 Million Illinoisans Give $7.2 Billion in Service
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is commending the state’s 2.57 million volunteers who made a difference through volunteerism last year. Illinois volunteers served nearly 320 million total hours, which is valued at $7.2 billion.


December 17, 2014
Department of Insurance Announces Two Convictions Resulting from its Workers’ Compensation Fraud Investigations
Former Crystal Lake Police Officer and Former Business Owner Convicted
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today announced investigations by the Department’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit have resulted in two convictions. A former Crystal Lake police officer charged with workers’ compensation fraud in McHenry County and a former business owner charged with forgery in Cook County have both been convicted and sentenced.


December 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement Commemorating First Night of Hanukkah
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement commemorating the first night of Hanukkah, which begins today and ends Dec. 24:


December 12, 2014
The Illinois Office Of The State Fire Marshal Promotes Fire Safety During The Holiday Season
Christmas Trees and Decorations Could Pose Risks of Fires
SPRIGFIELD - As the holidays fast approach, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) reminds the public about the dangers of home fire incidents involving Christmas trees and decorations during the months of December and January. Christmas trees, holiday decorations, overloaded extension cords, and the use of candles are linked to seasonal homes fires during the holiday season.


December 12, 2014
Illinois Observes National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
December designated to educate communities about the numerous risks associated with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – For the fifth consecutive year, Illinois is celebrating National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, which is designed to highlight the risks and consequences associated with driving a car after using alcohol or marijuana.


December 12, 2014
Honoring Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka
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 immediately until Sunset, Wednesday, December 17, 2014.


December 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka:


December 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Wins $80 Million Federal Investment for Early Childhood Education
Preschool Development Grant to Support Governor’s Birth to Five Initiative
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois has won an $80 million federal investment in early childhood education. Illinois will receive $20 million annually for four years through the Preschool Development Grants competition, which is part of President Obama’s call in 2013 to expand access to high-quality preschool to every child in America. Thirty-six states competed for a total of $250 million annually over four years to provide children from low-income households with access to early childhood education. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s Birth to Five Initiative, which expands access to early learning opportunities.


December 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Launches “Warm Our Heroes” Collection Drive for Veterans and Their Families
Invites the Public to Drop Off Winter Clothing, Canned Food and Personal Items at State Facilities in Five Cities from Dec. 1-19
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today launched the Warm Our Heroes holiday collection drive for Illinois veterans and their families and invited people across the state to support this important cause. In five cities across Illinois, state facilities will accept public donations of winter clothing, non-perishable food and personal items until Dec. 19. The Warm Our Heroes drive is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to honor and support the men and women who have served our country and maintain Illinois’ status as the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.


December 8, 2014
Gov. Quinn Directs Children and Family Services Advisory Council to Convene on Residential Center Conditions
Names Expert Robert Bloom as Advisor to Committee
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today directed the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to take further action in light of recent reports of disturbing issues within residential care centers for troubled youth. The Governor today directed the Children and Family Services Advisory Council to convene immediately to assess the situation and develop necessary steps to resolve these issues. In addition, the Governor named a top expert as an advisor to the committee, which will meet Thursday. The Governor issued the below statement:


December 8, 2014
Governor Quinn Welcomes New Fox TV Production to Illinois
“Empire” Creating 250 Jobs, Strengthening Illinois’ Growing Film Industry
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited the set of the new TV drama “Empire” to welcome the series to Illinois. Created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong for Twentieth Century Fox Television, “Empire” is filmed in Chicago and employs approximately 250 Illinois workers. The event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


December 4, 2014
The Office Of The Illinois State Fire Marshal Warns Residents of Dangers Of Improper Use Of Space Heaters And Ovens To Stay Warm
Early Low Temperatures Prompt Fire Safety Concerns
CHICAGO – With an early blast of winter hitting Illinois, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today warned the public not to rely on kitchen ovens for heat and to use caution and common sense when using space heaters.


December 3, 2014
Honoring Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset on Sunday, December 7, 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 to Sunset on Sunday, December 7, 2014.


December 2, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Chicago's Minimum Wage Ordinance
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the Chicago City Council’s approval of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s five-year plan to raise the city’s minimum wage from $8.25 in 2014 to $10.00 in 2015, to $10.50 in 2016, to $11.00 in 2017, to $12.00 in 2018 and $13.00 in 2019:


December 2, 2014
Illinois Student Assistance Commission Announces 2015-16 Illinois State Scholars
More than 18,800 high school students recognized for academic achievement
DEERFIELD, IL – The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is pleased to announce the names of the 2015-16 Illinois State Scholars. Today over 18,800 elite honorees join the other top Illinois high school students honored with the prestigious designation, which was first introduced in 1958.


December 1, 2014
Economic Growth and Anti-Fraud Programs Lead to Tax Cuts for Nearly 50 Percent of Employers
CHICAGO – Unemployment insurance tax rates will fall or remain at the minimum for most employers in 2015 because the economy is outperforming expectations used in 2011 reform legislation that created tools to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in the temporary assistance program, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today.


December 1, 2014
IEMA Highlights ‘Spirit of Giving’ in December
Encourages holiday shoppers to give preparedness gifts this year
SPRINGFIELD – If you’re trying to find the perfect holiday presents for everyone on your list, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies are offering gift ideas to help your loved ones stay safe when disaster strikes.


December 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Launches Annual Holiday Card Drive for Wounded Troops
Encourages Illinois Residents to Support Our Veterans and Servicemembers at Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by local students to light the state of Illinois’ Christmas tree and launch the annual Illinois Heroes Holiday Card Drive. The Governor encouraged students from across the state to take part in the annual drive by making holiday cards for servicemembers who are away from home during the holiday season. Today’s launch is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to support the men and women who have served our nation.

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