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2016


July 26, 2016
Zika Virus And The 2016 Summer Olympics
Travel guidance for those heading to Brazil for the Olympics
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is offering travel recommendations to help those going to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil protect themselves from the Zika virus.


July 26, 2016
Two Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Identified in Adams County
New admissions to Quincy Veterans' Home halted
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today announced that two residents of the Quincy Veterans’ Home have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. IDVA is working closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Adams County Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine where the residents acquired the Legionella bacteria, although a definitive source may never be identified. Senior administration officials with the IDVA, IDPH and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency are en route to Quincy to coordinate closely with veterans’ home, county and city personnel.


July 25, 2016
IDNR Announces 2016–17 Waterfowl Season Dates
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources today announced proposed waterfowl season dates and bag limits for the 2016–17 seasons.


July 25, 2016
Rauner Calls on General Assembly to Vote on Constitutional Amendment for Term Limits in Fall Veto Session
On the heels of a Cook County Judge ruling against putting a popular measure on the ballot that would create independently drawn legislative maps, Governor Bruce Rauner today reiterated his push for good government reforms including a call for the Illinois General Assembly to vote on a term limits constitutional amendment in the fall veto session.


July 25, 2016
Serve Illinois Commission Announces $15.6 Million for AmeriCorps Programs
32 grantees will place almost 1,600 AmeriCorps volunteers in communities
SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) today announced approximately $9.2 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to almost 1,600 volunteers in 32 AmeriCorps programs to better serve Illinois communities. An additional $6.4 million will support education awards for the volunteers after their service is completed.


July 22, 2016
Discount Admission Tickets Available For Purchase At Area Retailers
Fair to extend purchasing hours at Emmerson Building
Springfield, IL. – The Illinois State Fair is teaming up with two area retailers to make it easier for fairgoers throughout central Illinois to purchase discount admission tickets and save money for their families.


July 22, 2016
No Pokemon Go access on Veteran Home’s grounds
(Springfield, IL)... The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) has asked Nintendo to restrict the internet augmented reality game, Pokemon Go, from any of its IDVA Veteran Homes properties and will ask the public not to play the game on these grounds as well.


July 22, 2016
New Halsted Street Bridge Finished at Byrne Interchange, Multimodal Travel, Neighborhood Connectivity Enhanced
Last of Eisenhower bridges to be completed, project moves into next phase
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that the new Halsted Street bridge, part of the reconstruction of the Jane Byrne Interchange, is complete. The new bridge improves community connectivity and mobility in the area by adding bike lanes, wider sidewalks and improved access to transit.


July 22, 2016
Governor Announces Appointments
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has made appointments to the Illinois Finance Authority and the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board.


July 22, 2016
Governor Takes Bill Action
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


July 21, 2016
Governor Signs Legislation that Reinforces Illinois as National Leader in Early Childhood Education
SB 238 also highlights historic increase in early childhood education block grant


July 20, 2016
Illinois Department of Public Health Safety Tips for Heat
SPRINGFIELD - With high temperatures expected over the next couple of days, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is urging Illinoisans to take preventive actions to avoid heat-related illness like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.


July 20, 2016
IDoA releases Hot Tips to aid older adults during hot weather as heat indexes continue to rise
Springfield – As the summer continues to heat up across the state, it is important that community members continue to check on older persons who may be unable or unwilling to seek assistance. Heat-related illness can be life threatening, and health problems and isolation are factors that make older adults particularly susceptible to heat stress.


July 20, 2016
Statement on Redistricting Referendum
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner issued the following statement on a Cook County judge’s decision regarding the redistricting referendum on the November ballot:


July 20, 2016
Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Coverage for Breast Cancer Screenings
New law requires insurance plans, Medicaid to cover 3D mammography


July 20, 2016
Extreme Heat Could Lead to Pavement Failures
IDOT will be monitoring roads for repairs, traffic stoppages possible during heat wave
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is urging motorists to be on the alert for the possibility of pavement buckling on roads throughout the state in the next few days due to the recent rainfall and extreme heat in the forecast.


July 19, 2016
Honoring The Victims of the Attack in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Friday, July 22, 2016.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from The President of the United States of America and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Friday, July 22, 2016.


July 19, 2016
Travel Tips When Visiting Countries With Zika Virus
SPRINGFIELD – Visiting friends and family in areas with Zika virus requires taking special health precautions because individuals may stay longer, be in places with fewer protections against mosquitoes (e.g. houses without screens or air conditioning), or be in familiar places where individuals may not take as many precautions to stay healthy.


July 19, 2016
Know Before You Go: Preview Night
Five things to know about Illinois State Fair Preview Night
Springfield, IL – New and exciting things are planned for the 2016 Illinois State Fair Preview Night on Thursday, August 11th.


July 19, 2016
Stay Informed Through “IDOT in Motion”
Email service provides construction updates for your area, topics of interest
SPRINGFIELD – With construction season in full swing this summer, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) encourages you to sign up for the “IDOT in Motion” email subscription service to stay informed about projects in your area.


July 19, 2016
Governor Rauner Signs Molly’s Law
Extends statute of limitations on violent crimes and modifies FOIA laws


July 19, 2016
IDFPR: QR Enhanced License Certificates Offer Tech Safeguards
SPRINGFIELD — In an effort to increase transparency and provide the public with a quick and easy method to verify the authenticity of a professional’s certificate of licensure, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is now including a unique quick response (QR) code for all professions within the Divisions of Professional Regulation and Real Estate. When the QR code is scanned using a QR reader application from any mobile device, the latest license information from IDFPR’s database will be displayed, including licensure status. The QR code announcement is the latest from IDFPR in their ongoing efforts to modernize the state’s regulatory agency.


July 18, 2016
Illinois Agencies Announce Coordinated Mosquito Reduction Strategy
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Director Alec Messina and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. today announced a plan to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois, like West Nile virus and Zika virus, by removing used tires from public and abandoned properties.


July 18, 2016
National Guard members and Reservists can obtain the Veteran Identifier on their Illinois Driver's License
(Springfield, IL)... Former members of the Guard and Reserve who do not have any periods of active duty other than their initial active duty for training and annual training are now eligible to receive "Veteran" on their driver’s licenses. "This bill ensures that every man and woman who has served this state and nation is recognized," said Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries. "Our veterans have given so much for us, and I am glad Illinois is taking this step to expand designations."


July 18, 2016
Night Of Rock At Du Quoin State Fair
Cinderella front-man Tom Keifer, Sebastian Bach to perform at the Grandstand
Du Quoin, IL. – A high energy rock concert that will leave you begging for more. That’s what fairgoers will be treated to on Monday, August 29th when Cinderella’s Tom Keifer and Sebastian Bach take the Grandstand stage at the Du Quoin State Fair. Keifer is a singer-songwriter who is best known for his work as lead singer for the rock band Cinderella. Today, Keifer and his new band are out touring with new material and featuring some of his classic rock hits of the 80’s.


July 15, 2016
Flag Honors for Victims of the Attack in Nice, France
Please immediately lower the United States flags and the State flags at all buildings occupied until Sunset, Tuesday, July 19, 2016


July 15, 2016
Governor Rauner Signs Legislation to Expand Driver’s License Designation for Veterans
SPRINGFIELD – At the 98th Annual American Legion Department of Illinois Convention in Springfield today, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 2173 to allow National Guard members and reservists to obtain the veteran identifier on their Illinois driver's license.


July 15, 2016
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


July 14, 2016
Honoring Firefighter Eric Kohlbauer of the Freeport Rural Fire Department
Flag Lowering Sunrise, Saturday, July 16, 2016 until Sunset, Monday, July 18, 2016


July 14, 2016
Memo from GOMB Director, Deputy Chief of Staff to Republican Members of the Senate and House of Representatives
SPRINGFIELD – Please see the attached memo from Governor’s Office of Management and Budget Director Tim Nuding and Deputy Chief of Staff Mitch Holzrichter to Republican members of the Senate and House of Representatives regarding holding strong for taxpayers.


July 13, 2016
Governor Signs Executive Order to Ensure Equal Opportunities for All Illinois Businesses
Executive Order 2016-08 offers reforms to address disparity among minority, women and persons with disabilities owned businesses that utilize state contracts


July 12, 2016
2016 College Changes Everything™ Conference: Aligning College Attainment And Employer Engagement For Economic Growth
July 21st Conference Offers Innovative Strategies for Promoting College Access and Success
CHICAGO – As Illinois enters the new fiscal year with ongoing budget uncertainty, it is critical that educators, policy makers, and others focused on higher education come together to collaborate on a path to success for Illinois students. The economic future of the state is inextricably tied to the strength of its workforce—in itself dependent in large part on higher education here in Illinois. Join Illinois educators, government, business and non-profit leaders, other professionals and students at the Sixth Annual College Changes Everything™ Conference on July 21st in Tinley Park for a day of learning, discussion, and sharing of resources to support collaborative efforts to improve college access and completion and forge a better future for Illinois.


July 12, 2016
Illinois Lands International Pharmaceutical Service Provider
Vetter plans to invest $320 million & create 300 jobs at Des Plaines facility
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation (ILBEDC) announced today that German pharmaceutical service provider Vetter plans to develop a new production and distribution facility in Des Plaines.


July 12, 2016
Governor Forms Bipartisan Commission to Reform School Funding Formula
Commission charged with creating more equitable funding formula for FY18 school year Governor follows through on promise to change school funding formula


July 12, 2016
State Reminding Jobseekers to Register for Employment Service, Provide Resume for New Unemployment Insurance Claims Filed on or after July 17
Registration required before unemployment insurance benefits can be issued; Illinois Department of Employment Security strengthening enforcement to better connect job seekers and employers
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is reminding jobseekers who file claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits on or after July 17, 2016, to register for employment service and upload at least one resume to www.IllinoisJobLink.com – before they can receive an unemployment payment (unless they are exempt from the requirement). Individuals who are currently receiving benefits are not required to register again. IDES provides temporary financial assistance to individuals who have lost their job through no fault of their own and are seeking new employment.


July 12, 2016
Governor Announces Selections to Illinois School Funding Reform Commission
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced his five selections to the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission.


July 11, 2016
Governor Rauner Announces Houbolt Road Bridge Agreement
Innovative Funding Solution Addresses Local Needs, Strengthens Regional Economy


July 8, 2016
Governor Rauner Statement on Dallas Shootings
The ambush attack on Dallas police officers is outrageous.


July 8, 2016
Honoring The Victims of the Attack in Dallas, Texas
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from The President of the United States of America and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Tuesday, July 12, 2016.


July 8, 2016
Nursing Home Violations for 2016 Second Quarter
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the following type “AA” and “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act recorded during the second quarter of 2016. An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death. An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.


July 8, 2016
Governor Announces Appointments
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner today announced appointments to the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Housing Development Authority.


July 8, 2016
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


July 7, 2016
Statement on Labor Relations Board Ruling
While we are disappointed in the result, we voluntarily agreed to these impasse proceedings with AFSCME and will continue to respect and follow the Labor Board’s decisions throughout.


July 6, 2016
Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Asks for Nominations of Veteran & Business of the Year
(Springfield, IL)….The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is asking for nominations for the Illinois Veterans’ Patriotic Volunteer and Appreciation Award and the Illinois Veterans’ Business Appreciation Award.


July 5, 2016
Heat, Humidity Can Be Deadly Combination
Emergency management officials offer heat safety tips
SPRINGFIELD – On average, heat kills more people each year than other weather-related hazards, such as tornadoes, floods and lightning. To increase awareness about the dangers of extreme heat, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies are offering heat safety tips throughout July to help people stay safe when temperatures rise.


July 5, 2016
Statement on the Death of Abner Mikva
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner issued the following statement today on the death of Abner Mikva:


July 1, 2016
Stopgap Funding Plan Will Support Critical Response, Safety Programs at IEMA
SPRINGFIELD – The stopgap funding plan passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Rauner yesterday enables the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to continue its mission to protect the residents of Illinois from a variety of hazards and respond to disasters throughout the state.


July 1, 2016
Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Responds to Passing of the Stop Gap Budget
(Springfield, IL)…. With the passing of SB 2047, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs has the ability to continue to serve Illinois veterans with the utmost care and fund operations at the four Veterans’ Homes geographically spread across the state.


July 1, 2016
Governor Takes Clemency Action
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner today granted six and denied 150 clemency petitions and also granted one commutation. About 500 petitions remain from previous administrations.


July 1, 2016
Governor Takes Bill Action
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


July 1, 2016
Stopgap Measure Funds Department of Commerce Programs
Bridge plan includes funding for low-income heating program, workforce training, small business programs, tourism, and energy efficiency initiatives


July 1, 2016
Governor Rauner Announces Participation in Data-Driven Justice Initiative
CHICAGO - Governor Rauner announced today that Illinois will participate in the White House’s Data Driven Justice (DDJ) Initiative.

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