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August 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Invites Applications for 32nd Annual Hometown Awards
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn is encouraging Illinois communities large and small to submit entries for the 2014 Governor’s Hometown Awards competition. This year marks the 32nd annual event, which recognizes volunteers whose hard work and dedication greatly improve their communities. The deadline to submit applications is August 18, 2014.

August 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Investments to Expand Recreation and Tourism in Rockford Area
Investments Will Help Expand and Improve Rockford Area Facilities to Create Jobs, Support Recreation and Drive Tourism
LOVES PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by local government, business, civic and labor leaders to announce $3.1 million in state investments to expand sporting facilities in the Rockford area. The Governor also launched construction of the region’s Reclaiming First initiative, to help boost tourism in the Rockford area. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to promote recreation and sports tourism in Illinois.

August 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Completion of Cutting Edge Broadband Network
$100 Million Illinois Century Network Construction Brings Ultra-Fast Access to Communities Across 55 Counties
NORMAL – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the completion of a nearly $100 million, four-year project to install more than 1,000 new miles of high-speed fiber-optic broadband infrastructure across 55 Illinois counties. Supported by the Governor’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the project created nearly 700 jobs expanding access to high-speed broadband services for schools, libraries, hospitals and internet providers throughout Illinois. The network is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

August 1, 2014
Veteran Hiring Event Nets 26 On-the-Spot Job Offers
Pre-Registration and Illinoisjoblink.com Key to Hiring Success
CHICAGO – Twenty-six on-the-spot job offers were made at this week’s Hiring Our Heroes event in Chicago. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) were primary sponsors. This success illustrates how well the state’s hiring portal, Illinoisjoblink.com, links employers with qualified workers to grow our economy.

August 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Outlaw Cyberbullying of Illinois Students
Law Helps Protect Illinois Students from Bullying Outside the Classroom
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law to protect students across Illinois by banning cyberbullying outside the classroom. The new law, which builds on previous legislation banning cyberbullying in schools, will help ensure that Illinois’ students aren’t bullied through electronic means whether they are at school or home. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of students in every community across Illinois.

August 1, 2014
IEMA Encourages Parents to Include Emergency Preparedness in Back-to-School Plans
August is School Preparedness Month in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – School bells soon will be ringing as students across the state begin the new school year. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is joining with local emergency management agencies throughout Illinois during August to encourage families to include emergency preparedness in their back-to-school plans.

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