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2014


April 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Releases First-Ever Illinois Bike Transportation Plan
Plan Formally Makes Bicycles Part of Illinois’ Long-Range Transportation Vision
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced the release of the Illinois Bike Transportation Plan – the first statewide bicycle plan in Illinois’ history. The bike plan provides the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) with policies, best practices and strategic direction for implementing a sustainable, multi-modal transportation system across Illinois. The plan is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


April 16, 2014
IEMA, American Lung Association Announce Winners in Student Video, Poster Contests
Winning entries unveiled during IEMA’s 11th Annual Radon Networking Day
SPRINGFIELD – Participants at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s (IEMA) Radon Networking Day today got the first peek at the top posters and videos created by Illinois students for the state’s annual radon contests. More than 40 professionals from county health departments, non-profit groups and other health organizations are participating in the one-day radon workshop in Springfield.


April 16, 2014
Governor Quinn to Address Small Business Advocacy Council Annual Meeting
Will Discuss His Proposals to Drive Small Business Development and Expansion
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today will address the annual meeting of the Small Business Advocacy Council and discuss his strong support for small business in Illinois. Governor Quinn’s initiatives have helped small businesses start and expand in Illinois, and proposals he unveiled in his recent State of the State and Budget Addresses will continue to improve the state’s small business environment. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward by supporting small business in Illinois.


April 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Jackie Robinson
Barrier-Breaking Baseball Player Was American Icon
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today honored Jackie Robinson and the remarkable impact the legendary baseball player and civil rights icon had on American culture. Today marks the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut at Ebbets Field, breaking the color barrier in the major leagues. The Governor today released the following statement:


April 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Homebuyers to Act Fast and Take Advantage of Welcome Home Illinois Program
Program Offers First-Time Homebuyers Down-Payment Assistance and a 3.75 Percent Interest Rate on a 30-Year Fixed Mortgage
CHICAGO – Two weeks after first launching the Welcome Home Illinois loan program, Governor Pat Quinn is traveling to cities across Illinois to raise awareness of the program, discuss its benefits and explain how people can participate. The Governor is visiting Chicago, Rockford, the Quad Cities and Peoria to discuss the impact first-time homebuyers have on the state’s economy and urge them to act fast while the program is available. The events are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive economic growth by making homeownership more affordable in Illinois.


April 14, 2014
Extending Federal Unemployment Would Help 64,000 Illinois Workers
86 Percent Still Without Work One Month Later; Veterans and Older Workers Hardest Hit
CHICAGO – When federal long-term unemployment benefits ended in December, 74,000 Illinois workers immediately lost their temporary help. One month later, 64,000 or 86 percent, still were without work, according to an Illinois Department of Employment Security analysis released today.


April 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Passover
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the beginning of Passover:


April 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $52.7 Million for Local Transportation Improvement Projects
Investment Will Fund 71 Community Projects Including Bike Paths and Walking Trails, Supporting More Than 400 Jobs
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $52.7 million investment in community transportation projects throughout Illinois. The investment will support more than 400 jobs through 71 projects, including bike paths, walking trails, historic preservation and streetscape beautification projects in communities across Illinois. The funding is through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) – a federally-funded, competitive program that encourages transportation-related projects.


April 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Visits Brookfield Zoo to Proclaim Autism Awareness Day
Event Makes Special Connections Between Children with Autism and Animals
BROOKFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today promoted autism awareness at Brookfield Zoo. He also declared Autism Awareness Day throughout Illinois. Today’s event is a part of the Governor’s agenda to ensure all people have the opportunity to follow their dreams and reach their full potential.


April 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Appoints Orion Samuelson to the Illinois Racing Board
National Radio Broadcasters Hall of Famer, National 4-H Trustee, and Civic Leader Appointed to Six-Year Term
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today appointed legendary broadcaster Orion Samuelson to the Illinois Racing Board. Samuelson was the host of the “U.S. Farm Report” for 30 years and is an expert in agribusiness. Today’s announcement continues the Governor’s commitment to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.


April 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Passage of Amendment to Prohibit Voter Discrimination
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the Illinois House and Senate’s passage of a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit voter discrimination in Illinois.


April 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passage of Job Protection for Pregnant Women
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement about the Illinois House passage of House Bill 8, which provides job protection for working pregnant women:


April 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $223 Million to Restore Chicago to Rockford Amtrak Service
Route Through Elgin, Huntley and Belvidere Will Begin in 2015 and Create Hundreds of Jobs
ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $223 million state capital investment that will create hundreds of jobs and restart Amtrak service between Rockford and Chicago beginning in 2015. The return of passenger rail to Rockford for the first time since 1981 will begin with one round trip daily between Chicago’s Union Station and a temporary station located in Rockford. Service will be expanded the following year and will eventually continue west to Dubuque, Iowa. The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


April 9, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, April 10, 2014 until Sunset, Saturday, April 12, 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, Thursday, April 10, 2014 until Sunset, Saturday, April 12, 2014.


April 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Unveils Six-Year, $8.6 Billion Transportation Construction Program
New Multi-Year Plan Will Improve 1,845 Miles of Highway, Replace or Rehabilitate 384 Bridges and Make Major Investments in Public Transit
SPRINGFIELD – Days after receiving positive feedback from bond rating agencies regarding his fiscal year 2015 budget plan, Governor Pat Quinn today unveiled a six-year, $8.6 billion construction program that will improve roads and bridges throughout Illinois while making major investments in public transportation. The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


April 8, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Recognizes National Youth Violence Prevention Week
Violence is preventable – Not inevitable
SPRINGFIELD – All this week, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck encourages parents, schools, communities, law enforcement and government leaders to recognize National Youth Violence Prevention Week by identifying ways to curb youth violence across Illinois. Youth violence is the second leading cause of death for youth 10 to 24 years of age, both nationally and in Illinois. Homicide among people aged 15–24 years accounts for more deaths than from cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, birth defects, influenza and pneumonia combined.


April 8, 2014
IDNR Announces New Management for Eagle Creek Golf Course
Course will be open to public on Friday, April 11th
FINDLAY, IL – Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller today approved a contract with Green Golf Partners to maintain and operate the Eagle Creek Golf Course, located on the shore of Lake Shelbyville in Findlay, Illinois. The agreement, which will keep the course open for public play, marks the first time operations of the Eagle Creek course will be led by an experienced golf course management firm.


April 8, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Fairer Wages for Women On Equal Pay Day in Illinois
Wage Gap Still Exists Between Women and Men in the Workplace
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined local elected officials to recognize Equal Pay Day and raise awareness of the disparity that remains between workplace earnings among women and men. This date, proclaimed by the Governor and designated by the Illinois General Assembly, marks how far into the current year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year. Today’s observance is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive economic growth and ensure that all Illinois workers are treated fairly.


April 7, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $100 Million for Local Transportation Improvements Across Illinois
Illinois Jobs Now! Investments Includes $60 Million to Address Chicago-Area Potholes and Other Critical Needs Following Historic Winter
CHICAGO – As the spring thaw begins, Governor Pat Quinn today announced $100 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program to repair municipal and township infrastructure throughout the state. The funding will help communities throughout Illinois combat potholes and make other critical infrastructure repairs following the historic winter weather Illinois faced. Today’s announcement is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


April 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $16.5 Million for Local Park and Open Space Projects
46 Local Park District Projects Will Expand Outdoor Recreation Opportunities and Promote Healthy Lifestyles
LA GRANGE PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $16.5 million in investments for 46 local park projects across Illinois. The investments will expand outdoor recreation opportunities in communities across Illinois, and are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure that no child is left inside.


April 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Tours Readiness Center at Heartland Community College
$19.7 Million National Guard Facility Houses 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and Will Invest $2.8 Million Annually in Community
NORMAL – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Brig. Gen. Daniel Krumrei, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, to tour the Readiness Center construction project on the campus of Heartland Community College in Normal. The $19.7 million Illinois Army National Guard facility included $8 million in construction funds from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program and is supporting 100 construction jobs. Once the project is complete later this year, 22 full-time and approximately 200 part-time servicemembers will work out of the Readiness Center.


April 4, 2014
Governor Quinn to Address Annual Tornado and Severe Weather Seminar
Will Join WGN’s Tom Skilling and National Weather Service Director to Discuss State Response to Recent Weather Emergencies
BATAVIA – Governor Pat Quinn will be joined by WGN’s Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling and National Weather Service Director Dr. Louis Uccellini at the Annual Fermilab/WGN Tornado and Severe Storms Seminar this weekend. While there, Governor Quinn will discuss the state’s response to the high number of severe storms that have impacted Illinois over the past several years.


April 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Bioscience Innovator LanzaTech to Establish Global Headquarters in Illinois
Company is Pioneering the Production of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals from Waste Gases
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced that LanzaTech, a company founded in New Zealand, will establish its global headquarters in Illinois. The move will generate 30 new Illinois jobs with employees transferred from New Zealand, and 35 additional employees will move from Roselle to the new site in Skokie during 2014. The new location also will serve as the company’s research and development center with a new investment of more than $17 million.


April 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Discusses Plan to Make College More Affordable and Accessible
Visits DePaul University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois to Discuss Plan to Double the Monetary Award Program Over Five Years
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited three major Illinois universities to discuss his plan to double the state’s investment in the Monetary Award Program (MAP) over the next five years. In the first year alone, Governor Quinn’s plan will provide 21,000 more students with an opportunity to attend college that would not otherwise be available. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality education and opportunity.


April 3, 2014
IDNR Initiates Further Reforms to Advance Regulatory Transparency
Efforts will increase public participation; strengthen internal controls within the agency
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller today announced significant reforms to further improve transparency and strengthen regulations in the agency’s Office of Mines and Minerals. These reforms continue the effort to rebuild and renew IDNR that the administration of Gov. Pat Quinn began with the appointment of Director Miller in 2009.


April 2, 2014
Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett today, as part of the Agency’s Earth Month activities, announced household hazardous waste collections have been scheduled in eight communities for spring 2014. Through household hazardous waste collections, citizens are given the opportunity to safely dispose of unused or leftover household products commonly found in homes, basements and garages. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


April 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Major Home Loan Program for First-Time Buyers in Illinois
‘Welcome Home Illinois’ Loan Program Offers $7,500 in Down-Payment Assistance with Below-Market Interest Rate to Make Homeownership a Reality
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced his new Welcome Home Illinois loan program to help make homeownership a reality for Illinois’ first-time home buyers. The program provides $7,500 in down-payment assistance with an interest rate as low as 3.99 percent for a secure, 30-year fixed rate mortgage. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive economic growth by making homeownership more affordable in Illinois.


April 1, 2014
State’s Top Doc Announces Illinois Public Health Datapalooza Challenge Winners
Open health data fuels new app and map creations
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck recently announced the winners of the Illinois Public Health Datapalooza App Challenge. The challenge was designed to highlight the availability and benefit of having open (readily accessible) health data from government agencies. Teams built apps or maps that provided the best use of health data in solving a problem faced by health care communities in Illinois. The challenge was announced at the first statewide Illinois Public Health Datapalooza held in November 2013, an event that brought together experts from technology and health care sectors to show how health data can be put to work in Illinois and other states.


April 1, 2014
Illinois Attorney General and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Announce Coal Mine Permitting Process Reforms
Reforms to improve transparency of regulation stem from Banner Mine case settlement
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Marc Miller today announced major reforms to improve transparency and strengthen regulations in the department’s Office of Mines and Minerals.


April 1, 2014
IEMA Highlights Preparedness for the Whole Community in April
Encourages families, businesses, schools and other organizations to develop emergency plans that address all needs
SPRINGFIELD – In the past 12 months, Illinois residents have endured flooding, tornadoes, snow storms, a Polar Vortex and other public safety emergencies. While these and other disasters can’t be prevented, their impact can be reduced when people, businesses, schools and others in a community are properly prepared.


March 31, 2014
New Rule Restricts Transportation, Release and Harvest of Feral Swine
Rule will aid management of destructive animals
SPRINGFIELD, IL – A new administrative rule regulating the release, transportation, and harvest of feral swine (wild hogs) in Illinois is now in effect. Hunters should be aware they will only be allowed to harvest feral swine during Illinois’ firearm deer seasons. The new rule, approved by the Illinois General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) on March 19, is designed to help the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) better address the management of feral swine and deter those who would seek to establish and promote hunting of feral swine in Illinois.


March 31, 2014
IDOT Joins Other Motorcycle Safety Advocates to Encourage Riders to “Gear Up - Ride Smart”
Riders Advised to Use Proper Safety Gear, Get Bikes Checked and Not Ride After Drinking
SPRINGFIELD - In an effort to reduce motorcycle fatalities and injuries, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association (IMDA) joined forces to kick off the 2014 riding season’s “Gear Up-Ride Smart” motorcycle safety campaign. As the riding season gets under way, IDOT and IMDA are urging cyclists to have their bikes safety-checked to make sure they are in proper running condition, check their high-visibility (Hi Viz) clothing and take advantage of the free motorcycle training classes throughout the state.


March 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Illinois Residents to Seize Historic Opportunity for Health Coverage
Encourages Uninsured People Across Illinois to Attend a “Last Chance” Enrollment Assistance Event
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today attended one of Get Covered Illinois’ (GCI) “Last Chance” enrollment events to urge everyone still waiting on the sidelines to take action to obtain affordable health coverage. With just three days left for uninsured residents to enroll in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), GCI is hosting a series of late-night “Last Chance” enrollment events to provide in-person assistance. For the next three nights, GCI will also be extending call center hours until midnight.


March 29, 2014
Illinois EPA Honors Young Environmentalists in 27th Annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest Ceremony
Students recognized for creativity on the importance of environmental justice
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 27th 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.


March 28, 2014
Director Miller Welcomes Newest Illinois Conservation Police Class
Fourteen new Illinois Conservation Police Officers recognized during graduation ceremony
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller today welcomed the newest members of the Illinois Conservation Police at a graduation ceremony in their honor at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The 14 recruits completed 24 weeks of intense general law enforcement training and specific conservation police training totaling nearly 1,000 hours to prepare them for their new jobs.


March 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Celebrates Life of César Chávez as Biographical Film Opens
New Movie Highlights Chávez’s Fight for Fair Wages
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today honored the life of César Chávez as millions of moviegoers across the nation prepare see the film biography of the legendary activist. The Governor also proclaimed March 31 as César Chávez day in Illinois, and encouraged people across the state to take time to learn about the life of the historic leader and the causes he championed.


March 27, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces U.S. Treasury Support of New Community Stabilization Effort
Up to $30 Million in Federal Resources to Eliminate Blighted Properties, Provide Fiscal Boost to Neighborhoods
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the U.S. Department of the Treasury will support the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) efforts to leverage up to $30 million of its federal Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) resources to eliminate blight in communities throughout the state. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to stabilize neighborhoods and return vacant properties to productive use to advance the economy.


March 27, 2014
Illinois Communities to Observe National Alcohol Awareness Month
Nearly 50 town hall meetings scheduled statewide to discuss risks of underage drinking
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – In honor of National Alcohol Awareness Month, 47 community organizations across Illinois are hosting town hall meetings in April and May to discuss underage drinking. The town hall meetings, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), will bring together community leaders and residents to discuss the problem of underage drinking in their community and work together to find solutions.


March 27, 2014
IDNR Biologists Offer Fish Restocking Advice to Pond Owners
Many Ponds and Small Lakes Experience Winter Fish Kills
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Fisheries is receiving reports of fish kills on lakes and ponds around the state. Dead fish have become apparent as ice cover thaws. IDNR biologists emphasize that occasional fish kills are natural and occur when light cannot penetrate ice, slowing the growth of algae and plants that produce oxygen. It is often difficult to determine the full extent of a winter fish kill since not all fish killed may be visible. As a result, many pond owners are seeking additional information on the cause, and advice on restocking after a winter fish kill.


March 27, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Issues Consumer Warning
Illegally manufactured Mexican-style cheese causing foodborne illness
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is warning people about the dangers of consuming illegally manufactured cheeses. Health officials are reporting around 100 cases of salmonellosis in 13 counties believed to be linked to consumption of an illegally manufactured Mexican-style cheese. A sample of the cheese obtained from the home of a person who became ill tested positive for Salmonella. IDPH is working with local health departments to identify the manufacturer of the contaminated cheese.


March 27, 2014
Governor Quinn Encourages “Lights Out” During 2014 Earth Hour on March 29
Orders State Facilities to Keep Lights Off Across State
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today urged Illinois residents and businesses to participate in Earth Hour 2014 by turning off their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 29. He also ordered “lights out” from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. that day at many state facilities, including the James R. Thompson Center, Michael A. Bilandic Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds and other state facilities in Springfield, Peoria, Rockford, Champaign, Carbondale and Marion.


March 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Delivers Fiscal Year 2015 Budget and Five-Year Blueprint to Secure Illinois’ Financial Future
Proposes Significant Property Tax Relief for Homeowners and Highest Investment in Education in Illinois History
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Quinn today proposed his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, “Securing Illinois’ Financial Future.” The Governor’s address detailed an honest and responsible budget for the next fiscal year along with a five-year blueprint that will secure the state’s finances for the long-term, provide significant tax relief to homeowners and working families and invest like never before in education and early childhood.


March 25, 2014
Illinois’ First Comprehensive Study of Youth Who Have Sexually Offended Finds They Are Highly Amenable to Treatment and Unlikely to Reoffend
Recommendations: Illinois should implement evidence-informed policies for professionals who work with victims and youth offenders; provide individualized, community-based, family-focused treatments and services; and repeal counter-productive sex offender registration requirements and categorical restrictions for young people.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission on Tuesday released the results of the state’s first comprehensive study of laws, policies and best practices for working with youth who have sexually offended. Based on those findings, the Commission made a series of recommendations to increase public safety, improve outcomes for young offenders, hold youth accountable in a manner that supports victims and families, and allocate scarce public resources effectively.


March 25, 2014
Minority Health and Health Care Reform Eliminating Disparities
2014 Minority Health Conference goes mobile
SPRINGFIELD – Building on the momentum of national health care reform, the 2014 Illinois Minority Health Conference, hosted by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Center for Minority Health Services and the Illinois Public Health Association, offers sessions focused on the Affordable Care Act and health workforce development.


March 24, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Monday, March 24, 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 immediately until Sunset, Monday, March 24, 2014.


March 24, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Monday, March 24, 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 immediately until Sunset, Monday, March 24, 2014.


March 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Veterans Affairs Director Selected White House Champion of Change
Army Veteran Erica Borggren One of 10 Honored Nationwide
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) Director Erica Borggren has been named a Woman Veteran Champion of Change by the White House. Director Borggren’s recognition was for her leadership at IDVA in creating the Illinois Joining Forces public-private network to assist Illinois servicemembers, veterans and their families.


March 24, 2014
Champaign and Vermilion County Schools Tops in Youth Archery Tournament
IDNR Hosts Tournament That Draws Hundreds of Young Archers to Springfield
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources hosted the National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament March 22 in Springfield. More than 870 young men and women competed in the day-long event held at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Schools from Champaign and Vermilion Counties took top honors in the team competition.


March 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Joins Consuls General to Celebrate Benito Juárez’s 208th Birthday
James R. Thompson Center Exhibit Honors “The Father of the Americas”
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn was joined by several Consuls General and leaders of Illinois’ Mexican-American community today to celebrate the 208th anniversary of Benito Juárez’s birth. The Governor also proclaimed today as “Benito Juárez Day” across Illinois, calling him one of “humanity’s giants.”


March 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $1.4 Billion Illinois Tollway 2014 Capital Construction Program
Largest Year of Construction Investment in Agency History Will Rebuild 160 Lane Miles, Repair 70 Bridges and Improve 20 Interchanges
SCHAUMBURG – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the Illinois Tollway will invest $1.4 billion in transportation improvements in 2014 – the largest one-year infrastructure investment in the agency’s history. The investments will rebuild 160 lane miles of roads, repair 70 bridges and build or improve 20 interchanges while supporting up to 15,000 jobs. 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.


March 21, 2014
Renewal of Chicago Fire and Chicago PD means jobs for Illinoisans, film office says
NBC decision follows industry’s 2013 record spending in state
CHICAGO—The Illinois Film Office said today that NBC’s decision to renew the TV programs Chicago Fire and Chicago PD for another season will provide an important boost to the state’s economy. Both of the hit shows are filmed in Chicago.


March 20, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Saturday, March 22, 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 immediately until Sunset, Saturday, March 22, 2014.


March 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Visits Gap to Salute the Increase in their Minimum Wage
Continues Fight to Increase Illinois’ Minimum Wage from $8.25 to at Least $10
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited Gap to salute their move to raise the company's minimum wage as he fights to raise the minimum wage in Illinois. Earlier this year, Gap Inc. announced it would raise its minimum wage to $10 for all U.S. employees in 2015, a move that impacts 65,000 American workers, including 4,000 in Illinois. Governor Quinn first proposed raising the minimum wage in his 2013 State of the State address and today’s event with Gap is part of his commitment to build an economy that works for everyone.


March 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Hillary Rodham Clinton Will Receive State’s Highest Award
Clinton to Join Seven to Receive the Order of Lincoln on May 3 in Chicago
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will join seven distinguished Illinoisans to receive The Order of Lincoln, the State's highest honor for professional achievement and public service.


March 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims National Service Week March 23 – 29
Encourages Residents to Volunteer in their Communities and Take Part in April 1, 2014 Day of Recognition
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed March 23 – 29 National Service Week in Illinois and encouraged people across Illinois to find ways to give back to their communities. Governor Quinn also reminded residents to take part in recognizing national service programs in their communities during the Mayors Day of Recognition of National Service on Tuesday, April 1. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to encourage volunteerism in Illinois.


March 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of Vernita Gray
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the passing of longtime equality advocate Vernita Gray:


March 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Salutes Downtown Chicago Development and Workers Making it Happen
Related Midwest’s $180 Million Investment in Long-Vacant Building Has Created More Than 1,000 Construction Jobs
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today saluted the developers and workers on the 111 W. Wacker project in downtown Chicago. The $180 million project by Related Midwest has employed more than 1,000 skilled construction workers and is transforming a long-vacant and partially-completed building into a new residential tower. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


March 18, 2014
IDNR Awards Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants to Schools
Privately Funded Program to Assist Nearly 8,000 Students in Learning about Illinois’ Natural Heritage
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller today announced the awarding of more than $96,000 in Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants. The 103 grants to schools in 41 counties, made possible through private donations, will assist more than 7,700 students to visit Illinois state parks, museums and other natural resources sites to learn about nature and conservation.


March 18, 2014
Pre-Register for March 26 Veteran Hiring Event to Maximize Job Opportunities
IDVA, IDES and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Partner to Put Veterans to Work; More than 150 On-the-Spot Job Offers Last Year
CHICAGO – The Hiring Our Heroes - Chicago event, one of the largest efforts to help Veterans and their family members find employment, returns to Chicago on Wednesday, March 26. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) are primary hosts. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of Illinois Chicago Forum at 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago.


March 18, 2014
New Illinois State Freight Advisory Council Appointed
Expert Panel Will Advise IDOT, State Agencies on Freight Issues, Policies
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today announced that 41 members with extensive experience and expertise in the multimodal movement of freight have been chosen to serve on the new Illinois State Freight Advisory Council. The council, representing both the private and public sectors across the various modes of transportation, will advise IDOT on the best policies and practices for improving freight transportation statewide, helping to maintain the state’s position as the freight hub of the nation.


March 18, 2014
IEMA Offers Safety Tips during National Flood Safety Awareness Week March 16-22
On flooded roads, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” can save lives
SPRINGFIELD – With the spring 2013 floods still fresh in the minds of many Illinois residents, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today joined the National Weather Service (NWS) and other emergency management organizations across the country to observe National Flood Safety Awareness Week March 16-22. Throughout the week, IEMA will encourage Illinois residents to learn more about flooding and to take steps to be better prepared.


March 17, 2014
Fourteen Organizations to Receive More Than $241,000 in Grants
Thanks to Veterans Cash Lottery Ticket Sales
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today announced a total of $241,582 in grants from Veterans’ Cash scratch-off lottery ticket sales to help fourteen non-profits and local governmental entities deliver specialized programs and services to the Illinois veteran community.


March 17, 2014
Cook County Woman Honored as Illinois Veteran of the Month
Chicago -- The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) recognized Akeela White – a U.S. Army veteran, distinguished veteran leader, and the Assistant General Counsel in the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Legal Department for JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A – as the Illinois Veteran of the Month for March 2014 at a ceremony at in Chicago today.


March 17, 2014
A Sure Sign Spring Is On The Way- IDNR Prepares For Prescribed Burns
Fire management keeps natural areas healthy and safe
SPRINGFIELD - For the next several weeks, crews from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be conducting prescribed burns statewide. Spring burn season typically starts as soon as the weather is suitable and continues through mid-April. Most Illinois habitats are adapted to periodic fires, and a prescribed fire is one of the most cost-effective tools available to stimulate growth of native vegetation and control invasive plant species.


March 15, 2014
Statement by Governor Pat Quinn on St. Patrick’s Day
CHICAGO - Governor Quinn today released the following statement as people across Illinois celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day:


March 14, 2014
March 27 event in Chicago will help women entrepreneurs create jobs
CHICAGO— The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced that women entrepreneurs who want to expand their businesses and create jobs should attend an upcoming conference that will feature informative programs and opportunities for networking. The second annual Women Business Owners Symposium (WBOS) will be held March 27 at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road. The event is free and organized by DCEO with support from Nicor Gas, Macy’s, Verizon, and Score Chicago.


March 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Reappoints Doug Scott as Illinois Commerce Commission Chair
Scott has Helped Illinois Become First in Nation in Renewable Energy, Saved Consumers Hundreds of Millions
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that he has named Doug Scott to a second term as chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). First appointed in 2011, Scott has helped Illinois to become first in the nation in renewable energy and saved consumers hundreds of millions of dollars. Today’s announcement is a part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to protect consumers and ensure a clean and healthy environment for generations to come.


March 13, 2014
Actor Martin Sheen Joins Governor Quinn’s Fight to Raise the Minimum Wage
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by actor Martin Sheen to continue his ongoing fight to raise Illinois’ minimum wage from $8.25 to at least $10. Last year the Governor proposed raising the minimum wage in his 2013 State of the State address and today’s visit to Chicago’s historic St. Pius V Church is part of his agenda to build an economy that works for everyone.


March 13, 2014
Don’t Wait To File Your Taxes
$524 million in refunds already paid
CHICAGO – With spring around the corner, the Illinois Department of Revenue wants to remind taxpayers to file their taxes as soon as they can. More than 2.3 million taxpayers have already filed their individual income taxes and more than half of those taxpayers are getting refunds.


March 13, 2014
Liquor Control Commission February Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In February the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 211 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 49 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Seventy-seven percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


March 12, 2014
Illinois State High School Archery Tournament Set for March 22
Top finishers Among 873 Young Archers Will Advance to National Tournament
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will host the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Illinois State Tournament Saturday, March 22 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Participation continues to grow as 873 archers from 32 schools have qualified to compete. The 2013 State Tournament drew about 700 archers. 400 students competed in 2012. Top finishers qualify for the NASP National Tournament to be held May 9-10 in Louisville, Kentucky.


March 12, 2014
IDOT, Illinois State Police and Local Law Enforcement Across the State Remind Celebrators to Designate a Sober Driver this St. Patrick’s Day
Stepped Up Enforcement Designed to Get Drunk Drivers Off the Road
CHICAGO – As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police and nearly 200 local law enforcement agencies urge motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel after drinking. Now through the March 17th holiday, state and local law enforcement officers across Illinois will have an increased presence to crack down on drunk drivers as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.


March 11, 2014
Incoming Storm Expected to Bring Heavy Snow and Possible Blizzard Conditions to Illinois Roadways
Motorists Advised to Use Extreme Caution and Prepare for Possible Hazardous Driving Conditions
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced Tuesday that snowfall expected in the Northern part of the state later tonight and into Wednesday morning could impact travel routes. The forecasted weather system is expected to bring several inches of heavy snow, gusting winds and the potential of blizzard conditions. Blowing and drifting snow associated with the storm could lead to treacherous weather and driving conditions in areas throughout the state. Roads and bridges could be snow and ice covered, creating slick and dangerous travel conditions for Illinois motorists.


March 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Coordinated State Measures Being Taken as Winter Storm Approaches
Heavy Snow Anticipated Across Parts of Illinois; Motorists Encouraged to Use Extreme Caution
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced coordinated measures being taken by Illinois state agencies to prepare for heavy snowfall this evening that can create treacherous driving conditions in areas throughout the state. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to keeping all Illinois residents safe this winter.


March 10, 2014
Registration opens Monday for the 2014 Conservation Congress
Sessions to be held April 11-12 at IDNR Headquarters in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today that registration for Conservation Congress 2014 is now open. The theme of this year’s gathering is: Charting a Course to Protect and Preserve Our Natural Resources. Sessions will be held April 11-12 at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources headquarters in Springfield.


March 7, 2014
The Office Of The State Fire Marshal Reminds Residents To Change Their Smoke Alarm Batteries As Clocks Are Set Forward This Sunday
Sunday, March 9th: Change your Clock, Change your Batteries
SPRINGFIELD – As a biannual initiative to keep Illinois families safe, The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) reminds the public to change their smoke alarm batteries as clocks are set forward one hour this Sunday, March 9th, 2014. Smoke alarm batteries should be changed twice a year in an effort to prevent injuries and deaths in case of a fire emergency.


March 7, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois is First in the Nation in Renewable Energy Use
New Report says 91 Illinois Communities Have Achieved 100 Percent Renewable Electricity
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that a new report has found Illinois leads the nation in the number of communities using renewable electricity. The report shows 91 Illinois communities have achieved 100 percent renewable electricity, far more than any other state. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


March 6, 2014
State Regulators Honor National Consumer Protection Week
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is working with the Federal Trade Commission and state and local governments across the country to help struggling families cope with financial challenges. Its three divisions: Banking; Financial Institutions; and Professional Regulation work directly with Illinois families that borrow money, own homes, have accounts at Illinois depository institutions or hire the more than one million licensed professionals in the state. Our mission is to help prevent fraud and unprofessional behavior by regulating thousands of businesses and by providing assistance to Illinois residents who have had unsatisfactory experiences with professional licensees.


March 6, 2014
Illinois Arts Council Agency Announces Poetry Out Loud State Final
16 Regional Winners Advance from 6,800 Participants in 62 Illinois High Schools Statewide
ILLINOIS -- The Illinois Arts Council Agency is pleased to announce Illinois’ 2013-2014 Poetry Out Loud State Final, featuring recitations by sixteen regional contest winners. The event will take place on Friday, March 14, 2014, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Springfield’s Hoogland Center for the Arts. Attendance is free, open to the public, and accessible.


March 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces More Affordable Opportunities for Buyers of Vacant Homes
Assistance Available to 240 Qualified Low- to Moderate-Income Buyers of Vacant Homes in Targeted Communities
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced an innovative state program to help provide affordable homeownership opportunities for people and communities in need. The Illinois Homebuyer Rehabilitation Assistance Program will allow hard-working families buying vacant homes to apply for grants up to $25,000 to help encourage the reuse of vacant single-family properties. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to strengthen and stabilize Illinois communities by making homeownership more affordable.


March 6, 2014
State Presents Governor’s 2014 Downstate Occupational Safety and Health Award Posthumously to Former IDOT Safety Training Manager
Russ W. Ridder’s Accomplishments in Workplace Safety Honored and Remembered at 23rd annual “DIOSH” Day
SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Joseph Costigan presented a Governor’s Award for Excellence Occupational Health and Safety Award posthumously to Russ W. Ridder, former IDOT Safety Training Manager who passed away in 2011 and was recently nominated for the award. The Governor’s Award recognizes the contributions and efforts of individuals who have made a significant impact on occupational safety and health in downstate Illinois. Dir. Costigan presented the award to Ridder’s widow, Nanci, at the 23rd Annual Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety & Health (DIOSH) Day event on Wednesday, March 5.


March 5, 2014
Gov. Quinn Announces $45 Million State Relief Package for Communities Devastated by November Tornadoes
Governor Secures State Resources After Denial of FEMA Funding Appeal; Aid Will Help Local Governments Recover
SPRINGFIELD – Following federal denial of urgently-needed disaster assistance, Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $45 million state relief package to help Illinois local governments recover from the deadly November tornadoes. This assistance was assembled at the Governor's direction following the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denial of the state's appeal for federal disaster assistance for local governments.


March 4, 2014
Illinois iBid Website to Auction Heavy Construction Equipment
CMS is Offering More than 550 Pieces of Equipment for Bids on 3/17
SPRINGFIELD – The Department of Central Management Services (CMS) announced today that it will be holding its largest web-based auction of surplus heavy equipment ever through the state’s online “iBid” website. The state’s equivalent of “eBay,” “iBid” (http://ibid.illinois.gov) has sold more than $10 million dollars worth of surplus property and equipment since 2003. The site has sold everything from agricultural equipment to motor vehicles, but has never featured The Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) heavy equipment sale before.


March 4, 2014
IEMA Encourages Public Schools, Colleges to Submit School Security Grant Application by March 14
Total of $25 million in grants to be awarded for security enhancements
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today encouraged public elementary and secondary school districts, community colleges and state universities to submit their applications for a portion of $25 million in grants to be awarded under the Illinois School Security Grant Program. The deadline for submitting applications is March 14.


March 4, 2014
Illinois Conservation Police Cite Businesses Selling Shark Fin Products
Enforcement of state law helps protect shark populations throughout the world
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police have issued 20 citations to four businesses in northern Illinois for selling shark fin products. The citations were issued on February 28, 2014 as part of a continuing effort to enforce a state law banning the sale, trade or distribution of shark fins in Illinois.


March 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on State’s Immediate Recognition of Marriage Equality
Attorney General Provides Guidance that Any Prohibition on Marriage Equality is Unconstitutional
SPRINGFIELD – Attorney General Lisa Madigan today provided guidance to every county clerk in Illinois that marriage equality should be the law of Illinois effective immediately.


March 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on FEMA’s Denial of Assistance for Tornado-Ravaged Illinois Communities
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement following the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) denial of the state's appeal for federal disaster assistance for local governments that were impacted by the Nov. 17, 2013 tornado outbreak:


March 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Ranks #3 in Nation for Business Development
Illinois Rises from Last Year’s Ranking; Governor Highlights Growth at Small Businesses Like Punchkick
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois has moved up to third in the nation—and the Chicago area is now the number one metro market in the country for new and expanded corporate facilities. Illinois moved up two spots from last year’s fifth place ranking and the Chicago region went from second place last year to first place this year, according to the annual analysis by Site Selection magazine, one of the nation’s premier corporate real estate and economic development publications. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to economic development and job creation in Illinois.


March 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Casimir Pulaski, Polish-Born Revolutionary War Hero
“Father of the American Cavalry” Fought and Died for Freedom
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today honored Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski on the annual holiday held in his memory. With Pulaski’s struggle for freedom and Illinois’ Eastern European community in mind, Governor Quinn also urged peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.


February 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $4 Million in Fire Safety Investments for 193 Illinois Communities
Funding Will Help Purchase Protective and Life Saving Equipment
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis today announced a $4 million investment to help 193 fire departments across the state purchase safety equipment, protective clothing, breathing apparatus and other tools for firefighters. These small equipment grants are supported by a small percentage of the sales of all fire insurance sold in Illinois. The grant awards are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of people in every community across Illinois.


February 28, 2014
Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grants Awarded
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) today announced that 32 Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grants have been awarded from the fall 2013 application period. A total of $24,115.25 has been distributed.


February 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims March as Severe Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
IEMA, local emergency management officials to provide preparedness tips for tornadoes, severe storms and flooding
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed March as Severe Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois and encouraged Illinois citizens to take steps to be better prepared for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding. During March, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will join with the National Weather Service (NWS) and local emergency management agencies to increase awareness of these severe weather hazards.


February 28, 2014
IDOT Weather Crews Prepared Statewide to Deploy for Winter Storm Titan
Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rain to Create Slick Roads and Bridges Starting Saturday Night
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that snow and ice from Winter Storm Titan will create slick and dangerous road conditions for the traveling public statewide. The National Weather Service forecasted a cold front to move through beginning today to be followed by a snowfall band expected of 6 to 10 inches throughout Illinois from Saturday night through Sunday night.


February 27, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Federal Funding to Continue Spring 2013 Flood Cleanup
$646,000 of U.S. Department of Labor Funds Will Pay for Temporary Employment of Eligible Workers
CHICAGO– Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the federal government has approved his request for more than $640,000 to continue the employment of temporary workers who are helping Illinois communities with cleanup and recovery efforts from the spring 2013 floods. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to doing everything possible to help Illinois communities recover from natural disasters.


February 27, 2014
State awarding $1 million in grants to reduce youth access to tobacco sales
First-ever combined tobacco/liquor seminars, teen video contest also announced
CHICAGO – To help protect the health of our children, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) is awarding $1 million in grants to communities throughout the state to implement the Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here tobacco enforcement program.


February 26, 2014
State Issues Statement on Illinois Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Constitutionality of Employee Classification Act
Act Prohibits Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors; Protects Workers Rights to Earned Compensation, Benefits, and Overtime
CHICAGO—Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Joseph Costigan issued a statement on the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the state’s Employee Classification Act, which protects individuals working in the construction industry from being misclassified as independent contractors and ensures a level playing field within the industry. The Court rejected a constitutional challenge posed by a roofing contractor that claimed the law violates “due process rights and is impermissibly vague,” (Bartlow v. Costigan, Ill., No. 2014 IL 115152, 2/21/14) and stated the law was constitutional on Feb 21. Since the law went into effect in 2008, the Department has conducted 111 investigations and collected $314,325.70 in penalties.


February 26, 2014
Governor’s Cyber Aces Championship is Saturday
Careers Among Fastest Growing in Nation; Illinois Bests All Other States
CHICAGO – Illinois’ leading role in recruiting Veterans and career changers to enter the cybersecurity workforce shines this Saturday in the state’s first ever Cyber Aces State Championship, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said today. Illinois’ top 125 participants have accepted invitations to Championship Saturday following a year-long competition led by Gov. Pat Quinn to identify individuals with skills conducive to seeking a cybersecurity career in the military or private sector. Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills will host the championship in which participants will compete in NetWars, a simulation utilized by the U.S. Air Force.


February 25, 2014
IDOT Kicks Off 25th Annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Conference: Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward
Event to Help Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Firms Qualify for Highway Construction Contracts
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced the start of the 25th annual Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward (TCTR) conference at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center in Springfield. The two-day event offers educational workshops, networking opportunities and information on how to get Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) more work on highway construction contracts.


February 25, 2014
Former Crystal Lake Police Officer Indicted for Fraud
Defendant Accused of Making False Statements Regarding His Medical Condition in Order to Obtain Benefits
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today announced a recent workers’ compensation fraud investigation has resulted in an indictment of a former Crystal Lake Police Officer. Michael Avila was arraigned earlier today. He is charged with workers’ compensation fraud, insurance fraud, theft of government property, and theft by deception in connection to statements he made in order to create the impression that the nature and extent of an injury he claimed to have suffered to his wrist while at work was more extensive than it really was.


February 25, 2014
Illinois’ 2014 Spring Trout Fishing Season Opens April 5 at 47 sites
Four new locations added this year
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The 2014 Spring Trout Fishing Season in Illinois will begin at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller announced today.


February 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Joins President Obama to Announce New Digital Manufacturing Hub in Illinois
Quinn Administration Helped Lead Application and Funded Key Components That Will Make Digital Hub Possible
WASHINGTON - Governor Pat Quinn today joined President Barack Obama to formally announce that Illinois had won a new digital manufacturing hub, supported by funding from state and federal governments and corporate partners. The hub will have a far-reaching impact on jobs across many industries and benefit small businesses across the nation. The White House announced a $70 million Department of Defense award for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute, which UI Labs will operate in Chicago. The support from President Obama, coupled with $16 million from the Quinn Administration, gives the institute the necessary funds to build partnerships with manufacturers and strengthen Illinois' economic comeback.


February 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of Harold Ramis
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement about producer, director, actor and comedian Harold Ramis, who died early this morning at the age of 69:


February 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Calls for Overhaul of Disaster Funding Rules at National Forum
Discusses Illinois’ Disaster Response After Year of Extreme Weather
WASHINGTON – Governor Pat Quinn today delivered the keynote address at the National Journal's Natural Disaster Forum in Washington, D.C., where he discussed Illinois’ preparedness and response to several major natural disasters and called for needed changes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster aid criteria. Under Governor Quinn’s leadership the state of Illinois has managed response to disasters ranging from deadly tornadoes to recent extreme winter storms. The Governor is working with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and the congressional delegation pass legislation to improve the federal formula in the disaster assistance process and help more people rebuild their lives.


February 24, 2014
State Highlights Workers’ Rights and Construction Opportunity Summit
Illinois Departments of Labor and Transportation, Quad Cities Interfaith Come Together to Help Strengthen Local Workforce
CHICAGO— The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL), along with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Quad Cities Interfaith, hosted a Workers’ Rights and Construction Opportunity Summit to help create awareness about workplace safety, highlight new job opportunities for unemployed or underemployed residents and to increase overall diversity in the Quad City workforce. Nearly 150 workers, local leaders, building trades and union members, and more than two-dozen faith-based organizations attended the summit held on Sat., Feb 22 at the Second Baptist Church in Rock Island.


February 22, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $70 Million Department of Defense Award to UI Labs
Will Combine with $16 Million in State Funding to Launch Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago
WASHINGTON D.C. – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $70 million to UI Labs of Chicago, a public-private partnership that will combine the award with $16 million in state funds and other contributions to form the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute. The DMDI will be a first-of-its-kind digital hub with the capability to transform American manufacturing. Today's announcement is part of Governor Quinn's agenda laid out in his State of the State address to advance the high-tech industry in Illinois, creating jobs and driving the state's economy forward.


February 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Meets with President Obama About Raising the Minimum Wage
Measure Would Help Alleviate Poverty and Drive Economic Growth
WASHINGTON – Governor Pat Quinn today met with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and senior administration officials at the White House to discuss raising the federal and Illinois minimum wage rates. Governor Quinn’s ongoing fight to raise Illinois’ minimum wage is in line with President Obama’s push to raise the federal minimum wage. The Governor first proposed raising the minimum wage in his 2013 State of the State address and today’s meeting with the President is part of his agenda to alleviate poverty, drive economic growth and ensure that all Illinois workers are treated fairly.


February 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Marriage Equality Ruling
Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act Effective Immediately in Cook County as Result of Federal Court Ruling
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement on the federal court ruling that true marriage equality for thousands of couples in Illinois will arrive several months early. Under the ruling, all couples who are married in Cook County will receive the rights and protections of marriage effective immediately, rather than having to wait until June 1, the initial effective date of historic legislation. Governor Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act on Nov. 20, fulfilling his 2013 State of the State commitment to ensure that Illinois embraces all people.


February 21, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Promotes Oral Health During National Children’s Dental Health Month
SPRINGFIELD – In recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging parents and caregivers to plan dental visits and discuss the importance of good oral health for their children.


February 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement Regarding Violence in Ukraine
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the ongoing conflict in the nation of Ukraine. Dozens of people have been killed or injured in ongoing violence that broke out after what had initially been non-violent demonstrations in support of free speech and democracy:


February 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on The Gap’s Move to Raise Its Employee Minimum Wage
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn issued the following statement on The Gap, Inc.’s decision to raise its own minimum wage to $10 for all U.S. employees, a move that is expected to impact 65,000 American workers. The Gap has almost 40 Illinois locations:


February 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Coordinated Measures Being Taken for Extreme Weather Across Illinois
Flooding Issues Anticipated from Snow Melt; Motorists Encouraged to Use Extreme Caution
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced coordinated measures being taken by Illinois state agencies to prepare for heavy snow and rainfall, along with potential flooding and treacherous driving conditions in areas throughout the state. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to keeping all Illinois residents safe this winter.


February 20, 2014
IEMA Announces UIUC First Illinois University to Attain Ready to Respond Campus Designation
Safety Initiative Now Open to Campuses Statewide
SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign today became the first higher education institution in the state to receive the Ready to Respond Campus designation from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). UIUC is one of nine campuses in Illinois that participated in a pilot of the Ready to Respond Campus program, an initiative aimed at enhancing campus safety, preparedness and response efforts.


February 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Joins Vice President Biden and Transportation Secretary Foxx at America's Central Port in Granite City
Event Marks Fifth Anniversary of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Which is Funding $12 Billion in Illinois Projects
GRANITE CITY – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood at America's Central Port in Granite City to mark the fifth anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The port's new South Harbor is being funded in part by the ARRA and the state of Illinois, and is among $12 billion in Illinois projects benefiting from the federal economic stimulus program.


February 18, 2014
Lower the flags at half-staff on behalf of: Michael Holmes of the Illinois Department of Transportation
Please lower the United States flags and the State flags from: Sunrise: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 until Sunset, Friday, February 21, 2014


February 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois is the Nation’s Top Green Building State
U.S. Green Building Council Ranks Illinois Number One in the Sustainable Building Design Movement
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the U.S. Green Building Council has ranked Illinois number one among all 50 states in the sustainable building design movement. Illinois has more than 29 million square feet of certified green buildings, or 2.29 square feet for every resident. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


February 14, 2014
IDOT Winter Crews Prepare for Snow and Freezing Rain
Roads to Become Slick and Dangerous through Weekend
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road conditions are expected to change throughout the state today and into next week due to the anticipated snow and ice. The National Weather Service forecasts snow up to four inches and freezing rain starting today, creating slick and dangerous driving conditions for motorists.


February 14, 2014
Statement from Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider
“We are deeply saddened by a tragic accident this morning that claimed the life of one of our Illinois Department of Transportation employees. Michael Holmes of Wyoming, Illinois was a monthly snowbird worker for IDOT and had been with the Department’s winter operations team since November 2007,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. Holmes was 49 years old.


February 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Issues Statement on Sixth Anniversary of NIU Tragedy
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn issued the following statement on the sixth anniversary of the NIU tragedy of Feb. 14, 2008:


February 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Tragic Death of Transportation Worker in Stark County
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the Friday morning Stark County accident that killed Illinois Department of Transportation employee, 49-year-old Michael Holmes of Wyoming, Ill.:


February 13, 2014
IDNR Planning Illinois Deer Hunting Changes for 2014-15
Hunters invited to weigh in through online survey
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) plans to revise deer population objectives for more than 40 counties beginning with the 2014-15 deer season, following a two-year review of Illinois deer management efforts. The IDNR is also asking deer hunters to provide input, through an online survey, on a proposal to end the recent practice of selling remaining firearm deer permits over-the-counter through the end of the firearm season, except for youth under age 16.


February 13, 2014
23rd Anniversary Desert Storm Remembrance Ceremony
Springfield – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is honored to host the 23rd Desert Storm Remembrance Ceremony to honor and remember those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Desert Storm 23 years ago.


February 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $5 Million for Welcome Home Heroes Affordable Loan Program
Affordable Loans Fueled State’s Record Year of Homeownership to Help Families and Drive Economic Growth
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $5 million in Illinois Jobs Now! construction funding to help an additional 500 military families purchase a home affordably through the Welcome Home Heroes program. At events in both Springfield and Midlothian, Governor Quinn also discussed the success of 2013 as the Year of Homeownership in Illinois. Welcome Home Heroes is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to help Illinois’ military families transition to civilian life, and to strengthen and stabilize communities by making homeownership more affordable.


February 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Proposes Groundbreaking Five-Year Plan to Transform State’s Healthcare System
“The Path to Transformation” Proposal Designed to Reduce Costs and Improve Health of People Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the draft of five-year plan for one of the most innovative and far-reaching healthcare transformation programs in the country. The “The Path to Transformation” proposal would allow the state to obtain $5.2 billion in federal funds over five years to modernize healthcare infrastructure and services and lower long-term costs. The plan, which requires federal approval, is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve the health of the people of Illinois and increase access to quality, affordable healthcare.


February 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Names Leaders in Public Service, Sports, the Arts and Business to Receive State’s Highest Award
The Order of Lincoln Will be Presented May 3 in Chicago
SPRINGFIELD – As Illinois celebrates the 205th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, Governor Pat Quinn today announced this year’s recipients of the Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service.


February 11, 2014
Governor Quinn and Governor Ávila Honor Benito Juárez on Eve of Lincoln’s Birthday
Wreath-Laying at Juárez Statue and Lincoln-Romero Meeting Reenactment Strengthen 150-year Friendship Between Mexico and Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by the Governor of the State of Mexico Eruviel Ávila for a wreath-laying ceremony to honor Benito Juárez and the 150-year friendship between Illinois and Mexico. Governor Ávila has traveled to Illinois as a result of Governor Quinn’s trade mission to Mexico City which took place in April 2013. This week’s visit is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to strengthening relations between Illinois and Mexico.


February 10, 2014
Governor Quinn and Governor Ávila Open New Cultural Office, Present Free Concert by Orquesta Sinfónica
150-year Friendship Between Mexico and Illinois to be Celebrated and Strengthened During Two-Day Official Visit
CHICAGO – Today Governor Pat Quinn welcomed to Illinois the Governor of the State of Mexico Eruviel Ávila for an official state visit that celebrates the 150-year friendship between Illinois and Mexico. Governor Ávila’s trip is a result of Governor Quinn’s trade mission to Mexico City which took place in April 2013. This week’s visit is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to strengthening relations between Illinois and Mexico.


February 10, 2014
‘Defense Area’ Redevelopment Brings Housing and Jobs to Madison County
Illinois Housing Development Authority provides crucial funding to build Emerald Ridge and create 80 local jobs
EAST ALTON – In one year, a new development of 46 new rental single-family homes for working families will open on the former site of a World War II-era development known as the “Defense Area” properties of East Alton.


February 10, 2014
Get Your Insurance Coverage in Order for 2014
Department of Insurance says the New Year is a good time to review coverage
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron suggests starting off the new year by reviewing your insurance coverage. The department shares some tips to help consumers review.


February 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Encourages Illinois Residents to Consider Rescuing a Pet
Governor and Comptroller Topinka Hope to Make 2014 the Year of Animal Rescue; First Dog of Illinois Rescued from PAWS
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today was joined by Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka at Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS) Chicago to encourage all Illinois residents to consider adopting a pet this year. Today’s event is a part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to protect pets and their owners, while ensuring that all animals in Illinois are treated ethically and responsibly.


February 8, 2014
Governor Quinn Opens Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Over Mississippi River
Monumental Bridge Will Improve Safety and Reduce Traffic Congestion
EAST ST. LOUIS – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and a number of local officials to open the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. The monumental $695 million bridge provides a better and safer way for millions of motorists to cross the Mississippi River between Illinois and Missouri. Today's event is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


February 7, 2014
Governor Quinn to Host Mexico State Governor Eruviel Ávila
Official Visit to Include Benito Juárez Tribute, World Premiere at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced he will host Mexico State Governor Eruviel Ávila for an official state visit from Feb. 9 to Feb. 12. Governor Ávila’s trip is a result of Governor Quinn’s trade mission to Mexico City which took place in April 2013. Next week’s visit will include several events, including a ribbon-cutting at Illinois’ new “Casa del Estado de Mexico” (a trade office representing the state of Mexico), a free concert from the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, a wreath-laying at the Benito Juárez statue on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and the world premiere performance of “Of Mutual Interest: Lincoln and Mexico” at the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The visit is part of the Governor’s commitment to strengthening relations between Illinois and Mexico.


February 6, 2014
IEMA Appeals FEMA Denial of Tornado Assistance for Local Governments
Appeal Includes $21.4 Million in Disaster-Related Expenses
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today appealed FEMA’s denial of the state’s request for federal assistance that would help tornado-ravaged communities in nine counties recover from the Nov. 17 deadly tornado outbreak. The appeal includes more than $21.4 million in disaster-related expenses for local governments in Champaign, Douglas, Grundy, Massac, Tazewell, Vermilion, Washington, Wayne and Woodford.


February 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Salutes Illinois Olympians
Urges Illinois Residents to Enjoy Winter Activities
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today saluted the Illinois athletes and Chicago Blackhawks players who are competing in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, saying they personify the Olympic motto of “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (“Swifter, Higher, Stronger”) and Olympic ideal of “unity among diversity.” The Governor also unveiled a website to showcase our Olympic heroes and inform Illinois residents where they can partake in winter sports activities.


February 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces MATTER, a New Healthcare Technology Startup Hub
Innovative BioHub is Part of Governor's State of the State Commitment to Create Jobs, Drive Illinois’ Economy Forward
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by J.B. Pritzker and key civic and business leaders to announce MATTER - a new startup center for next-generation healthcare technology companies. A priority in the Governor’s 2014 State of the State address, the not-for-profit BioHub will drive entrepreneurship in the rapidly expanding medical and biotechnology fields. Supported by a $4 million state investment, MATTER is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


February 5, 2014
Illinois State Fire Marshal Warns Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Dangers
Carbon Monoxide is a Silent Killer; Poisoning Cases Increase during Winter Season
SPRINGFIELD – Due to extremely low temperatures and winter storms in the Midwest this winter, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is stepping up its efforts to raise awareness about fire safety as well as the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Fire Marshal is urging homeowners to be aware of the dangers that carbon monoxide poses.


February 5, 2014
Moraine Valley Community College Receives Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veteran Education
Chicago – With a tradition of proven support for veterans, military students and their families, Moraine Valley Community College was presented with the Fall 2013 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veteran Education, at a ceremony Wednesday, February 5, at the main campus in Palos Hills.


February 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Safe Travel as New Snowstorm Approaches
Residents Should Use Extreme Caution While Traveling
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today urged people across Illinois to continue to take necessary precautions to stay safe and warm as the state continues to face a historic winter. As another major snowstorm approaches the area later today, strong measures are being taken by Illinois state agencies to continue keeping roads safe and clear. Today’s update is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to keeping all Illinois residents safe and warm this winter.


February 4, 2014
Fraud, Tax Evasion Nets 27 Months in Prison
CHICAGO - A Southern Illinois man was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison and ordered to repay the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) $44,670 for collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working and tax fraud. James L. Quirin, 59, of Sauget, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay the Internal Revenue Service $384,780, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District.


February 4, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Warns of Buffalo Fish Causing Illness
Rare disease suspected in two people
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is warning people who purchased buffalo fish from Fresh Farms International Market in Niles in Cook County after January 30, 2014, not to eat the fish. Health officials in Chicago and Cook County are reporting two people who consumed the fish have been seen at the hospital for suspected cases of Haff disease.


February 4, 2014
Winter Storm Nika Blasts Illinois Roadways, Creates Dangerous Driving Conditions
Officials Advise: Stay Home; If Travel Is Unavoidable, Take it Slow and Allow Extra Time
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that snow from Winter Storm Nika already is impacting roads and bridges from Central to Southern Illinois creating slick and dangerous travel conditions for motorists, with additional snow and drifting expected overnight across the state.


February 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Hof Haus Meat Products Company Expanding in Chicago
State Loan Helps Firm Add 25 New Jobs as Part of $9.6 Million Expansion
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined John Hofmeister & Son, Inc. to announce that the long-time, family-owned Chicago meat products company will undergo a $9.6 million expansion and create 25 new jobs. The project will be supported by a $2 million loan from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


February 3, 2014
IDOT Winter Crews Clean Up, Prepare for Heavy Snowfall on Illinois Roads
Snow Accumulation, High Winds, Freezing Rain Forecasted
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that winter weather crews are cleaning up from this weekend’s storm to prepare for the forecasted snowfall expected on Tuesday into Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service forecasted snow accumulations of five to nine inches throughout Illinois. Forecasters also warn of high winds up to 25 mph in some areas. The anticipated winter weather will create slick and dangerous travel conditions for motorists.


February 3, 2014
Man from Normal Sentenced to 8 ½ Years in Prison for Workers’ Compensation Fraud
Longest Sentence for Workers’ Compensation Fraud in Illinois Since Anti-Fraud Provisions First Enacted in 2005
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today announced a recent workers’ compensation fraud investigation has resulted in an eight and a half year sentence for a central Illinois man. Elbert Rayford, Jr., of Normal, was sentenced on January 24 to more than eight years in prison for attempting to obtain roughly $45,000 in workers’ compensation benefits through fraud. Rayford, a former employee of T.G. Gum Trucking in Farmer City, misrepresented his medical condition and exaggerated his symptoms to doctors and physical therapists in order to remain off work, collect temporary total disability (TTD) benefits, and receive medical care that was no longer necessary.


February 2, 2014
New Study Ranks Illinois 3rd Best in Business Growth
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced an independent study has identified Illinois as having one of the most thriving private sectors in the nation. The report provides further evidence that the state is recovering steadily from the worst economic hardship since the Great Depression.


February 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Assistance Workshops for Financial Aid Awareness Month
Reminds Students and Families to File Now for College Student Aid
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a series of free workshops statewide for parents and students in connection with Financial Aid Awareness Month during February. The workshops, conducted by experts from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), will help families navigate the college financial aid process and apply for assistance. In his 2014 State of the State Address, Governor Quinn called for increasing the amount of financial aid available to Illinois college students. Today’s announcement is part of the Governor’s agenda to prepare every child for success in college, career and beyond.


January 31, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Additional Relief for Consumers During Propane Emergency
Encourages Residents to Report Suspected Price Gouging and Fraud to Attorney General Madigan
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a series of steps to provide additional relief for consumers during the ongoing propane emergency in Illinois. The actions, effective immediately, provide additional financial assistance to help families pay increased heating costs this winter, and address certain inspections which could slow down the delivery of propane to consumers. The Governor is also encouraging Illinois residents to report any suspected fraud that occur during this emergency to Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to helping keep Illinois residents warm and safe this winter.


January 31, 2014
Tax Season Opens Today
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Revenue today announced that it will start accepting and processing tax returns filed electronically. Once federal tax returns have been completed, Illinois taxpayers have several options for filing their State returns. MyTax Illinois, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s online filing system, walks taxpayers through all of the options for credits and deductions. This option is free and available to almost every Illinois taxpayer. It can be found at tax.illinois.gov.


January 31, 2014
State Regulators Offering Professional Exam in Chinese
A New Start for the Lunar New Year
CHICAGO – Today the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) announced that it would be offering cosmetology testing in simplified Chinese. Before becoming a licensed cosmetologist, passage of this test is mandatory. Offering the test in Chinese will give Chinese speaking Illinoisans an opportunity to begin their careers without the barriers of taking the test in another language.


January 31, 2014
IDOT Winter Crews Prepare for Snow, High Winds This Weekend
Motorists Should Beware of Blowing and Drifting Snow, Black Ice
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road conditions in Chicago and other areas of the state are expected to change with the anticipated snow and high winds this weekend. IDOT has winter weather crews across the state on standby and motorists should beware of slick and hazardous driving conditions in some areas across the state.


January 31, 2014
Governor Quinn, AT&T Announce 200 New Jobs Across Illinois
AT&T Adding New Technicians and Retail Workers in Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined AT&T Illinois to announce the communications company’s plans to create about 200 new jobs across Illinois. The jobs include retail staff and technicians. With unemployment at its lowest point in almost five years, today’s announcement is a part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create more jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


January 31, 2014
Governor Quinn Names Candice Jones as Director of Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
Jones Previously Served as Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today appointed Candice Jones as the director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ). Jones has most recently served as Associate Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget and replaces Arthur Bishop, who has been named to head the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people and children in every community across Illinois.


January 31, 2014
IEMA Encourages People to Prepare for Earthquakes during February
Interactive tools identify earthquake hazards in homes and schools, offer methods for reducing risks
SPRINGFIELD – During the winter of 1811-12, some of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in North America rocked the Central U.S., including parts of southern Illinois. The series of earthquakes were each estimated to be around magnitude 8.0, strong enough to ring church bells 1,000 miles away in Boston. While the affected area was largely rural at the time, a similar earthquake today would cause widespread devastation throughout the region.


January 31, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Safety Ahead of Expected Snowfall
Residents Should Use Extreme Caution and Travel Only if Necessary; Check on Neighbors
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced measures being taken by Illinois state agencies to prepare for the additional snowfall that is forecast for the next several days. He also urged residents to follow recommended winter safety procedures, including being careful when shoveling and checking on neighbors during the snowy weather. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to keeping all Illinois residents safe and warm this winter.


January 30, 2014
Flag Honors Mr. Vincent Petrella of the Illinois Tollway
Lower the United States and Illinois flags to half-staff from: Sunrise, Sunday, February 2, 2014 until Sunset, Tuesday, February 4, 2014


January 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Visits Rockford and Chicago Schools to Discuss Birth to Five Initiative
Early Childhood Education Proposal a Cornerstone of Governor’s Blueprint for Jobs & Economic Growth
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited Dennis Early Childhood Center in Rockford and Chicago’s Richard Edwards Center for Young Learners to discuss his Birth to Five Initiative, the cornerstone of his five-year blueprint for jobs and economic growth. The Governor’s Birth to Five Initiative will focus on three keys to a healthy child: universal prenatal care; access to early care and learning opportunities for every child; and strong parent support.


January 30, 2014
State Capital Funding Helps Create New Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities
Development generated jobs, and will add ground-floor retail to help economy and give residents job skill training
CHICAGO – People with disabilities or special needs will soon move into a new quality affordable housing development in Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood, where they will gain access to the supportive services and skills they need to live independently. Governor Pat Quinn’s administration invested $2.3 million in Illinois Jobs Now! state capital dollars to create 51 units of permanent supportive housing in Buffett Place, the former Diplomat Hotel, generating 150 local jobs.


January 30, 2014
IEMA Announces Availability of $25 Million in Grants to Enhance Security at Schools, Campuses
Public K-12, community colleges and universities can apply for grants
SPRINGFIELD – Public elementary and secondary school districts, community colleges and state universities can begin applying for grants to enhance security for their students and staff under a program announced today by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). Grants totaling $25 million will be awarded under the Illinois School Security Grant Program administered by IEMA.


January 30, 2014
IDOT Reminds Drivers to Stay Sober, Celebrate Safely this Super Bowl Sunday
Illinois State Police and Local Law Enforcement Step Up Enforcement to Arrest Drunk Drivers This Weekend
SPRINGFIELD - The Super Bowl is one of America’s most highly anticipated sports events, when friends and family gather in homes, bars and restaurants to enjoy the game and camaraderie. As Super Bowl Sunday approaches this weekend and football fans everywhere prepare for the game, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police and dozens of local police departments across Illinois will join forces to spread two life-saving messages - Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.


January 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Delivers 2014 State of the State Address
Introduces Five-Year Blueprint Centered on Jobs, Education and Fairness
SPRINGFIELD – Exactly five years after taking office during an unprecedented triple crisis of government corruption, economic collapse and financial instability, Governor Pat Quinn today delivered his 2014 State of the State, laying out a five-year blueprint for jobs and economic growth in Illinois. The Governor's blueprint calls for creating more jobs, making early childhood education a top priority and building an economy that works for everyone -with specific measures to get the job done.


January 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Tragic Monday Evening Accident on I-88
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the Monday evening accident on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Aurora that killed Tollway employee Vincent Petrella and seriously injured an Illinois State Trooper:


January 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Emergency Actions to Alleviate Heating Gas and Oil Emergency in Illinois
Steps Make it Easier and Faster to Transport Heating Fuels from Other States to Address Shortages in Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced emergency actions to alleviate the short supply and high prices of liquefied propane gas and heating oil in Illinois. The actions make it quicker and easier to transport these fuels from other states into Illinois. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of people in every community across Illinois.


January 27, 2014
Illinois residents urged to use state's warming centers, take precautions during dangerously low temperatures
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Governor Pat Quinn is urging residents to take advantage of the state’s warming centers as temperatures across the state dip to dangerous lows once again. More than 100 warming centers across Illinois are open to provide respite from the bitter cold. The warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state. IDHS warming centers are open to the public during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


January 27, 2014
IDOT Warns Motorists of Dangerous Driving Conditions and Advise Not to Travel in Northern Illinois
IDOT Crews Out in Full Force to Clear Snow and Ice
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road conditions are slick and dangerous in Northern Illinois, and motorists should only travel if absolutely necessary. Currently, the majority of roads in the Northern part of the state are snow and ice covered with wind gusts as high as 30 mph, creating whiteout conditions.


January 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces State Preparedness Measures Ahead of Winter Blast
Governor Urges Residents to Stay Inside, Safe and Warm Ahead of Expected Dangerous Cold; If Travel is Necessary, Drive with Extreme Caution
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced measures being taken by Illinois state agencies to prepare for the extreme cold and additional snowfall that is forecast for the next several days. He also urged residents to follow recommended winter safety procedures and to check on their neighbors during the bitter cold and snowy weather. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to keeping all Illinois residents safe and warm this winter.


January 24, 2014
Park and Recreational Facility Construction Grant Program Accepting Applications
$25 Million Available For Park and Recreation Projects Through Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will accept applications beginning Jan. 24 for the state's Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) Grant Program. The program will provide grants to eligible local governments for acquisition, development, construction, rehabilitation or other capital improvements to park and recreation facilities in Illinois.


January 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Names Arthur Bishop as Director of Department of Children and Family Services
Bishop Has Served as Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Since 2011; Previously Served at DCFS for More than a Decade
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today appointed Arthur Bishop as the director of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Bishop has led the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) as director since 2011 and previously served DCFS for more than a decade. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people and children in every community across Illinois.


January 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims January 30 as “Fred Korematsu Day” in Illinois
Illinois is 4th State to Honor Civil Rights Trailblazer
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed January 30 “Fred Korematsu Day” across Illinois to honor the civil rights activist whose challenge of the Japanese American internment in World War II became a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case. Illinois is the fourth state to recognize Korematsu, following Hawaii, California and Utah. It is the first such honorary day named for an Asian American in the United States.


January 23, 2014
State Expands Affordable Housing Options for Individuals and People with Disabilities in Oak Park
IHDA-allocated tax credits help finance Grove Apartments construction and boost local economy
OAK PARK – A vacant building in suburban Oak Park has been transformed into quality affordable rental housing to enable low-income individuals and people with disabilities to live near work. On behalf of Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) representatives today joined Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other public-private partners to celebrate the grand opening of Grove Apartments.


January 23, 2014
Deadline for Federal Tornado Aid Applications Extended to Feb. 3
To date, more than $16 million in grants, loans approved for tornado survivors
SPRINGFIELD – The deadline to apply for federal disaster aid for people affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes and severe storms has been extended to Feb. 3. The state requested the extension Wednesday to enable people affected by tornadoes in 15 federally designated counties to seek grants and loans to help with their recovery. The original registration deadline was Jan. 27.


January 23, 2014
Illinois Motorists Reminded to be Aware of Potentially Dangerous Travel Conditions During Winter Months
Reduce Speed, Reduce Traveling Distance and Beware of Black Ice
CHICAGO – Following the tragic multi-vehicle accident today on Interstate 94 near Michigan City, Indiana, The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is urging Illinois motorists to be cautious while traveling the roadways during the winter months. IDOT has winter weather crews across the state on standby for the anticipated snowfall expected this weekend. As snowfall moves in Friday night, conditions are expected to change and has the potential to cause slick and hazardous driving conditions.


January 22, 2014
Governor Quinn Partners with Pizzas 4 Patriots, DHL to Provide Servicemembers with a Slice of Home
10,000 Chicago-Style Pizzas to be Shipped to Overseas Servicemembers
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today partnered with leaders from DHL Express and Pizzas 4 Patriots to send 10,000 Chicago-style deep dish pizzas to servicemembers just in time for Super Bowl Sunday. Pizzas will be delivered to troops in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Oman.


January 22, 2014
IEMA Encourages People to Test Homes for Radon During Radon Action Month in January
Annual contests promotes awareness of radon health risks
SPRINGFIELD – As part of Radon Action Month in January, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today urged people throughout Illinois to test their homes for radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas that has been found in nearly 40 percent of Illinois homes tested.


January 22, 2014
New Sales Tax Allocation Rules Filed Today
Emergency rules effective immediately
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Revenue today filed emergency rules to comply with the Supreme Court’s decision in Hartney Fuel Oil Co. v. Hamer (11/21/13), and provide Illinois businesses necessary guidance about how they should allocate the local sales taxes they collect from their customers.


January 22, 2014
215,000 Jobs Openings On-Line in December
Median Earnings Between $10 and $48 an Hour
CHICAGO – Employers in December advertised online for more than 215,000 individual job openings, according to the Conference Board and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Ninety-two percent of the advertisements were for full-time work. The advertising reflects help-wanted activity for newly created and replacement positions. The actual number of openings exceeds 215,000 because some industries, such as construction, do not typically advertise online.


January 22, 2014
Kane County Man To Be Named Illinois Veteran of the Month
Geneva - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) recognized John Carr – a U.S. Army veteran, distinguished veteran leader, and the retired Supervisor for Kane County’s Veterans Assistance Commission – as the Illinois Veteran of the Month for January 2014 at a ceremony at in Geneva today.


January 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Record $358 Million Year for Film Industry
2013 Television Shows and Blockbusters Nearly Doubled Prior Year’s Mark
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited the set of the hit TV series Chicago Fire to announce that the Illinois film industry generated a record estimated $358 million in spending in 2013, resulting in more than 4,200 full-time equivalent jobs. The new record nearly doubled the previous record year of $184 million in 2012 and is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois' economy forward.


January 21, 2014
IDOT Winter Crews Tackle Snowy and Icy Conditions Statewide
More than 1,300 Trucks Out; Winter Crews Ready for Wednesday’s Anticipated Storm
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road conditions in some areas of the state are still snow and ice covered, making travel dangerous for motorists. Currently, more than 1,300 trucks are assigned to snow duty in impacted areas across the state, and nearly 1,440 employees are on the job to help ensure roads are clear and passable. Currently, all state-maintained roadways are open.


January 21, 2014
Federal Grants to Help IL Homeowners Afford Critical Repairs
$6.1 million in grants to stimulate economic activity
CHICAGO – A new round of $6.1 million in federal funds will help low-income homeowners, including seniors and persons with disabilities, afford the necessary repairs to stay in their homes. The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) today announced the Single-Family Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation (SFOOR) program will ensure 148 homeowners can keep up with necessary but costly repairs – and will keep communities strong by stabilizing neighborhoods and creating local economic activity.


January 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Hosts Private Higher Ed Diversity and Inclusion Forum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Governor Thanks Participating Schools for Working to Increase Diversity
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn hosted the state’s private colleges and universities today at a Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education Forum held on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday. The forum was held at the University of Chicago and sponsored by the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have the opportunity to follow their dreams and reach their full potential.


January 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Continues Push to Raise Minimum Wage to At Least $10 an Hour
Higher Minimum Wage Would Give Workers Increased Dignity and More Purchasing Power
CHICAGO – In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Governor Pat Quinn today continued his drive to increase the minimum wage in Illinois to at least $10. While visiting a church on the South Side of Chicago, the Governor cited an increased minimum wage as a key weapon in the “War on Poverty” along with the Earned Income Tax Credit and decent healthcare for all.


January 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges People Across Illinois to Participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Serve Illinois Website Offers Thousands of Volunteer Opportunities
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and the Serve Illinois Commission today encouraged people across Illinois to take part in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20. Governor Quinn today visited Spencer Elementary Technology Academy, one of Chicago Cares’ 14 sites across the city for Celebration of Service.


January 17, 2014
Illinois EPA Refers DeKalb County Landfill in Cortland to Attorney General for Enforcement
Agency Alleges Emission of Gas from Landfill
SPRINGFIELD— Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett has referred an enforcement action to the Illinois Attorney General’s office against Waste Management, Inc., for an emission of gas from the DeKalb County Recycling and Disposal Facility (landfill) that resulted in an estimated 63 students and teachers at a nearby school being medically evaluated after complaining of being ill from a strong odor on January 14.


January 16, 2014
Illinois EPA files Emergency Rules Addressing Coke and Coal Piles
Permit Decisions Suspended for All Petcoke Operations
SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett today filed emergency rules with the Illinois Pollution Control Board to ensure stringent regulation of petcoke piles throughout Illinois. The rules are part of Governor Pat Quinn’s directive earlier this week to address the growing problem of petcoke storage in Illinois and protect Illinois residents and the environment.


January 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Working Families to Apply for Earned Income Tax Credit
More Than 900,000 Families Received $160 Million in Tax Relief in 2013
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today encouraged working families across Illinois to apply for Illinois’ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The Governor fought for and signed legislation in 2012 that doubled the value of Illinois’ EITC. In 2013 the credit helped more than 900,000 families receive $160 million in tax relief. The announcement is part of the Governor’s agenda to drive economic growth and support working families across Illinois.


January 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Presents SHARP Award to McCook-Based Company for Workplace Safety
Tru Vue, Inc. Recognized for Setting Example for Workplace Safety
MCCOOK – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Joseph Costigan to recognize Tru Vue, Inc. of McCook with the department’s SHARP Award for creating and maintaining high safety standards for its employees. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to workplace safety in Illinois.


January 15, 2014
IEMA Encourages People to Resolve to be Prepared in 2014
Will Highlight Preparedness, Safety Topics Each Month
SPRINGFIELD – It’s not too late to make a resolution for 2014 and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has a suggested resolution that will help you and your family stay safe when disaster strikes – resolve to be better prepared for emergencies this year. The agency will make keeping this resolution easier by offering information and tips on preparedness and safety topics each month in 2014.


January 14, 2014
Governor Quinn, Earvin “Magic” Johnson Announce 200 New Jobs for Illinois
Insurance Company EquiTrust to Open in Chicago
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined EquiTrust Life Insurance Company to announce that the company is opening new offices in Illinois that will create 200 jobs in the coming year and could employ hundreds more in years to come. According to company officials, EquiTrust will open their first Illinois office in Chicago, where they expect to add approximately 200 employees over the coming year. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


January 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Celebrates Successful Startups at 1871
Digital Hub’s Alumni Have Created More than 300 New Jobs to Date and Generated More than $10 Million in Revenue
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined 1871, Chicago’s leading hub for digital startups, to honor 26 alumni companies for their astonishing success and impact on Illinois’ economy, creating more than 300 new jobs and $10 million in revenue. The event serves as a milestone to recognize the significant achievements of the tech hub’s first 18+ months as it enters its second phase under the leadership of recently appointed CEO Howard Tullman. Mr. Tullman takes over from interim 1871 CEO Jim O’Connor Jr.


January 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Emergency Rules to Protect Illinois Residents from Petcoke
Rules Will Require Total Enclosure of Petcoke Piles and Other Environmental Protections
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced emergency administrative rules designed to protect Illinois residents from petroleum coke (petcoke). Under the Governor’s order, the rules will be filed later this week as part of his agenda to protect Illinois’ natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


January 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Salutes Illinois Farmers for Nation-Leading 2013
New Figures Show Illinois Now Top Soybean-Producing State in the Nation
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today saluted Illinois' grain farmers on an outstanding 2013, including a nation-leading soybean crop. Final 2013 crop production figures released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) show Illinois harvested 462 million bushels of soybeans last fall, 51 million more than any other state in the country.


January 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Thanks Emergency Crews and Personnel for Winter Storm Response
Heroic Rescue Stories Emerge; Thousands Worked Around the Clock to Keep Illinois Residents Safe During Winter Blast
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today thanked the emergency workers who provided around-the-clock assistance during this week’s historic winter storm and freeze. Since last week, thousands of state employees worked tirelessly to clear Illinois roads, rescue stranded motorists and keep people safe. During the storm, many heroic rescue stories surfaced and the Governor thanked workers who made the state’s effective storm response possible.


January 10, 2014
State Fire Marshal Warns The Public To Beware Of Fire Danger From Alternative Heat Sources
Heating Equipment: Leading Cause of Home Fatal Heating Fires in U.S.
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of The Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is raising awareness about winter fire risks, especially with the use of space heaters and fire places as alternative sources to heat homes. Nearly half of all home heating related fires occur between the months of December and February, according to the National Fire Protection Association.


January 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Reminds People to Stay Alert for Flooding and Ice this Weekend
Rainfall and Melting Snow Could Combine to Cause Hazardous Flooding
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today reminded people throughout Illinois to stay alert this weekend for flood hazards caused by melting snow and rain. In addition, low overnight temperatures could freeze puddles and other wet areas to create dangerous slick spots on roads and sidewalks.


January 9, 2014
Governor Quinn: State Will Appeal Federal Denial of Aid for Tornado-Impacted Local Governments
FEMA Aid Would Have Helped Nine Counties Recover Expenses Following Deadly November Storms
CHICAGO – Hours after FEMA denied the state’s request for federal assistance to help local governments in nine counties recover expenses related to the deadly storms on Nov. 17, Governor Pat Quinn today announced the state will appeal the decision. While the federal government has approved millions of dollars to date of aid to help people and businesses recover, today’s decision denies aid to local governments in impacted communities throughout Illinois.


January 9, 2014
Temporary Change to Hours and Access For Select Southern Illinois Veterans’ Service Offices
SPRINGFIELD – Over the coming weeks Veterans and family members in and around Southern Illinois may experience challenges in meeting in person with a Veteran Service Officer (VSO) due to a medical absence. The Veteran Service Officer (VSO) for the Saline County office in Harrisburg will be unavailable duty for due to medical absence. This VSO’s area of responsibility includes the office in Harrisburg, with iterant offices in Carmi and Metropolis, Illinois, on a rotating basis. During the VSO’s absence, other southern region IDVA VSOs will be providing area coverage and assistance to our Illinois Veterans there.


January 9, 2014
Illinois Named Five-Star State by MADD for Efforts to Keep Drunk Drivers Off of Roads
Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving Report Released Today
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced that Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has given Illinois its highest rating for drunk-driving prevention, as it named Illinois a five-star state for drunk driving prevention in its 2014 Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving report, released today.


January 8, 2014
Statement by Governor Pat Quinn on Selection of Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas to Baseball Hall of Fame
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the selection of Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas to the National Baseball Hall of Fame:


January 7, 2014
Motorists Urged to Slow Down; Roads Remain Snow Packed and Icy Statewide
Motorists Driving Too Fast for Dangerous Conditions
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reminded motorists today to slow down when travelling during the severe weather conditions. Road conditions are improving in some areas, but the majority of roads throughout the state are still snow and ice covered. Blowing and drifting snow remains a problem, and the extreme low temperatures reduce the effectiveness of the salt being spread by IDOT winter weather crews. Motorists are still encouraged to stay home and avoid travel until roads are clear and safe.


January 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Implements Winter Storm Preparedness Plan
Continuity of Government Operations Plan to Ensure Continued Delivery of Essential Services During Winter Storm
CHICAGO - Due to the severe winter storm and dangerously low temperatures and wind chills that have followed, causing hazardous conditions across Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today implemented the State’s Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Plans (COOP/COG). The inter-agency plans will ensure continued delivery of critical state response services during the severe winter weather conditions while ensuring the safety of the state’s workforce. State government employees – except those serving in critical government functions – are instructed to stay home on Monday, Jan. 6.


January 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Provides Statewide Update on Response to Historic Winter Storm
Critical State Services Continue; Illinois National Guard Activated to Join Other State Emergency Responders
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by key state emergency officials to provide a comprehensive update on the state's response to the historic winter storm and freeze. As all critical and emergency state services continue, the Governor has also activated the Illinois National Guard to help emergency crews across the state provide assistance during the bitter cold and dangerous weather conditions, which have included a hazardous combination of black ice and snow drifts.


January 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Continued State Response to Extreme Winter Weather
Reminds Residents to Stay Safe and to Check on Their Neighbors
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced measures that will continue to be taken by Illinois state agencies in response to the ongoing extreme winter weather affecting more than 90 percent of the state. He also urged residents to stay safe and warm and to check on their neighbors during the bitter cold and snowy weather.


January 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces State Preparedness Measures Ahead of Winter Blast
Governor Urges Residents to Stay Inside, Safe and Warm Ahead of Forecast Snow and Cold; Check on Neighbors
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced measures being taken by Illinois state agencies to prepare for the extreme cold and additional snowfall that is forecast for the next several days. He also urged residents to follow recommended winter safety procedures and to check on their neighbors during the bitter cold and snowy weather. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to keeping all Illinois residents safe and warm this winter.


January 3, 2014
Governor Quinn opens more than 100 warming centers to help residents beat the bitter cold
State agencies urge safety during record low temperatures
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn is urging residents to take advantage of the state’s warming centers as temperatures across the state dip to dangerous lows. The state has opened more than 100 warming centers across Illinois to provide respite from the bitter cold.


January 3, 2014
Clean Up Efforts Continue After First Major Storm of 2014 – Anticipating Round Two As New Storm Enters Illinois with Snow on Saturday and Colder Temps
IDOT Winter Weather Crews Currently Clearing Shoulder Drift Buildup Due to Blowing Snow
CHICAGO –The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that winter weather crews are continuing cleanup from Winter Storm Hercules, the New Year’s Day storm, with additional winter storm advisories coming for Saturday night and Sunday in Illinois.

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