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2014


November 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Investment to Help Regional Food Banks Better Serve Those in Need
Governor’s Investment Will Ensure Lower Cost and Higher Efficiency for Services Reaching Nearly 2 Million Illinois Residents
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $4.48 million investment to help the eight regional Feeding Illinois food banks and their network of food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters better serve more than 1.9 million residents who use their services each year. The investment will provide a 21st century digital infrastructure in each of the state’s food banks and with the 1,885 member agencies they support to more quickly deliver emergency food assistance to those who need it the most. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health of the people of Illinois.


November 26, 2014
Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today granted 126 and denied 185 clemency petitions. After inheriting more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration, the Governor continues to make significant progress acting on clemencies.


November 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Abner Mikva Receiving Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today made the following statement regarding Abner Mikva, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Barack Obama:


November 25, 2014
IDOT, Illinois State Police, Local Law Enforcement Push to Keep Fatalities on Decline for 2014
Motorists Advised to “Click It or Ticket,” Drive Sober During Holidays
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and local law enforcement are working diligently this long Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the holiday season to keep roadways safe and traffic fatalities on a pace for the lowest total since 2009. The arrival of the snow-and-ice season and winter holidays means Illinois will see a heightened risk for crashes, with heavy traffic starting this week and lasting into January.


November 25, 2014
State Seeks Public Input on Strategy to Reduce Phosphorous and Nitrogen Pollution in Mississippi River Basin
Draft Strategy Aims to Have Agricultural and Municipal Interests Work Together to Improve Water Quality
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett and Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Robert Flider today announced that the public is invited to provide comments on a new statewide effort designed to improve water quality in Illinois and the Gulf of Mexico. The public comment period for the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy is now open, and comments must be postmarked by midnight on January 24, 2015.


November 25, 2014
Dept on Aging Observes Family Caregivers Awareness Month by Reminding about Resources to Assist
Administers the Family Caregiver Support Program
SPRINGFIELD – Family caregivers help their loved ones with a broad range of activities which can be a critical component in providing long term care for older adults. Without the support of their relatives and caregivers, many older adults would have difficulty remaining in their homes and community. Increasing numbers in the aging population has led to an increased need for caregivers. But, caregivers also need support or risk putting their own health and well-being at risk which is the message from the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) in observance of National Family Caregiver Month.


November 25, 2014
Avoid Foodborne Illness This Holiday Season
CHICAGO – The season for family gatherings and festive meals is here, and with that comes the potential for foodborne illnesses, if the foods are not properly prepared and handled. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck offers this helpful advice to avoid getting sick: “You should make sure your meats, including your Thanksgiving turkey, are completely thawed before you cook them. As you plan your meal, consider how much time you’ll need to thaw and cook your meats, and keep raw meat and poultry separate from food that’s ready to eat.”


November 25, 2014
Department of Insurance Announces Multi-State Settlement with Symetra Life Insurance and Symetra National Life Insurance Company
Illinois will share part of a $1.2 million penalty against Symetra Life regarding Life Insurance policies
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today announced a $1.2 million multi-state settlement with Symetra Life Insurance Company and Symetra National Life Insurance Company (Symetra). The settlement is part of an agreement with Symetra regarding the use of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (DMF).


November 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on President Obama’s Visit to Illinois to Discuss Immigration Reform
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Illinois to discuss his recent executive action to start to fix our nation’s immigration system:


November 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Launches Newest Veterans Cash Lottery Ticket
Program Has Raised More Than $11.7 Million for Illinois Veterans Since 2006
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today launched the newest Veterans Cash instant lottery ticket, a $5 ticket that has 100 percent of proceeds going directly to benefit Illinois veterans. Today’s launch is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to support the men and women who have served our nation.


November 24, 2014
Liquor Control Commission October Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In October 2014, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 341 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 52 for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-five percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


November 20, 2014
Illinois Residents Asked to Put the Tobacco Down
Support the Great American Smokeout – November 20
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is asking residents to make a commitment to stop smoking today – Thursday, November 20 – in support of the Great American Smokeout. This annual health observance challenges tobacco users across the nation to quit using tobacco for one day or make a plan to quit for good.


November 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on President Obama’s Executive Action
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today made the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration:


November 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Selection of New University of Illinois President
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today made the following statement regarding the selection by the University of Illinois’ board of trustees of Dr. Timothy Killeen as the university’s next president:


November 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Committee Passage of Minimum Wage Legislation
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the Illinois Senate Executive Committee’s passage of a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour next year, then to $10.50 per hour in 2016 and $11 per hour in 2017:


November 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Installation of Archbishop Blase Cupich
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the installation of Blase Cupich as archbishop of Chicago:


November 18, 2014
Legion Chaplain, Air Force Veteran Honored with the Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion Award
Ernie Collins has been a constant and calming presence in the veterans’ community in and around Mount Vernon, Illinois for over 22 years, building on his experience in the Air Force and his service as a Trooper in the Illinois State Police. In addition to his veteran and law enforcement efforts, Collins has been a volunteer fireman, EMT, speaker and teacher on a wide range of community interest topics, fundraiser, Honor Guard member, Chaplain, and working in a local soup kitchen. He was honored as a Senior Saint in Jefferson County (2008) and one of the Southern Illinois’ Leaders Among Us in 2009, and was honored today as Illinois’ Abraham Lincoln Veteran Champion Award recipient for November, 2014.


November 17, 2014
Honoring Mayor Jane Byrne
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Monday, November 17, 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, November 17, 2014.


November 17, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Monday, November 17, 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, November 17, 2014.


November 17, 2014
Governor Quinn Visits Washington and Brookport Communities on Anniversary of Deadly Tornadoes
Governor Participates in Memorial Dedication Service, Announces Additional State Relief Toward Recovery Process
WASHINGTON – One year after deadly tornadoes devastated several areas of Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today visited two of Illinois’ hardest-hit communities, Washington and Brookport, to visit with families and participate in the dedication of a new memorial to mark the tragedy. The Governor also announced additional state recovery assistance to aid the two communities who are still in the process of rebuilding and recovery one year later.


November 17, 2014
Governor Quinn opens 100+ warming centers to help residents beat the bitter cold
State agencies urge safety during cold temperatures
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn is urging people across Illinois to take advantage of the state’s warming centers as temperatures across the state continue to fall. The state has opened more than 100 warming centers across Illinois to provide shelter from the bitter cold.


November 17, 2014
Transportation, Law Enforcement Agencies Announce Preparations, Driving Reminders for Upcoming Winter
Drivers Urged to Slow Down, Buckle Up, Put Down Handheld Devices
CHICAGO –With colder weather rapidly approaching and winter right around the corner, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois Tollway and the Illinois State Police (ISP) today announced that they are fully prepared for the upcoming snow-and-ice season and once again reminded motorists that when there is “Ice and Snow, Take it Slow.” Throughout the state, salt domes are being restocked following last year’s historic winter and snow plows and emergency equipment are ready to be pressed into action during the coming months.


November 17, 2014
State Health Department Promotes Diabetes Awareness and Prevention
CHICAGO –This November, American Diabetes Month, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is encouraging everyone to learn their risk factors for diabetes and how to reduce or eliminate them.


November 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Officially Launches Get Covered Illinois’ Second Annual Open Enrollment Period
New Statewide Three-Month Enrollment Period Opens Today; Will Add to the More than 700,000 People Who Have Already Gained Access to Quality Healthcare
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today officially launched the second year of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the Health and Wellness Expo at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. Led by the Get Covered Illinois (GCI) program, the state plans to build on the program’s successful first year in which more than 700,000 people across the state gained access to quality health coverage. The second open enrollment period is a three-month window running from Nov. 15 through Feb. 15. The launch is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare.


November 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Passing of Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today made the following statement on the passing of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne:


November 14, 2014
Five Year Prison Sentence for Unemployment Fraud
Restitution of $234,000 Ordered After IDES Investigation
CHICAGO - A Blue Island man was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $234,000 to the Illinois Department of Employment Security for defrauding the unemployment insurance program. IDES’ anti-fraud efforts initiated the investigation that led to the federal conviction.


November 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Launches Get Covered Illinois’ Second Open Enrollment Period
More than 700,000 People Gained Access to Quality Healthcare in First Year; New Enrollment Begins Saturday, Nov. 15
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced that the second year of open healthcare enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will begin on Saturday, Nov. 15. The announcement comes as Illinois plans to build on the program’s successful first year in which more than 700,000 people across the state gained access to health coverage. The second open enrollment period is a three-month window running from Nov. 15 through Feb. 15. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare.


November 13, 2014
Department of Insurance Announces Multi-State Settlement with Sun Life
Illinois will share part of a $3.2 million penalty against Sun Life regarding payment of Life Insurance Benefits
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today announced an agreement with the Sun Life Companies (Sun Life) regarding its use of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (DMF) as part of a multi-million dollar settlement with several states. Under the settlement, Sun Life will change business practices related to the payment of life insurance benefits and will pay $3.2 million to states that are party to the settlement.


November 13, 2014
Staffing company Medix selects downtown Chicago for its expansion
Recruitment firm to create 50 jobs, spend $2.1 million at new site
CHICAGO—Medix, a professional recruitment firm cited as among the fastest growing private businesses in the country, will expand, moving its headquarters to downtown Chicago and creating 50 jobs at that office within the next two years, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) said today.


November 12, 2014
Illinois Vehicle Crashes Involving Deer Still on the Decline
IDOT, IDNR Urge Motorists to Drive Defensively, Stay Alert for Seasonal Wildlife Activity on Illinois Roadways
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced that crashes involving deer are still on the decline in Illinois. Data reveals a one percent decline in motor vehicle vs. deer crashes, from 15,495 in 2012 to 15,334 in 2013.


November 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Illinois’ Veterans and Servicemembers
Attends Veterans Day Ceremony at Soldier Field to Honor Illinois’ Heroes for Their Sacrifice and Unwavering Commitment to Protecting Our Freedoms
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today saluted Illinois’ veterans, servicemembers and their families during a Veterans Day ceremony at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Governor Quinn has made our veterans and servicemembers a top priority throughout his career in public service. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s longstanding commitment to honor, protect and support the men and women who have served our nation.


November 10, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Monday, November 10, 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, November 10, 2014.


November 7, 2014
Federal and State Agreement Will Maximize Educational Benefits for Illinois Veterans
CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has joined Illinois elected officials, veteran and student groups, and several state agencies in support of a rule change that will maximize educational benefits for Illinois veterans. The rule change will ultimately provide veterans with greater flexibility in meeting the costs of post-secondary education. Today’s announcement is part of an agenda at all levels of government to keep Illinois as the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.


November 7, 2014
State Announces LIHEAP Winter Energy Assistance Program Enrollment
All Eligible Households Can Apply for Home Heating Assistance
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced that all eligible individuals can begin applying for winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Under LIHEAP, utility bill payments are made on behalf of certain low-income households. “As winter approaches, I’m reminding all Illinois residents that help is available to warm your homes,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “I encourage all those eligible to apply so we can make certain that Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens remain healthy, safe and warm this winter.”


November 7, 2014
Illinois Department of Insurance Announces Additional Competitors and More Consumer Options for Year Two of Open Enrollment
With more carriers and more plans, residents are encouraged to compare options before enrolling or re-enrolling in health coverage
CHICAGO – As open enrollment approaches for the second year of Get Covered Illinois (GCI), the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) announced today that the number of Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has more than doubled from 165 plans offered in 2014 to more than 400 plans being offered in 2015.


November 6, 2014
Collaboration Gets Results for Military and Veteran Students To Get Academic Credits for Military Training and Education
The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, in cooperation with the Illinois Community College Board, several community colleges, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and MyCreditsTransfer, recently completed a collaborative project to grant veteran and military students appropriate academic credit for the education and training they gained in military service.


October 31, 2014
Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel Thank New Safe Passage Workers
Nearly 700 Additional Workers Hired This Year to Serve 133 Schools, 69,000 Students Across the City
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials to welcome hundreds of newly-hired workers to the Safe Passage program at a rally today. The latest expansion to Safe Passage, a student safety program that has grown significantly under Mayor Emanuel, was made possible by a $10 million investment from Governor Quinn and the state of Illinois. This investment, on top of an additional investment made by Mayor Emanuel, will add nearly 700 workers at 133 schools to protect student safety on the walk to and from school.


October 30, 2014
Governor Pat Quinn Statement on Tentative Agreement to End Waukegan Teacher Strike, Return Students to Classrooms
State Education Chief Worked Overnight to Reach Common Ground, Students Heading Back to School on Monday
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn yesterday directed Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery Chico to work with Waukegan School District 60 to reach a resolution in their ongoing negotiations. Late Wednesday, leadership from the teachers and school board announced a tentative agreement that will allow students to return to school on Monday. A ratification vote will take place today. The Governor issued the below statement:


October 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Joins UI LABS to Break Ground on New Digital Manufacturing Hub
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute Set to Open in 2015, Create Jobs
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and leadership from UI LABS to break ground on UI LABS’ future headquarters and the new Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII). The event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


October 30, 2014
Statement by Governor Pat Quinn on the Passing of Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino:


October 29, 2014
Governor Pat Quinn Directs State Education Chief to Help Reach Resolution in Waukegan Local Teachers' Strike
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today directed Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery Chico to work with Waukegan School District 60 to reach a resolution in their ongoing negotiations. The Governor issued the below statement:


October 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Cronus Has Chosen Illinois for New $1.4 Billion Fertilizer Plant
Major Expansion Project to Create Thousands of Jobs in Central Illinois
TUSCOLA – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by company officials to announce that Cronus Fertilizers, a much-anticipated $1.4 billion fertilizer plant, will be built in Tuscola. Following a search process that included 76 sites in nine states, Cronus has chosen Illinois to expand their business with a new facility that will create approximately 2,000 construction jobs and 175 permanent jobs.


October 29, 2014
IDOT, Illinois State and Local Law Enforcement Step Up Patrols for Halloween Weekend to Help Prevent Fatal Traffic Crashes
Motorists Reminded to Drive Sober, Buckle Up or Get Ticketed
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and local police agencies throughout Illinois today warned motorists one of the most frightening things about Halloween is the possibility of being involved in a serious injury or fatal crash for failing to drive safely. The message this Halloween is simple, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket.”


October 28, 2014
Governor Quinn, Senator Durbin and Amazon Announce 1,000 Full-Time Jobs in Illinois
Amazon Plans $75 Million Investment in Heart of the Midwest
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Amazon.com Inc. today announced plans to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs and $75 million in investment in Illinois. Amazon is beginning site selection activities and it plans to open its first facility in Illinois next year.


October 27, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Coyote Logistics to Expand in Illinois, Create 500 New Jobs
Fast-Growing, Tech-Savvy Company Contributes to Illinois’ Job Growth
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Chicago-based transportation and logistics provider Coyote Logistics has chosen to expand its headquarters in Illinois, adding 500 full-time jobs at its Logan Square facility. The announcement follows news from last week that Illinois was second in the nation and led the Midwest for job growth in September. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


October 27, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Issues Ebola Safety Guidance
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today provided further guidance on Illinois’ Ebola safety guidelines, including mandatory home quarantines for individuals who have a high-risk of exposure to the virus.


October 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces New Affordable Housing Units for Veterans
Veteran Housing Developments to Serve Illinois’ Heroes Suffering from Homelessness
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced new veteran rental housing developments to ensure Illinois veterans have access to safe, quality and affordable housing. The new veteran housing developments in the Chicago area are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to honor and support the men and women who have served our nation.


October 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Major Expansion of Public Recreational Access at Lake Calumet
Project Will Be Centerpiece of Governor’s Millennium Reserve Initiative
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to announce an agreement to purchase 282 acres of land from the Illinois International Port District that will provide unparalleled public access at Lake Calumet. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase opportunities for recreation across Illinois, and to promote stewardship of our natural resources while driving economic development.


October 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Welcomes Illinois National Guard Brigade Home from Kuwait
Illinois’ 108th Sustainment Brigade Returns from Deployment
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today welcomed home more than 200 Illinois Army National Guard soldiers who served in Kuwait. The soldiers are all members of the 108th Sustainment Brigade, and were deployed overseas for approximately 10 months. Homecoming ceremonies for the brigade were held today in Bridgeview and Springfield.


October 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Winners of 2014 Illinois Export Awards
State’s Trade Programs Help Companies Increase Global Sales
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today honored 15 companies and organizations that have earned the 2014 Governor’s Export Awards for outstanding accomplishments in the export of Illinois goods and services around the globe. In announcing the awards, the Governor noted that state exports have been a driving force in Illinois’ economic recovery.


October 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Directs Illinois Department of Public Health to Require Quarantine to Protect Against Ebola
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today ordered the Illinois Department of Public Health to require a mandatory 21-day home quarantine for high-risk individuals who have had direct contact with an individual infected with the Ebola virus while in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea.


October 23, 2014
Statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Chicago Ebola Resource Network
CHICAGO – The following is a joint statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and members of the Chicago Ebola Resource Network: the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the University of Chicago Medical Center, regarding Ebola testing in Illinois.


October 23, 2014
Coordinated Care Enrollment Begins In Chicagoland Region
CHICAGO – Medicaid clients in Cook and the surrounding counties now have the opportunity to choose their health plans and get better access to quality healthcare, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services officials said Thursday. Clients in the Chicagoland region have begun receiving initial enrollment packets from HFS as part of Illinois Medicaid’s shift to coordinated care. The packets include an instructional letter and “Your Health Plan Choices,” a listing and description of every Health Plan offered in the area near the client’s residence. They also include instructions outlining how to enroll online or by phone.


October 23, 2014
Department on Aging Announces the 2014 Senior Hall of Fame Inductees; Presents Governor’s Unique Achievement Awards
Awards Highlight Service to the Community
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) has announced this year’s Senior Illinois Hall of Fame Inductees. The department hosted a ceremony Wednesday to recognize special contributions made by older adults in the categories of community service, education, performance/graphic arts, and the labor force, in regard to their employment. The recipients of the Governor’s Unique Achievement Award were also acknowledged during the ceremony held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.


October 23, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Investment in Metro East Health Clinic
Renovations Will Create Jobs and Help Meet Healthcare Demand in Centreville
CENTREVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today announced an investment to create more than 200 jobs and renovate and expand a community health center operated by the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation in Centreville. The $3 million investment, included in Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, will allow the state to reduce healthcare spending and save taxpayer money. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare and improve the health and well-being of the people of Illinois.


October 22, 2014
Summit to Help Workplaces, Schools, Campuses and Government Facilities Prevent Violence
Focus on Development of Behavioral Threat Assessment Teams
SPRINGFIELD – A behavioral threat assessment summit to be held Nov. 5 in Addison will help employers, school and campus officials, and government agencies develop tools to assess threats or concerning behavior and form behavioral threat assessment teams to help prevent violence.


October 22, 2014
The Illinois State Fire Marshal Urges Caution When Visiting Haunted Houses
It’s Halloween Time: Haunted Houses Must Follow Fire Safety Regulations
SPRINGFIELD – Every year during this Halloween season, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) takes the lead in educating the public about preventative measures to ensure a fun and save experience when entering a haunted. While temporary haunted houses and other structures open to the public are popular in every community, they also present a potential fire hazard if the necessary state fire safety measures are not in place.


October 22, 2014
Public Webinars to Help IDOT Plan Transportation Needs
Opportunity for Public to Provide Input on Next Multi-Modal Program
CHICAGO –Illinois Transportation Acting Secretary Erica Borggren announced today that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will host two webinars to offer the public additional opportunities to provide input for the upcoming Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program for fiscal years 2016-2021.


October 22, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Ebola Task Force
Group of Healthcare Experts to Advise State on Ebola Response Efforts
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a task force that will help ensure the public health system across Illinois is prepared for the Ebola virus. The task force was established through Executive Order with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and includes members representing health care, local public health, emergency responders, the Illinois State Board of Health, state agencies and others to further strengthen our ability to respond to Ebola. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect the health of the people of Illinois.


October 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Positive Economic News
Illinois Led the Midwest in Job Creation in September and Had Second Best Growth in Nation; Unemployment Rate Has Dropped More Than Any Other State in the Last Year
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement regarding the latest economic information released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The information made available today showed that last month Illinois led the Midwest – and was second in the nation – in job creation. It also found that Illinois has seen the nation’s largest drop in unemployment over the last year. In September, Illinois’ unemployment rate dropped for the seventh consecutive month, from 6.7 to 6.6 percent, the lowest level since June 2008 and down from 11.4 percent at the peak of the recession. In the last two months Illinois employers have created more than 40,000 jobs.


October 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Innovative Lighting Manufacturer Expanding in Illinois
Focal Point Adding 50 Jobs; Illinois Tops Midwest in Sept. job growth
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Chicago-based Focal Point, a leading manufacturer of architectural lighting, will expand its headquarters on Chicago’s Southwest Side, adding 50 full-time jobs. Today’s announcement is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


September 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Successful First Year of Affordable Care Act Enrollment
More than 685,000 People Now Have Access to Quality Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that since open enrollment began nearly one year ago, more than 685,000 people across Illinois now have access to quality healthcare through the Affordable Care Act. State officials are gearing up to ensure even more residents sign up for healthcare in year two of the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period, which begins Nov. 15. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare and improve the health and well-being of the people of Illinois.


September 30, 2014
Liquor Control Commission September Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In September 2014, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 325 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 45 for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-six percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


September 30, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Reassures Illinoisans After First Ebola Case Confirmed in the U.S.
SPRINGFIELD – This afternoon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first Ebola diagnosis in the United States in a patient in a Texas hospital. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck has this statement: “While not easily transmittable, Ebola is a very serious virus. At this time, Ebola does not pose a great health risk to the people of Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to work with the CDC, local health departments, hospitals and medical facilities to be vigilant for Ebola. IDPH has issued guidance to health care facilities and medical professionals on evaluating patients and lab specimen submission. Conducting surveillance for diseases, identifying potential cases, implementing infection control measures and stopping the spread of illness are core public health functions and we stand ready to protect the people of Illinois.


September 29, 2014
WIC Program Changes Promote Healthy Food Choices
New milk guidelines effective October 1
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Illinois Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is making changes designed to improve the nutrition and health of pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children. Effective October 1, WIC will offer only one percent or skim milk for children over the age of two and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have recently had a baby. Children ages 12-23 months will continue to receive whole milk to ensure proper growth and development.


September 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces the Wait is Over for Chicago’s First Olive Garden Restaurant
New Restaurant Bringing 170 Jobs, Never-Ending Pasta Bowl and Unlimited Breadsticks to Help Feed Illinois’ Growing Workforce
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by local officials and employees for the opening of a new Olive Garden restaurant on West Addison Street in Chicago. The new restaurant employs 170 people, who join the 13,800 new private sector jobs created throughout Illinois during August. Today’s event is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


September 29, 2014
Governor Quinn and Uber Announce Major Chicago Headquarters Expansion
Innovative Ridesharing Company to Add 420 Jobs by End of 2016
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Uber executives today announced that the ridesharing giant is moving forward with creating 420 new jobs by the end of 2016 in a major expansion of its Chicago regional headquarters. The announcement follows action the Governor took last month to veto legislation that would have imposed statewide restrictions on Uber and prohibited it from expanding beyond its current footprint in Illinois. The event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


September 27, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims “Paul Konerko Day” Across Illinois
Presents White Sox Icon with Official Proclamation at U.S. Cellular Field
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today will join White Sox player Paul Konerko during a pregame ceremony to honor the retiring first baseman and proclaim today, September 27, 2014, as “Paul Konerko Day” in Illinois.


September 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Presents Gene & Jude’s with Inaugural “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” Award
New Award Highlights Illinois’ Growing Tourism Industry and its Key Role in Illinois’ Economic Comeback
RIVER GROVE – Governor Pat Quinn today honored the iconic Chicago area hot dog stand Gene & Jude’s with the first-ever “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” award. The new culinary designation celebrates local food establishments that are beloved stops for visitors and locals alike. The award also highlights the important role Illinois restaurants play in Illinois’ economic comeback.


September 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Investment to Combat Homelessness Among Veterans
$1.2 Million Investment Will Double The Salvation Army’s Capacity to Serve Our Veterans and Those in Need
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $1.2 million investment in The Salvation Army of Sangamon County for a major project that will double the shelter’s capacity to help veterans in need. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda protect and improve the health of the people of Illinois.


September 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Rosh Hashanah
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on Rosh Hashanah:


September 22, 2014
State Director on Aging Says September Observances Stress the Importance of Healthy Aging
September is Healthy Aging Month; September 23 is Falls Prevention Day
SPRINGFIELD - September has a number of health awareness observances for older adults, including Healthy Aging Month, Adult Immunization Week (September 23 to 27), and Falls Prevention Day on September 23. All the observances have in common the fact they draw attention to the importance of good health. In observance, Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., is urging older adults to take steps to be healthy.


September 22, 2014
Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel Breaks Ground On New 95th Street Terminal
New South Side Transit Hub to Create More Than 700 Jobs, Promote Economic Development; New Terminal Will Significantly Increase Safety and Comfort for Passengers
CHICAGO - Governor Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel today broke ground on a new 95th Street Terminal for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), one of the largest station projects in CTA history. The $240 million reconstruction project will replace the current facility, built in 1969, creating a signature transit hub that will serve CTA’s busiest rail line and 1,000 buses each weekday, and become an anchor for economic opportunity on Chicago’s South Side.


September 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on First Veterans Home in Chicago
New Facility Will Care for 200 of the Nation’s Heroes
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today broke ground on the $70.5 million Illinois Veterans Home at Chicago. The 200-bed facility will be the fifth veterans’ home in the state and the first in Chicago. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s longstanding commitment to honor and support the men and women who have served our nation.


September 19, 2014
Illinois Department of Human Rights Commemorates International Day of Peace
CHICAGO–-Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) Director Rocco Claps joined civic leaders today in observing the annual United Nations International Day of Peace, reading a proclamation on behalf of Governor Pat Quinn declaring September 7-21 “Peace Days” in Illinois.


September 19, 2014
IDPH Announces 37 Organizations Selected for Federal Grants in Year 2 of Get Covered Illinois Navigator Program
Department of Public Health Announces List of Local Agencies Tapped to Assist Consumers Explore Healthcare Options During Second Open Enrollment Period
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today a list of 37 organizations that will receive a share of $25.8 million in federal funding to participate in the second year of Get Covered Illinois’ In-Person Counselor (IPC) Program, the state-run outreach and education arm for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois.


September 18, 2014
First West Nile Virus Related Deaths Reported in Illinois
Cooler temperatures do not mean we’re out of the woods yet
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first West Nile virus related deaths in Illinois for 2014. Two residents in northern Illinois who became ill with West Nile virus in late-August and early September have died.


September 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Visits Chicago’s Hydro, Inc. as Illinois’ Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop
State Jobless Rate Reaches Lowest Level in Six Years
CHICAGO – As Illinois’ unemployment rate continued to fall to its lowest point in six years, Governor Pat Quinn today visited Hydro, Inc. in Chicago to discuss the state’s ongoing economic recovery. Over the past six months, Illinois' unemployment rate has fallen faster than any other state in the country. Illinois’ unemployment rate dropped for the sixth consecutive month, from 6.8 to 6.7 percent in August, its lowest level since August 2008 and lower than when the Governor took office. Today’s event is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


September 16, 2014
IDOT, Secretary of State and AAA Launch National Child Passenger Safety Week in Illinois
Statewide Effort to Ensure Proper Restraints and Save Lives of Illinois Children
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois Secretary of State, American Academy of Pediatrics – Illinois Chapter and AAA today launched 2014 National Child Passenger Safety Week in Illinois. The annual campaign brings attention to the importance of properly securing all children in appropriate car seats, booster seats or seat belts.


September 16, 2014
State Recognizes Adult Day Service Providers During Awareness Week from September 14th to 20th
Observance highlights services that offer support & independence to seniors
SPRINGFIELD - In observance of Adult Day Services week Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., is praising providers who offer support services at Adult Day Centers. Adult Day Service (ADS) is designed for older adults who want to remain in the community but face limitations if left home alone during the day due to physical, social and/or mental impairment. In addition to recreational and therapeutic activities to help clients maintain/develop physical and mental status, ADS provides health and medication supervision, personal care, and meal service for clients. ADS providers also offer respite for family caregivers, especially those who are employed outside the home.


September 15, 2014
Biologists Conclude Second Year of IDNR Osprey Recovery Project
Ten Osprey chicks relocated to Illinois from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) biologists are wrapping up the second summer of a long-term project to re-establish the osprey as a nesting species in the state. The osprey is listed as an Illinois state-endangered species, meaning it is at risk of disappearing as a breeding species. While the osprey often is seen during spring and fall migration, few remain in Illinois to nest. Birds from Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia are brought to Illinois to be released at Anderson Lake in Fulton County and Lake Shelbyville in Moultrie County.


September 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors “Latinos Building Illinois”
Thompson Center Exhibit Showcases Trailblazers For Latino Heritage Month
CHICAGO - Since the 1880s, Latinos have been building Illinois’ roads, railroads and water infrastructure. Governor Pat Quinn will showcase their accomplishments as part of 2014 Latino Heritage Month with a free exhibit, open from Monday, September 22 to Friday, September 26, in the James R. Thompson Center Atrium, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago.


September 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Clean Water Investments in Stickney and Burbank
Projects Will Modernize Infrastructure, Combat Damaging Floods and Create Jobs
STICKNEY – Governor Pat Quinn today announced investments to make significant clean water related improvements in Stickney and Burbank. The projects, totaling $134 million, will help curb water pollution and alleviate flooding while supporting hundreds of jobs. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ water infrastructure, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


September 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $200 Million Milestone for Welcome Home Heroes Homeownership Program
Affordable Loan Program Has Helped 1,600 Veterans Purchase a Home
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than 1,600 veterans, active military personnel, reservists and Illinois National Guard members have accessed more than $200 million through his Welcome Home Heroes homeownership program. The down payment assistance and affordable fixed-rate mortgages under the program are funded with a $20 million investment from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program.


September 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Fallen Servicemembers on Patriot Day
“Portrait of a Soldier” Memorial on Display at the University of Illinois-Chicago
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today commemorated Patriot Day and opened the “Portrait of a Soldier” memorial exhibit at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The exhibit features a series of hand-drawn portraits of nearly all of the 326 Illinois men and women who have died while serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001.


September 11, 2014
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Receives Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veteran Education
CHICAGO – With a tradition of proven support for veterans, military students and their families, Southern Illinois University Carbondale was presented with the Spring 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veteran Education, at a ceremony Thursday, September 11 outside the Traveling Vietnam Wall exhibit on the SIU campus.


September 10, 2014
Serve Illinois to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps in State’s Capital
President Obama to Give Remarks from Washington, D.C.
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the 2014 Illinois National Service Recognition Day will be held in Springfield on September 12. The Illinois National Service Recognition Day is an official way to honor programs and energize members for the upcoming service year. This year’s events mark the 20th anniversary of when the first AmeriCorps members were sworn into service. The event will take place at the Prairie Capital Convention Center and the Old State Capitol in Springfield.


September 9, 2014
Pre-Register for September 18 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 - Hiring Our Heroes, one of the largest efforts to help Veterans and their family members find employment, returns to Chicago on Thursday, September 18. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) are primary hosts. The Aon-sponsored event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 151 E. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago.


September 9, 2014
Illinois EPA Awards Solid Waste Enforcement Grants
Local Governments Partner with Agency to Manage Waste
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett has announced 19 grant awards totaling more than $1.5 million to local governments across the state to be used to conduct inspections at permitted pollution control facilities, such as landfills, and to investigate citizen complaints about illegal dumping.


September 9, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset on Thursday, September 11, 2014.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset on Thursday, September 11, 2014.


September 9, 2014
The Illinois Office Of The State Fire Marshal Reminds College Students To Make Fire Safety A Priority
September, Campus Fire Safety Month in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – As thousands of college students head off to college, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) joins a national effort to raise fire safety awareness among college students who will live in campus dormitories or off campus housing. Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed September as the Campus Fire Safety Month in Illinois in an effort to educate college students on the importance of having smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in every campus housing facility. The Governor also wants to encourage schools and municipalities to provide educational programs on the dangers and prevention of fires.


September 8, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Watching for Possible Outbreaks of Circulating Virus
Cases of an uncommon enterovirus found in the Midwest
SPRINGFIELD – Several hospitals in Illinois and Missouri have recently reported clusters of severe respiratory illness in community members, especially children. Testing of some cases by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified an enterovirus, EV-D68. While there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses, which are very common viruses of respiratory illness, EV-D68 is less common.


September 8, 2014
IDNR Explores Hiring Concessionaire to Manage World Shooting and Recreational Complex
Public can view “Request for Information” on state purchasing Website
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is exploring the possibility of hiring a concessionaire to operate the World Shooting and Recreational Complex (WSRC) near Sparta. The Department has posted a Request for Information (RFI) at: http://tinyurl.com/SpartaRFI. The purpose of issuing the RFI is to seek ideas to shape a business plan that will allow the complex to achieve its full potential. The RFI is the precursor to a formal Request for a Proposal which asks potential vendors to submit bids.


September 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims “Sister Rivers and Lakes Week”
New Thompson Center Exhibit to Honor Illinois’ Relationship with World Waterways
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed September 7-13, 2014 as “Illinois Sister Rivers and Lakes Week” to celebrate the importance of the Illinois River and Lake Michigan, and address the shared challenges of waterways throughout the world. The Governor will salute Illinois’ eight “Sister Rivers and Lakes” partners on four continents with a free exhibit, open to the public this week in the James R. Thompson Center Atrium, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago.


September 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $1 Million Investment in Brookfield Zoo Improvements
Investment Will Create Jobs, Attract Tourism and Support Inclusion for Adults and Children with Disabilities
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced an investment of $1 million for improvements at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. The funding will assist in the development of a new building designed for children and adults with disabilities, underserved communities, and veterans and their families. Funded by his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, the investment is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase recreational opportunities, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


September 5, 2014
Illinois EPA Conducts Waste Tire Removal Action for Units of Local Government in Eight Illinois Counties
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett has announced the completion of waste tire removal actions that took place during the July and August. The waste tire removal action is a part of the Illinois EPA’s efforts to assist units of local government (ULG’s) in providing and maintaining a healthful environment for the benefit of this and future generations, established in the Illinois Constitution and Section 55.1(c) of the Environmental Protection Act.


September 5, 2014
In observance of Grandparents Day State Praises Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren
Dept on Aging funds support services for grandparents who need assistance to provide a stable environment for their grandchildren
SPRINGFIELD - In observance of Grandparents Day this Sunday, September 7, Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., praises grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and reminded about support services. A grandparent who lives with and is responsible for most of the basic needs of their grandchildren, ages 18 and younger, is a primary caregiver. It’s estimated more than 100,000 grandparents in Illinois serve as the primary caregivers for their grandchildren because the parents are unable to.


September 5, 2014
HFS to collect $16.3 million from IL hospitals to reduce potentially preventable readmissions
SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced Friday it will begin collecting $16.3 million in penalties from 82 Illinois hospitals in an effort to lower the number of potentially preventable readmissions (PPR) and keep patients healthier.


September 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Federal Disaster Declaration for Six Eastern Illinois Counties
Vermilion, Champaign, Douglas, Edgar, Ford and Iroquois Counties Eligible for Federal Aid After May Hail Storm Destroyed Strawberry Crop
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has declared six eastern Illinois counties as federal disaster areas following a May 21 hailstorm that destroyed the area's strawberry crop. The declaration makes farmers in these counties eligible for federal disaster assistance, primarily low-interest loans. The action was taken after Governor Quinn submitted a request to Secretary Vilsack for a disaster declaration.


September 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Indiana and Wisconsin Court Ruling on Marriage Equality
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the U.S. appeals court ruling in Chicago that same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional:


September 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Nearly 20 Percent Reduction in Workers’ Compensation Costs
Governor’s Historic Reforms Continue to Drive Illinois’ Comeback and Increase Savings for Businesses Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that workers’ compensation costs in Illinois have dropped 19.3 percentage points since the passage of workers’ compensation reform in 2011. This drop, reported by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), reflects a major reduction in the cost of claims paid by insurers and provides key savings for businesses across Illinois. News of the significant reduction comes on the heels of last month’s announcement that Illinois’ unemployment rate has dropped to an almost six-year low.


September 2, 2014
Governor Quinn Kicks-Off 2014-2015 School Year
Governor Visits Students on their First Day; Announces State is Moving Ahead with ‘Seal of Biliteracy’ Program
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited students at two Chicago Public Schools on their first day of school to wish all students in Illinois a happy and healthy year of learning. The Governor visited Vanderpoel Elementary Magnet School and Schmid Elementary School on the south side of Chicago. Today’s events are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to give every child in Illinois the opportunity for a high-quality education.


September 2, 2014
State’s Medical Cannabis Patient and Caregiver Application Process Begins September 2
CHICAGO – Patient registration for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program starts today, September 2. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is accepting applications for qualifying patients and caregivers who wish to apply for a medical cannabis registration identification card. Applications are being accepted both electronically and through the mail.


September 2, 2014
State to Host Business Workshop in Metro East to Boost Illinois Business Opportunities
SIUE-East St. Louis networking event is intended to expand pool of businesses with state contracts
EAST ST. LOUIS – The administration of Governor Pat Quinn announced today it will be hosting an educational workshop and business networking event geared toward small and diverse entrepreneurs on Sept. 17th, at the East St. Louis campus of Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville (SIUE). The goal is to connect business owners with like-minded professionals and raise awareness about opportunities to participate in state contracts. The workshop is one of a series of ongoing events around the state and is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and ensure a level playing field for all contractors in Illinois.


August 31, 2014
Governor Quinn Invests $102 Million in High-Speed Rail Upgrades on Chicago-St. Louis Line
Funding Will Improve Capacity, Safety on Joliet-Dwight Segment
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $102 million investment from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program to improve system performance and reliability on a key segment of the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail line. The investment will allow the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Union Pacific Railroad to move forward with construction of a new bridge over the Kankakee River near Wilmington, as well as other safety and capacity enhancements along the busy corridor between Joliet and Dwight. 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.


August 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Dedicates Jane Byrne Interchange
Governor Renames Circle Interchange in Honor of Chicago’s First and Only Female Mayor to Date
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today formally dedicated the “Jane Byrne Interchange” in downtown Chicago in honor of the woman who shattered glass ceilings in both regional and national politics by becoming the first woman to govern a major American city. Also known as the Circle Interchange, the meeting point of most of the city’s major highways is being completely reconstructed as part of the state’s largest ongoing road construction project.


August 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims September as “Recovery Month” in Illinois
Encourages people to speak up about mental illness and substance abuse
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed September as “Recovery Month” in the state of Illinois to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders. Recovery Month celebrates the continued success of many people in Illinois who have achieved recovery from alcohol and substance addiction and mental illness.


August 29, 2014
IDNR Delivers Revised Rules to Implement Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act
Rules strengthened to ensure public participation, improve transparency, toughen penalties and protect the environment
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today delivered revised rules to implement the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act. The revised rules were submitted to the Illinois General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) for a required second public notice period.


August 29, 2014
Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today granted 38 and denied 86 clemency petitions. After inheriting more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration, the Governor continues to make significant progress acting on clemencies.


August 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $10 Million Investment in CPS Safe Passage Program
Funding Will Expand Innovative Program to Help Ensure Safe Passage to Chicago Public Schools that Serve More Than 65,000 Students
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $10 million state investment in the Safe Passage program for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The investment will expand the program by increasing routes to 93 schools currently in the program and adding 27 new schools. These schools are attended by more than 65,000 elementary and high school students. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to keep Illinois’ communities safe and give every child the opportunity for a high quality education.


August 27, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims “Jackie Robinson West Championship Day”
Governor Celebrates with Team and Fans at Rally and Parades
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed today “Jackie Robinson West Championship Day” in honor of the baseball team from Chicago’s South Side that won the U.S. Championship and was runner up in the Little League World Series. Jackie Robinson West defeated Nevada to become the U.S. Champions and advanced to play South Korea in the World Series, for the culmination of an amazing season.


August 27, 2014
IDOT, Law Enforcement Crack Down on Drunk Drivers Labor Day Weekend to Avoid Fatal Crashes
Safety Campaign Targets Impaired Drivers; Innovative New Digital Media Campaign Aims to Keep Illinois Motor Vehicle Injuries and Deaths on Decline
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and hundreds of municipal and county police departments across the state announced today a zero tolerance approach for drunk and drug-impaired driving as part of the Labor Day holiday weekend “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.


August 27, 2014
State Department on Aging Recognizes Caseworkers & Ombudsmen at Adult Protection & Advocacy Conference
Award ceremony concludes the annual conference
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) wrapped up the Adult Protection & Advocacy Conference, held August 20 through 22, in Oak Brook. The annual conference (formerly the Elder Rights Conference) marked the 28th year IDoA has hosted the event where service providers, advocates and other professionals gathered to learn the latest information on the topic of elder rights. At Friday’s conclusion of the annual conference, IDoA presented an awards ceremony to recognize the 2014 Outstanding Adult Protective Services Caseworker & Community Long Term Care Ombudsman Awardees.


August 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Stop Discrimination Against Pregnant Women in the Workplace
Governor Signs Landmark Legislation on Women’s Equality Day to Guarantee Women the Right to be Both Mothers and Employees
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced he has signed a landmark new law that will fight the widespread but often overlooked practice of discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. The law provides job protections for pregnant women and requires that reasonable accommodations be made in the workplace so expectant mothers can continue working without fear for their health or the health of their child. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensuring full equality for women in Illinois.


August 26, 2014
Eight Illinois Fire Departments Recognized For Their Fire Prevention Efforts
Award Recipients are an Example of Courage and Commitment to Saving Lives
CHICAGO – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) congratulates the eight fire departments from Illinois that are being recognized with the 2013 Life Safety Award for their commitment to fire prevention efforts in their communities. The recipients have received the award from the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation) and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company.


August 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Opens State-of-the-Art Police Forensic Laboratory in Belleville
New State Police Building Provides Forensic Capability for Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Agencies
BELLEVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by state and local officials to open a new State Police Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory in Belleville. The facility will provide the Illinois State Police (ISP) and police agencies throughout the region with enhanced crime-solving abilities. The event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.


August 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Vetoes Uber Bill
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today vetoed House Bill 4075, also known as the “Uber bill.” The bill would have imposed statewide regulations on commercial ridesharing and prevented local governments across Illinois from adopting rules that fit their respective communities. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect consumers, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 25, 2014
Rockwood Man Honored as Illinois Veteran of the Month
Ceremony Held at Du Quoin State Fair
Du Quoin IL – In the mid-1960’s many were seeking to avoid military service, or to find non-combat roles for their time in uniform. For Michael L. Hoelscher, service was something he learned from his father, a WWII Marine. Shortly after graduating from Chester Community High School, Hoelscher started a career in uniform, with the first part as a Security Policeman in the U.S. Air Force, including a year-long tour on the ground in Vietnam. There he often found himself fighting as an infantryman with his fellow airmen in the defense of a key airbase.


August 25, 2014
Governor Quinn urges residents to take special precautions during extreme heat
More than 100 state cooling centers open across Illinois
CHICAGO – With the heat index expected to rise above 100 degrees in most of the state, Governor Pat Quinn is urging Illinois residents to take special precautions and make use of the state’s cooling centers. More than 100 cooling centers around Illinois are open in order to help those without air conditioning beat the heat.


August 25, 2014
American black bears, mountain lions and gray wolves to be protected in Illinois
Legislation Takes Effect Jan. 1; IDNR to Develop Management Plan
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The gray wolf, American black bear and mountain lion (cougar) will come under the protection of the Illinois Wildlife Code on Jan. 1, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller announced Monday. Senate Bill 3049, signed by Gov. Pat Quinn, gives the IDNR the authority to manage these species for the protection of both wildlife and public safety. All three species were present when settlers arrived in Illinois, but were all but gone from the state by the mid-1800s. Due to improved legal protections and habitat restoration, these species are returning to some of their former range in the eastern United States.


August 25, 2014
Illinois Veterans’ Home Anna Honors 20th Year of Serving Veterans
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) honored the residents, staff and supporters of the Illinois Veterans' Home – Anna for 20 years of service in a 20th Anniversary Event at the Home’s Sensory Garden in a brief event earlier today.


August 25, 2014
IEMA Encourages Illinois Residents to Register for ‘The Great ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill in October
California Earthquake Highlights Importance of Preparedness
SPRINGFIELD – People in northern California were jolted awake Sunday morning by a 6.0 earthquake that damaged buildings and injured at least 200 people. As officials in California deal with the quake’s aftermath, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) stressed the importance of earthquake preparedness in Illinois and encouraged people to take part in a worldwide earthquake drill set for Oct. 16.


August 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Jackie Robinson West Little League Team
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team’s final game of the Little League World Series:


August 23, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Jackie Robinson West Little League Team
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team’s victory in the U.S. Championship game at the Little League World Series:


August 22, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces New Class of Illinois State Police Cadets
More Cadets to Protect and Serve Communities Across Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a new Illinois State Police (ISP) cadet class is set to begin in September 2014. Class 125 marks the second cadet class for 2014, and officials anticipate that graduates will report for duty in February 2015. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.


August 22, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Landmark Legislation to Reform Illinois’ Mass Transit Agencies
Law Establishes Review Procedures for Unprecedented Transparency and Accountability Across CTA, RTA, PACE and METRA
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a mass transit reform law that establishes unprecedented new transparency and review procedures for CTA, RTA, PACE and METRA. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.


August 21, 2014
IDOT Teams Up with “Walking Dead” Star to Drive Down Fatalities in Illinois
Innovative New Labor Day Ad Campaign to Target Young Males; Law Enforcement to Crack Down on Drunk, Unbelted Drivers
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) officials joined “The Walking Dead” Star Michael Rooker and representatives from Arthur Agency, a Carbondale-based advertising firm, at the Music Box Theatre today to announce the start of the Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown, and announce the celebrity’s role in a new video series entitled “The Driving Dead.”


August 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence
“Diane’s Law” Expands Monitoring of Domestic Abusers Released on Bail
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today signed legislation to protect survivors of domestic violence. “Diane’s Law” allows the courts to order risk assessment and electronic surveillance of those charged with domestic abuse in order to increase protections for victims of domestic violence. Today’s action is part of the Governor's agenda to improve public safety across Illinois.


August 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Assist Victims of Human Trafficking
Law Establishes Fund to Provide Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to establish a fund that will help provide specialized services to victims of human trafficking and prostitution. The fund will use previously collected fines from criminal offenses to provide targeted services to survivors, including community based drop-in centers and emergency housing. The legislation is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health and well-being of the people of Illinois.


August 21, 2014
IDOT Takes Major Steps to Strengthen Personnel Practices
Corrective Actions Aim to Improve Accountability, Restore Public Confidence
CHICAGO – Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren today announced a series of personnel reforms that are underway to improve accountability and restore public trust at the Illinois Department of Transportation. The measures announced today are the result of a directive by Governor Quinn’s office to ensure the agency’s hiring practices are held to the highest standards.


August 20, 2014
Department on Aging Hosts Financial Summit to Strengthen Financial Abuse Protections of Seniors
Summit held during annual Adult Protective Services Conference
OAK BROOK – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) today hosts a summit to strengthen ways state and federal agencies work together with financial institutions to protect against financial exploitation of older adults. This third annual Summit on the Prevention of Elder Financial Fraud and Abuse is part of the Adult Protective Services conference IDoA hosts each year.


August 20, 2014
Governor Quinn and Ice Bucket Challenge Creator Pat Quinn Join to Encourage Support for ALS Research
Chicago’s North Lawndale Eagles Participate in Ice Bucket Challenge; Governor Proclaims August 20 as “Ice Bucket Challenge Day” in Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Pat Quinn, creator of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) “Ice Bucket Challenge,” the North Lawndale Eagles football team and the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter Executive Director Julie Sharp to raise awareness for the ALS Association. The Governor also proclaimed August 20 as “Ice Bucket Challenge Day” in Illinois and issued the following statement:


August 19, 2014
Illinois Landowner Grant Program Accepting Applications
Grants to help plug abandoned oil and gas wells
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller announced today that private property owners in Illinois can receive funding assistance to plug abandoned oil and gas wells located on their property.


August 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Help Prevent Concussions Among High School Athletes
Law Requires Illinois High Schools to Train Athletic Directors and Coaches on Concussion Reduction
OAK PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help reduce and prevent concussions among high school athletes. The law requires training on concussion awareness and reduction for high school athletic directors and coaches. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health of the people of Illinois.


August 19, 2014
IDHS/DRS helps more than 5,000 individuals with disabilities find jobs
Program provides necessary tools to earn a living wage and become more independent
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – A program operated by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) helped 5,155 individuals with significant disabilities find gainful employment last year (fiscal year 2014). This was the third consecutive year of positive growth for the program, with more than 15,000 people with disabilities becoming employed during that time period.


August 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces AAR Corporation to Expand in Rockford and Create 500 Jobs
AAR to Open a New Hangar at Rockford International Airport to Service Next Generation Aircraft
ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that global aircraft service leader AAR Corporation is opening a new maintenance and repair hangar in Rockford that will create up to 500 new jobs over five years. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Protect Vulnerable Adults and Seniors
New Laws Improve Procedures for Reporting and Resolving Problems with Individuals in Nursing Homes or Community Settings
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed two new laws that protect vulnerable adults and senior citizens across Illinois. The new laws improve procedures for reporting and resolving problems with individuals in nursing homes or community settings. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve safety, care and quality of life for Illinois’ senior citizens and persons with disabilities.


August 17, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Ban Smoking on State University Campuses
Also Signs New Law to Restrict Display of E-Cigarettes Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to prohibit smoking on the campuses of all state-supported colleges and universities. The smoking ban takes effect July 1, 2015 and applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces on campuses. The Governor also signed a law to restrict the display of e-cigarettes. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health and well-being of all people in every community across Illinois.


August 17, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Support Illinois’ Latino Population
Law Updates Data Collection Practices to Reflect Illinois’ Increasingly Diverse Population
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today attended the Fifth Annual Cuban Festival in Chicago to sign legislation to update state agency data collection policies to reflect Illinois’ increasingly diverse community. The new law will help ensure the state meets the needs of every community and is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation.


August 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Coordinate Assistance to Illinois’ Servicemembers
New Partnership Will Help Guide Support for Illinois’ Servicemembers and their Families
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will help coordinate the donations and grants made by the public toward Illinois’ veterans. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to support Illinois’ military families.


August 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Keep Dangerous Substances Away from Illinois’ Schools
Additional Laws Help Combat Drug Use and Possession by Illinois’ Children
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed three new laws to fight the use and manufacture of illegal drugs in Illinois. The laws toughen penalties for meth manufacture near schools, add certain synthetic drugs to the Controlled Substances Act and prohibit anyone under 18 from purchasing or possessing any product containing the herbal drug Kratom. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to keep schools safe and protect the health of the people of Illinois.


August 15, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Sunday, August 17, 2014 until Sunset on Tuesday, August 19, 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, Sunday, August 17, 2014 until Sunset on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.


August 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Prohibit ATM Fees on Child Support Payments
Law Will Ensure Children Receive the Support and Care They Deserve
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to prohibit ATM fees on EPPICards, reloadable debit cards which are methods of receiving child support payments. The new law will ensure that children receive the support and care they deserve. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect consumers and support Illinois’ families.


August 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ Unemployment Rate Drops to Near Six-Year Low
Visits Chicago Manufacturer to Announce State’s Unemployment Rate Dropped to 6.8 Percent in July with 11,200 Private Sector Jobs Added
CHICAGO – As Illinois’ unemployment rate fell to its lowest point since August 2008, Governor Pat Quinn today visited Wheatland Tube, the largest pipe and conduit manufacturer in North America, to discuss the state’s ongoing economic comeback. Illinois’ unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in July, its lowest level since August 2008. Wheatland Tube is among many Illinois businesses that are adding new jobs to the state’s workforce and fueling the economic recovery. Today’s event is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Calls for State Building to Be Named in Honor of U.S. Senator Alan Dixon
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a plan to name the Illinois State Museum Building in Springfield after the late U.S. Senator Alan Dixon. Governor Quinn initiated and is working with the Illinois General Assembly to pass a joint resolution making that designation official.


August 13, 2014
Illinois EPA Announces Fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett today announced household hazardous waste collections have been scheduled in six communities for the fall of 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.


August 13, 2014
Liquor Control Commission July Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In July 2014, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 342 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 47 for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-six percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


August 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Veterans With Disabilities
New Law Removes Unnecessary Hurdles for Veterans Who Rely On the Use of Accessible Parking Spots
VILLA PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to ensure that veterans with disabilities can utilize accessible parking spaces across Illinois without facing unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles. The Governor was joined at today’s bill signing by Congresswoman and former Assistant Director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Congresswoman Duckworth is a decorated Iraq War veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart for serious injuries sustained during combat. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to honor and support the men and women who have served our nation.


August 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Emergency Response Services in Rural Areas
New Laws Will Help Improve Emergency Response Times and Quality Care to People Across Every Corner of Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today visited the Illinois State Fair on Agriculture Day to sign legislation that will help improve emergency response services in rural areas throughout the state. The new laws help ensure the highest quality of care can be provided in ambulances and on the scene of accidents across Illinois. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to protect and improve the health and well-being of the people of Illinois.


August 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Innovative Swedish-Based Manufacturer to Expand in Naperville
SKF Group Creating 80 Jobs, Investing $18.6 Million in Research Center
CHICAGO — Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Swedish-based SKF Group has selected Illinois for its new North American research and development facility, which will create 40 full-time jobs within two years and another 40 within four years. The company chose a site in Naperville over locations in several other states. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Expands Green Transportation Program on Illinois’ Highways
‘Bus on Shoulders’ Program Made Permanent and Will Now Transport Even More People Over More Illinois Highways
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to expand the innovative ‘Bus on Shoulders’ program and make Illinois’ highways more environmentally-friendly, efficient and accessible. The legislation is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward and protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ infrastructure.


August 11, 2014
Veterans’ Day at the Illinois State Fair Great Success for Thousands
Springfield -- The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois State Fair, hosted veterans and their family members to a great day at the State Fair – admission free – on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, with a surprise visit by Governor Pat Quinn, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and other elected and appointed officials to veteran-centric events.


August 11, 2014
Misclassified Employees Force Taxpayers To Subsidize Costs, Harm Economy
Illinois Led Nation in Auditing Problem Employers
CHICAGO – Illinois employers wrongly classified nearly 20,000 of their workers as independent contractors rather than full-time employees in 2013, skipping out on more than $250 million in wages and contributions to funds that support laid-off and injured workers, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today.


August 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Illinois’ Military Families
New Law Offers Gold Star License Plates to Children of Fallen Servicemembers
ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to allow the children of fallen servicemembers apply for Gold Star license plates. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to support Illinois’ military families.


August 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Jackie Robinson West Little League Team
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team’s regional championship victory. The Chicago South Side team will now head to Williamsport, Pa. to compete in the Little League World Series.


August 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs “Sign and Drive” Law
Legislation Ends the Practice of Posting a Driver’s License for Traffic Citations
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law to end the practice of posting a valid driver‘s license as security for traffic citations in Illinois. Today’s action on the “Sign and Drive” law continues the Governor’s commitment to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.


August 8, 2014
Governor Quinn Kicks-Off 2014 Illinois State Fair
Annual Family-Friendly Agricultural Showcase Features Entertainment and Activities for Everyone
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by families and officials from across the state to kick-off the 2014 Illinois State Fair. The annual 10-day agricultural celebration features a wide variety of family-friendly activities including food, racing, music and carnival rides. This year’s fair theme is “Making Memories.”


August 8, 2014
Illinois EPA Features Interactive Exhibit at State Fair’s Conservation World
Agency Will Highlight Recycling and Green Actions at Home with Carnival/Midway Themed Exhibit
SPRINGFIELD—Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett today announced the Agency’s participation in the 2014 Illinois State Fair Exhibits. In keeping with this year’s State Fair theme “Making Memories,” the Agency’s State Fair exhibit theme will be “Recycling Memories at the Illinois State Fair.” Using a carnival/midway theme, the exhibit will teach visiting youth how to recycle and highlight “green actions” they can take at home.


August 7, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Next Phase of South Suburban Airport Development
Following Bult Field Purchase, Upcoming Forum Will Help Guide Historic Project to Revitalize South Suburban Region and Create Thousands of Jobs
MONEE – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois is taking an important next step toward building the South Suburban Airport (SSA). At the direction of Governor Quinn, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will host an industry forum next month with private developers, air carriers and potential airport tenants to create a business plan and strategy to complete the project as quickly and efficiently as possible. The move follows the state’s recent purchase of Bult Field – a general aviation airport that will serve as the SSA’s first runway.


August 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Walgreens
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the Walgreens Company's decision to remain headquartered in the United States.


August 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Workers Across Illinois
Bill Drafted by Attorney General Madigan Limits Payroll Card Fees and Gives Employees More Flexibility
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law to protect the increasing number of workers across Illinois who receive their compensation through a payroll card. The measure, drafted by Attorney General Lisa Madigan, provides important protections for employees by limiting fees that can be imposed on payroll cards. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all Illinois workers are treated fairly and receive the compensation they deserve.


August 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces State Police to Assist Chicago Police Department
Forty State Police Troopers Will Join CPD Officers Following Mayor Emanuel’s Request for Assistance
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today directed the Illinois State Police to deploy 40 state troopers to join Chicago Police officers in patrolling four city neighborhoods. The action follows the city’s request for assistance and is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.


August 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on 49th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn issued today a statement on the 49th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965:


August 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Heroin Awareness and Prevention Efforts Across Illinois
New Law Strengthens Task Force Devoted to Fighting Heroin
ROMEOVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to fight heroin use in communities across Illinois. The new law will expand the scope of a special task force created last year to study heroin use in Illinois and make recommendations to increase awareness and prevention. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to strengthen drug prevention efforts and save lives.


August 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Valence Health to Expand in Illinois
Chicago Company Will Create 500 New Jobs by 2019
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn announced today that Valence Health is significantly expanding their business in Illinois and will create 500 jobs in Chicago over the next five years. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


August 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement Regarding Passing of Gene Callahan
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passing of Gene Callahan:


August 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of James Brady
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the passing of James Brady:


August 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Address Urban Flooding and Ensure Cleaner Drinking Water
Legislation Will Help Protect Health and Wellness of All Illinois Residents
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed critical legislation to address urban flooding and to help ensure clean drinking water supplies and a cleaner environment. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


August 2, 2014
Governor Quinn Takes Action to Strengthen Humane Treatment of Animals Law
Signs New Law Proposed by Illinois Third-Graders Devoted to Fighting Puppy Mills; Issues Order to Create Illinois Pet Advocacy Task Force
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action to protect animals across Illinois by fighting puppy mills. The Governor today signed a new law that was proposed by three dedicated third-graders from Arlington Heights and increases penalties for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Today’s action, taken at a Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS) event in Chicago, is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure that all animals are treated humanely in Illinois.


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


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


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


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


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


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


July 31, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Expand Health and Wellness Services in Communities Across Illinois
New Steps Will Help Expand Access and Quality of Healthcare
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law to expand health and wellness services in communities throughout Illinois. The law provides certification standards for community health workers to help bridge a vital link between healthcare providers and the unique needs of Illinois’ communities. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health of the people of Illinois.


July 30, 2014
Governor Quinn and Company Officials Open Nippon Sharyo Expansion in Rochelle
Passenger Rail Car Manufacturing Plant Expansion Creating 90 New Jobs
ROCHELLE – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Nippon Sharyo Manufacturing, LLC officials to open their expanded passenger rail car production facility, Shop 3, at the company’s Rochelle manufacturing plant. The new facility will help Nippon Sharyo become even more competitive in the United States passenger railcar market, meet the industry’s growing “Buy America” demands and create 90 jobs at the Rochelle facility. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs in the booming high speed rail industry and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


July 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Expand Life-Saving Measures in Illinois Schools
Expands Epinephrine Law to Protect Illinois’ Students in Life-Threatening Emergencies
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to sign legislation that will help protect Illinois’ students in life-threatening situations. The new law allows specially-trained school personnel to administer potentially life-saving epinephrine injections to help against serious allergic reactions. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health and well-being of people across Illinois.


July 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Historic Workers’ Compensation Rate Reductions
Savings from 2011 Reforms Expected to Save $450 Million for Businesses Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has filed a request for lower workers compensation rates, recommending a 5.5 percent drop in the advisory rate for 2015. This decrease will bring the total rate reduction since historic reforms championed by the Governor were enacted in 2011 to more than 18 percent, saving Illinois’ employers more than $450 million.


July 29, 2014
August is Breastfeeding Promotion Month in Illinois
Special events will highlight health benefits of breastfeeding
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Governor Pat Quinn declared August as Breastfeeding Promotion Month in the state of Illinois. The proclamation aims to increase public awareness of breastfeeding as the normal and expected way to feed all babies in Illinois.


July 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Give Public a Voice Regarding Millionaire Tax for Classroom Education
Law Establishes a Statewide Advisory Referendum on Nov. 4 Ballot
BERWYN – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will give Illinois residents the opportunity to voice their opinion on whether millionaires should pay a little more to help ensure all students have access to a high-quality education. The legislation establishes a statewide advisory referendum on the November 4 ballot to ask voters if they favor a surcharge paid by the state’s wealthiest individuals to provide much-needed funding for public education in classrooms across Illinois. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to delivering stronger education in Illinois.


July 29, 2014
DOI Calls for Health Insurers to Bar Discrimination Based on Transgender Status or Gender Identity
Insurers Are Instructed to Remove Exclusions of Coverage Based on Gender Identity in Plans Offered Under ACA
CHICAGO—The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) today issued guidance clarifying that under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Illinois state law health insurers may not discriminate based on gender identity and related medical conditions. The guidance reminds insurers that exclusions and denials of coverage on the basis of gender identity are against the law.


July 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Reminds Drivers to Take Caution in Work Zones, Directs State Agencies to Redouble Efforts to Protect Public and Workers
Encourages Public to Increase Vigilance Following I-55 Tragedy
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today directed the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police to explore additional highway safety measures in the wake of last week’s tragedy that claimed five lives in an Interstate 55 work zone near Channahon. The Governor also urged the public to do their part to help crack down on reckless and inattentive driving in work zones throughout Illinois.


July 28, 2014
Regulators Charge Chicago Area Doctor with Cannabis Violations
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) urges both physicians and members of the public to be cautious about setting up or visiting so-called “medical cannabis clinics.” The Department issued this warning in the wake of filing a formal complaint against a physician for violating the Medical Practice Act and the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. While regulations for growing, dispensing and registering patients for the legal use of medical cannabis were approved by a legislative committee on July 15, no licenses have been issued for growing or dispensing cannabis and no physician certification forms are yet available.


July 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Eid al-Fitr
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan:


July 27, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims “Frank Thomas Day” in Illinois
Honors “The Big Hurt” and the Class of 2014 Hall of Famers
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed July 27, 2014 as “Frank Thomas Day” across Illinois in recognition of the “Big Hurt’s” formal induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Thomas is one of six Hall of Fame inductees in the Class of 2014 that also includes Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux and Joe Torre.


July 27, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Expand the Holocaust and Genocide Commission
Commission Works to Increase Public Awareness Through Educational Programs, Events and Outreach
SKOKIE – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to expand the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission, increasing its ability to reach even more people across Illinois with its important message. The commission works with Holocaust survivors to increase public awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides through educational programs, events and outreach efforts. The Governor signed the legislation at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie as part of his agenda to ensure Illinois embraces all people.


July 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on New Pullman Community Center in Chicago
Center will Increase Year-Round Recreational Opportunities for Chicago’s South Side and Create Jobs
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by city officials, community leaders and representatives of the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs to break ground on the new Pullman Community Center. Designed to be a center of community life, the facility will be a home to meetings, exhibitions and sporting events in Chicago’s south side. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive economic development in every part of Illinois.


July 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Investment for Broadview Park Project
New Development Will Create Jobs and Improve Recreational Facilities
BROADVIEW – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a capital investment of $1.2 million for a park development and improvement project in Broadview. Funded by his Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the project is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase recreational opportunities, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


July 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Unaccompanied Children Crossing the US Border
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the thousands of unaccompanied Central American children who have crossed the border into the United States:


July 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Welcomes New Class of Illinois State Police Troopers
37 Police Academy Graduates Assigned Across the State
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau to commission 37 new State Troopers during a graduation ceremony at the State Police Academy in Springfield. The new troopers will begin patrolling throughout the state starting Monday, July 28. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve public safety across Illinois.


July 25, 2014
July 30 Hiring Event to Maximize Veterans' Non-Profit Job Opportunities
IDVA, IDES and U.S. Chamber Partner in first-of-kind event
CHICAGO – The Hiring Our Heroes event, one of the largest efforts to help Veterans, military service members and their family members to find employment, returns to Chicago on Wednesday, July 30. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) are primary sponsors. The event is from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the University of Chicago, Ida Noyes Hall 1212 East 59th Street, Chicago.


July 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Ensure Quality Distance Learning and Online Education Programs
Also Signs Legislation to Streamline School Financial Processes and Extend Task Force on Civic Education
CHAMPAIGN – Governor Pat Quinn today visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to sign a law to help boost the quality of distance and online learning programs across Illinois and other states. The Governor also signed laws to streamline higher education financial processes and to extend the Task Force on Civic Education. Today's actions are part of Governor Quinn's agenda to ensure that everyone in Illinois has the opportunity for a high quality education.


July 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Charter School Fairness and Accountability
New Law Makes Lottery Process Transparent and Helps Prevent Conflicts of Interest
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to improve fairness and accountability in the student selection process, governance and funding of charter schools throughout Illinois. The reform legislation sets new standards of transparency for charter schools, which receive public funds but operate independently. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to give every child the opportunity for a high quality education and also make Illinois’ government more accountable, transparent and effective.


July 23, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Combat Flooding in Illinois
Oak Lawn to Receive $12.7 Million in Stormwater Assistance as Part of New Law’s Expansion of Clean Water Initiative
OAK LAWN – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help combat flooding across the state and protect Illinois’ drinking water. The legislation makes stormwater management and treatment projects available for state financial assistance following last year’s record rainfall and severe flooding that affected communities across Illinois. At today’s bill signing in Oak Lawn, Governor Quinn also announced that the community will be taking advantage of $12.7 million in low-interest loans from the assistance program for their local water system improvements. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive the economy forward and protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ water infrastructure.


July 23, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Cook County Board’s Additional Advisory Referendums
Cook County Voters Asked to Voice Their Opinions on Gun Safety and Mental Health Care on November Ballot
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the Cook County Board’s approval to add two additional advisory referendums to the November ballot. Voters in Cook County will be asked whether the state should require universal background checks for all gun sales and whether the state should prohibit the sale and transfer of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. A second referendum asks voters whether the state should provide additional funding for mental health care.


July 22, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs $1.1 Billion Capital Construction Bill
Shovel Ready Projects Will Create Thousands of Jobs and Drive Economic Growth
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new state capital construction bill that invests $1.1 billion in road and bridge projects to improve transportation and create jobs and boost economic development across Illinois, including Cook and DuPage Counties. The bill, which follows Governor Quinn’s successful six-year, $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, will deliver more than 210 projects and create an estimated 14,300 jobs. The legislation is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


July 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Strengthen Ethics Provisions in County Government
Law Helps Increase Accountability for Public Officials in Illinois’ Collar Counties
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to strengthen ethics provisions in certain Illinois county governments. The new law helps these counties establish ethical guidelines and simplifies the removal process for individuals who violate those guidelines. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.


July 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Ease Pain for Adults and Children with Seizures
New Law Adds Seizures to List of Debilitating Medical Conditions Under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to add the treatment of adults and children with seizures to the state’s Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protecting and improving the health of the people of Illinois.


July 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Ensure Fair Hiring Practices Across Illinois
New Law Prevents Criminal Background Checks Until After an Applicant is Deemed Qualified for a Job
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help ex-offenders secure employment in the private sector and become productive members of society. The new law prevents criminal background checks until after an applicant is deemed qualified for a job. Today’s action follows an administrative order the Governor issued last year to ensure the same consideration for those seeking state employment. Today’s bill signing is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all Illinois’ workers are treated fairly.


July 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Unveils Mandela Road in Chicago
Portion of Cicero Avenue Now Named for Late World Leader
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by state and local officials on what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 96th birthday to unveil the newly-designated Mandela Road in Chicago. The stretch of Cicero Avenue from Roosevelt Road to West Grand Avenue will now also bear a designation in honor of the late South African President and world civil rights leader Nelson Mandela.


July 18, 2014
Grayslake Man Honored as Illinois Veteran of the Month
CHICAGO - Robert Krautstrunk joined the Navy in January, 1944 and served as a Radioman 2nd Class in the waning days of World War II on the USS Requin (SS 481). While the Requin (ray-quin) was on its first combat patrol in the Sea of Japan when the war ended, for Krautstrunk, it was the start of a lifetime of service, accomplishments, and making a difference in his community.


July 17, 2014
Liquor Control Commission June Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In June the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 364 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 64 for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-two percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


July 17, 2014
Governor Quinn Expands Job Training Program for Illinois’ Hardworking Residents
Construction Projects Will Put Hundreds to Work as Illinois' Unemployment Rate Drops to its Lowest Point Since October 2008
CHICAGO – As Illinois’ unemployment rate fell to its lowest point since October 2008, Governor Pat Quinn today announced Employ Illinois, an expansion of his efforts to provide diverse residents with training for jobs in the construction industry. Offered through the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Tollway, Employ Illinois links job seekers with training and also increases the incentive paid to contractors from $10 to $15 an hour for each program graduate they put to work. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and help drive Illinois’ economy forward.


July 17, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Tragedy in Ukraine
CHICAGO—Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement:


July 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Landmark Grant Accountability Legislation to Protect Taxpayers
New Law to Reform Grant Procedures and Ensure Transparency, Enact Nation's Strongest Grant Controls
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed landmark legislation that overhauls the state’s grant oversight and accountability process, while providing the strongest grant oversight in the nation. The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act strengthens and streamlines requirements for state grants from all state agencies and will provide unprecedented protections for taxpayers. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.


July 16, 2014
Illinois EPA Releases Annual Report on Landfill Capacity
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has released the Illinois Landfill Projections of Disposal Capacity Report for calendar year 2013. This is the 27th annual report, which includes data regarding the expected disposal capacity available for municipal waste at Illinois landfills as of January 1, 2014.


July 15, 2014
SENATOR DURBIN, GOVERNOR QUINN, MAYOR EMANUEL AND COOK COUNTY BOARD PRESIDENT PRECKWINKLE ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $31 MILLION IN HUD DISASTER RECOVERY FUNDING FOR CHICAGO AREA
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced that the Chicago area has been awarded a total of $31.475 million in funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs’ (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program. This funding was made available through the FY2013 Sandy Supplemental Appropriations Bill, passed by Congress last year, and is part of a third allocation for communities that are continuing recovery efforts following severe storms and flooding that began on April 18, 2013.


July 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the First Meeting of the Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn issued the following statement on the first meeting of the Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee:


July 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces State's Backlog of Bills Falls to $3.9 Billion
Lowest Point Since Governor Quinn Took Office; Strict Spending Brings Backlog Down from High of $9.9 Billion in 2010
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today announced that the state's backlog of bills has fallen from a high of $9.9 billion in 2010 down to $3.9 billion as of June 30, the lowest point since the Governor took office. Five years ago, Illinois was home to the worst pension crisis in America and the state’s backlog of bills was on its way to more than $9 billion. Since taking office, Governor Quinn has made tough decisions, enacted major structural reforms and cut state spending by more than $5.7 billion.


July 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of U.S. Congressman Kenneth J. Gray
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Congressman Kenneth J. Gray:


July 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Fights for Stronger Gun Laws Across Illinois
Congresswoman Kelly Joins Governor to Urge General Assembly to Pass Illinois Public Safety Act and Take a Stand Against the Violence
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn, joined by Congresswoman Robin Kelly, today visited the site a recent fatal shooting in Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood to urge legislators to stand with families and communities and take action against gun violence. The Governor pushed passage of the Illinois Public Safety Act, legislation that would ban the sale or delivery of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois and require background checks for the transfer of guns. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois neighborhoods safer.


July 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Educational Opportunities for Students With Dyslexia
Aims to Boost Awareness of the Reading Challenges Faced by Many Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to improve educational opportunities for students with dyslexia in Illinois. The law identifies dyslexia as a learning disability and establishes an advisory board to develop teacher and school administrator training for teaching students with dyslexia. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to give every child the opportunity for a high quality education.


July 11, 2014
Lowering of Flags - remembrance of: Senator Alan Dixon
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise until Sunset on Monday, July 14, 2014.


July 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Names Rodrigo Garcia Acting Veterans’ Affairs Secretary
U.S. Marine Corps veteran is first Latino to lead IDVA
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn has appointed Rodrigo Garcia as Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), replacing Erica Borggren, who will head the Illinois Department of Transportation as Acting Secretary, effective July 10, 2014.


July 11, 2014
El Gobernador Quinn designa a Rodrigo García como Secretario Interino de Asuntos de Veteranos
El veterano de la Infantería de Marina de los EE.UU. es el primer latino en dirigir el IDVA
CHICAGO – El Gobernador Pat Quinn ha nombrado a Rodrigo García como Director Interino del Departamento de Asuntos de Veteranos de Illinois (IDVA, por sus siglas en inglés), será el reemplazo de Erica Borggren, quien dirigirá el Departamento de Transporte de Illinois como Secretaria Interina, a partir del 10 de Julio de 2014.


July 11, 2014
New Veterans’ Service Office in Franklin Park
CHICAGO – Veterans and family members in and around Franklin Park, Illinois and eastern DuPage County should find it easier to get to see a Veteran Service Officer (VSO) with the opening of a new VSO office.


July 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on Weber-Stephen Products Global Distribution Center in Huntley
Grill Manufacturer Will Add 120 New Jobs and Invest $26.6 Million in Facility
HUNTLEY — Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Weber-Stephen Products LLC to break ground on its new Global Distribution Center in Huntley. The facility will add 120 jobs and consolidate distribution operations from four other states. State support for the new Illinois Route 47 – Interstate 90 interchange made the development possible. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve the state’s business climate, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


July 11, 2014
IL Dept on Aging Raises Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse
Campaign Stresses Importance of Reporting Suspected Abuse; 24 Hour Hotline is (866) 800-1409 or TTY (888) 206-1327
SPRINGFIELD - July 11, 2014. Governor Pat Quinn has issued a proclamation that July is Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month and the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is raising awareness through its annual campaign.


July 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Record-Breaking Visitors to Illinois in 2013
Visits Chloe Stirling at Culinary Camp to Highlight Illinois’ Status as a Premiere Food Destination
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois had its third consecutive record-breaking year for tourism by welcoming nearly 105.7 million visitors in 2013. The Governor made the announcement during a visit with Chloe Stirling at the Kendall College Culinary Camp in Chicago where the 12-year-old entrepreneur is perfecting her baking skills along with other young culinary students. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase tourism, create jobs and drive economic development throughout Illinois.


July 10, 2014
Illinois EPA Refers Jaspreet Petroleum, Inc. to Attorney General for Enforcement
Agency Cites Release from Leaking Underground Storage Tanks
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett has referred an enforcement action to the Illinois Attorney General’s office against Jaspreet Petroleum, Inc. for releasing gasoline into the sanitary sewer system in Calumet City, Illinois.


July 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law Further Assisting Adoptees’ Access to Birth and Identity Information
Illinois Leads Nation in Expanding Adoptee Rights
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will help adoptees and their birth family members learn more about their family history. Today’s action follows the historic Illinois Birth Certificate Access Law, signed by the Governor in 2010 and recognized as the most expansive adoptee rights legislation enacted in the nation. Today’s ceremony is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to protecting and improving the health of the people of Illinois.


July 9, 2014
Mayor Emanuel, Governor Quinn and Roundy's Announce New Location in Lakeside on Chicago's South Side
New Mariano's Grocery Store Will Add Hundreds of Jobs and Create New Food Opportunities in Area; Investing in Neighborhoods is a Key Component of the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Pat Quinn, Alderman John Pope and Roundy's, Inc., a leading grocer in the Midwest, today announced a new Mariano's grocery store will be built on the former site of the South Works steel mill, now known as Chicago Lakeside, at the intersection of 87th Street and S. Lake Shore Drive. The new store, the second Mariano's to be announced on the south side, will increase the availability of fresh and healthy foods for residents and add hundreds of jobs to the neighborhood when the store opens, anticipated in 2016. Like other Mariano's locations, which average approximately 400 total employees, Mariano's Lakeside will deliver world-class customer service to the neighborhood.


July 7, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Tornado Relief Funding for Hard-Hit Illinois Communities
Signs New Laws in Washington and Gifford to Help Communities Recover From Disasters
WASHINGTON – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $11.6 million in state relief to help Illinois local governments recover from the deadly November 2013 tornadoes. The assistance is part of $45 million multi-agency relief package assembled earlier this year at the Governor's direction following the denial of the state's appeal for federal disaster assistance for local governments. Governor Quinn also today signed three new laws in the tornado-damaged communities of Washington and Gifford that will help Illinois communities recover from disasters.


July 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Put Women’s Rights Issue on the November Ballot
Referendum to Ask Voters if Health Insurance Plans Should be Required to Cover Contraception
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law to let voters weigh in on whether prescription insurance programs should be required to include birth control. The question will now appear on the November 4th General Election ballot. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure that all women in Illinois have full access to healthcare.


July 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of U.S. Senator Alan Dixon
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Senator Alan Dixon:


July 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Increase Boating Safety
New Laws will Improve Safety and Education in Illinois’ Waterways
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help improve safety on Illinois’ waterways. The three new laws expand boating safety education, improve safety and awareness of water skiers and tubers and increase penalties for those who operate watercraft under the influence. Today’s bill signings, which took place at Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor, are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make outdoor recreation safe and enjoyable for everyone.


July 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Fourth of July
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the Fourth of July:


July 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Expand the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund
Law Extends Program to Aid Military Families During Future Conflicts
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to expand the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund (IMFRF) to cover future conflicts for which the Illinois National Guard and Reserve may be called to duty. Since its inception in 2003, the IMFRF has provided more than $15.4 million in support of 28,840 families of deployed servicemembers. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to honor and support Illinois’ veterans and their families.


July 2, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Strengthen African American Family Commission
Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act by Signing New Law at Chicago’s Oldest African American Church
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law to strengthen the Illinois African American Family Commission. The Governor signed the legislation at the Quinn Chapel AME Church, the oldest African American congregation in Chicago. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure equal rights and opportunities for all Illinois residents.


July 2, 2014
Illinois Department of Human Rights Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964
Agency Unveils National Traveling Exhibition of 1961 Freedom Riders at James R. Thompson Center
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) today commemorated the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act with a proclamation from Governor Pat Quinn declaring today Civil Rights Act Day in the state of Illinois, and with local dignitaries who worked in the Civil Rights Movement. IDHR also unveiled the Freedom Riders national traveling exhibit, which will be displayed until July 11 at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St. in Chicago.


July 2, 2014
Governor Quinn Hosts Annual “Iftar” Dinner
Governor Observes Ramadan with Muslim American Community Leaders in the “Peoples’ House”
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn was joined by more than 100 Illinois Muslim American community leaders Wednesday evening to observe Ramadan with a traditional “Iftar” meal at the Executive Mansion. Governor Quinn inaugurated the custom in 2013 as part of his agenda to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation.


July 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Landmark Legislation to Expand Voting Opportunities in Illinois
Streamlines Voting Process to Help Give More Illinois Citizens a Voice
OAK PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today signed landmark legislation to expand voting opportunities in Illinois. The new law is designed to encourage participation in elections and streamlines the registration and early voting processes. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase participation in our democracy and ensure that every voice is heard in Illinois.


July 1, 2014
State Regulators and Federal Reserve Take Action Against Cole Taylor Bank
Bank to pay combined $4.11 million penalty for deceptive practices impacting nearly 440,000 students nationwide
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), working with the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors issued an order on June 26, 2014, requiring Cole Taylor Bank (“Cole Taylor”) to pay millions in fines for participating in deceptive banking practices through its agent, Higher One, Inc., of New Haven, Connecticut (“Higher One”), impacting hundreds of thousands of college students across the country.


July 1, 2014
DCEO Releases Five-Year Blueprint for Job Creation and Business Growth
CHICAGO—The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today issued a five-year economic development plan for Illinois, a proposal that sets out the state’s priorities for encouraging private-sector job growth and business vitality, especially in regions with the highest poverty and unemployment.


July 1, 2014
IDOT Acquires Bult Field, Major Milestone for South Suburban Airport
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today the acquisition of Bult Field, a general aviation airport and a key component of the state’s overall plan to develop the South Suburban Airport. The purchase, which closed this week, was for $34 million.


July 1, 2014
Extreme Heat Can Be Serious Health Hazard
IEMA, local EMAs urge people to never leave children, pets in cars
SPRINGFIELD – On average, more people die from heat-related causes each year than any other weather hazard. Yet many people still don’t take heat dangers seriously. That’s why the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will be working to increase awareness of heat safety throughout July, traditionally one of the hottest months in Illinois.


June 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Cuts State Budget
Uses Veto Authority to Reduce Budget by $250 Million; Orders Sale of Nearly Half of State's Airplanes
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today cut Illinois’ Fiscal Year 2015 state budget, zeroing out $250 million for renovations of the state Capitol. In addition, as part of his ongoing budget review, the Governor directed state agencies to identify additional efficiencies, including selling nearly half of the state’s aircraft.


June 30, 2014
The Illinois Office Of The State Fire Marshal Reminds Residents To Leave Fireworks To The Professionals
Fourth of July Celebrations - In U.S., Firework Incidents Leave Thousands Injured
SPRINGFIELD – As communities across Illinois are preparing for Fourth of July holiday celebrations, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is reminding residents that the best way to have a safe holiday weekend is to let trained professionals handle fireworks. The public is urged to attend public firework displays and avoid using consumer fireworks.


June 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Harris v. Quinn Decision
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the case of Harris v. Quinn:


June 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Hobby Lobby Decision
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.:


June 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Names Erica Borggren Acting Transportation Secretary
Borggren Has Served as Veterans Affairs Director Since 2011; Rodrigo Garcia to Lead IDVA
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today appointed Erica Borggren as Acting Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). An Illinois native and Army veteran, Borggren has served as Director of the Illinois Department of Illinois Veterans Affairs (IDVA) since 2011.


June 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law Promoting the Purchase of Solar-Produced Electricity in Illinois
Legislation Will Help Lead Illinois on Path towards Sustainability
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to promote the purchase of solar-produced electricity in Illinois. The law requires that a special existing fund be used to purchase solar power and emphasizes the development of distributed solar generation, such as the installation of solar panels on residential rooftops. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to protect the state’s natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


June 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation That Will Allow Quad Cities – Washington DC Air Service Take Flight
Legislation Will Clear Way for Direct Flights to Nation’s Capital
MOLINE – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that clears the way for daily flights from the Quad Cities to Washington, DC. Today's action will enhance transportation and economic development opportunities in the Quad Cities area and is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward.


June 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Help Military Families Enroll Children in Illinois Schools
Streamlines Transfer Process and Eliminates School Roadblocks for Children with One or More Parents Serving in the Armed Forces
MASCOUTAH – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to make it easier for military families to enroll their children in Illinois schools. The law eliminates many of the educational roadblocks these families face when their military assignments take them from one state to another. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to honor and support Illinois’ military veterans and their families.


June 27, 2014
Governor Quinn, Senator Durbin, Union Pacific Announce $90 Million Investment in West Line, Celebrate End of $82 Million CREATE Project
Improvements to Create Jobs, Make Rail Movements More Efficient
BELLWOOD – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Union Pacific Railroad President and COO Lance Fritz to announce that the Union Pacific (UP) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are making a significant investment in Metra’s West Line. Each will invest $45 million for the construction of a new third main line track on the UP/Metra’s West Line, from River Forest to Melrose Park and then from West Chicago to Geneva. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


June 27, 2014
Governor Pat Quinn Statement on the Beginning of Ramadan
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the beginning of Ramadan, which begins at sunset June 28th:


June 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Anti-Bullying Legislation
New Law Cracks Down on Bullying, Helps Protect All Illinois Students
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to crack down on bullying in Illinois. The bill will help protect Illinois students from bullying both inside and outside the classroom. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of students in every community across Illinois.


June 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Anniversary of Fair Labor Standards Act
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the landmark law on June 25, 1938, which banned oppressive child labor, set a maximum hourly workweek and established the nation’s first minimum wage at 25 cents an hour. If the minimum wage had kept pace with inflation, it would be at $10.75 today.


June 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Improve Access to Mental Health Care
Illinois Becomes Third State in the Nation Allowing Clinical Psychologists to Write Prescriptions
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to improve access to mental health care by allowing certain clinical psychologists to write prescriptions for their patients. The new law requires clinical psychologists to meet high education and training standards before applying for a license to prescribe medicine. Illinois is now the third state, along with New Mexico and Louisiana, which allow patients to get necessary medication from a psychologist. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare and improve the health and well-being of the people of Illinois.


June 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Cuts Employee Parking Spots by 30 Percent
Ends Free Parking for Many State Officials to Save Taxpayers $100,000
CHICAGO – As part of his ongoing budget review, Governor Pat Quinn today directed state agencies to cut 80 paid parking spaces for state employees in downtown garages – more than 30 percent of the total spots reserved. The move will save taxpayers more than $100,000 annually and follows yesterday’s announcement that the state will save taxpayers an additional $55 million this year in reduced lease costs for state buildings. The cuts are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make state government efficient and accountable to taxpayers.


June 24, 2014
Navy Veteran from Montgomery Honored as Illinois Veteran of the Month
Aurora, Illinois – On December 23, 1966, Herschel “Lucky” Luckinbill was just that, when shells from hostile North Vietnamese shore batteries ripped through the USS O’Brien, killing two sailors and wounding four others.


June 24, 2014
Use Resume Builder and Hear the Words “You’re Hired”
Helps Workers Uncomfortable with Computers, Internet
CHICAGO – A new tool on Illinois’ help wanted job board targets workers who previously did not need a resume to get hired and those who lack confidence with their computer and internet skills, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today.


June 23, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Successful Results of Inaugural Illinois Corporate-Startup Challenge
Pilot Program Has Resulted in 18 Startups Actively Pursuing Partnerships with Five Leading Illinois Corporations
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by CEOs from some of Illinois’ top companies and rising startups to announce the successful results of the inaugural “Corporate-Startup Challenge” program. The pilot program, conceived by the Illinois Innovation Council and managed by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC), has resulted in 18 startups actively pursuing partnerships with leading Illinois corporations. The partnerships vary by company, but include investments, contracts and mentorships. These partnerships with leading corporations are critical to the long-term success of the startups. The initiative is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive innovation and create jobs throughout Illinois.


June 23, 2014
Governor Quinn Cuts Property Leases to Achieve Additional $55 Million in Savings
Since Taking Office Governor Quinn Has Achieved $220 Million in State Savings by Eliminating More Than 2.5 Million Square Feet of Leased Space – Equivalent to Emptying Out Chicago’s Trump Tower
CHICAGO – As part of his ongoing budget review, Governor Quinn today announced that the state of Illinois had again cut property leases to save an additional $55 million by continuing to downsize the space it leases in the upcoming fiscal year. This brings the total savings accomplished since the Governor took office to $220 million in property leases through consolidation, elimination or negotiation – roughly the equivalent of space in Chicago's Trump Tower.


June 22, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Give Voters a Voice in Increasing the Minimum Wage
Referendum to Ask Voters if Minimum Hourly Rate Should Rise to $10 by 2015
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today gave voters the chance to make their voices heard on an important issue that would benefit hundreds of thousands of working people across Illinois. Governor Quinn today signed House Bill 3814, which places an advisory question on the November 4 ballot that asks if the state’s minimum wage for those over the age of 18 should be raised to $10 by January 1, 2015.


June 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Illinois’ Farmers’ Markets
New Law Will Increase Consumer Safety and Encourage Residents to Shop Locally by Standardizing Regulation of Farmers’ Markets
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will create uniform, statewide standards to regulate farmers’ markets and help increase protections for consumers who shop locally. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protecting and improving the health of the people of Illinois.


June 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Expand Medical Services to Those in Need
Also Signs Bill to Increase Access to Flu Vaccines
PEORIA – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to expand medical access to those in need by expanding volunteer opportunities by medical professionals and allowing additional qualified medical professionals to administer flu vaccines. Today’s actions are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare.


June 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Assist With Local Fire Truck Purchases
New Law to Ensure Fire Departments Have Necessary Equipment to Keep Illinois Communities Safe
MOLINE – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help local governments purchase firefighting vehicles. The law increases the maximum amount municipalities may borrow at no or low interest from the state to make these purchases. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.


June 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Safety in Schools Across Illinois
New Laws Will Help Keep Illinois’ Students Safe
ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today visited RESA Middle School in Rockford to sign three new pieces of legislation that help increase safety, ensure crisis planning and provide security improvements at all Illinois schools. Today’s actions are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to provide a safe learning environment for all Illinois students.


June 20, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise on Sunday, June 22, 2014 until Sunset on Tuesday, June 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 from Sunrise on Sunday, June 22, 2014 until Sunset on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.


June 19, 2014
Governor Pat Quinn Statement on the Passing of Lisa Radogno
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the passing of Lisa Marie Radogno, daughter of Illinois State Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno:


June 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $69 Million for DuPage County Clean Water Projects
Projects Will Create Hundreds of Jobs as Illinois Unemployment Rate Drops to its Lowest Point Since November 2008
BENSENVILLE – As Illinois’ unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point since November 2008, Governor Pat Quinn today announced a nearly $69 million investment to create hundreds of jobs improving water treatment facilities in DuPage County. The projects are funded by Governor Quinn’s $2 billion Illinois Clean Water Initiative (CWI) and are part of his agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward and protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ infrastructure.


June 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation Strengthening Oversight of Used Tire Facilities
New Environmental Protections Signed on Anniversary of Hoopeston Fire
CHICAGO – On the anniversary of a devastating fire in Hoopeston, Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to strengthen oversight of used tire processing and storage facilities. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


June 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Welcome Home Illinois Setting All-Time Records
Mortgage Program Has Helped 2,800 First-Time Buyers Purchase Their Dream Home Since Launch in April
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that his Welcome Home Illinois program is setting all-time records in homeownership across the state. Since the program’s launch in April, 2,830 homebuyers in 85 counties have reserved more than $360 million in financing, creating an estimated 1,400 new jobs. The response is the greatest the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has seen in its 30-year history of providing mortgage financing. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive economic growth by making homeownership more affordable in Illinois.


June 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Observance of Juneteenth
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States:


June 17, 2014
Governor Quinn and 1871 Announce Major 25,000 Square Foot Expansion
Move Will Grow Chicago’s Digital Entrepreneurship Hub by 50 Percent This Summer
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman and members of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center board of directors to announce that 1871 will grow by 25,000 square feet this summer. The $2.5 million expansion will increase 1871’s size by 50 percent and is the latest major accomplishment for the innovative co-working space, which just had its second birthday.


June 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces eBay Inc. to Expand in Illinois
Online Marketplace Giant to Add 360 Jobs in Chicago
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that global online marketplace leader eBay Inc. is expanding in Illinois and will create 360 new jobs in downtown Chicago. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


June 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Reform Illinois’ Medicaid System
Landmark New Law Modernizes Outdated Medicaid System, Restores Dental and Podiatric Care to Patients, Supports Affordable Care Act
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to modernize and improve Illinois’ Medicaid system. The new law will benefit Illinois’ three million residents who currently receive Medicaid, as well as the state’s 200-plus hospitals and 1,200 nursing homes by restoring adult dental and podiatric care, providing increased protections and more. The legislation is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare and improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Illinois.


June 16, 2014
Nearly 200 Illinois Responders Participating in Multi-State Earthquake Exercise June 16-20
CAPSTONE-14 to test state, federal and private sector capabilities for responding to, recovering from a catastrophic earthquake
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois and several other Central U.S. states will join federal agencies, volunteer organizations and the private sector in a large-scale earthquake exercise June 16-20. The exercise will test state, regional and national response and recovery capabilities for a major earthquake in the New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones.


June 16, 2014
IDOT Opens New DBE South Suburban Resource Center
Second in Chicago Area Provides One-Stop Shop for Interest in State Projects
CHICAGO - Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider joined state and local officials today for the grand opening of the new Illinois Department of Transportation South Suburban Resource Center in Park Forest. The center, located in the Ludeman Development Center, 114 N. Orchard Drive, will provide guidance and assist minority- and women-owned businesses interested in IDOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program.


June 16, 2014
Liquor Control Commission May Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In May the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 367 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 62 for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-three percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


June 16, 2014
The Illinois Department of Public Health Adds a Test to Newborn Screening
All newborns in Illinois will now be tested for severe combined immunodeficiency
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today announced that IDPH is now testing all babies born in Illinois hospitals for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and other immunodeficiencies. SCID is an inherited disorder, which causes improper development of white blood cells that are the primary defense against viruses, bacteria and fungal infections. People with SCID are very susceptible to recurrent infections and may develop pneumonia, meningitis or other complications.


June 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Ban Police Ticket Quotas
Senate Bill 3411 Will Eliminate Ineffective System and Improve Safety
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to prohibit municipalities from requiring police officers to meet ticket quotas. The new law also prevents quotas from being used to evaluate an officer’s performance. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to maintain integrity in local government.


June 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $20 Million Investment in Illinois’ Public Museums
Illinois Jobs Now! Funding Will Help 47 Museums Improve Their Facilities and Develop New Exhibits
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that 47 Illinois museums that attract 16.5 million visitors annually will receive $20 million in state capital investments to improve their facilities and develop new exhibits. The investments are through Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, and are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


June 13, 2014
Governor Quinn to Sign Legislation to Create New Lottery Instant Game for Special Olympics Illinois
“Go for the Gold” Ticket Proceeds Expected to Raise Nearly $700,000 for Illinois’ Athletes
NORMAL – Governor Pat Quinn today will visit the 2014 Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games Opening Ceremonies to sign legislation that creates a "Go for the Gold" Lottery ticket to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Proceeds from this new scratch-off game will provide funding for increased opportunities for Special Olympics athletes across the state. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to ensure all people have the opportunity to follow their dreams and reach their full potential.


June 13, 2014
IDOT Offers First-Time Online Training for Emergency Responders in Illinois
Traffic Incident Management Training to Provide Life-Saving Information
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), in partnership with the Illinois Center for Transportation and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, announced today that the Traffic Incident Management Training Program will now be offered online for emergency responders, including transportation workers, police, fire and towing and recovery crews.


June 13, 2014
IDNR Launches “State Parks, Great Parks” Initiative
Agency reinvestment in state parks beginning to pay off; new website makes it easier to find sites and outdoor recreation throughout Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller today officially launched a new initiative aimed at using dedicated funds to make Illinois state parks great parks. During the last year, the agency has been using new sustainability funds to hire more staff and replace aging maintenance equipment at state parks. The “State Parks, Great Parks” initiative will continue the effort to rebuild the Illinois State Park System this summer with infrastructure improvements throughout Illinois.


June 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Passing of Ruby Dee
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the passing of award-winning actress and prominent civil rights activist Ruby Dee:


June 12, 2014
Woman Sentenced to Six Years for Role in $9.1 Million Fictitious Employer Fraud
IDES’ Fraud Unit Uncovered Scheme Involving Six States
CHICAGO – Jay Rowell, Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), issued the following statement today after United States District Judge Joan H. Lefkow sentenced a woman to six years in prison for actions related to unemployment insurance fraud. The woman was a central figure in a 17-person enterprise that scammed $9.1 million from Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. IDES’ anti-fraud unit uncovered the suspicious activity that launched the multi-state investigation.


June 12, 2014
IDHS and IDPH Join Forces to Help Control Prescription Drug Abuse in Nursing Homes
June is Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program Month
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Long Term Care (LTC) initiative, an unprecedented opportunity to change the drug prescribing culture in nursing homes. Based upon concerns regarding substantial use of behavioral health medications within the nursing home population, IDHS and IDPH entered into an interagency agreement to reduce the use of chemical restraints and improve the quality of care.


June 12, 2014
DOI Announces Ten Issuers Apply to Offer 504 Qualified Health Plans for Year Two of Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace
Number of Plans Submitted Demonstrates Strong Interest from Health Issuers in Serving Illinois Consumers under the Affordable Care Act
CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) today announced that it has received applications from ten health issuers seeking to provide 504 Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) to people seeking health insurance coverage through Get Covered Illinois (GCI) and the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace, which was launched this year, was created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to deliver affordable health coverage along with federal assistance to eligible consumers.


June 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims “Borinqueneers Day” to Honor Puerto Rican War Heroes
Veterans to Receive Long Overdue Congressional Gold Medal
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed June 14 as “Borinqueneers Day” in Illinois to honor the veterans of the legendary 65th Infantry Regiment, the all-Puerto Rican unit that distinguished itself in every United States war from 1898 to 2008. The United States Congress voted in May to issue the Congressional Gold Medal to the Borinqueneers.


June 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Strengthen Education in Illinois
Bills Increase Support for Birth-to-Three Early Childhood Programs and Help Provide Incentives for Deserving Teachers
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to strengthen education in Illinois. The new laws support early childhood education funding and make it easier to give incentives for teacher excellence. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to give every child the opportunity for a high-quality education.


June 11, 2014
Statement from IDNR Director Marc Miller on American Black Bear Sightings
Bear sightings continue in northwest Illinois
“The recent sighting of an American black bear in northwest Illinois has, understandably, generated many questions. While these animals once roamed the Illinois landscape 150 years ago, seeing one today can be, at the very least, a startling sight. While the black bear sighted most recently has shown no aggressive behavior towards humans, it should not be approached. Help us keep this bear from being accustomed to people. Always observe wildlife from a distance.


June 11, 2014
State Health Department Partners with “Real Men Cook” to Provide Free Health Screenings at 25th Annual Father’s Day Event
Celebrating Men’s Health Week
CHICAGO – National Men’s Health Week is June 9 – 15. This annual health observance is celebrated every June with a goal to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.


June 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Joined by 12-Year-Old Chloe Stirling to Sign “Cupcake Bill”
Bill Signing Ceremony Takes Place in Chloe’s Kitchen; New Law Loosens Regulations for Home Kitchen Operations in Illinois
TROY – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by 12-year-old Chloe Stirling and her parents at their Troy home to sign legislation that supports home kitchen businesses in Illinois. The “cupcake bill” was drafted after county health officials shut down Chloe’s home-based cupcake baking business. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make business opportunities available to everyone in Illinois and drive the state’s economy forward.


June 9, 2014
IDOT Hosts Safety Summit to Reduce Fatalities, Serious Injuries on Illinois Roadways
Two-Day Event Attracts National Transportation Experts to Collaborate on Effective Strategies to Save Lives
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that it will host the Illinois Safety Summit on June 10 and11 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. The two-day event provides an opportunity for safety stakeholders from all over the state to participate in the effort to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on Illinois roadways.


June 8, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Ban Microbeads, Protect Illinois Waterways
Illinois Now First State in the Nation to Prevent Use of Personal Care Products Containing Synthetic Plastics
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to make Illinois the first state in the nation to ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


June 7, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs “Clean Slate” Juvenile Record Expungement Legislation
New Law Clears Arrest Records for Non-Violent Juvenile Cases
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to automatically clear arrest records for less serious, non-violent juvenile cases. The Governor was joined by state and local officials and advocates to sign the “clean slate” measure that prevents a minor arrest from doing permanent damage to a young person’s life. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.


June 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Recognizes Illinois’ Scripps National Spelling Bee Finalists
Congratulates Recent Finalists Alia Abiad and Pranav Sivakumar
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today congratulated Illinois’ recent finalists in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for their achievements as representatives of the state. Alia Abiad, an eighth grader at McClure Junior High School in Western Springs, recently returned from the prestigious event in Washington, D.C. where she placed fifth. Also recognized was Pranav Sivakumar, who placed second in last year’s Bee. The Governor congratulated Abiad and Sivakumar today at an event in Chicago.


June 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation Ensuring Students in all Illinois High Schools Have CPR and AED Training
New Law to Provide Secondary Students with Life-Saving Skills in Case of an Emergency
NORMAL – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill that will require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training for students in all Illinois high schools. The Governor was joined by the Laman and Bell families and the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois at their annual meeting in Normal to sign the measure. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of people in every community across Illinois.


June 4, 2014
IDOT Releases Human Capital Strategic Plan, Aims to Build 21st Century Transportation Workforce
State Partners With Industry to Address Transportation “Skills Gap”
CHICAGO – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today released the Illinois Department of Transportation’s first Human Capital Strategic Plan to help create and foster a skilled, knowledgeable workforce that can meet and fulfill the emerging needs in transportation. The secretary kicked off the plan’s release by hosting a roundtable with more than 20 industry leaders in Chicago to begin building a 21st century workforce that supports the state’s multi-modal transportation system.


June 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Continues Push to Properly Fund Education in Illinois
Urges Critical Investment in Education to Give Every Child the Opportunity for Success
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited students and teachers at the Jane Addams Elementary School in Chicago to continue his push to properly fund education in Illinois. In March, Governor Quinn proposed an honest and responsible budget that made historic investments in education. Last week the Illinois General Assembly instead chose to send the Governor an incomplete budget that delays the important fiscal decisions.


June 2, 2014
IDHS Announces Increase in WIC Benefits to Purchase More Fruits and Vegetables
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is pleased to announce that children in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will receive an increase in the amount allocated for fruits and vegetables. Effective June 2, 2014, children one and older will receive an additional $2 per month – from $6 to $8 – to redeem for any WIC eligible fruits and vegetables.


June 2, 2014
Governor Quinn Celebrates Marriage Equality in Illinois
Attends Wedding Ceremony of James Darby and Patrick Bova
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today celebrated marriage equality in Illinois by attending the wedding of James Darby and Patrick Bova during a day of ceremonies at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago. The Governor announced yesterday that marriage equality is now in effect, allowing all couples in Illinois the ability to receive the rights and protections of marriage. The new law is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation.


June 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces First Day of Marriage Equality
Law Takes Effect Today, Giving Everyone in Illinois Full Rights and Protections of Marriage
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that all couples in Illinois are now able to receive the rights and protections of marriage. The Governor led the charge for historic legislation he signed in November to make Illinois the 16th state in the nation to embrace full marriage equality, and today that law takes effect. The new law is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation.


June 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims June “Leave No Child Inside” Month in Illinois
Encourages Youth and Families to Get Outdoors and Get Active this Summer
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed June as “Leave No Child Inside” month in Illinois, and encouraged families to spend time outdoors enjoying recreation opportunities, activities and events throughout the state.


June 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Names Acting Communications Director
Deputy Communications Director Grant Klinzman Assumes Top Press Post
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Grant Klinzman will immediately assume the role of Acting Communications Director for the Governor's Office. Klinzman has been serving as Deputy Communications Director. The Governor's chief spokesman and Communications Director, Brooke Anderson, is leaving the Governor’s Office to join the Quinn for Illinois campaign.


June 1, 2014
IEMA Offers Tips for Summertime Safety
Vacation safety first of four topics to be highlighted during June
SPRINGFIELD – After a long, brutal winter, Illinois residents are embracing the return of balmy weather by spending more time in the great outdoors. Throughout June, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies throughout the state will offer tips to help people stay safe while enjoying this summer.


May 31, 2014
The Illinois Office Of The State Fire Marshal Highlights Safety Awareness And Preparation During National Safety Month
June is National Safety Month – “Safety: It Takes All of Us”
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM), in conjunction with the National Safety Council (NSC) is highlighting fire safety education as part of the annual observance of National Safety Month. This year’s campaign theme is “Safety: It Takes All of Us” and is aimed at encouraging the public to practice safe behavior to prevent personal injuries and deaths.


May 31, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Passage of $1.1 Billion Road and Bridge Construction Bill
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 3794, legislation that will authorize an additional $1.1 billion in road and bridge improvement projects throughout the state. The bill previously passed the Illinois House, and now heads to the Governor’s desk:


May 31, 2014
Statement from Governor Quinn on End of 2014 Legislative Session
Accomplishes Important Bills to Help Working Families; More Work to Do on Budget
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the end of the 2014 legislative session:


May 30, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Friday, May 30, 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, Friday, May 30, 2014.


May 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Passage of Grant Accountability Legislation
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois House passage of House Bill 2747. The bill, which the Governor has been working since February to enact, creates the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act to strengthen and streamline requirements for all state grants across all state agencies:


May 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Fiscal Year 2015 Budget
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the fiscal year 2015 budget:


May 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Passage of House Bill 105
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the Illinois General Assembly’s passage of House Bill 105, legislation that will increase access to voting in Illinois. The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk for his signature:


May 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Millionaire Tax for Education
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 3816:


May 29, 2014
Laotian-born, Navy Veteran from Elgin Honored as Illinois Veteran of the Month
Chicago - In a simple and moving ceremony at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, Mr. Chindavanh Keomuongchanh was honored by Erica Borggren, Director, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) as the Veteran of the Month for May 2014 at the Elgin Veterans Memorial Park.


May 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Passage of Anti-Bullying Bill
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 5707, a bill that sets a comprehensive anti-bullying standard for Illinois school districts. The measure had previously passed the Illinois House, and now heads to the Governor’s desk:


May 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Bipartisan House Passage of Highway Construction Bill
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois House passage of House Bill 3794, legislation that would authorize $1.1 billion in transportation infrastructure projects throughout the state. It will now be considered by the Illinois Senate:


May 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Wrigley Company Expanding in Illinois
Company Will Create 75 Jobs Producing World-Famous Skittles Candy in Yorkville
YORKVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company will strengthen its presence in its home state by adding production of Skittles, one of the world’s most popular candy brands, to its Yorkville facility. The expansion, assisted by the state of Illinois, will help Wrigley create 75 permanent manufacturing jobs and support hundreds of construction jobs. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


May 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Passing of World-Renowned Poet and Author Maya Angelou
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the passing of world-renowned poet, author and performer Maya Angelou:


May 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Passage of Minimum Wage Referendum Bill
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 3814, legislation that would place a question on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot asking voters if the state’s minimum wage should be raised to $10 per hour by Jan. 1, 2015. The bill previously passed the Illinois House, and now heads to the Governor’s desk:


May 28, 2014
Department on Aging Launches A Newly Designed, User Friendly Website
Information about state programs and protections to seniors available at http://www.illinois.gov/aging
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., today announced the launch of the agency’s redesigned website. The updated website provides a simplified and more accessible experience for users. The newly designed website is available at www.illinois.gov/aging.


May 27, 2014
IDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway Spring Cleanup Collects 800 Bags of Trash From State Highways
Event Draws More Than 400 Volunteers Following Long, Harsh Winter
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider announced today that 422 volunteers collected and removed almost 800 bags of trash from state highway roadsides as part of the inaugural Adopt-A-Highway spring cleanup April 18-27.


May 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Memorial Day
CHICAGO – In honor of Memorial Day, Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement, recognizing all servicemembers across our state and country:


May 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Military Families with Welcome Home Heroes Program
Visits Cities Across Illinois to Promote Program and Continues Push to Protect Critical Veterans Services from Budget Cuts
WINNEBAGO – As part of his agenda to support our veterans in honor of Memorial Day, Governor Pat Quinn today will visit cities across Illinois to discuss his Welcome Home Heroes program. As part of this program, veterans and their families can take advantage of the $10,000 in cash down-payment assistance that is available. Visiting Rockford, Chicago, Rock Island and Decatur, the Governor is continuing his push for a responsible budget that adequately funds critical veterans services.


May 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Fights for Responsible Budget that Properly Funds Schools
Visits Schools in Rantoul and DeKalb and Fights Against Classroom Cuts
CHICAGO – With one week to go left in the spring legislative session, Governor Pat Quinn today continued to push for a responsible budget that properly funds schools and avoids devastating cuts to the classroom. If the Illinois General Assembly fails to pass a budget that provides adequate revenue for schools, education at all levels could face $1.1 billion in cuts – including elementary, secondary and higher education – which would result in up to 15,000 teachers being laid off across the state. The Governor will discuss the importance of properly funding education today at a high school academy in Rantoul and later at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, while urging lawmakers to pass a balanced budget that avoids cuts to schools.


May 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Fallen Servicemembers During Memorial Day Weekend
“Portrait of a Soldier” Memorial Exhibit on Display at Illinois Tollway Oases through Independence Day
SCHILLER PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today commemorated Memorial Day by unveiling the “Portrait of a Soldier” memorial exhibit at the O’Hare Oasis and announced the summer exhibit schedule at Tollway Oases in northern Illinois. The exhibit features a series of hand-drawn portraits of nearly all of the more than 300 Illinois men and women who have died while serving our country since Sept. 11, 2001.


May 23, 2014
The Office Of The State Fire Marshal Urges Campers To Practice Fire Safety
Following Safety Tips Can Prevent Outdoor Cooking Fires and Serious Accidents
SPRINGFIELD – With the season for outdoor cooking and camping trips now here, the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is encouraging campers to consider fire safety as a priority to ensure a safe and fun experience.


May 23, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on President Obama’s Cabinet Appointments
CHICAGO- Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s recent appointments to head the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


May 22, 2014
Governor Quinn, Secretary White and State Superintendent Koch Encourage Students to Use Free Reading Tool During Summer Break
‘Find a Book’ Search Tool Aims to Fight Summer Learning Loss
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn, Secretary of State Jesse White and State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch today encouraged all students across Illinois to access free online tools designed to promote reading, maintain math skills and inspire learning outside the classroom. The state leaders agree that summer vacation should not signal a break from learning for Illinois’ two million students.


May 21, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Noon on Monday, May 26, 2014.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Noon on Monday, May 26, 2014.


May 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Illinois Senate Passage of AED Training Legislation
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of a bill that will require automated external defibrillator (AED) training for students in all Illinois high schools. The measure, House Bill 3724, has already passed the Illinois House and now heads to the Governor’s desk.


May 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Passage of Legislation to Protect Pregnant Women
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 8, an important bill strongly supported by the Governor to provide job protections for pregnant women. This legislation will protect moms-to-be in the workplace.


May 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on House Passage of Minimum Wage Referendum
Advisory Referendum Asks Voters if They Support Raising Illinois’ Minimum Wage
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois House passage of House Bill 3814 – an advisory referendum to ask voters if they support increasing the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour. The bill is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan and now goes to the Illinois Senate. Governor Quinn is committed to raising the minimum wage in 2014.


May 20, 2014
IDOT, ISP, Local Law Enforcement Encourage All Motorists to “Click It or Ticket” to Help Avoid Fatal Vehicle Crashes
Memorial Day Enforcement Effort to Crack Down on Unbuckled and Drunk Drivers
CHICAGO – With the arrival of Memorial Day and the start of the summer travel season, at several events throughout the state, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today highlighted data showing the ages of individuals who have died unbelted in motor vehicle crashes in recent years. This data was stressed as a reminder to people of all ages as the Illinois State Police and over 500 local law enforcement agencies step up seat belt enforcement efforts heading into Memorial Day weekend as part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.


May 20, 2014
Illinois Honors Achievements in Hiring and Promotion of People with Disabilities
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The state of Illinois today honored the achievements of those who have done an outstanding job of providing equal opportunity and access to people with disabilities, including the Illinois Tollway and a number of other state agencies that have participated in the Successful Disability Opportunities program. The awards were presented by Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) Director Rocco J. Claps and Illinois Department of Human Services Secretary (IDHS) Michelle R.B. Saddler at a ceremony of the state’s Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED).


May 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Cloverleaf Cold Storage Company Opening New Facility in Monmouth
Company Will Create 155 Jobs and Invest $30 Million in Local Economy
MONMOUTH – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Cloverleaf Cold Storage Company will open a $30 million refrigerated warehouse and distribution center that will create 155 local full-time jobs. The facility will serve the Smithfield Farmland Corporation, which has an adjacent site in Monmouth. Today’s announcement follows recent news that Illinois’ unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2008 and is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to keep the progress going by creating jobs and driving Illinois’ economy forward.


May 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Visits Innovative Manufacturer as Illinois Comeback Continues
State Unemployment Rate Reaches Lowest Level Since 2008
CICERO – As Illinois’ unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in more than five years, Governor Pat Quinn today visited an innovative and growing local manufacturer, United Gasket Corporation, to discuss the state’s ongoing economic recovery from the worst recession since the Great Depression. Illinois’ unemployment rate has dropped to 7.9 percent – its lowest level in more than five years and lower than when the Governor took office. Today’s event is part of the Governor’s commitment to driving Illinois’ economy forward.


May 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Participates in President’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness
Joined by Other State and Federal Officials in Des Moines to Discuss Better Preparation and Response to Weather-Related Disasters
DES MOINES – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by local, state and federal officials for the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, part of President Barack Obama's federal efforts to address disasters caused by climate change. This is the third of four meetings the group will hold before recommending ways the nation can be better prepared to meet weather-related events. Today’s meeting is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


May 13, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset on Thursday, May 15, 2014.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset on Thursday, May 15, 2014.


May 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $14.5 Million for Community Health Centers Throughout Illinois
Funds Will Help Meet Healthcare Demand in Underserved Communities
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $14.5 million available to build and renovate community health centers throughout Illinois. The funds, included in Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, will allow the state to reduce healthcare spending and save taxpayers money. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda ensure all people have access to quality healthcare and improve the health and well-being of people throughout Illinois.


May 13, 2014
IDES Website Becomes Mobile Friendly
Upgrades Help Workers Apply for Jobs; 4.4 Million Unique Visitors in Past Year
CHICAGO – People using mobile devices can better interact and communicate with the Illinois Department of Employment Security following website improvements launched this week, the Department said today.


May 13, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Reassures Illinoisans of Vigilance for MERS-CoV
No spread of MERS-CoV from first U.S. case, but second U.S. case identified
CHICAGO – Although there is no transmission of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) related to the first U.S. case who traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana on April 24, 2014, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director LaMar Hasbrouck is reassuring Illinois residents that IDPH, local health departments and health care providers remain vigilant for any new cases of MERS-CoV.


May 13, 2014
IDOT Employee Honored by the White House as a Transportation Champion of Change
Prestigious Award Recognizes Commitment to Community
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today proudly announced that Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) employee Wanda Vazquez has been selected by the White House as a Transportation Champion of Change. The prestigious award honors Americans who are making positive changes in their communities.


May 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Start of Planning for Illinois Bicentennial Celebration
200th Birthday Observance Will be a Year-Long Celebration of State’s Past With an Eye Toward the Future
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today officially started the planning for Illinois’ 200th birthday in 2018, a year-long celebration that will engage residents and communities throughout the state and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. The Governor signed an Executive Order to create the 2018 Illinois Bicentennial Commission, a grass-roots organization that will plan a celebration that is meaningful to every resident and spur history-based tourism.


May 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Hosts “On the Table” Discussion on Volunteerism and Service
Part of Chicago Community Trust 99th Anniversary
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today hosted volunteer and community leaders from across the Chicago area for a discussion focused on the future of volunteerism and service in civic life. The roundtable discussion, hosted by the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, is part of the Chicago Community Trust's 99th anniversary "On the Table: Service Edition" celebration. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to fostering volunteer service in Illinois.


May 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Meets With President of Ireland Michael Higgins
Welcomes Irish Leader and First Lady to Discuss Strong Ties Between Ireland and Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today welcomed President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and First Lady Mrs. Sabina Higgins to Illinois. The leaders met to discuss the strong historic and cultural ties between the nations, and about how to further relations between Illinois and Ireland.


May 12, 2014
Public-private partnership to train women, minorities for technology jobs
CHICAGO—State officials today announced the start of a program to train women and minorities for jobs in high-demand technology fields. Called Creating IL Talent, the program will offer hands-on training in web and mobile app development and will make its graduates ready for immediate employment.


May 12, 2014
May is Asthma Awareness Month
Know Your Triggers and Develop an Action Plan for Effective Management
CHICAGO – Nearly 26 million Americans suffer from asthma, a chronic lifelong disease that affects the lungs. Asthma causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning. In the United States, approximately half of people with asthma had at least one asthma attack in 2012. More children (55%) than adults (49%) had an attack. Asthma attacks cause adults to miss work and children to miss school.


May 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Senate to Pass Bill to Protect Pregnant Women
Celebrates Mother’s Day by Walking to Fight Breast Cancer
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today celebrated Mother’s Day by urging the Illinois Senate to pass House Bill 8, which provides job protections for pregnant women. The Governor called for passage of this important legislation to protect moms-to-be while walking alongside thousands of participants in the Susan G. Komen Mother’s Day Race for the Cure in Grant Park to show his support for mothers and grandmothers across Illinois. The walk is dedicated to raising awareness and supporting the fight against breast cancer.


May 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Boko Haram Kidnappings
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from their dormitories in northern Nigeria, which has prompted international calls for freedom and led to the hashtag #BringOurGirlsBack:


May 9, 2014
Illinois Law Enforcement Out in Force to Remind Motorists to “Click It or Ticket”
High Number of Unbuckled Motor Vehicle Fatalities Occur at Night
CHICAGO– The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police and over 500 local law enforcement agencies today announced plans to crack down on seat belt law and impaired driving violators. To kick off the busy summer travel season, a two-week, law enforcement mobilization will begin May 9th and run through Memorial Day, May 26th. During this time, police will enforce seat belt, impaired driving and other traffic laws 24/7, with a large number of patrols occurring during late-night hours when the most unbuckled fatalities occur on Illinois roads.


May 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Congratulates 2014 Golden Apple Award Winners
Recognizes Teacher Appreciation Week, Thanks Teachers Across Illinois for Making a Difference
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today congratulated this year’s 2014 Golden Apple Award winners for their excellence in teaching and thanked them for making a difference in the future of Illinois’ students. The award, which is one of the education community’s most prestigious, was presented this week to ten outstanding teachers for excellence during National Teacher Appreciation Week.


May 8, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on House Passage of Illinois Clean Water Initiative Expansion
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding Illinois House passage of a bill to expand the Illinois Clean Water Initiative to include stormwater and green infrastructure projects, a key part of the Governor’s agenda. Governor Quinn called for this measure in his 2014 State of the State address as part of his agenda to create more jobs and build an economy that works for everyone. Senate Bill 2780 has previously passed the Illinois Senate and now heads to the Governor’s desk.


May 8, 2014
May is Older Americans Month in Illinois
Observance highlights state’s leadership in providing quality programs that offer independence and protections to seniors
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed May as Older Americans Month in Illinois and joins the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) to honor more than two million adults, aged 60 years or older, who live in the state. (A copy of the full proclamation follows this release). Each May, a campaign theme is chosen to recognize older adults for the contributions they make. This year's theme Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow focuses on injury prevention that emphasizes helping older adults stay active, which is timely as we are witnessing an increase in the number of adults reaching retirement age who are remaining strong and active for longer than ever before.


May 7, 2014
Governor Quinn Addresses Annual Meeting of Illinois Business Leaders
Discusses Agenda to Support Business Development and Expansion
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today addressed the Illinois Retail Merchants and Illinois Manufacturers Association’s annual Business Day meeting and discussed his strong record of support for businesses in Illinois. Governor Quinn’s initiatives have made Illinois a better place to do business and proposals he unveiled in his State of the State and Budget Addresses will continue to strengthen Illinois’ economic comeback.


May 7, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement Urging Passage of Job Protections for Pregnant Women
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement urging the Illinois Senate to pass House Bill 8, which provides job protections for working pregnant women. The bill has passed the Illinois House and recently passed out of the Illinois Senate’s Executive Committee.


May 7, 2014
Illinois EPA Hosts Inaugural Water Loss Accounting Meeting, Celebrates Drinking Water Week in Illinois
Recognizes the 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act
SPRINGFIELD —Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett today convened the first Water Loss Accounting Steering Committee meeting at Agency headquarters. The meeting coincides with Drinking Water Week, a national observance that highlights the value of water to each of us in our everyday lives. The week May 4-10 has also been proclaimed by Governor Pat Quinn as Drinking Water Week in Illinois.


May 7, 2014
IDOT, Law Enforcement and Safety Advocates Remind Motorists to Start Seeing Motorcycles
Governor Quinn Proclaims May Motorcycle Awareness Month; Seeks to Lower Fatalities on Illinois Roadways
SPRINGFIELD – For the 31th year, May has been proclaimed Motorcycle Awareness Month in Illinois as part of a statewide campaign to reduce motorcycle crash fatalities and injuries. Governor Pat Quinn, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police, Gold Wing Road Riders Association and A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education (ABATE) joined in support of the campaigns to urge Illinois motorists to “Start Seeing Motorcycles” and “Look Twice- Save a Life.”


May 7, 2014
IEMA Releases Disaster Preparedness Radio Spots Featuring Alan Kalter
‘Late Show with David Letterman’ announcer is ‘voice of reason’ as he encourages people to prepare for disasters
SPRINGFIELD – A voice familiar to many late-night TV fans is now promoting disaster preparedness to radio listeners across Illinois. Alan Kalter, widely known as the “announcer” and for his comedic sketches on “Late Show with David Letterman,” recently recorded two radio spots for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s (IEMA) statewide preparedness campaign.


May 6, 2014
Governor Quinn, IDNR Tout International Migratory Bird Day, Illinois Spring Bird Count on Saturday, May 10
Governor says “When birds flourish, people flourish”
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller invite every Illinoisan to get outside and celebrate the 21st annual International Migratory Bird Day culminating with a statewide “Spring Bird Count” on Saturday, May 10.


May 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Illinois Firefighters During Annual State Capitol Ceremony
Governor Honors Two Fallen Firefighters and 44 Others for Life-Saving Acts of Bravery
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis and firefighters from across the state to honor Illinois’ fallen firefighters and those who performed life-saving acts of bravery this year. The recognitions were part of the 21st Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighter Medal of Honor Awards Ceremony at the Illinois State Capitol. The ceremony paid tribute to two firefighters who died in the line of duty and recognized 44 firefighters or departments for acts of bravery within their communities.


May 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ First Pay for Success Project
Innovative Project Will Increase Support for At-Risk Youth Through Performance-Based Contracts Backed by Private Investment
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the state’s first Pay for Success (PFS) contract will increase support for at-risk youth who are involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Illinois. Also known as Social Impact Bonds, the first contract awarded under this innovative initiative will go to One Hope United, in partnership with the Conscience Community Network (CCN). Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure that all Illinois youth have the opportunity to follow their dreams and reach their full potential.


May 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Senate to Pass Legislation to Reform Grant Procedures and Strengthen Oversight
Working to Enact Grant Reform for All State Agencies
CHICAGO – As legislators head back to Springfield, Governor Pat Quinn urged members of the Illinois Senate to pass House Bill 3820. The bill, which the Governor has been working to enact since February, would create the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act to strengthen and streamline requirements for all state grants across all state agencies.


May 3, 2014
Governor Quinn to Present Hillary Rodham Clinton with Illinois’ Highest Award
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today will present Hillary Rodham Clinton with the Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest honor. He released the following statement:


May 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Presents “Coach K” With State’s Highest Award
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today presented Chicago native and Duke University men's basketball coach Michael Krzyzewski - Coach K - with the Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest honor.


May 2, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $25 Million in Grants to Enhance Security at Schools, College Campuses
Grants will fund more than 1,300 projects at 448 schools, campuses
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced grant awards totaling $25 million to enhance security at 448 public elementary and secondary school districts, community colleges and state universities in Illinois. The grants will support 1,312 projects, including reinforced doors, shatter-resistant glass, physical locks and other security measures that will enhance safety for students, staff and visitors.


May 1, 2014
$26.3 Million Recovered from Unemployment Fraud Brings Program’s Three-Year Total to $120 Million
Integrity Effort Protects Workers and Employers
CHICAGO – Illinois so far this year confiscated $26.3 million in federal tax refunds from individuals who knowingly collected unemployment insurance while working, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today. The three-year-old program has recovered $120.57 million through tax garnishments and convincing individuals to enter into repayment plans to pay off their debt.


May 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims May “Invasive Species Awareness Month”
Illinois Residents Urged to Help Combat Invasive Species
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has issued a proclamation declaring May to be “Invasive Species Awareness Month.” The proclamation will promote awareness of the damage caused by invasive species and encourage Illinois residents to become more involved in combating invasive species and preventing new ones from being introduced.


May 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Yom HaShoah
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust during today’s “Yom HaShoah” – Holocaust Remembrance Day – in the Old State Capitol in Springfield. The Governor proclaimed April 27 – May 4 as Days of Remembrance throughout Illinois.


May 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Legislation to End “Puppy Mill” Sales at Pet Shops
House Bill 4056 Would Make Illinois First State in the Nation to Require Pet Shops Only Sell Dogs and Cats Acquired from an Animal Shelter or Animal Control Facility
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced his support for legislation to end “puppy mill” sales at pet stores in Illinois. The legislation, sponsored by State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) and State Representative Dan Burke (D-Chicago), would prohibit Illinois pet shops from selling dogs and cats they have acquired from commercial “breeders” – often large facilities that mass-produce animals for sale. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve animal welfare in Illinois and protect pets and their owners.


April 30, 2014
Illinois Conservation Police arrest three in Carlyle Lake Duck Poaching Case
More than 30 ducks taken out of season March 6
VANDALIA – Illinois Conservation Police (CPO’s) have arrested three men in connection with a March duck poaching incident at Carlyle Lake Wildlife Management Area near Vandalia.


April 30, 2014
IEMA Conducts Tornado Drill as Part of ‘America’s PrepareAthon!’
National Day of Action Encourages People to Take Steps for Preparedness
SPRINGFIELD – More than 100 employees of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today practiced the tornado plan for their office building as part of the first-ever nationwide America’s PrepareAthon!


April 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Leads Push to Double MAP Scholarships for Students in Need
Organizes Students and Educators from Across Illinois for Rally to Support Plan to Double Monetary Award Program (MAP) Scholarships for Deserving Students in Financial Need
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by hundreds of students and educators from across the state at the “MAP Matters Day Rally,” an event organized to raise awareness for the Governor’s plan to double funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) over the next five years. From Rockford College to Southern Illinois University–Carbondale, college students from far and wide traveled to gather in the Capitol’s rotunda to voice their support for MAP scholarships and the importance of this program. In the first year alone, Governor Quinn’s plan to double MAP funding 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 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Third Consecutive Year of Record-Breaking Statewide Tourism Numbers
U.S. Visitors to Illinois Rose 4.5 Percent to 103 Million in 2013
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois welcomed more than 103.5 million U.S. residents to the state in 2013, the largest number of domestic visitors to Illinois ever and the third consecutive year of record-breaking numbers. The 2013 total was up 4.5 percent from the prior year, and one of the strongest growth sectors in 2013 was leisure travel, up 5.7 percent from 2012.


April 30, 2014
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs FY 2015 Budget
Chicago – As the Illinois General Assembly remains in session in Springfield until May 31, the Illinois Department of Veterans seeks to highlight the impact of pending FY2015 budget decisions.


April 29, 2014
Conservation Congress 2014: The Results Are In
Constituents communicate top priorities in conservation to IDNR
SPRINGFIELD – Acquiring new wildlife habitat, strengthening conservation laws and expanding the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ constituencies through outreach emerged as the top priorities during Conservation Congress 2014. Priorities identified reflected the theme of the meeting: Charting a Course to Protect and Preserve Our Natural Resources. The event was held April 11-12 at Illinois Department of Natural Resources Headquarters in Springfield.


April 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Names Bobbie Gregg Director of DCFS
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today appointed Bobbie M. Gregg to continue to lead the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Gregg, who has been interim director of the state child welfare agency since February, will now become Acting Director. A social worker with a law degree from Northwestern University and a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University, Gregg brings more than three decades of administrative and legal experience to the post.


April 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Illinois Residents for Exemplary Community Service
Volunteer Service Awards Highlight Volunteers From Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service today announced the winners of the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The prestigious award recognizes volunteers and volunteer programs that have made a difference in Illinois, and highlights the importance of community service. Today’s announcement is a part of the Governor’s agenda to promote volunteerism and an ethic of service throughout Illinois.


April 28, 2014
Illinois EPA Kicks-off Air Quality Awareness Week with Illinois Air Quality Flag Program and Clean Air Activities
Color-Coded Flags to Alert Residents to Daily Air Quality Forecast
SPRINGFIELD — In celebration of Earth Month and Air Quality Awareness Week, Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett and Illinois Partners for Clean Air have joined together to promote Air Quality Awareness Week in Illinois. The week April 28 – May 2 has been proclaimed by Governor Pat Quinn and designated by U.S. EPA to help educate the public about air quality and encourage citizens to regularly check their local air quality forecast.


April 26, 2014
Illinois EPA and Boy Scouts of America Team-Up for Annual 20-Mile Lincoln Trail Hike
Lincoln Pilgrimage honors Abraham Lincoln’s 20-mile trek; Scouts pick-up litter along the scenic trail
SPRINGFIELD—Over 700 area Boy Scouts are spending the day taking part in the annual Lincoln Trail Hike, so named because hikers retrace the steps of a young Abraham Lincoln as he journeyed from New Salem to Springfield to borrow books. The Lincoln Trail Hike is part of the weekend activities of the 69th Annual Lincoln Pilgrimage, which is hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Council Boy Scouts of America. This is the 20th year the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has teamed with the Council for the event.


April 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Welcomes Great Lakes Governors and Canadian Premiers to Chicago
Two-Day Summit to Focus on Great Lakes Protection, Regional Economic Growth
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today welcomed Governors and representatives from the eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces to Chicago for the Council of Great Lakes Governors 2014 executive meeting. The two-day summit is focused on protection of the Great Lakes and finding innovative ways to grow the economy throughout the Great Lakes region.


April 25, 2014
The Office Of The State Fire Marshal Encourages Residents To Follow Safe Cooking Practices
Cooking Fires Rank Second as Cause of Home Fires
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is taking the lead in educating Illinois residents to practice safe cooking habits to prevent home fire tragedies. Unattended cooking continues to be a top cause of home fires and injuries since 1990. Since 2011, cooking fires have ranked second as the cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.


April 24, 2014
State Insurance Regulators Urge Property Owners to Review/Add Coverage to Protect from Floods & Water Damage
Most homeowners’ policies do not cover flood damage
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today urged people to prepare and protect their homes from possible flooding. As Illinois communities welcome springtime weather after the significant snowfall during this winter season, potentially heavy rains could result in another rough year for flood-prone areas throughout the state. Spring is a visible reminder of the potential for floods with torrential rain and damaging winds. In 2013 flooding in 49 Illinois counties broke all-time records. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States and one of the most expensive.


April 24, 2014
Cases of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HIV on the Rise Nationally
Residents Are Encouraged to Get Tested for STDs
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging residents who are sexually active to talk with a health care professional about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and get tested. In the United States 20 million new STDs, including 50,000 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections occur each year. Almost half of those cases are among young people age 15 to 24 years.


April 24, 2014
Statement from Governor Quinn on the Passing of Dr. Jerry Umanos
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement on the death of Dr. Jerry Umanos. Dr. Umanos was a Chicago pediatrician who moved his practice to Afghanistan and was among three Americans killed Thursday at a Kabul hospital by an Afghan guard.


April 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on New Proposal to Enact Term Limits for Constitutional Officers
MARION – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on a new proposal – sponsored by Leader Durkin and Leader Radogno – to enact term limits for constitutional officers in Illinois:


April 23, 2014
Douglas County students win statewide contest
Governor proclaims April 23 "YOUR ACTIONS MATTER!" DAY as statewide underage drinking prevention efforts are kicked off in eastern Illinois
VILLA GROVE – The State of Illinois announced today at Villa Grove High School that students from the eastern Illinois school won the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s (ILCC) statewide video public service announcement (PSA) contest. The announcement ceremony at the Douglas County school also served as the statewide kickoff for this spring’s YOUR ACTIONS MATTER! underage drinking awareness campaign.


April 23, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims “Wrigley Field Day”
Home of the Chicago Cubs Turns 100 Years Old Today
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed “Wrigley Field Day” to mark the 100th anniversary of the iconic Chicago ballpark. The first ballgame was played at Wrigley Field on April 23, 1914, exactly 100 years ago today.


April 23, 2014
Statewide Conference Addresses Suicide Prevention Among Youth and Young Adults
CHICAGO – Federal, state and local health care professionals, along with community organizers, educators and others will gather in Springfield on Friday, April 25 to attend the Illinois Youth Suicide Prevention Project’s (IYSPP) 2014 Statewide Suicide Prevention Conference. Participants will learn about the latest in research on youth suicide prevention to gain a better understanding of prevention, intervention and aftercare strategies. The conference will be held from 8 am to 4:15 pm at the University of Illinois Springfield.


April 22, 2014
Governor Quinn Promotes Welcome Home Illinois Program at Annual Affordable Housing Conference
Addresses Industry Leaders on State’s Improving Housing Market and New Program for First-Time Homebuyers
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today addressed the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing where he discussed the state’s commitment to affordable homeownership and his new Welcome Home Illinois loan program for first-time homebuyers. The mortgage assistance package has seen significant interest since its launch in March – so far 384 Illinois residents have reserved $46 million in total financing. The conference is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward by improving access to affordable housing.


April 22, 2014
Illinois EPA Recognized for 40 Year of Graduate Public Service Internship Partnership with University of Illinois at Springfield
Agency Internship Programs Help Students Gain Real-World Knowledge of Environmental Protection and Regulations
SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois EPA and Director Lisa Bonnett received recognition for the Agency’s continued participation in the Graduate Public Service Internship (GPSI) Program with the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) – formerly Sangamon State University (SSU). As part of the Illinois EPA’s Earth Day celebration, the Agency is highlighting three internship programs the Agency participates in each year, the GPSI, the Governor’s Environmental Corp, and the Pollution Prevention & Energy Efficiency Internship Programs.


April 22, 2014
Redeploy Illinois Program Diverts Thousands of Youth From Prison System, Saves State $60 Million
New analysis of prison diversion initiative shows 54 percent reduction in juvenile incarceration
CHICAGO – The state of Illinois has diverted thousands of youth from prison and onto the right path, while saving $60 million in incarceration costs, according to the 2012-2013 Redeploy Illinois annual report recently released by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).


April 22, 2014
IEMA Encourages Participation in ‘America’s PrepareAthon!’ on April 30
First National Day of Action Expected to Draw Millions of Participants
SPRINGFIELD – On April 30, millions of people are expected to take part in the first-ever America’s PrepareAthon!, a national day for preparedness actions sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies throughout the state are encouraging individuals, families, businesses, schools, community organizations and others to be part of the event by participating in a preparedness activity related to tornadoes or floods.


April 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims Tuesday, April 22, Earth Day in Illinois
Urges People Across the State to Go Green and Continue Environmental Consciousness
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed Tuesday, April 22 as “Earth Day” in Illinois and urged residents to get outdoors and involved in keeping Illinois at the forefront of conservation and sustainability. The Governor also discussed the work the state is doing to improve sustainability and protect our environment. Today’s proclamation is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


April 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Releases 2013 Tax Returns
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released his 2013 federal and state income tax returns.


April 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Green Initiative to Mark Earth Week
State employees encouraged to consider environment before printing
CHICAGO — In honor of Earth Week, Governor Pat Quinn and the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) today encouraged employees to participate in the State’s “No Print Week” program from Apr. 21-25, to help increase awareness about paper usage and reduce unnecessary paper consumption. After the success of 2013’s “No Print Day,” this year’s efforts will span all of Earth Week and will highlight tips on how to reduce both the State’s environmental impact and costs.


April 21, 2014
WIC Celebrates 40 Years of Strengthening Illinois Families
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the nation’s public health nutrition program. WIC provides families with the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthful choices, which they can carry with them for a lifetime.


April 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Easter
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on Easter weekend:


April 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Investments to Conserve Lake Michigan Shoreline
Visits Volunteer Beach Clean-up to Announce Investments That Will Support Environmental Education and Stewardship Projects
CHICAGO – In honor of Earth Month, Governor Pat Quinn today visited a volunteer clean-up of Chicago’s Oak Street Beach to announce a $1.6 million investment in environmental and education projects along the Lake Michigan shoreline and in the Millennium Reserve-Calumet region. The projects will be funded through the Illinois Coastal Management Program (ICMP), which was formed in 2012 by Governor Quinn to protect Illinois’ 63-mile Lake Michigan shoreline. 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 18, 2014
Illinois Schools Win No Child Left Behind Waiver
Federal Government Approves Flexibility Needed for Successful Implementation of State Strategies to Improve Student Learning
CHICAGO – After pushing for more than two years, Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that Illinois has won approval from the United States Department of Education for its request for flexibility from parts of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law to improve the quality of education for Illinois’ schoolchildren. The approved waiver gives Illinois needed flexibility to continue its progress in implementing a comprehensive strategy to improve education in Illinois by closing achievement gaps, supporting our most challenged districts and preparing all students for college, career and beyond.


April 18, 2014
Adopt-A-Highway Spring Cleanup Begins Today
Annual Event Honors Earth Day, Tackles Roadside Litter After Harsh Winter
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider announced today that the Illinois Department of Transportation will conduct its annual Adopt-A-Highway spring cleanup along state highways starting today through April 27. The secretary is encouraging all Adopt-A-Highway partners to come together, clean up their designated sections of roadways throughout the state and tally the bags of trash they collect in support of Earth Day activities throughout the month of April.


April 18, 2014
Proposed Rules for Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act Filed
SPRINGFIELD – The state of Illinois today announced that the proposed rules for implementation of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act have been published in the Illinois Register. The new draft rules include changes from the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA), the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR), and will be available for an additional 45 days of public comment until the General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) begins its review. The draft proposed rules have already been posted and available for comment on the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program website at www.mcpp.illinois.gov for more than 70 days. Over the past several months, the state has heard from people with chronic illnesses, business entrepreneurs, medical cannabis advocates, municipalities and others commenting on the draft proposed rules.


April 18, 2014
Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today granted 43 and denied 65 clemency petitions. After inheriting more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration, the Governor continues to make significant progress acting on clemencies.


April 17, 2014
Illinois filmmakers invited to enter state’s Shortcuts competition
7th year for Illinois Film Office contest honoring local talent
CHICAGO – The 7th annual Shortcuts contest kicks off today. Illinois filmmakers are invited to enter the statewide short film competition sponsored by the Illinois Film Office (IFO) and designed to showcase local production talent. Contest entrants must be Illinois residents over the age of 18 or students over the age of 18 who attend Illinois colleges and universities. The winning entry will receive a cash prize and will be screened during the 50th Chicago International Film Festival this October.


April 17, 2014
Liquor Control Commission March Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In March the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 378 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 41 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Eight-nine percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


April 17, 2014
State-wide Veterans Service Offices Will Be Closed for Annual Training
CHICAGO – All of the State’s Veterans Service Offices will be closed for annual training and certification from Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25, 2014 as all of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veteran Service Officers will be attending mandatory annual training and certification in at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, 3000 S. Dirksen Drive, Springfield, IL.


April 17, 2014
Injured Worker Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud
Defendant Lied Under Oath to IWCC Arbitrator in an Attempt to Obtain Benefits
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today announced a workers’ compensation fraud investigation has led to another indictment. Jeffrey Fessler, of St. Charles, was arraigned today on felony charges for perjury and workers’ compensation fraud, in connection with false statements he made under oath during a hearing before an arbitrator from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC).


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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