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2016


May 31, 2016
Watch Out For Rabid Bats And Animals
SPRINGFIELD - Bats are starting to become more active, which means the possibility of exposure to rabies is increasing. Bats are the primary carrier of rabies in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has already had 10 bats test positive for rabies this year.


May 31, 2016
Illinois State Museum Will Re-launch July 2
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today that the Illinois State Museum will re-launch Saturday, July 2, 2016 pending approval of the administrative rule that will allow the Department to charge an admission fee at the main museum campus.


May 27, 2016
IDNR Announces Summer Urban Fishing Clinics
Clinics provide free instruction and fun for kids
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Learning how to fish is fun, easy and free for youngsters and families throughout Illinois this summer thanks to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Urban Fishing Program. Free fishing clinics are scheduled at 20 sites throughout the state.


May 27, 2016
CMS Calls on House to Vote on Legislation to Comply with Affordable Care Act
Legislation protects State universities from Affordable Care Act penalties
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Central Management Services Acting Director Michael Hoffman today joined legislators in advocating for a House vote on Senate Bill 2314, which would bring the State Employee Group Insurance Plan (SEGIP) into compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time employees. The legislation would protect State universities from financial penalties by expanding the eligibility of employee health insurance coverage to those who don’t currently meet the federal definition of a full-time employee.


May 27, 2016
Governor Takes Bill Action
Governor Bruce Rauner Signed the following bills: HB 5913 An Act Concerning Regulation and SB 460 An Act Concerning Regulation


May 27, 2016
Summer Grill Fire Safety Tips
SPRINGFIELD – With Memorial Day weekend approaching and grills lighting up all across Illinois, the Office of the State Fire Marshal reminds residents to take proactive measures to keep their summer barbecues safe and fun for all involved.


May 27, 2016
Governor Announces Leadership Changes at Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
- Candice Jones Transitioning from Administration -- Names Jesse Montgomery Acting Director --


May 26, 2016
First Bird In Illinois Tests Positive For West Nile Virus In 2016
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first bird to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2016. Douglas County Health Department employees collected the blue jay on May 20, 2015, in Arcola Township.


May 26, 2016
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Noon on Monday, May 30, 2016.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Bruce Rauner 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 30, 2016.


May 26, 2016
New IDOT Multiyear Plan Outlook Improves, Long-Term Need for Infrastructure Remains
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation today released a $11.2 billion plan to improve Illinois roads and bridges over the next six years, a $2.8 billion increase fueled by a boost in federal funding and a commitment to direct more resources at construction.


May 26, 2016
Illinois Urges Caution While Recreating in Illinois Lakes or Rivers with Blue-Green Algae
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Public Health are advising residents to use caution while recreating in Illinois lakes and rivers. This summer, individuals should be aware and watch for blue-green algae blooms beginning to form on lakes and ponds across the state. Blue-green algae (also known as cyanobacteria) are microscopic organisms that naturally occur in lakes and streams. Rapid growth of algae is referred to as a “bloom.”


May 26, 2016
State agencies pledge to share data to provide better services to Illinoisans
13 Illinois State Agencies Sign Enterprise Memorandum of Understanding
CHICAGO - Thirteen state agencies that are members of the State’s Health and Human Service enterprise announced the signing of an Enterprise Memorandum of Understanding (eMOU) for inter-agency data sharing. The eMOU will correct the many problems that arise from a lack of information sharing by state agencies.


May 25, 2016
An act of American Unity in a shared Moment of Remembrance for our Fallen Heroes
Monday, May 30, 2016 - 3 p.m.
(Springfield, IL)….A national Moment of Remembrance has been set for Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016 at 3 p.m. local time (duration: one minute). The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs urges all Americans to take this opportunity to show reverence to our heroes and reflect on their great sacrifices for our country.


May 25, 2016
Statement on Failed Override of HB 580
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of Governor Bruce Rauner issued the following statement after the House of Representatives failed to override the Governor’s veto of HB 580.


May 25, 2016
Traveling for Memorial Day? Time to Buckle Up
IDOT, law enforcement campaign coincides with increase in traffic fatalities
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies throughout the state are vowing to crack down on seat belt law violators and impaired drivers this Memorial Day weekend. An increased number of patrols will be out in force 24/7, with a focus on late-night hours when unbuckled and impaired driving fatalities are at their highest.


May 25, 2016
Jumpstart College Planning and Celebrate National 529 Day with a College Illinois!® Prepaid Tuition Plan
Hurry! Just Seven Days Before Enrollment Closes!
CHICAGO – Sunday is National 529 Day, (literally, 5/29!), a day focused on raising awareness of how college savings and prepaid plans can help make college more affordable for families across the country. College Illinois!®, the state’s 529 Prepaid Tuition Plan, offers Illinois families a flexible, tax-advantaged way to lock in the cost of tuition by prepaying at today’s plan rates. Illinois families have through May 31st to enroll in a plan that can help make college possible for a child or grandchild.


May 25, 2016
Illinois EPA Refers GMI Recycling Services to Attorney General for Enforcement
Agency Cites Impacts from Tire Fire in Ford Heights
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett has referred an enforcement action to the Illinois Attorney General’s office against GMI Recycling Services as the result of a tire fire in Ford Heights. The Agency is seeking an order requiring the company to maintain official fire department personnel to provide 24-hour monitoring at the tire shred pile, as well as maintain an armed law-enforcement officer to provide 24-hour monitoring at the facility gate until the fire is deemed completely extinguished.


May 23, 2016
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE TO CONDUCT 4-HOUR CLICK IT OR TICKET, BORDER TO BORDER OPERATION
ISP Troopers Focused on Fatality Reduction


May 23, 2016
Check Out Healthy And Safe Swimming
Healthy and Safe Swimming Week – May 23-29, 2016


May 22, 2016
Rauner: Make compromise a reality - balanced budget alongside reform
Calls on rank and file members to help craft a deal


May 19, 2016
Governor Rauner Announces $4 Million Investment for Lead Service Line Replacement in City of Galesburg
Illinois Prioritizing State Revolving Fund to Address Lead Issues


May 18, 2016
Illinois Federation of Teachers Ratifies Four-Year Collective Bargaining Agreement with Rauner Administration
We are proud to announce that the Illinois Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO Local #919, representing educators at the Illinois School for the Deaf, ratified a four-year collective bargaining agreement with our Administration.


May 16, 2016
2016 Grandstand Tickets Go On Sale Saturday
Back by Popular Demand: Country Concert Blowout, Stage-Side Parties
Springfield, IL – Tickets for the highly anticipated 2016 Illinois State Fair Grandstand concerts will go on sale on Saturday, May 21st at 10:00am through Ticketmaster.


May 16, 2016
College Illinois!® 529 Day Sweepstakes: Win a Free Semester of College!
Enter by May 31st for a chance to win
CHICAGO – As part of its mission to help make college possible for all Illinois families, the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program is celebrating National 529 Day (5/29) by giving away a College Illinois! plan worth a semester of community college in its 529 Day Free Semester Sweepstakes.


May 16, 2016
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bill: Bill No.: HB 580 An Act Concerning State Government Action: Vetoed


May 13, 2016
GET DISCOVERED: STATEWIDE KARAOKE CONTEST
Regional Contests to Boost County Fairs and Promote Local Talent


May 13, 2016
Governor Announces Appointments
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner made appointments today to the Illinois State Police Merit Board and the newly established Coroner Training Board.


May 13, 2016
Lowering of Flags -In honor of the Peace Officers Memorial Day
Please immediately lower the United States flags and the State flags in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day at all buildings occupied by your agency’s personnel Sunrise to Sunset on Sunday, May 15, 2016


May 11, 2016
State of Illinois Honors the Promotion of Access, Independence and Opportunity for People with Disabilities
Annual ceremony promotes increased opportunity for employees with disabilities in state government
SPRINGFIELD – The state of Illinois today honored the achievements of those who have done an outstanding job providing equal opportunity and access to people with disabilities in state employment, including the Department of Employment Security and a number of other agencies that have participated in the Successful Disabilities Opportunities Program. The awards were presented by Governor Bruce Rauner and Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti at the annual Awards Ceremony hosted by the state’s Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED).


May 10, 2016
Illinois Department of Labor Honors Posen FD with First Public-Sector SHARP Award
Posen — Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Hugo Chaviano recognized the Posen Fire Department (FD) as the first public-sector employer to achieve Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) status in Illinois.


May 10, 2016
Illinois Airports Recognized by IDOT as “Airport of the Year” for Outstanding Service
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn congratulated the 2016 Airport of the Year award recipients for their accomplishments and their partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to provide outstanding service to their customers.


May 10, 2016
Ceremony Honors Fallen Firefighters, Recognizes 27 Others for Life-Saving Acts of Bravery
Hundreds of firefighters gathered in Springfield for the 23rd Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial, Firefighter Medal of Honor Awards Ceremony
SPRINGFIELD – Firefighters from across the state gathered in Springfield to remember firefighters who died in service and honor 27 other firefighters for their outstanding bravery and service to their communities during the 23rd Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighter Medal of Honor Awards Ceremony.


May 10, 2016
Governor Rauner Pays Tribute to Firefighters Who Died in the Line of Duty
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner attended the 23rd Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony today at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. The service honors the men and women who have died in the line of duty while protecting the people of Illinois.


May 10, 2016
Honor your hero: Public encouraged to submit loved ones for recognition on Memorial Day Remembrance Wall
Springfield, IL - The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and the Illinois Senate Republican caucus are teaming up to honor and remember the sacrifice of the brave servicemen and servicewomen who have passed away.


May 9, 2016
Illinois Department on Aging recognizes Older Americans Month
Department considers this month’s theme as a call to action
Springfield – What does it mean to blaze a trail? To the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA), blazing a trail means evolving to better meet the needs of our growing older adult population and creating a sustainable path for older adults in Illinois – today and for many more years to come. As we celebrate Older Americans Month, IDoA is embracing this year’s theme – Blaze a Trail – and using it as our call to action.


May 9, 2016
Governor Rauner, GOP Leaders Urge Clean Education Funding Bill to Ensure Schools Open in Fall
Reaffirm commitment to working on a long-term, bipartisan solution to reform the school funding formula


May 6, 2016
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bill: Bill No.: HB 1260 An Act Concerning Business


May 6, 2016
Governor Announces Appointments
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has made appointments to the Illinois Gaming Board, the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Lottery Control Board, the Illinois Workforce Investment Board, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and the Children and Family Services Advisory Council.


May 5, 2016
25th Annual Earth Stewardship Day Hosted by Illinois Agencies at Illinois State Fairgrounds
Area Fourth Grade Students Learn Ways to Take Care of the Earth
SPRINGFIELD — Nearly 900 fourth grade students from Sangamon County will gather at the Illinois State Fairgrounds today as they participating in the 25th Annual Earth Stewardship Day. This year’s event is hosted and jointly sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Departments of Agriculture and Transportation and the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts.


May 4, 2016
Illinois Department of Labor Recognizes National Stand Down Week
Robinson — Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Hugo Chaviano joined employees at the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Corporation to promote fall hazard prevention during National Stand Down Week.


May 4, 2016
Illinois Regulator to Adopt New SAFE Mortgage Loan Originator Test
UST Adopted; No Additional Continuing Education
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) Division of Banking today announced that it will adopt the new SAFE Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO) National Test Component with Uniform State Content on June 1, 2016. IDFPR is one of 52 state agencies that have adopted the test. Additional states are eventually expected to adopt the new SAFE MLO National Test Component with Uniform State Content.


May 3, 2016
Gov. Rauner Urges Illinois to “Start Seeing Motorcycles”
Annual safety campaign reminds all roadway users to share the road
SPRINGFIELD – Kick-starting the riding season, Gov. Bruce Rauner joined fellow motorcycle enthusiasts and safety advocates today to launch the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) latest “Start Seeing Motorcycles” campaign. To call attention to the need for all roadway users to be especially vigilant these next few months, Gov. Rauner has proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Illinois for the 33rd consecutive year.


May 2, 2016
Illinois Awarded Federal Funds to Help Crack Down on Drug-Impaired Drivers
SPRINGFIELD-The Governor’s Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has awarded the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) a special grant to conduct ten Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) classes statewide. Illinois is one of only four states, along with Texas, Florida and Nevada, to receive such funding.


May 2, 2016
IEMA Highlights Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May
Ready Illinois website offers emergency preparedness tips for people with functional needs and their caregivers
SPRINGFIELD – The minutes and hours following a disaster can be scary and stressful for anyone. Emergency preparedness, such as a home emergency supply kit and a plan for how family members will communicate in a disaster, can ease post-disaster stress. For households with members who have disabilities, functional needs or may need assistance during an emergency, disaster preparedness can be a matter of life or death.

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