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September 30, 2016
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Governor Rauner issues proclamation encouraging Illinoisans to stay safe online

September 29, 2016
Governor Rauner Encourages Illinoisans to Receive Flu Shot
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner, Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. today received their annual flu shots and are urging others to get theirs as well.

September 29, 2016
Governor Rauner Urges Action on Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Recidivism
Governor Bruce Rauner, Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) and Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago) today voiced their support for the General Assembly to pass bipartisan legislation to ensure that any person being released from the Department of Corrections (DOC) or Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has a valid state identification card upon release.

September 29, 2016
Illinois awarded $1 million grant to pilot person-centered supportive services program
Program will help persons living with or those at high-risk of developing Alzheimer’s and related dementia
Springfield – The Illinois Department on Aging today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Administration for Community Living, has awarded the State of Illinois a $1 million grant. Through the grant, the Department will develop and pilot test person-centered supportive services that meet the needs of persons living with or those at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, and their caregivers. The program will be developed and run by the Illinois Department on Aging, Division of Older American Services.

September 29, 2016
Honoring Former President and Prime Minister of Israel
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Friday, September 30, 2016.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from The President of the United States of America and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Friday, September 30, 2016.

September 28, 2016
First 2016 Human West Nile Virus Deaths in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the three human West Nile virus-related deaths in Illinois for 2016. Three individuals in Cook County tested positive for West Nile virus earlier this month and have died.

September 27, 2016
Schools Encouraged to Participate in International Walk to School Day on Oct. 5
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is encouraging schools throughout the state to participate in the 20th Annual International Walk to School Day on Oct. 5. Launched in 2000, International Walk to School Day is an opportunity for schools to promote walking to and from school, while also encouraging children to improve their own health in ways that benefit the environment.

September 27, 2016
Governor Rauner Cuts Ribbon for Grand Opening of Obed and Isaac's Peoria
PEORIA – Governor Rauner today joined Conn's Hospitality Group CEO Karen Conn, Illinois Office of Tourism Director Cory Jobe, and other state and local officials to cut the ribbon at Obed & Isaac's new Peoria location.

September 27, 2016
Governor Rauner Encourages Illinoisans to Serve Those Who Served
Program designed to assist Veterans in Illinois; runs throughout month of November

September 26, 2016
Governor Rauner Proclaims First Gold Star Family Day in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner attended a Gold Star Family Day event in the Capitol Rotunda with members of Gold Star families, the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs and Survivor Outreach.

September 26, 2016
IDNR Announces Campsite Reservations Open for Sites in Solar Eclipse Zone
Southern Illinois Will Experience Total Solar Eclipse Aug. 21, 2017
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today that campsite reservations are now available at southern Illinois State Parks and the World Shooting and Recreational Complex for visitors making plans to view the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. Reservations can be made for dates within the window of Aug. 14 – 27, 2017.

September 23, 2016
Governor Rauner Celebrates Illinois’ Hunting Heritage on National Hunting and Fishing Day
Directs IDNR to Develop New Hunter Safety Education Options

September 23, 2016
Illinois Department of Insurance Reminds ‘Land of Lincoln Health’ Customers to Enroll In New Coverage
The deadline for ‘Land of Lincoln Health’ customers to enroll in a new plan is September 30, 2016; Consumers could experience a gap in health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act if they do not enroll in a new plan
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) is reminding Land of Lincoln Health (LLH) customers that the company’s advanced Special Enrollment Period will end September 30, 2016. If you had LLH health coverage in 2016 you are covered through September 30, 2016. If LLH customers do not choose a new plan and enroll by September 30, 2016, they will experience a gap in health care coverage. Not enrolling on this date could also impact subsidies and financial assistance.

September 23, 2016
IDOT Hiring in Preparation of Winter Weather
Temporary help needed to assist with snow-and-ice removal, public urged to apply
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is in the process of hiring temporary help to assist with snow-and-ice removal throughout Illinois this winter. These seasonal employees will be hired on a full-time and an on-call basis.

September 20, 2016
State of Illinois Announces Online Enrollment Platform for Group Insurance Programs
MyBenefits Marketplace continues Illinois’ digital transformation, improves state employee experience
SPRINGFIELD, IL - The State of Illinois, led by the Department of Innovation & Technology and the Department of Central Management Services, is pleased to introduce MyBenefits Marketplace, a new online enrollment platform available to members of the State of Illinois’ group insurance programs later this month. Moving away from a paper-based system, this easy to navigate platform will transform and modernize how state employees select health insurance options.

September 20, 2016
Governor Signs Executive Order Creating New Illinois Bicentennial Commission
Announces hiring of Stuart Layne as Bicentennial Executive Director

September 19, 2016
Rauner Administration Abolishes Position in IDOT Patronage Hiring Scandal
Illegal hires off state payroll

September 19, 2016
Illinois Makes Dramatic Improvement in Technology Rating
2016 Digital States Survey Shows Rapid Progress in Illinois as a Result of IT Transformation
SPRINGFIELD, IL – In an announcement today at the 2016 National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Conference in Orlando, Florida, the Center for Digital Government named Illinois as one of the most improved states in the country for technology and innovation. In just 18 months, Illinois has moved from the bottom quarter to the top third of all 50 states.

September 19, 2016
Time Again For A Flu Shot
Nasal spray influenza vaccine not recommended this season
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is urging everyone six months and older to get a flu shot, not the influenza vaccine nasal spray, as soon as it’s available in your community. Due to concerns about how well the nasal spray vaccine has worked during the previous flu season, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is temporarily recommending that people stick to getting a flu shot and skip the nasal spray.

September 19, 2016
Illinois Hosts Annual National Association of Insurance Commissioners Midwest Zone Meeting
Illinois Department of Insurance among 13 states represented; Discussed innovation & foreign investment
CHICAGO – The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held their annual Midwest Zone meeting in Chicago this weekend, September 17-18, 2016. Commissioners & other staff members from 13 states, including Illinois Department of Insurance Acting Director Anne Melissa Dowling, were in attendance.

September 15, 2016
Governor Addresses Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Conference
Governor Rauner highlighted the importance of the Hispanic community in Illinois and kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 15, 2016
Governor Attends FARM Illinois Luncheon
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner attended the Food and Agriculture Road Map for Illinois (FARM Illinois) luncheon today at the Union League Club in Chicago. At the event, the Governor addressed the importance of building partnerships to create a skilled workforce.

September 14, 2016
Governor, First Lady Attend Holocaust Memorial Museum Luncheon
CHICAGO - Governor Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner today attended the 2016 Risa K. Lambert Chicago Luncheon, an event to raise money for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

September 13, 2016
Statement on Supreme Court Decision
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner issued the following statement today on the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to deny the motion for rehearing regarding the redistricting referendum on the November ballot:

September 13, 2016
Governor Attends 2016 Illinois Criminal Patrol Conference
DECATUR - Governor Bruce Rauner today addressed more than 200 of the best criminal interdiction police officers in the state at the 2016 Illinois Criminal Patrol Conference in Decatur. The conference is a four-day workshop for criminal interdiction police officers to receive extensive training on topics such as traffic stops, the use of K-9s, and courtroom testimony.

September 13, 2016
Governor Meets with Companies at International Manufacturing Technology Show
CHICAGO - Governor Bruce Rauner today toured the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) at McCormick Place, visiting the booths of six companies with a presence in Illinois. IMTS is one of the world’s largest industrial trade shows, featuring more than 2,000 exhibiting companies from more than 114 countries.

September 12, 2016
Growing Illinois' Relationship with Japan
Governor attends Midwest-U.S. Japan Association conference to discuss Illinois' transformation

September 9, 2016
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset on Sunday, September 11, 2016.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Rauner’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 Sunday, September 11, 2016.

September 9, 2016
IDOC and IDHS Partner to Improve Care for Mentally Ill Offenders
(Springfield, IL) - The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) today announced a joint effort to enhance the delivery of services for IDOC offenders who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. The two state agencies entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) on September 7th, 2016, which allows the IDOC to utilize a portion of the Elgin Mental Health Center (EMHC) as an inpatient mental health treatment facility.

September 9, 2016
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Assists Veterans impacted by ITT Technical Institute Closing
(Springfield, IL)…. The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA)-Veterans Education and Training Section (State Approving Agency) took immediate action to assist Illinois Veterans impacted in their educational endeavors due to the closing of the ITT Technical Institute.

September 9, 2016
Governor Announces Appointment
Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has appointed Brittany J. Ladd as the Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

September 8, 2016
IDNR to Conduct Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Public Informational Meetings
LENA, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has scheduled a series of public meetings to provide information about chronic wasting disease (CWD), its effect on future deer populations, and IDNR’s efforts to control the disease. IDNR staff will also be available to answer questions about the disease. Landowners, hunters, and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend. CWD is an important issue that will dominate deer management discussions in northern Illinois for many years.

September 7, 2016
Illinois Department on Aging recognizes Healthy Aging Month
Department offers tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle while aging
Springfield – The fast-growing older adult population in Illinois and throughout the nation shines an even brighter light on the importance of healthy living and healthy aging. The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) recognizes the unique role healthy living plays in improving the physical, mental, social and financial well-being of older adults.

September 6, 2016
Illinois Student Assistance Commission Student Portal To Receive 2016 Digital Government Achievement Award
Free Online College Planning Tool Honored with National Award
CHICAGO – The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state’s college access and financial aid agency, will receive the Center for Digital Government’s 2016 Digital Government Achievement Award (DGAA) for the ISAC Student Portal, a free online resource designed to help Illinois students with college and financial aid planning.

September 2, 2016
Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Asks for Nominations of Veteran & Business
Nomination Deadline is September 15, 2016
(Springfield, IL)…The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is asking for nominations for the Illinois Veterans’ Patriotic Volunteer Appreciation Award and the Illinois Veterans’ Business Appreciation Award. A selection of Veteran and Business is chosen quarterly. From the quarterly winners, one is chosen for the Veteran and Business of the Year.

September 2, 2016
Impaired and Unbuckled Drivers Target of New IDOT Safety Campaign
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation recently announced a new media campaign to remind Illinois drivers that they are not Invinceable when getting behind the wheel. The Invinceable campaign, with radio and TV safety airing through the Labor Day holiday period as well as on digital platforms, humorously plays on cop shows of the 1970s and ‘80s to drive home the message that driving impaired and failing to wear a seatbelt are not laughing matters.

September 2, 2016
Statement on Labor Board Proceedings
We appreciate that the Administrative Law Judge concluded that we have been bargaining in good faith for a fair deal on behalf of taxpayers.

September 2, 2016
Governor Announces Appointments
Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has made appointments to the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Illinois Math and Science Academy Board of Trustees.

September 2, 2016
Governor Takes Clemency Action
Governor Bruce Rauner today granted eight and denied 118 clemency petitions.

September 1, 2016
IEMA Joins Nationwide Campaign to Encourage Disaster Preparedness
‘Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today’ is Theme for National Preparedness Month in September
SPRINGFIELD – September is National Preparedness Month and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is joining with emergency management agencies throughout the state and across the U.S. to encourage people to spend a few moments during the month on disaster preparedness.

September 1, 2016
Additional Help Coming to Illinois in the Battle Against the Heroin and Opioid Crisis
Illinois is one of 44 states to share in $53 million in grants to reduce opioid overdoses and deaths and improve treatment for residents
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has received two federal grants funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to combat the heroin and other opioid crisis facing the state of Illinois.

September 1, 2016
State Begins Accepting Nominations for 2017 Governor’s Export Awards
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Trade and Investment announced today that it will begin accepting nominations for the Governor’s Export Awards. The Governor’s Export Awards are the State’s highest recognition of export achievement, honoring Illinois companies that have achieved excellence in exporting, as well as organizations that provide substantial export assistance.

September 1, 2016
Rauner Administration Announces End to IDOT Patronage Hiring Scandal
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today announced the state has reached a conclusion in the IDOT patronage hiring scandal that began under previous administrations. IDOT gave the remaining staff assistants layoff notices today.

September 1, 2016
Lieutenant Governor Joins IDOL Assistant Director in Celebrating Illinois Workers on Labor Day
CHICAGO, IL—In honor of Labor Day, Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti joined Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Labor, Anna Hui, at the S&C Electric Company.

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