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2016


August 25, 2016
Governor Announces First Sheltered Market
Sheltered markets ensure equal opportunities for businesses owned by women, minorities and persons with disabilities
CHICAGO - Governor Bruce Rauner today announced the administration has identified its first sheltered market in the IT industry. This will ensure equal opportunities are provided to all Illinois businesses contracting with the State. Many businesses owned by women, minorities and people with disabilities face barriers when contracting with the State.


August 25, 2016
Governor Rauner Signs Bill to Give Former Offenders a Brighter Future
DECATUR – Governor Bruce Rauner today signed legislation to allow those with certain felony convictions to apply to work in health care professions after a post-conviction waiting period.


August 24, 2016
Illinois Department of Insurance Releases Health Care Rate Filings for 2017
Constraints of the Affordable Care Act force families to pay more as insurance companies raise rates
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) has submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) health care rate filings recently received from Illinois insurers for the 2017 on-exchange marketplace. In Illinois and nationwide, 2017 premium rates are increasing for consumers, and in many cases, these increases are significant. The DOI has submitted the 2017 rate filings to federal CMS; however, these rates will not be finalized by federal CMS until October. In addition, network and specific premium information will not be available until October.


August 24, 2016
Statement on Health Care Rate Filings
Governor Bruce Rauner issued the following statement on today’s health care rate filings:


August 24, 2016
Governor Opens Minority Entrepreneurship Program Applications
Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship program will help make economy work for everyone


August 23, 2016
Governor Rauner Takes Action towards Normalcy for Illinois Youth in Care
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today signed an Executive Order directing all references of “ward of the state” or “ward of the Department” within the child welfare system be changed to “youth in care.”


August 23, 2016
Governor Rauner Signs Firearms Trafficking Bill to Help Protect Communities from Gun Violence
The bill enhances penalties for firearms trafficking and aims to reduce the growing gun violence epidemic. This will help keep our kids and communities safe by allowing our law enforcement agencies to take action on those who are trafficking guns.


August 22, 2016
Governor Rauner Signs Bills to Further Reforms to Illinois’ Criminal Justice System
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner today signed five bills aimed at reforming Illinois’ criminal justice system to focus on rehabilitation to reduce recidivism and help low level offenders find a brighter future. This package of bills specifically helps young people who have fallen on hard times find the help they need to get on a better track.


August 22, 2016
State Announces September 1 Start of Low Income Energy Assistance Program Enrollment
LIHEAP, PIPP applications available for seniors, people with disabilities beginning September 1
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Energy Assistance announced today that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program(LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning September 1, 2016.


August 21, 2016
Governor Signs Bill Creating Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking
CHICAGO – This bill protects victims who often have language barriers, emotional challenges or economic hardships by creating a Task Force to look at how the State of Illinois can partner with agencies across the state to counter these egregious offenses of human exploitation.


August 20, 2016
Governor Rauner Signs Sportsmen Bills Aimed at Conservation and Investing in Young Hunters
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today signed four bills as part of Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fair


August 19, 2016
Governor Announces Appointments
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner today appointed Victoria Willer to the Historical Preservation Authority Board. Willer brings years of experience in management, strategic communications and public affairs to the board.


August 19, 2016
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills


August 19, 2016
Governor Celebrates Grand Opening of New Mt. Vernon Township High School
MT. VERNON – Governor Bruce Rauner joined state and local leaders at the ribbon cutting of the new Mt. Vernon Township High School to officially open the building for students.


August 19, 2016
Illinois Department of Labor Honors Futures for Kids Day at Illinois State Fair with Manufacturing Exhibit
SPRINGFIELD—In honor of Futures for Kids Day at the Illinois State Fair, Illinois OSHA, a division of the Illinois Department of Labor, invites the public to participate in an engaging manufacturing exhibit in the Governor’s Tent.


August 18, 2016
Illinois Assists in Louisiana Flood Relief Efforts
CMS providing resources to Baton Rouge after severe flooding
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) is providing assistance to the State of Louisiana’s flood relief efforts. Yesterday afternoon a volunteer from CMS left to deliver 100,000 sandbags and 45 cots to add to Louisiana’s flood relief response efforts. CMS is also sending two water purification systems which left the Springfield warehouse this morning. The donated items will be used to support temporary housing shelters and flood damage mitigation.


August 18, 2016
Department on Aging presents 2015 Senior Hall of Fame Inductees & 2016 Outstanding Caregiver Award Recipients
Awards highlight service to the community & exceptional caregiving
Springfield – Today, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) presented awards to the 2015 Senior Hall of Fame inductees and the 2016 Outstanding Caregiver award recipients. The department recognizes the special contributions made by older adults in the categories of community service, education, and the labor force, in regard to their employment as well as the compassion and dedication of caregivers throughout our state.


August 18, 2016
Governor Rauner: Gabby’s Law will Save Lives
New law to honor Gabby Galbo will require hospitals to be better prepared to treat sepsis


August 16, 2016
Governor Applauds Launch of State Fair Foundation
New foundation is a win for taxpayers and the agricultural community as a whole


August 16, 2016
Lifesaving Lessons on Child Passenger Safety at Illinois State Fair
Car seat technicians will be at IDOT tent this Friday
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn joined Springfield police at the Illinois State Fair today to remind the public of the importance of properly securing children in vehicles. As a public service and to help save lives and prevent serious injuries, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will have technicians at the fair to provide instructions on how to install child safety seats.


August 16, 2016
DeKalb County Court Imposes Penalties of $1.3 Million For Gas Station Violations
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (“OSFM”) announced today that on August 12, 2016, a DeKalb County Circuit Court issued a Default Judgment Order against an Illinois corporation and its president totaling $1,362,000 for violations of the Gasoline Storage Act at a closed gas station in DeKalb operated by the corporation. The Court ordered that Sultan Petroleum of Illinois, Inc. (“Sultan Petroleum”) shall pay $681,000 in civil fines and penalties for the infractions and that Saad Sindhu, president of Sultan Petroleum and the site’s landowner, shall also pay $681,000 in civil fines and penalties. The order came in response to the defendants’ failure to remove four abandoned underground petroleum storage tanks at the station, along with other violations of the Gasoline Storage Act.


August 16, 2016
Dreams Achieved At The Illinois State Fair
Event raises $248,175 for junior producers and state’s 4-H and FFA youth education programs
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – “This is the showcase for Illinois Agriculture… the Super Bowl for 4-H and FFA exhibitors” –Orion Samuelson The Governor’s Sale of Champion has always been the crown jewel of agricultural events at the Illinois State Fair, and this year was no exception. For the second year in a row, the sale was held in the Coliseum. This grand venue serves as the pinnacle forum for an ag exhibitor.


August 15, 2016
Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Announces New Veteran Program Serving Those Who Served
Program designed to assist the Veterans in Illinois on Veteran’s Day
(Springfield, IL)... The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) held Veterans Day at the Illinois State Fair this past Sunday. During the program Erica Jeffries, Director of IDVA announced a new State-wide program to thank the service men and women, our veterans and their families. “On Friday, November 11, 2016, people all over this great state of Illinois will be able to spend part of their day engaged in volunteer service projects focused on benefiting our Illinois Heroes,” said IDVA Director Erica Jeffries.


August 15, 2016
Governor Rauner Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD –Governor Bruce Rauner, in honor of Senior Citizens Day at the Illinois State Fair, took action today on the following bills:


August 14, 2016
Governor Rauner Signs Bills Honoring Gold Star Families, Increasing Services to Illinois Veterans
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today took action on five bills as part of Veterans Day at the 2016 Illinois State Fair.


August 13, 2016
Governor Signs Bill Creating Police Dog Retirement Act
Allows K-9 police dogs to remain with partner in retirement


August 12, 2016
Governor Opens 2016 Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD –Governor Bruce Rauner cut the ribbon to open the 2016 Illinois State Fair this morning. The ceremony signifies the official start of the 10 day celebration of Illinois agriculture. This year's State Fair theme is, "Producing Our Future."


August 12, 2016
Governor Announces Appointments
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner announced he has made an appointment to the Executive Ethics Commission. In addition, he has reappointed John Sigsbury and Terry Wilkerson to the Workforce Investment Board, and Phyllis Glink as Co-Chair of the Early Learning Council.


August 12, 2016
Governor Rauner Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD –Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


August 12, 2016
Governor Rauner Signs Bills to Address Rape Kit Backlog, Strengthen Procedures for Victims of Sexual Assault
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today took action on multiple bills to help sexual assault victims seek justice.


August 11, 2016
Governor Rauner Attends DISA Global Facility Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Governor Bruce Rauner joined federal, state and local officials in cutting the ribbon to open the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) Global Operations Command Facility this morning at Scott Air Force Base. He highlighted the importance of the federal, state and local collaboration in this investment to Illinois.


August 11, 2016
GOING MOBILE IN ILLINOIS
Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) Introduces Four New Mobile Apps to Increase Accessibility for Services and Information
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The days of calling or visiting an office for assistance are quickly disappearing. Today, people want to find information and answers when and where it’s most convenient for them, which is often from a mobile device. To coincide with that growing preference, the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is releasing four new mobile responsive applications to provide citizens with easier access to government services and information.


August 11, 2016
IDPH, IDVA Wrap Up CDC Consultations as Legionnaires’ Test Results Received
Quincy, IL – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., and Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) Director Erica Jeffries today issued the following statement following the debriefing of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) team’s visit to the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy (IVHQ):


August 11, 2016
Partnership between State and Amateur Trapshooting Association Ensures Grand American World Trapshooting Championships Continues
SPARTA – Governor Bruce Rauner attended the Grand American World Trapshooting Championship today at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex.


August 11, 2016
Governor Walks in State Fair Twilight Parade
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner participated in the State Fair Twilight Parade to kick off the 2016 Illinois State Fair festivities. The parade marched through the streets of Springfield with local officials, festive floats and high school marching bands.


August 10, 2016
Three Doors Down To Perform At Illinois State Fair On August 21
Group will perform with ZZ Top on Final Night of Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gregg Allman, who was slated to perform on Sunday, August 21, as a co-headlining act with ZZ Top, has cancelled his upcoming appearance at the Illinois State Fair citing serious health issues that require doctor’s care.


August 8, 2016
State Business Enterprise Program Launches New Paperless Certification Program
System provides faster, more efficient service to minority, women, veterans and persons with disabilities owned businesses
CHICAGO – Acting Director Michael M. Hoffman of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) and the State of Illinois’ Business Enterprise Program (BEP) are proud to announce the launch of a new, web-based certification management system. This new paperless system is accessible to all minority, female, persons with disabilities, and veteran-owned businesses seeking certification with the State of Illinois. This transition away from paper-based certification will provide a faster and more efficient service when conducting business with the State of Illinois.


August 8, 2016
IDoA hosts Senior Day during the Illinois State Fair
Complimentary admission for adults 60 years of age and older
Springfield – On Monday, August 15th, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) will host a variety of activities for seniors, their families and friends during Senior Day at the Illinois State Fair. Events hosted by IDoA will be held in the air-conditioned Illinois Building located near the fairground main gate. Attendees 60 years of age and older will receive free admittance into the fair.


August 5, 2016
Governor Announces Appointments
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has appointed Kirk Gadberry to the Illinois Workforce Investment Board. He has also made appointments to the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission and reappointments to the Business Enterprise Council for Minorities, Females and Persons with Disabilities.


August 5, 2016
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:


August 2, 2016
Illinois State Fair Launches New Mobile App
Latest move by Rauner Administration to push Illinois government into 21st century
SPRINGFIELD, IL. – Planning your trip to the Illinois State Fair just got easier with the release of a brand new Illinois State Fair mobile app. Available for both Apple and Android devices, this new app has everything you need to plan your next trip to the state fairgrounds. The mobile app is available at absolutely no cost!


August 2, 2016
Travel Update
Zika virus cases in Florida linked to local mosquito transmission
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) echoes CDC’s recent recommendation that pregnant women avoid travel to an area in Miami, Florida, because of the risk of Zika virus. This recommendation comes after the Florida Department of Health identified that Zika virus is being spread by mosquitoes in Wynwood, an area in one neighborhood of Miami. CDC recently announced that pregnant women should not travel to this area and has issued new guidance for people who traveled to this area any time after June 15, 2016. This date represents the earliest time symptoms can start and the maximum 2-week incubation period for Zika virus.


August 2, 2016
Illinois Department of Human Services Moves to Implement Rule on Overtime Policy
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) will publish a proposed rule to govern overtime in the Home Services Program. The Home Services Program pays providers to care for our customers with disabilities where our customers reside.


August 1, 2016
Statement from Governor Rauner on Property Tax Bills
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Rauner issued the following statement as many homeowners throughout Illinois face a deadline today to pay property taxes:


August 1, 2016
Immunizations Are Not Just For Kids
Illinois Department of Public Health Celebrates National Immunization Awareness Month
SPRINGFIELD – Many parents are preparing their children to head back to school, which includes making sure they have all their needed immunizations. And while immunization is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children from serious diseases, during National Immunization Awareness Month this August, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) would also like to remind those parents and others that immunizations are important for people of all ages.


August 1, 2016
Illinois Hosts National Governors Association Annual Workforce Development Meeting
National Associations of State Workforce Board Chairs and State Liaisons for Workforce Development gather in Chicago to discuss talent pipeline
CHICAGO – This week, the Illinois Department of Commerce Office of Employment and Training hosts the National Governors Association’s 2016 summer annual meeting of the National Association of State Workforce Board Chairs and the National Association of State Liaisons for Workforce Development Partnerships in Chicago. The two associations will meet, separately and jointly, to discuss strategies for building the United States’ talent pipeline to support a competitive workforce. Illinois was selected to host this year’s meeting because of its nationally recognized workforce development and training system.


August 1, 2016
Parents Encouraged to Include Emergency Preparedness in Back-to-School Plans
August is School and Campus Preparedness Month in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – In the next few weeks, students from pre-kindergarten through college will be headed back to school. As parents prepare their students for the new academic year, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies across the state are encouraging parents to include emergency preparedness in their back-to-school plans.


August 1, 2016
Lt. Governor and HFS school supplies donation drive help launch Child Support Awareness Month
‘Brighter Tomorrows’ event Aug. 9 to focus attention on issue
Springfield, Illinois – Bringing fresh attention to the importance of child support, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services will offer donated school supplies and feature Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti in a “Brighter Tomorrows” public outreach event August 9 in Chicago.

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