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June 30, 2016
New Service Aims to Help Illinois Beneficiaries Find Lost Life Insurance Money
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois consumers can use a new tool from the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) to find insurance money they may be owed using the DOI's Life Policy Locator Service starting July 1, 2016.


June 28, 2016
Statement from Governor Rauner
Democrat leaders who control the General Assembly made it clear they will not take any major action on balancing our budget or passing real reforms until after the General Election in November.


June 28, 2016
Governor Rauner Visits Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Offices
Employees discuss how the Department is using Responsive, Innovative, Transparent and Efficient (R.I.T.E) Governance to streamline services and lower costs for Illinois residents


June 28, 2016
The Illinois State Museum Announces Series of Welcome Back! Events in July
Following July 2 Opening, More Events Scheduled for July 9, 16 and 30
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Museum will hold a Welcome Back! Celebration on Saturday, July 2 at the main museum campus located at 502 S. Spring St., Springfield, IL 62706. The day will begin with a brief welcome by Interim Director Michael Wiant before the doors open to visitors at 8:30 a.m. The Museum’s curators and research staff will be on hand throughout the day to talk with visitors and offer insights into the exhibits and what goes on behind the scenes at the Museum.


June 28, 2016
Governor Rauner Visits Illinois Board of Higher Education
Meets with IBHE employees; Reiterates need for stopgap budget and the impact it will have on Illinois students


June 27, 2016
Governor Rauner Visits Illinois Department of Corrections Headquarters
Employees provide update on how the Department is providing streamlined services at a lower cost to Illinois residents


June 27, 2016
Governor Rauner Visits Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Meets with employees and discusses how structural realignment enables the Agency to better respond to disasters and protect Illinois residents


June 27, 2016
Governor, Local Mayors Urge Passage of Stopgap Budget and Education Funding
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner and several mayors from around Illinois today urged the Democrats in the General Assembly to return to Springfield and pass the GOP Leaders’ stopgap budget (HB 6585/SB 3435) and education budget (HB 6583/SB 3434).


June 27, 2016
Visitors to Starved Rock Should Watch for Crowd Updates on Social Media over Holiday Weekend
Park Received 94,000 Visitors during Memorial Day Weekend
UTICA, IL – Travelers planning a trip to Starved Rock State Park near Utica over the Fourth of July weekend are asked to stay informed on park crowds by monitoring Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Facebook and Twitter feeds. During the Memorial Day weekend, the park received 94,000 visitors, pushing the park to capacity and causing a temporary closure when parking lots overflowed.


June 24, 2016
Illinois Department of Employment Security Highlights Enhanced Efforts to Help Jobseekers
Implements requirements to better connect job seekers and employers for new claims filed on or after July 17
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that it is expanding efforts to help individuals who file a claim for Unemployment Insurance (UI) move from unemployment to employment. As part of this effort, the Department will enhance its enforcement of the existing legal requirement for those who file a UI claim to register with the Illinois Employment Service.


June 24, 2016
IDNR, State Fire Marshal Urge Public to Leave Fireworks Displays to Those Who Are Licensed and Trained
Fireworks Show Sponsors Reminded to Check Credentials of Fireworks Vendors
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) are reminding organizations and individuals sponsoring fireworks displays in Illinois to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses and certificates issued by the IDNR and the OSFM prior to their fireworks show.


June 24, 2016
Governor Surveys Tornado Damage from Wednesday Tornadoes, Storms
PONTIAC – Governor Bruce Rauner toured storm damage today from the EF-2 tornado that hit Pontiac in Livingston County late Wednesday night.


June 24, 2016
Governor Formalizes IDOT's Role as State Safety Oversight Agency
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner today signed Executive Order 16-07 formalizing the Illinois Department of Transportation's (IDOT) role as the State Safety Oversight (SSO) Agency for Illinois public transit to codify previous designations.


June 23, 2016
Statement on Tornado Damage
Given the reports of tornado touchdowns across north-central Illinois last night, we are fortunate things are not worse and are thankful there were no fatalities. Diana and I are thinking of those who were injured or suffered property damage in the storms and send our prayers to you.


June 23, 2016
Governor Rauner Visits Illinois Department of Human Services Administrative Offices
Meets with employees and discusses ways Department is providing streamlined services at a lower cost to Illinois residents


June 22, 2016
Governor Rauner Visits Illinois Central Management Services Headquarters
Meets with employees to discuss transforming Illinois state government


June 21, 2016
IEMA Encourages People to Stay Aware, Be Prepared for Potential Severe Weather
Dangerous thunderstorms, damaging winds, tornadoes, flash flooding possible for northern half of Illinois Wednesday
SPRINGFIELD – With severe weather predicted for the northern half of Illinois on Wednesday, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today encouraged people to stay aware of local forecasts and be prepared to act quickly if storm warnings are issued.


June 21, 2016
Governor Rauner Visits IDOT Headquarters
Meets with employees to hear how IDOT is working for Illinois taxpayers Reiterates need for stopgap budget and the impact it would have on summer construction season


June 17, 2016
Governor Announces Staff Transitions, Appointments
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today a number of staff transitions and appointments.


June 15, 2016
Governor Rauner Joins Illinois Beef Association for Summer Conference Awards
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner attended the Illinois Beef Association's (IBA) Summer Conference Awards Ceremony Tuesday night to highlight the importance of the agriculture industry in the state of Illinois.


June 15, 2016
State Construction Projects in Jeopardy, Stalled
Governor and GOP Leaders proposed stopgap budget ensures important public works projects continue


June 14, 2016
Governor Reaffirms Commitment to Business Community
Governor signs Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to support men and women who serve our country through the National Guard and Reserve


June 13, 2016
Honoring The Victims Of The Orlando Terrorist Attack
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Thursday, June 16, 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, Thursday, June 16, 2016.


June 12, 2016
Governor Rauner Issues Statement on Orlando Shooting Massacre
Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Victims


June 10, 2016
Governor Rauner Joins Japan America Society of Chicago to Celebrate 86th Anniversary
Governor Rauner attended the Japan America Society of Chicago 86th Anniversary dinner Thursday to celebrate the years of cultural exchange between Japan and the Chicago metropolitan area.


June 10, 2016
Gov. Bruce Rauner Announces Staff Transitions
Richard Goldberg Named Chief of Staff


June 10, 2016
Governor Takes Bill Action
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bill: Bill No.: SB 2046 An Act Concerning Appropriations Action: Vetoed


June 9, 2016
Statement on Moody’s Ratings Downgrade
When the General Assembly adjourned without passing a balanced budget, the Administration warned the legislature there would be consequences.


June 9, 2016
Illinois Department of Public Health Safety Tips for Heat
SPRINGFIELD - With high temperatures expected over the next couple of days, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is urging Illinoisans to take preventive actions to avoid heat-related illness like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.


June 8, 2016
Two Incredible Acts Added To 2016 Du Quoin State Fair Grandstand Lineup
Tickets to go on-sale Wednesday, June 15th
Du Quoin, IL. – An unforgettable night of country music is planned for the Du Quoin State Fair on Thursday, September 1. Together these two artists are credited with the creation of more than 13 albums and 17 million albums sold. The Du Quoin State Fair is proud to welcome Aaron Lewis and Pat Green to southern Illinois.


June 7, 2016
Illinois Department of Public Health Prepares for a Public Health Emergency
Strategic National Stockpile training exercise June 14-16, 2016
SPRINGFIELD – Next week, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will test the ability of the state public health system to receive and distribute medicine and medical supplies during a public health emergency. In the event of an emergency severe enough to cause local medical supplies to run out (terrorist attack, flu outbreak, earthquake, etc.), the State can request what is called the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The SNS is a national repository of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, airway maintenance supplies, and medical/surgical items. The SNS is designed to supplement and re-supply state and local public health agencies in the event of a national emergency.


June 2, 2016
Consumer Advice For Recalled Flour Linked To Multistate E. coli Outbreak
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) infections. Thirty-eight people in 20 states, including four in Illinois, have been infected with the E. coli strain. The four individuals live in Chicago, suburban-Cook, Brown, and McHenry counties. There have been no deaths.


June 2, 2016
IDNR Conducting Survey, Planning Statewide Summit on Coordinating Monarch Butterfly Conservation in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Identifying ways to improve and increase habitat for monarch butterflies in Illinois is the focus of a new online survey this month and a planned conservation summit meeting in Springfield this September.


June 1, 2016
Family Preparedness Plans Must Include Pets
IEMA, local emergency management agencies to focus on pet preparedness throughout June
SPRINGFIELD – According to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association, 65 percent of U.S. households include at least one pet. If your family includes a dog, cat, hamster or other furry, feathered or scaly friends, don’t forget to include their unique needs in your home emergency plans.

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