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October 21, 2016
Illinois EPA Sponsors Interactive Environmental Education Event with Riverton Elementary School
Riverton Third and Fourth Graders “Dive In!” to Celebrate the Environment
RIVERTON – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) today sponsored project “Dive In!” at Riverton Elementary School and Center Park, bringing an educational and entertaining day of environmental stewardship for over 200 third and fourth grade students. The students participated in a hands-on learning experience at a variety of activity stations, and were taught about the importance of protecting and conserving Illinois’ air, land and water resources.

October 21, 2016
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Honors Veteran Mr. George Pempek
(Springfield, IL)…. Today, The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) named Mr. George A. Pempek as recipient of the Patriotic Volunteer and Appreciation Award for First Quarter, Fiscal Year 2017. The Illinois Veterans’ Patriotic Volunteer and Appreciation Award high-lights and honors the work of Illinois veterans whose contributions in service to the veteran community and their local communities are truly above and beyond. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of their leadership, dedication, innovation, and impact in serving these communities. Award recipients are those whose efforts add to the powerful narrative that veterans are dedicated, Life-long servants whose efforts benefit all of Illinois veteran communities.

October 19, 2016
Illinois Partners with State of Telangana, India to Strengthen Smart State Initiatives
State to state agreement to accelerate opportunities and service to citizens
In a move to advance smart state initiatives, the Illinois Department of Information and Technology (DoIT) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the State of Telangana, India to accelerate the progress of both parties toward emerging smart state technologies.

October 19, 2016
Illinois EPA Announces Vehicle Emissions Testing Network Updates
New Contract to Offer More Efficient, Less Expensive Tests
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) Acting Director Alec Messina today announced upcoming changes to the Agency’s Vehicle Emissions Testing Program, which will offer more efficient and less expensive tests. The new testing contract also includes numerous added motorist conveniences including flexible scheduling and expanded hours on Saturdays.

October 19, 2016
Annual Training Underway For Gas Station Owners, Service Technicians
SPRINGFIELD IL – At the Illinois Department of Agriculture, our mission is to be an advocate for Illinois’ agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit our natural resources, the agriculture industry and our consumers.

October 19, 2016
Governor Rauner Announces Recommendations from Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force Report
Recommendations improve delivery of care and save taxpayer dollars

October 18, 2016
Illinois Partners with ZERO TO THREE to Tackle Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Challenges
SPRINGFIELD – State of Illinois health officials today announced that Illinois was one of 10 states selected to participate in a ZERO TO THREE Policy Center meeting to advance state policy related to improving infant and early childhood mental health.

October 18, 2016
IEMA Announces Godfrey Attains ‘Ready to Respond Community’ Designation
Second community in Illinois to receive distinction
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today recognized the city of Godfrey for achieving the Ready to Respond Community designation. Godfrey is the second municipality in Illinois to receive the designation, which recognizes communities that achieve an enhanced level of preparedness through successful completion of rigorous criteria.

October 17, 2016
Cutting Illinois' Red Tape
Governor orders statewide review of all rules, regulations

October 17, 2016
Pharmacy Citation Pilot Transitions to Permanent Program
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) today announced that its Pharmacy Citation System Pilot Program for minor disciplinary infractions has now transitioned to a permanent initiative. IDFPR launched the six-month program in February 2016 to remove minor pharmacy violations from the Department’s formal disciplinary process, saving time and resources for both licensed pharmacists and IDFPR staff. During its six-month pilot phase, the program issued 86 tickets, resulting in $23,000 in fines.

October 14, 2016
Changes at Illinois Executive Mansion for Renovation
Building will close for tours in 2017 Rauner family moves to Ag Director House at State Fairgrounds

October 14, 2016
Governor Rauner Announces Significant Steps in Reforming Illinois’ Criminal Justice System
Illinois Youth Center Murphysboro to be repurposed into re-entry facility; closing oldest, most outdated unit at Stateville Correctional Center

October 14, 2016
Governor Rauner Rescinds Blagojevich Executive Order
Part of Rauner Administration’s ongoing review of prior executive orders and policies

October 13, 2016
Illinois Submits Medicaid Waiver to Improve Delivery of Behavioral Healthcare
Waiver will allow state to care for our most vulnerable citizens earlier and more efficiently

October 13, 2016
IDoA announces start of Medicare open enrollment period
Senior Health Insurance Program offers free one-on-one assistance
Springfield – Saturday, October 15th marks the beginning of the annual Medicare open enrollment period. The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is reminding eligible older adults to use this time to review their plan options. The Department offers free counseling assistance to help educate Medicare-eligible individuals and their caregivers about their Medicare insurance options through the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP). Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15 and runs through December 7.

October 12, 2016
Governor Rauner Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Governor Rauner today joined Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

October 12, 2016
Starved Rock Visitors Can Expect Big Crowds Again this Weekend
Annual Fall Colors Weekend Event is Oct. 15-16
UTICA, IL – It will be another busy weekend at Starved Rock State Park near Utica for the site’s annual Fall Colors Weekend on Oct. 15-16, and visitors should be alert to possible traffic delays and temporary site closures when parking lots are full.

October 12, 2016
Local Projects Receive $30.7 Million Boost, Enhancing Quality of Life in Illinois Communities
Competitive program promotes bike paths, trails, streetscape improvements
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today announced a $30.7 million investment to expand travel options and enhance the quality of life in communities throughout the state. The 33 projects approved through IDOT’s Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) include biking and walking paths, trails, streetscape beautification work and other projects designed to encourage safe travel across the various modes of transportation at the local level.

October 12, 2016
Illinois Residents Encouraged to Register for ‘The Great ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill
Governor Rauner declares Oct. 20 Great ShakeOut Day in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Recognizing the seismic risk in Illinois and the need for residents to be prepared for a major earthquake, Governor Bruce Rauner has declared Oct. 20 Great ShakeOut Day in Illinois to encourage people to participate in an international earthquake drill at 10:20 a.m. that day.

October 11, 2016
Illinois Awarded $850,000 to Support Small Business Exports
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Trade and Investment has received $850,000 in federal funds to support export growth among Illinois small businesses. The funding was awarded through the Small Business Administration’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).

October 11, 2016
Public Meetings for New Disparity Study
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is embarking on a study to update the goals for the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and review current programs and policies regarding participation of minority- and woman-owned businesses on state contracts.

October 11, 2016
Nearly 1,000 AmeriCorps And Senior Corps Volunteers Honored
National Service Recognition Day
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner is declaring October 12, 2016 National Service Recognition Day. Almost 1,000 Illinoisans will pledge their continuing commitment to helping their communities at the 22nd Annual Illinois’ National Service Recognition Day event on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. The event will be in Springfield at the Prairie Capital Convention Center at 9 a.m. and is open to the media. There will be a parade to the Old State Capitol at 3:15 p.m.

October 11, 2016
State Regulator Warns Halloween Colored Contacts Could Permanently Damage Your Eyes
CHICAGO — With the Halloween season upon us, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is reminding the public that purchasing colored contact lenses from anyone other than a licensed eye care professional or pharmacist is dangerous. In recent years, illegally-purchased colored contacts have flooded the retail market during Halloween and are most often found at malls, beauty supply stores and via online websites. These lenses are often made overseas in non-FDA approved facilities with tinting materials that may be toxic to the eye. Without a proper examination and fitting, colored contacts can cause damage to the eye, including blindness.

October 7, 2016
Nursing Home Violations for 2016 Third Quarter
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the following type “AA” and “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act recorded during the third quarter of 2016. An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death. An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.

October 7, 2016
Governor Takes Clemency Action
Governor Bruce Rauner today granted five and denied 235 clemency petitions.

October 7, 2016
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and State flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 until Sunset, Thursday, October 13, 2016
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Bruce 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, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 until Sunset, Thursday, October 13, 2016.

October 7, 2016
Governor Announces Appointment, Staff Succession
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has appointed Greg Smith the new Director of the Illinois Lottery. Smith currently leads the Vermont Lottery and brings years of marketing and sales experience to the role.

October 6, 2016
Is Your Massage Therapist Licensed? In Illinois, It’s the Law
SPRINGFIELD– With instances of unlicensed practice of massage therapy linked to dangerous criminal activity, such as human trafficking and prostitution, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is reminding the public that massage therapists must be licensed to practice in the State of Illinois. Massage therapists are required to display their license, or a copy, in a conspicuous place in their primary office or any other location where the holder renders massage therapy services. Applicants for massage therapy must also undergo a fingerprint background check and are automatically disqualified from licensure if they have been convicted of prostitution, rape, sexual misconduct or are registered as a sex offender.

October 4, 2016
Rauner Takes Steps to Reduce Risks from Blagojevich-Quinn Inherited Financial Deals
Administration Spent Last Year Working to Reduce Taxpayers' Financial Risk

October 4, 2016
Visitors Should Expect Traffic Delays, Temporary Closures During Columbus Day Weekend at Starved Rock State Park
UTICA, IL – The Columbus Day weekend is traditionally the single busiest weekend of the year at Starved Rock State Park, and visitors should expect traffic delays near the park and possible temporary park closures on Saturday, October 8 through Monday, Oct. 10.

October 4, 2016
First Ex-Offender Receives Professional License under Streamlined Inmate Licensure Program
Aims to Reduce Employment Barriers, Ease Re-Entry
(Springfield, IL) – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) are pleased to announce that Landus Jackson, 40 of Mound City, was released from Vienna Correctional Center this morning with a State of Illinois Cosmetology license, having successfully completed his cosmetology classes and IDFPR application process while incarcerated. It is the first professional license given to an ex-offender immediately upon being released from prison.

October 3, 2016
New Feature Coming to State Auction Website
‘iBid Top Line’ appeals to bargain hunters, maximizes value to taxpayers
SPRINGFIELD – The Department of Central Management Services today announced a new feature added to the state’s online auction website iBid that will now showcase high end designer merchandise. Designer watches, bracelets and sunglasses, gold and silver jewelry, are just a few of the items to be featured in the coming weeks on ‘iBid Top Line’.

October 3, 2016
October Is College Changes Everything® Month In Illinois
Illinois Student Assistance Commission and Partners Support Students in Filing College Applications and FAFSA Completion
CHICAGO – In Illinois, October is College Changes Everything® (CCE) Month, a campaign launched by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to address the change to “early FAFSA” and assist students who will be completing college applications at the same time they are filing financial aid forms. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used to apply for all federal and some state financial aid; filing it is an important first step to maximizing financial aid. This year, students will be able to file their 2017-18 beginning October 1, 2016, instead of having to wait until January, as in previous years.

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