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November
2003


November 30, 2003
Blagojevich announces additional funds to address HIV/AIDS in minority communities
World AIDS Day observances to include dimming lights at the state Capitol, Thompson Center
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Illinois and the nation prepare to observe the impact of the AIDS epidemic on World AIDS Day, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced he has moved to address the growing concern of HIV/AIDS among minorities by adding $1 million in state funds to the $2 million already budgeted this fiscal year for the effort.


November 28, 2003
Blagojevich announces nearly $1 million in Opportunity Returns training grants
Funds part of Governor’s economic development strategy
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the awarding of 19 workforce training grants totaling $900,000 to companies and organizations across the state as part of Opportunity Returns, the Blagojevich Administration’s regional comprehensive approach to economic development and job creation in Illinois. The grants are being awarded through the Employer Training Investment Program’s (ETIP) Small/Mid-sized Company component and will be used to upgrade the skills of more than 8,800 workers statewide.


November 26, 2003
Governor announces disbursements from Military Family Relief Fund
Economic help for families of soldiers fighting war on terror
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that more than a half million dollars has been distributed through a special state relief fund created to assist Illinois military families whose loved ones have been called to active duty as a result of the nation’s war on terrorism.


November 25, 2003
QUINN TEAMS UP WITH TECHNOLOGY TO HEAR ILLINOIS’ RESIDENTS FAR AND WIDE
AURORA, IL – Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn held a “Cyber Town Hall Meeting” today on Illinois’ energy policy at the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora.


November 25, 2003
First Family turns on holiday lights
Governor announces keep our Kids Warm and Safe Campaign
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, his wife Patti and daughter Annie today turned on the holiday season by illuminating more than 20,000 miniature bulbs on a 25-feet holiday tree in the lobby of the James R. Thompson Center. During the 14th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Governor also invited residents to share the holiday spirit by contributing to a new effort to provide car seats and winter clothing accessories to needy families.


November 25, 2003
Blagojevich sends strong message to drug companies that threaten consumers by limiting supplies to Canada
Instructs state health plans to make safe alternatives available to drugs made by companies that try to close access to cheaper drugs
CHICAGO – In response to recent action taken by five major drug manufacturers to limit supplies to Canada in order to stop Americans from filling their prescriptions across the border where prices are lower, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that Illinois will review its preferred drug list and, when safe equivalents are available, remove name-brand drugs made by companies involved in limiting supplies to Canada.


November 24, 2003
Governor revamps KidCare enrollment
Improves access to health care for thousands of children
CHICAGO – Governor Blagojevich directed the Illinois Department of Public Aid (IDPA) to streamline its enrollment application process for its acclaimed KidCare health insurance program. The move guarantees that thousands of Illinois children will no longer have to wait over a month to be eligible for healthcare services.


November 24, 2003
Governor unveils “deadbeat” parent Web site
Administration cracks down on child support scofflaws Web site one piece of overall plan to reform Illinois’ Child Support system
SPRINGFIELD – Launching a high tech weapon against parents who shirk their child support obligations, the Illinois Department of Public Aid’s Division of Child Support Enforcement unveiled today a Web site featuring photos of the state’s worst “deadbeats.”


November 24, 2003
Addition to Cache River State Natural Area acquired
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced today the state is adding more than 100 acres to the Cache River State Natural Area, one of the state’s premier natural areas containing cypress trees more than 1,000 years old.


November 24, 2003
Habitat preservation continued with acquisition of 118 acres
Hunting opportunities augmented by preservation and restoration efforts
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has acquired 118 acres in Marshall County to restore upland habitat and provide public hunting opportunities, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today.


November 24, 2003
Tollway I-PASS Selling Briskly at Jewel-Osco Stores
Governor Blagojevich Initiates First-Ever Sale of I-PASS at Retail Stores Reform Agenda Continues with Enhanced Customer Service
CHICAGO – Following the Governor’s announcement earlier this month, I-PASS is now on sale at Jewel-Osco and is proving to be a popular item in shoppers’ grocery carts.


November 21, 2003
QUINN WARNS EMPLOYERS AGAINST FIRING EMPLOYEES ON ACTIVE DUTY IN THE NATIONAL GUARD OR RESERVES
CHICAGO – Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn today urged every Illinois employer to re-examine their policy regarding military leaves for employees who serve in the National Guard or reserves


November 21, 2003
On Monday, November 24, 2003 at 7 p.m., Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn will hold a “Cyber Town Hall Meeting” on Illinois’ energy policy at the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora.
During the “Cyber Town Hall Meeting,” Quinn will hold an open discussion regarding Illinois’ existing energy infrastructure with IMSA students and partake in a question and answer session. Illinois residents – far and wide – are encouraged to participate online via the Internet.


November 17, 2003
Governor Demands That Com Ed Remove Rate Increases for Consumers From Legislation
Governor Says Support For Legislation Hinges on No Early Rate Review, Reducing Job Losses, Investing in Infrastructure, Renewable Energy
CHICAGO – As the General Assembly prepares to convene for the final week of the fall veto session, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today said that he would not support pending legislation that would allow Exelon, parent company of ComEd, to purchase Central Illinois-based Illinois Power unless the possibility of an early rate review for consumers was removed from the bill.


November 17, 2003
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR ROD R. BLAGOJEVICH
In response to Exelon’s acceptance of his changes to Illinois Power acquisition legislation
“This morning I made it clear that I would not support legislation concerning Exelon’s pending purchase of Illinois Power if the legislation included an early rate review for consumers. This afternoon, Exelon agreed to the conditions I outlined, ensuring that the legislation will not ask consumers to shoulder the cost of the merger.


November 14, 2003
QUINN COMMEMORATES NATIONAL EMPLOYER SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE WEEK IN ILLINOIS Quinn to also present Illinois’ Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve
CHICAGO—Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn commemorated the week of November 17, 2003 as National Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve Week in Illinois and presented Illinois’ Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve.


November 12, 2003
Blagojevich commissions memorial to fallen soldiers
Honors Illinoisans killed in war on terrorism
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that he has commissioned special memorials to honor the 25 Illinois service members who have lost their lives during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that will be displayed in the state Capitol rotunda and James R. Thompson Center in Chicago.


November 12, 2003
Opportunity Returns: Blagojevich Announces Third Regional Economic Development Plan
Coal, agriculture and tourism industries are top priority in Governor’s proactive plan to create jobs and spur economic growth in Southern Illinois
CARBONDALE – Speaking before a crowd of business leaders, school officials and students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Governor Rod Blagojevich this afternoon unveiled the third of 10 new major economic initiatives to spur growth in the region and across the state. The Governor’s plan, Opportunity Returns, is the most aggressive, comprehensive approach to create jobs to date in Illinois. The plan is a product of outreach over the past several months to the region, with business, civic and labor leaders and government officials.


November 12, 2003
Lt. Gov. Quinn salutes Freeport at ceremony celebrating completion of first development phase of trailhead for the Jane Addams and Grand Illinois Trails
FREEPORT, IL - Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn saluted the city of Freeport for its downtown revitalization and riverfront redevelopment efforts at a dedication ceremony for the Tutty’s Crossing trailhead.


November 12, 2003
Lt. Gov. Quinn congratulates village of Orion on winning the Lieutenant Governor’s Main Street Award for Excellence “Premier Project of the Year” in the state
ORION, IL – Today Presidents proudly showed off their restored Orion Central Park Bandshell and Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn saluted Orion for the community effort put forth in saving the historical structure that won the Main Street Premier Project of the Year Award.


November 10, 2003
QUINN, ORR TO URGE FAX VOTING FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL ON ACTIVE DUTY
CHICAGO—Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn, Cook County Clerk David Orr, Ald. Jim Balcer, Chicago Board of Elections Comm. Theresa Petrone and military leaders urged the General Assembly to approve legislation to enable military personnel on active duty to vote by fax.


November 9, 2003
Governor to launch Project X -- most aggressive plan to crack down on club drugs
The $2.5 Million Initiative Targets Ecstasy and Meth in Illinois Three-Pronged Approach: Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement
CHICAGO – Seizing a unique opportunity to curtail a trend before it reaches an epidemic, Governor Rod Blagojevich will launch Project X, a $2.5 million initiative targeting abuse of the illegal drugs Ecstasy and meth throughout the State of Illinois. Primarily funded through assets confiscated from drug dealers by the Illinois State Police, Project X will focus on prevention, treatment and enforcement, including a major crackdown on illegal trafficking of the drugs in partnership with federal, state and local law enforcement.


November 8, 2003
Lt. Gov. Quinn celebrated the grand opening of the South Side Community Federal Credit Union – the first of its kind to serve Chicago’s South Side
CHICAGO – Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn celebrated the grand opening of the South Side Community Federal Credit Union - the first of its kind to serve Chicago’s South Side. Quinn served as keynote speaker.


November 5, 2003
Blagojevich urges legislature to accept compromise on perjury provision, pass death penalty reform package
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced his support today for a compromise that has been worked out by police organizations and legislative sponsors of a comprehensive death penalty reform package. In July, the Governor amendatorily vetoed the package, expressing concern over a provision that allowed for decertification of police officers accused of perjury without providing reasonable due process.


November 3, 2003
Illinois Army National Guard pilot killed in Iraq
PEORIA, Ill. – The Illinois National Guard suffered its third combat-related casualty yesterday, when, 1st Lt. Brian Slavenas was killed in the line of duty in Iraq. Slavenas, 30, of Genoa, Ill., was a member of Company F, 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation in Peoria. He was killed at approximately 9:00 a.m. (midnight CST) when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter he was flying was shot down near the town of Fallujah, Iraq.


November 3, 2003
LT. GOV. QUINN PROMOTES “ALL-AMERICAN” ENERGY AT 8th NATIONAL GREEN POWER MARKETING CONFERENCE AND APPLAUDS ILLINOIS WIND ENERGY PURCHASERS
Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn delivered welcoming remarks at the opening plenary session of the 8th National Green Power Marketing Conference, and attended a press conference immediately following in Grant Park to recognize and commend Illinois energy purchasers on using All-American energy.


November 3, 2003
Lewis and Clark Bicentennial to be celebrated by retracing the expedition’s famous Illinois footsteps
Host of events around Illinois to mark momentous trek
Governor Rod Blagojevich announced today that communities, state parks and state historic sites along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers will hold special events in November and December that will retrace the route that Lewis and Clark made in Illinois exactly 200 years ago.


November 2, 2003
Governor makes ethics reform his top priority for veto session
Governor outlines principles that must be included to win his support
CHICAGO – As state legislators prepare to return to Springfield for the fall veto session on Tuesday, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today called on the General Assembly to pass meaningful ethics reform and laid out what principles must be included to ensure his signature.


November 1, 2003
QUINN CELEBRATES DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (Day of the Dead) IN PILSEN BY HONORING THE SPIRIT OF THE LATE CESAR CHAVEZ
CHICAGO – In memory of the life and achievements of civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez, Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn will honor the legacy of Chavez with two significant events: the dedication of a portion of Blue Island Avenue as the honorary Cesar Chavez Avenue and the renaming of the Pilsen post office to Cesar Chavez Station.

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