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December
2006


December 29, 2006
Governor Blagojevich reminds seniors to enroll in Medicare Part D by December 31 deadline to avoid financial penalty
To find out more about Illinois Cares Rx or Medicare Part D, call Governor Blagojevich’s Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966 or visit www.illinoisbenefits.org
CHICAGO - As the year comes to a close, so does the Medicare Part D open enrollment period. Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today urged Illinois seniors who have not enrolled in a Medicare Part D plan to do so by midnight Sunday, December 31 to avoid paying an additional fee for not enrolling by the federal deadline. Seniors who are satisfied with their current plan do not need to do anything. The Governor also urged Illinois seniors to apply for Illinois Cares Rx wrap-around prescription drug coverage to fill in the gaps created by Medicare Part D. Seniors with questions about Medicare Part D or Illinois Cares Rx can call Governor Blagojevich’s Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966 or visit www.illinoisbenefits.org.


December 28, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich to recognize PATH Award recipients at Inaugural Celebration
PATH awards honor Illinois heroes who have improved the lives of people in their community; Visit www.celebrateillinois2007.com to learn more about PATH winners and the inauguration celebration
SPRINGFIELD – During his second inaugural ceremony on January 8th, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich will honor the recipients of his People Are Today’s Heroes (PATH) Award. These honorees are people who, through their hard work and commitment, have improved the lives of people in their community and have helped Illinois move forward in the areas of health care, public safety, education, environment and economic development. To learn more about PATH recipients and inaugural activities, visit www.celebrateillinois2007.com. The PATH Award winners will be honored at the Governor’s Swearing in Ceremony with a video dedicated to their contributions throughout the last four years.


December 28, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich reminds public about new laws that takes effect January 1st
New laws will protect seniors and homeowners, strengthen monitoring of sex offenders, help children and benefit hardworking citizens all around the state
SPRINGFIELD – As the new year approaches, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today promoted a number of important new laws that he signed earlier this year and will take effect January 1, 2007. “2006 was a very productive year for state government. We worked hard to pass new laws to help our seniors, children, and the hardworking citizens of our state. A number of those new laws will go into effect on Monday, so now is the time for the public to learn about new protections and programs we enacted,” Gov. Blagojevich said.


December 27, 2006
Honoring Former President Gerald R. Ford
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 for 30 days
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Blagojevich’s Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 for 30 days.


December 27, 2006
Blagojevich Administration announces start of this winter’s Good Samaritan Initiative
Program allows affordable reconnections for those without utility service; For energy assistance and conservation tips visit www.keepwarm.illinois.gov or call toll-free 1-877-411-WARM
CHICAGO – As part of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s Keep Warm Illinois campaign, officials from his administration today announced the start of the Good Samaritan Initiative for the 2006-2007 winter season. The initiative provides more affordable reconnection terms to Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) recipients who have had their utilities services disconnected. Nicor Gas, Peoples Energy, and Ameren have agreed to again participate in the Good Samaritan initiative for the fourth consecutive year. For information on energy assistance or conservation tips, families can visit the Keep Warm Illinois website at www.keepwarm.illinois.gov or call the toll-free Keep Warm Illinois hotline at 1-877-411-WARM.


December 21, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich announces $9.6 million to provide supportive housing and services for children and young adults in Chicago
Pilot program will serve as model for how to combine State resources to benefit former wards of DCFS and children being raised by relatives
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced $9.6 million for a new pilot program that will help provide supportive housing and services for approximately 170 young adults leaving the state’s foster care system, and for children being raised by relatives or other caregivers. Under the program, these two groups will live in the same Chicago housing complexes, share on-site supportive services and become each other’s support network. If successful, the program could be expanded to other parts of the state.


December 18, 2006
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, December 18, 2006
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Blagojevich’s Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, December 18, 2006.


December 18, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich announces Inauguration plans
www.celebrateillinois2007.com launched for up to date information
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced plans for his second Inauguration to be held in Springfield on Monday, January 8th. The theme for the Inauguration announced today is “Celebrate! Illinois.” A limited number of tickets will be available free to the public beginning in late December, and people can now go online to www.celebrateillinois2007.com for the latest information including a schedule of the day’s events.


December 18, 2006
Governor Blagojevich signs groundbreaking legislation to increase minimum wage in Illinois
Nearly 650,000 Illinois workers to benefit as minimum hourly wage increases to $7.50; Wage to reach $8.25 by 2010
CHICAGO – Delivering on his promise to improve the quality of life for thousands of Illinois’ hard working families, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich was today joined by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, U.S. Congressman Danny Davis and other legislators, labor leaders and workers to sign Senate Bill 1268, increasing the minimum wage to $7.50 per hour in July 2007 and to $8.25 an hour by 2010. Senate Bill 1268, co-sponsored by State Representatives Marlow Colvin (D-Chicago) and Larry McKeon (D-Chicago), and State Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) will help 647,000 workers in Illinois.


December 17, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich celebrates overwhelming success of state’s 4-year effort to ensure children have health coverage; 300,000th enrollee treated to performance of WICKED
Chicago company of the Broadway musical WICKED partners with state to help raise awareness for “All Kids” to theatergoers in the New Year; “All Kids” enrollment outpacing goal; more than 120,000 children enrolled in landmark program since November 2005
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that 300,000 more Illinois children have access to healthcare than when he took office in January 2003, in large part due to the overwhelming success of the new All Kids health insurance program. More than 120,000 children have enrolled in All Kids since November of last year, outpacing expectations for the program’s first year. The Governor also announced a new partnership with Broadway In Chicago and Chicago’s company of the musical WICKED to raise awareness for All Kids starting in 2007. Nine-year old Erin Hussey, the 300,000th child to enroll in the state’s children’s health program since 2003, and her father today were treated to a performance of WICKED.


December 15, 2006
Governor Blagojevich announces additional funding for mad cow disease surveillance
Illinois to continue on-farm inspections of cattle feed
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced Illinois will receive additional federal funds to continue important on-farm inspections for “mad cow” disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) renewed a cooperative agreement with Illinois that provides $233,528 for the Illinois Department of Agriculture to ensure cattle feed produced on Illinois farms does not contain ingredients that could transmit the rare brain-wasting disease.


December 15, 2006
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, December 15, 2006
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Blagojevich’s Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, December 15, 2006.


December 14, 2006
Governor Blagojevich announces new anti-human trafficking training program for law enforcement
Law enforcement and social services partner to recognize and protect victims of human trafficking
CHICAGO - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced a new weapon in the fight against human trafficking. The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), the Illinois State Police (ISP), the Chicago Police Department, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights and the Illinois Regional Institute for Community Policing have produced an innovative computer based training video for law enforcement professionals. The video will help law enforcement officers handle human trafficking cases and victims more effectively.


December 14, 2006
Governor Blagojevich announces pandemic flu preparedness guide for Illinois schools
Plan established to protect the health and safety of children
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced a new guide for Illinois schools that provides them the tools they need to proactively plan and prepare for a pandemic flu outbreak. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) jointly prepared the School Guidance During an Influenza Pandemic document.


December 12, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich announces historic agreement with Midwest Generation to reduce power plant pollutants and deliver dramatic clean air benefits
State’s largest coal-fired power company agrees to the Governor’s plan to significantly cut mercury and other dangerous emissions that cause asthma, lung disease and developmental disabilities
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that his administration has reached an agreement with Midwest Generation, the largest coal-fired power plant company in Illinois, to dramatically improve air quality and protect public health by slashing mercury, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from its fleet of six Illinois plants. This multi-pollutant agreement, along with similar agreements with Ameren and Dynegy, is a critical milestone in reducing toxic air pollution throughout Illinois, and one of the most important environmental and public health advances in Illinois history.


December 12, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich’s Mercury Pollution Reduction Plan wins final approval; plan to significantly reduce emissions and improve public health
Illinois’ Administrative Rules Committee gives final signoff to Governor’s proposal to reduce mercury emissions from power plants; Governor’s plan to drastically reduce mercury and other dangerous emissions that cause asthma, lung disease and developmental disabilities
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, environmental advocates, utilities and state and city officials today celebrated final approval of the Governor’s plan to drastically reduce mercury pollution. The state’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, a bipartisan legislative oversight committee of the Illinois General Assembly, unanimously approved the plan. The plan requires Illinois coal fired power plants to install modern pollution control equipment designed to reduce mercury pollution by at least 90 percent. It is considered a critical milestone in reducing toxic air pollution throughout Illinois, and one of the most important environmental and public health advances in Illinois history.


December 11, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich names Sheila Nix and Louanner Peters Deputy Governors for his second term
After serving Governor through first term, Dep. Gov. Bradley Tusk returning to east coast to work in the private sector
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today named Sheila Nix, his former senior advisor and deputy campaign manager, and Louanner Peters, previously his deputy chief of staff for social services and deputy campaign manager, as Deputy Governors effective December 15. Current Deputy Governor Bradley Tusk plans to return to his hometown of New York City for a position in the private sector.


December 11, 2006
Blagojevich Administration launches fourth annual Keep Our Kids Warm and Safe effort to provide child safety seats and winter clothing to those who need it
CHICAGO – With the kick off of the holiday season and lighting the James R. Thompson Center holiday tree, members of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s administration today launched the annual Keep Our Kids Warm and Safe giving campaign – an effort to collect winter clothing and car seats for children who need them the most. The Governor’s Keep Our Kids Warm and Safe campaign was started in 2003 as an annual statewide clothing and car seat drive. Citizens, businesses, and state employees can donate new or gently used gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and new car seats. As they come in, donations are taken to charities in communities around the state. These charities will then distribute the donations to needy families in their area.


December 9, 2006
State to host its first webcast vehicle auction to expand access for people to purchase government surplus cars and trucks
Public can purchase state vehicles at December 16 auction in Springfield or at www.proxibid.com
SPRINGFIELD – The State of Illinois will auction 160 vehicles from its fleet including cars, pick-up trucks and police cruisers on Saturday, Dec. 16, as part of the Department of Central Management Services’ (CMS) ongoing efforts to raise revenues by selling surplus state property.


December 8, 2006
Governor Blagojevich announces $2.78 million in Conservation 2000 grants to protect Illinois’ environment
51 grants benefit habitat in 88 counties throughout Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today awarded nearly $2.8 million in Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation 2000 (C2000) grants to help local communities protect and improve Illinois’ environment. The 51 grants awarded today will benefit a variety of habitats in 88 counties throughout Illinois.


December 8, 2006
Governor Blagojevich announces grants to help nurse educators continue teaching
Grants awarded to 15 nurse educators across the state
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that 15 nurse educators will receive $10,000 fellowship grants that will help them continue teaching future generations of Illinois nurses. This new fellowship program is part of Governor Blagojevich’s commitment to improving health care for Illinoisans by increasing the number of nurse educators working at Illinois nursing programs.


December 7, 2006
Governor Blagojevich asks President Bush for federal assistance after hard-hitting winter storm
State continues to work with local communities on recovery efforts
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today asked President Bush for federal assistance to help 49 Illinois counties recover from last week’s major winter storm that dumped record amounts of snow in many counties while devastating other areas with heavy ice accumulations that downed power lines, trees and branches. On Tuesday, Gov. Blagojevich declared those 49 counties state disaster areas as a result of the storm.


December 6, 2006
Governor Blagojevich directs inmates, state trucks and equipment to assist more communities with debris removal
Illinois National Guard visits more than 4,000 homes in Decatur to check on welfare of residents still without power
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today directed more state resources to help communities hard hit by a major winter storm last week. The latest action will send additional Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) inmate crews and trucks from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to several communities to help clean up downed trees and branches.


December 6, 2006
Governor Blagojevich awards first Anhydrous Ammonia Security Grants
35 fertilizer dealers will share funds intended to deter the illicit production of methamphetamine
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today awarded nearly $140,000 in grants to help 35 west central Illinois agrichemical dealers prevent the theft of anhydrous ammonia, a farm fertilizer used to manufacture methamphetamine. The Governor also announced the new pilot program is being expanded statewide.


December 6, 2006
Governor Blagojevich urges seniors to apply for Illinois’ Medicare wrap-around prescription drug coverage by December 8
Sign up will avoid interruption in coverage and lower drug costs
CHICAGO- Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today urged Illinois seniors to apply for Illinois Cares Rx by the end of the week to avoid a break in Illinois Cares Rx coverage. Seniors and persons with disabilities must apply online at www.illinoisbenefits.org by December 8 to ensure coverage into 2007. Illinois Cares Rx provides wrap-around prescription drug coverage to fill in the gaps created by Medicare Part D.


December 5, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich announces new study shows Illinois leading the nation in health improvement
America’s Health Rankings show Illinois with the highest overall health improvement in the country
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced a new study shows Illinois has seen the greatest improvement in health over the previous year than any state in the country. The 17th annual edition of America’s Health Rankings: A Call to Action for People & Their Communities shows Illinois with the highest overall health improvement in the nation from 2005 to 2006. Some of Illinois’ strengths, according to the report, include high per capita public health spending, a low rate of motor vehicle deaths, a low occupational fatalities rate and few poor physical health days. Significant changes over the past year in the state include a decrease in the percentage of children in poverty and a decrease in the prevalence of smoking.


December 5, 2006
Governor Blagojevich declares 49 counties state disaster areas after heavy snow, ice and extended power outages
State Emergency Operations Center remains activated to coordinate assistance with local emergency management officials
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today declared 49 counties state disaster areas after a large portion of the state was hard hit by a winter storm that caused heavy snowfall, ice accumulation, frigid temperatures, power outages, and downed trees and branches.


December 4, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich proclaims Dec. 4-10 “Carbon Monoxide Detector Awareness Week”
State Fire Marshal working with local fire departments to increase awareness of new law requiring carbon monoxide detectors in homes starting Jan. 1
SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to increase public awareness about a new law requiring carbon monoxide detectors in homes beginning Jan. 1, 2007, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich proclaimed Dec. 4-10 “Carbon Monoxide Detector Awareness Week” in Illinois.


December 4, 2006
Governor Blagojevich sends Illinois National Guard troops, Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team to Decatur in wake of winter storm; sends inmate crews to assist with debris removal in Taylorville
State Emergency Operations Center remains activated to coordinate assistance with local emergency management officials
SPRINGFIELD – In a continuing effort to help communities hard hit by a severe winter storm late last week, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today directed Illinois National Guard troops to Macon County to assist local officials in checking on area residents who are without power. Gov. Blagojevich also dispatched an Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team (IMERT) to Decatur to assist with medical care at a special needs shelter, and sent inmate work crews from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) to help Taylorville cleanup downed trees and branches.


December 3, 2006
Governor Blagojevich opens 122 state buildings this winter to shelter anyone seeking refuge from the cold
Governor encourages families to apply for LIHEAP energy assistance to keep their homes warm and safe in the coming months; For energy assistance and weatherization tips visit www.keepwarm.illinois.gov or call toll-free 1-877-411-WARM
CHICAGO – As the temperatures begin to drop, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the opening of 122 state buildings to the general public as warming centers, so that anyone seeking refuge from the cold has a heated place to go. As part of the Governor’s Keep Warm Illinois campaign, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) will open these offices statewide along with seven Illinois Tollway oases that will serve as warming centers. The Governor today also encouraged families to apply for energy assistance to help keep their homes warm and safe in the coming winter months. For information on energy assistance or weatherization tips, families can visit the Keep Warm Illinois website at www.keepwarm.illinois.gov or call the toll-free Keep Warm Illinois hotline at 1-877-411-WARM.


December 1, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich honors World AIDS Day in Illinois by dimming lights at the Capitol and other state government buildings
Department of Public Health sponsors HIV/AIDS testing and awareness events across the state
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today honored World AIDS Day in Illinois by ordering lights at the Capitol building in Springfield and other state government buildings be dimmed to coincide with the candlelight vigil scheduled in Washington D.C. The World AIDS Day 2006 campaign “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise,” calls on government leaders and policy makers continue funding HIV and AIDS education and prevention programs and to make all the necessary resources available in order to overcome the AIDS epidemic.


December 1, 2006
Fifty-four new officers join State Police frontline with Cadet Class 112 graduation
52 additional Cadets currently receiving training as members of Cadet Class 113
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Larry G. Trent, on behalf of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, today announced the graduation of Cadet Class 112. These 54 new Troopers join the additional 220 Troopers who have graduated from the Illinois State Police Academy under Governor Blagojevich’s administration.

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