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2006


June 30, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich signs new law to expand affordable housing options for Illinois working families
Governor also signs legislation that will provide additional benefits to businesses that locate in areas with affordable housing and access to public transportation
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed two new laws that will help make sure that Illinois working families, seniors and people with disabilities continue having access to affordable housing through the coordination of state government resources, and that will encourage businesses to locate closer to public transportation and to the areas where their workforce lives.


June 30, 2006
Governor Blagojevich visits Peoria area family to kick off his landmark All Kids program
Uninsured Illinois children enrolled in program will begin receiving comprehensive healthcare coverage this weekend
PEKIN – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich met with the Bright family at their home in Pekin today to kick off his landmark All Kids program that will begin providing healthcare coverage for enrolled children this Saturday, July 1st. Over 43,000 children have already been enrolled in the All Kids program, and more than 5,000 applications continue to come in each week. All Kids makes Illinois the only state in the nation to offer affordable, comprehensive health coverage to every uninsured child.


June 29, 2006
Governor Blagojevich announces 43,000 kids enrolled in landmark All Kids program
Uninsured Illinois children enrolled in program will begin receiving comprehensive healthcare coverage this weekend
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today joined Chicago area families, healthcare providers and community leaders at U.S. Cellular Field to announce that 43,000 children have been enrolled in his landmark All Kids program, and that coverage will start on Saturday, July 1, 2006. The Governor also announced a new partnership with the Chicago White Sox to promote the program. All Kids makes Illinois the only state in the nation to offer affordable, comprehensive health coverage to every uninsured child.


June 28, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich signs law giving law enforcement more flexibility for DUI enforcement
IDOT, ISP, local police announce more than 1,300 patrols during the 4th of July aimed at getting drunk drivers off the street
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today signed Senate Bill 1088 expanding the ability of local police agencies to use money generated by fines stemming from convictions for driving under the influence. Senate Bill 1088 allows for a much wider use of DUI funds by law enforcement in combating alcohol-related crimes, like training, setting up checkpoints and sting operations. Before the Governor signed this law, the money could only be used for purchasing equipment.


June 28, 2006
Governor Blagojevich, Representative Hoffman unveil new Mississippi River Bridge alternative
New four-lane bridge more affordable; does not require tolls
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Tim Martin, State Representative Jay Hoffman and several other Metro East legislators today formally unveiled plans for a new, more affordable alternative to reduce traffic congestion crossing the Mississippi River. The Governor proposed building a four-lane bridge alongside the existing Martin Luther King Bridge. The bridge, and other associated work, is expected to cost between $410-$450 million. The new plan is a more affordable alternative to building a new, eight-lane bridge across the Mississippi – which is expected to cost $910 million.


June 27, 2006
IDNR encourages boaters to be safe while on the water this holiday weekend
Boaters reminded to wear a life jacket, pay close attention to other boaters while on the water and stay sober
SPRINGFIELD, IL – While Independence Day weekend is a time for many in the United States to celebrate their freedom and patriotism, it’s also a time that many gather with family and friends to enjoy the outdoors.


June 27, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich signs law to make sure medicines on pharmacy shelves are safe
Requires inspection of new wholesale distributors before temporary license is issued
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed a new law today mandating inspections of all wholesale drug distributors before temporary licenses are issued. The need for this legislation became clear when the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation found that safety guidelines were not followed by some wholesalers holding temporary licenses.


June 26, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich signs law giving hunters more flexibility in using deer hunting permits
Legislation allows unused gun deer permits to be rolled over for use during another season
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today signed a new law giving hunters more flexibility in using their seasonal deer hunting permits. Senate Bill 2810, introduced by Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton), allows unused gun deer permits left over from the firearm or muzzleloader-only deer hunting seasons to be rolled over and used during the Late-Winter Firearm Deer Season at no additional charge.


June 26, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich signs law to allow hospitals to begin organ preservation earlier
New law will help Illinoisans with serious health problems get the chance to live longer and healthier lives
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed a new law that will allow hospitals to begin organ and tissue preservation for later donation when the wishes of the patient or the family are unknown. House Bill 5259, sponsored by Rep. Tom Cross (R – Plainfield) and Sen. James Clayborne (D – East St. Louis), permits hospitals to use preservation techniques in order to maintain the viability of organs and tissues until the patient’s family can consent to or deny organ and tissue donation.


June 26, 2006
IDOT Welcomes National Convoy to Tinley Park, Illinois
IDOT Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Interstate
TINLEY PARK-Recognizing Illinois as a major transportation center in the country, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) welcomed a national convoy of transportation officials to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Interstate System.


June 26, 2006
Illinois reports decrease in AIDS cases reported in Illinois in 2005
The Governor’s BASUAH campaign aggressively addresses at risk populations through education, prevention and testing
CHICAGO – Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director, today announced the Illinois 2005 HIV/AIDS statistics. In 2005, the number of reported AIDS cases declined by three percent from 1,410 in 2004 to 1,366 in 2005.


June 26, 2006
Information and season dates for the 2006 Illinois Controlled Pheasant Hunting Program available online
Applications accepted starting July 1
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Permit reservation information and 2006 season dates for the controlled pheasant hunting program at 14 Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites are now available online.


June 26, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich announces grants to support local emergency planning efforts
Grants totaling nearly $3 million awarded to 112 cities and counties
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that 112 cities and counties throughout Illinois have received grants totaling nearly $3 million to help local emergency management organizations prepare for emergencies and increase public awareness of disaster preparedness. The grants are awarded annually and are administered by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).


June 26, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich announces State of Illinois’ June “Veteran of the Month”
Galesburg man honored for unwavering commitment to his community, other veterans
Galesburg man honored for unwavering commitment to his community, other veterans


June 25, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich signs law expanding ability to ban smoking in public places
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today signed legislation that gives Illinois counties and municipalities the ability to ban smoking in public places. Senate Bill 2400, sponsored by Sen. John J. Cullerton (D-Chicago) and Rep. Karen A. Yarbrough (D-Broadview), amends the Illinois Clean Indoor Air Act to allow non-home rule municipalities and counties to prohibit smoking. Smoking bans in counties would affect all unincorporated areas within the county. Before, home rule units of local government and any municipality could regulate smoking in public places.


June 24, 2006
Ottawa’s Historic Connection to the Interstate is Celebrated
IDOT Welcomes National Convoy into Illinois
OTTAWA-The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) highlighted today the historic connection of a test road site to the Interstate System.


June 24, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich signs law to encourage kids to stay in school
New law revokes driving privileges for truants
SPRINGFIELD - In an effort to encourage kids to stay in school, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed House Bill 1463, which requires minors to maintain school attendance in order to keep their driver’s license or learner’s permit.


June 23, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich signs law requiring new therapy coverage for autistic children
Coverage of Speech Therapy Improves Quality of Life
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod. R. Blagojevich today signed a new law designed to help autistic children get access to new treatments. House Bill 4125 mandates that private and government insurance plans pay for an additional 20 speech therapy sessions every year for developmentally disabled children. The measure sponsored by Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago) and Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Highwood) provides financial support and assistance for families raising autistic children.


June 23, 2006
IDOT Gives Motorists a Break During July 4th Weekend
Offers motorists safety and travel tips
SPRINGFIELD-Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Timothy W. Martin is urging the public to make safety their first priority when traveling this Fourth of July weekend.


June 22, 2006
Final Gypsy Moth Treatments of 2006 Scheduled
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is scheduled to apply pheromone flakes to parts of six northern Illinois counties next week in an effort to control the spread of the Gypsy Moth, a voracious insect that feasts on the foliage of trees and shrubs.


June 22, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich signs legislation requiring teens to spend more time learning how to drive
New law doubles the number of behind-the-wheel training hours
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed a new law initiated by Secretary of State Jesse White that increases the amount of time teenage drivers must spend in behind the wheel instruction before they can receive their driver’s license. House Bill 4768, sponsored by Rep. John D’Amico (D-Chicago) and Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago), doubles the amount of behind the wheel training teens must have from 25 to 50 hours, and requires that 10 of those hours be driven at night. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of teenage fatalities – and teenage drivers have a fatality rate that is nearly two times higher than older drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds nationwide.


June 21, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich signs law to reduce kindergarten through third grade class sizes
Fiscal Year 2007 budget includes $10 million for grants to reduce class size
CICERO – At Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Cicero, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed a new law that will provide grant money for schools to reduce class sizes for students in kindergarten through third grade. Providing financial help to schools to maintain smaller class sizes will help students receive more individual attention from teachers. While the average class size for kindergarten and first grade in Illinois is 21, Wilson Elementary averages 36 students per kindergarten class, 27 students per first grade class, and more than 30 students per third grade class – well above the statewide averages.


June 21, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich announces $200 million available to help working families buy their own homes
More than 180 families in Cook County will be able to afford their new homes
CHICAGO– Building on efforts to help low-income working families realize the dream of becoming homeowners, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced a commitment of $200 million for the I-Loan Mortgage program that will help 2,000 families around the state buy a home and enjoy the security and stability that homeownership provides. On behalf of the Governor, Kelly King Dibble, the Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) joined local families, officials and community leaders on Chicago’s Far South Side, to celebrate that more than 180 Chicago-area families will be able to afford their first homes.


June 21, 2006
First Lady Patricia Blagojevich addresses women business leaders at 33rd annual Women Employed Luncheon
Mrs. Blagojevich helps kick off Working Women for Change initiative
CHICAGO – First Lady Patricia Blagojevich today addressed more than 800 women business leaders and civic leaders at the 33rd annual Women Employed Luncheon. Mrs. Blagojevich, who is the first sitting First Lady in Illinois to own a business, talked about her personal experiences as a working mother and highlighted available state resources to aid working women throughout the state. The First Lady also helped kick off Women Employed’s Working Women for Change initiative that will promote healthy working conditions for all women.


June 19, 2006
Director Barry Maram announces new All Kids partnerships with YMCAs across Illinois, the Otis Wilson Foundation, and the Chicago Park District as summer activities and camps begin
Over 40 YMCAs participate statewide; materials to be distributed at hundreds of summer camps and recreational sites
CHICAGO – Barry Maram, Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services joined President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Stephen Cole, Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO Tim Mitchell, former Chicago Bear Otis Wilson, local officials and day campers today at Portage Park to announce that the All Kids program will work with YMCAs across Illinois, the Otis Wilson Foundation and the Chicago Park District to help build awareness and enroll children in the All Kids program throughout summer camps and special events.


June 18, 2006
Governor Blagojevich signs laws strengthening protections for victims of domestic violence and hate crimes
Laws improve tracking of repeat domestic offenders and allow victims of hate crimes to receive compensation under the Crime Victims Compensation Act
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed two new laws to help strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence and increase compensation for victims of hate crimes in order to reduce the financial, mental, and physical burden faced by survivors of violent crimes.


June 17, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich signs law to create tax checkoff for Heartsaver AED Fund
New option will allow taxpayers to donate when filing tax returns
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed a new law that creates a tax checkoff for the Heartsaver AED Fund. Automated external defibrillators (AED) are portable, life saving devices that can be used to restore natural heart rhythm to someone in cardiac arrest. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Illinois and takes the lives of more than 200,000 Americans each year. The American Red Cross estimates that 50,000 people across the country could be saved if AED machines were more readily accessible. House Bill 542, sponsored by Rep. Mike Boland (D – Moline) and Sen. Martin Sandoval (D – Chicago) and initiated by Lt. Governor Pat Quinn, will add the checkoff to next year’s tax returns.


June 16, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich signs new law to eliminate bureaucratic “red tape” for schools
New law will help schools function more efficiently by reducing unnecessary burdens placed on teachers
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed a new law that will help schools operate more efficiently and better meet students’ needs. Senate Bill 2829, known as the “Less Red Tape” bill, will eliminate unnecessary state bureaucracy burdening teachers and school administrators.


June 15, 2006
Governor Blagojevich Advances K-12 State Aid Payments For Fourth Consecutive Year
Advanced payments help schools keep their budgets balanced
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced his intention to advance the final two state aid payments to schools for the current fiscal year. Advancing the final two payments is critical for school districts around the state as they try to keep their own budgets balanced. This is the fourth consecutive year in which Governor Blagojevich advanced the school aid payments.


June 15, 2006
Bliefnick Announces 2006 Illinois State Fair Arena Schedule Of Events
Lineup full of action-packed entertainment
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick today announced the Arena entertainment schedule for the 2006 Illinois State Fair. The venue will host a three-night truck and tractor pull series presented by the Illinois Truck and Tractor Pull Association (ITPA), as well as Arena Cross and Freestyle Motocross racing and a rodeo featuring the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).


June 15, 2006
Taylorville Correctional Center reaches milestone—Walls built for its 100th Habitat for Humanity house
Partnership allows inmates to build housing components for Habitat for Humanity homes for low-income families
Springfield – Taylorville Correctional Center reached a major milestone today by constructing walls for its 100th house for Habitat for Humanity. The house will become the new home for a family in McLean County.


June 15, 2006
State Fire Marshal’s arson investigators refreshing skills in firearms, control and arrest tactics during two-day training sessions
State’s investigators are sworn peace officers, can make arrests
SPRINGFIELD – Arson is a serious crime that causes millions of dollars of property damage and endangers the lives of many firefighters and people in Illinois each year. To help communities fight arson, the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has trained arson investigators throughout the state to assist with fire investigations and, if needed, to bring suspected arsonists to justice.


June 15, 2006
IDNR biologists banding geese through end of June
Media invited to attend annual efforts that helps manage population; provides reliable information on migration patterns
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Natural Resources biologists and volunteers will participate in a series of goose banding efforts this month - corralling Canada geese for examination and for placing aluminum leg bands on select birds as part of an international effort to monitor waterfowl populations.


June 15, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich signs law to strengthen agriculture education in schools
Legislation will revise Illinois School Code, making FFA and the supervised agricultural experience program mandatory requirements in Ag curriculum
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed legislation today that ensures a solid, well-rounded approach to agriculture education in state schools, helping to strengthen the future of Illinois’ number one industry. House Bill 4986 requires districts that offer a secondary agricultural education program to provide instructional courses approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and requires a state and nationally affiliated FFA chapter to be a part of the curriculum. The legislation also requires hands on instruction through formal, supervised agricultural experience activities/programs (SAE).


June 15, 2006
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, June 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 Thursday, June 15, 2006.


June 14, 2006
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, June 14, 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 Wednesday, June 14, 2006.


June 14, 2006
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, June 14, 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 Wednesday, June 14, 2006


June 14, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich signs legislation to protect legacy of performers
New law requires ‘knock off’ groups to use disclaimer in advertising
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed legislation to prevent copycat groups from performing as though they are the original artists. House Bill 4172 aims to keep “knock-offs” from making a profit off of the fame and hard work of other performers through misrepresentation of their identity. It was sponsored by Rep. Karen Yarbrough (D – Broadview) and Sen. Mattie Hunter (D – Chicago).


June 13, 2006
Governor Blagojevich signs laws to further protect Illinois seniors and persons with disabilities from abuse and neglect
New laws increase reporting of alleged abuse or neglect of persons with disabilities, strengthen state investigative powers and help prevent financial exploitation of senior citizens
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed four new laws to protect Illinois seniors and persons with disabilities from exploitation, abuse and neglect. The new laws require timely reporting of abuse and neglect when discovered, and give authorities more tools and power to investigate allegations of exploitation, abuse and neglect of persons with disabilities.


June 13, 2006
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, June 13, 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 Tuesday, June 13, 2006


June 13, 2006
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, June 13, 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 sunet on Tuesday, June 13, 2006.


June 11, 2006
Governor Blagojevich signs new law requiring nuclear plants to report radioactive releases
Concerns about recent tritium releases prompted Illinois to take additional steps to ensure protection of public health
CHICAGO – In response to a series of leaks of water contaminated by radioactive tritium from the Dresden, Braidwood and Byron nuclear power plants, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed a new law today requiring plants to report releases of radioactive contaminants in to the soil, surface water or ground water to the state of Illinois.


June 9, 2006
Blagojevich Administration Officials Launch Keep Cool Illinois Campaign to help Illinois families stay safe, healthy and cool this summer
$8 million available for state’s summer energy assistance program
CHICAGO - Blagojevich Administration officials launched the Keep Cool Illinois campaign and website today to help all Illinoisans stay cool, healthy and safe this summer. A comprehensive, statewide effort, the Keep Cool Illinois campaign, seeks to inform Illinois residents, especially the elderly, families with small children and persons with disabilities, how to prevent heat-related health problems, reduce their utility bills and participate in summer activities safely.


June 9, 2006
First Lady Patricia Blagojevich calls on the FDA to revise mercury warnings for pregnant women
First Lady also urges Illinois Pollution Control Board to work to approve the Governor’s mercury rule
CHICAGO— First Lady Patricia Blagojevich today joined the Illinois Sierra Club, the Illinois Maternal Child and Health Coalition, mothers, and children at the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago to continue calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to revise their mercury warnings for tuna and other kinds of fish. On Tuesday, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich called on the FDA to issue a new warning that pregnant women should avoid canned tuna entirely. The Governor’s recommendation was based on new warnings from Consumer Reports that some canned tuna contains mercury levels high enough that pregnant women should never eat it. According to a Chicago Tribune report, the FDA is not planning to notify the public of this new information.


June 9, 2006
Governor Blagojevich signs new law reducing idling from diesel-engine vehicles
Law will reduce diesel emissions and soot levels which are harmful to the public health and the environment
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed House Bill 4782 into law, which prevents stationary diesel vehicles of more than 8,000 pounds from idling for more than 10 minutes in the Chicagoland area and in the St. Louis Metro-East Region.


June 8, 2006
GOV. BLAGOJEVICH ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS LED THE NATION IN APRIL IN NEW JOBS CREATED
Governor Also Highlights Record Rise of Economic Impact of Tourism and Visitors to Illinois; Announces $3.1 Million for Innovative Job Training Program to Address Critical Shortages of Industrial Workers in Chicagoland Area
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced today that Illinois added more new jobs than any other state in April. In April, Illinois led the nation in monthly job growth, creating 23,100 new jobs. This is the first time Illinois has lead the nation in monthly job growth since January 1995. With 43,600 new jobs created during the past three consecutive months, Illinois is currently ranked fourth in the nation in job creation in 2006. These statistics were complied by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.


June 7, 2006
GOV. BLAGOJEVICH ANNOUNCES ALMOST $1 MILLION IN OPPORTUNITY RETURNS SUPPORT TO HELP BRING PABST BREWING COMPANY HEADQUARTERS TO ILLINOIS
New Headquarters Will Bring 31 Jobs to DuPage County
CHICAGO – Continuing to deliver on his promise to create new, good-paying jobs throughout the Chicagoland area, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced almost $1 million in Opportunity Returns support for the Pabst Brewing Company to relocate its corporate headquarters to suburban Woodridge and create 31 new jobs. The business investment package comes as a part of Opportunity Returns, the Governor’s comprehensive economic development strategy to create jobs and build the economy in Northeast Illinois.


June 7, 2006
Blagojevich administration calls on federal government to share information with states about recent human avian influenza cases in northern Indonesia
Despite federal pledge to keep states informed of avian flu developments, Illinois still has not received official notification from CDC about human cases
CHICAGO—Top officials in Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s administration, Colonel Jill Morgenthaler, Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety and Dr. Eric Whitaker, Director of Illinois Department of Public Health, today sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calling on them to release information about the recent cluster of human cases of avian influenza in northern Indonesia. The CDC is one of the major operating components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


June 7, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich announces first-year success of State Police Meth Response Teams in the war on methamphetamine
Meth Response Teams’ efforts lead to more than 650 arrests, seizure of nearly 213,000 grams of drugs in year one
SPRINGFIELD – As the Illinois State Police’s (ISP) six Meth Response Teams (MRT’s) mark their one-year anniversary, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that in their first year of operation, the MRT’s handled a total of 750 meth related incidents, made 653 arrests and seized nearly 213,000 grams of drugs and materials related to the production of meth. The Governor created the Meth Response Teams (MRT’s) last year as part of the state’s ongoing effort to combat the proliferation of one of the fastest-growing and most dangerous illegal drug trades in Illinois.


June 6, 2006
GOV. BLAGOJEVICH ANNOUNCES COMPREHENSIVE INVESTMENT PACKAGE TO HELP BRING THE WORLD’S CLEANEST COAL PLANT TO ILLINOIS
$17 Million Grant Tops Aggressive Effort to Continue Illinois’ Leading Role in Developing Clean Coal Technologies
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced today that a $17 million direct grant from a clean coal technology fund tops off what is believed to be the nation’s most aggressive investment package to bring the $1 billion FutureGen coal-to-energy project to Illinois. After three years of extensive planning and preparation, Illinois submitted four potential locations for the state-of-the-art plant that met the rigorous site review standards established by the FutureGen Industrial Alliance. The sites, which are located in Effingham, Marshall, Mattoon and Tuscola, are part of the state’s bid to host this state-of-the-art facility. The Alliance will develop a short list of candidate sites this summer, and the final selection will be made sometime next year.


June 6, 2006
Governor Blagojevich signs new consumer protection law banning misleading solicitations from entities posing as savings institutions
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed a new law that will help protect Illinois consumers against misleading solicitations from organizations using the names of banks and savings and loans institutions. The law came in response to fraudulent schemes where homeowners received materials in the mail asking them to refinance their mortgage or open a life insurance policy. The companies sending the mailings use the name of the consumers’ bank, or a similar name, making consumers think their bank is actually sending them the advertisement.


June 5, 2006
Governor Blagojevich signs law to raise awareness about benefits of umbilical cord blood donations
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed legislation to educate people about the benefits, costs, and uses associated with umbilical cord blood collection. Cord blood stem cells, found in a baby’s umbilical cord blood, can be used to treat a variety of serious illnesses, including leukemias, lymphomas, and immune deficiencies like sickle cell anemia. House Bill 5245, sponsored by state Representative Rich Brauer (R-Springfield) and state Senator William Haine (D-Alton), requires the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to prepare and distribute to health and maternal care providers written publications that provide details about umbilical cord blood donations.


June 4, 2006
Governor Blagojevich signs new laws to fight meth manufacturing in Illinois
Law establishes a meth manufacturer registry to keep communities safer
SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to curb the methamphetamine production that continues to ravage Illinois communities, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed legislation today that will create a meth manufacturing registry. Senate Bill 2915, sponsored by state Senator William R. Haine (D-Alton) and state Representative Roger Eddy (R-Hutsonville), gives law enforcement another tool to protect Illinois families and farmers.


June 3, 2006
Governor Blagojevich signs law to help communities purchase new ambulances
Zero-interest loan program will help fire departments, fire protection districts and non-profit ambulance services purchase new ambulances
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed legislation that will help communities purchase new life-saving ambulances through zero-interest loans provided by the Illinois Finance Authority. Senate Bill 623, sponsored by state Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and state Representative Michael Smith (D-Canton), creates a revolving loan program to provide the loans for new ambulances.


June 2, 2006
First Lady Patricia Blagojevich announces June selections for Children’s Reading Club: Hugh Lofting’s The Story of Dr. Dolittle and Gene Zion’s Harry the Dirty Dog
The First Lady expressed her commitment to early education and the importance of enriching children’s lives through literature
CHICAGO – First Lady Patricia Blagojevich today joined approximately sixty preschoolers at the Chinese American Service League Preschool to announce the June selections for her Children’s Reading Club – Hugh Lofting’s The Story of Dr. Dolittle and Gene Zion’s Harry the Dirty Dog. At the book reading, the First Lady talked about the importance of early childhood education and highlighted Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s landmark Preschool for All plan - a program that makes Illinois the only state in that nation to offer high-quality preschool to every three and four-year-old child. All of the attendees received a copy of a book to take home with them as a souvenir – one book for preschool children and one book for older readers.


June 2, 2006
Governor Blagojevich signs new laws to protect “Good Samaritans” who help injured people
Laws protect first responders, EMTs, individuals with first aid training who provide emergency medical assistance
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed two new laws that will protect people trained in first aid or medical response from being sued for trying to help injured people. The new laws aim to alleviate worries by “Good Samaritans” that they could be sued for helping someone who is seriously injured.


June 2, 2006
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, June 2, 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, June 2, 2006.


June 2, 2006
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, June 2, 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, June 2, 2006


June 1, 2006
Illinois State Fair Mega Pass To Go On Sale June 1
Pass offers unlimited carnival rides during entire 2006 Illinois State Fair
It’s time to purchase a carnival Mega Pass for this year’s Illinois State Fair, Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick announced today. Sales of the pass, which is good for an unlimited number of rides at the carnival Midway and Adventure Village, begin June 1.


June 1, 2006
GOV. BLAGOJEVICH ANNOUNCES TRIUMPH FOODS WILL BUILD $135 MILLION, STATE-OF-THE-ART PROCESSING PLANT IN EAST MOLINE
State Support Will Help Bring at Least 1,000 New Jobs to the Quad Cities
CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the awarding of almost $16 million in Opportunity Returns support for Triumph Foods, a pork processing company headquartered in St. Joseph, Missouri, to locate a new, state-of-the-art processing plant in East Moline. The project will create an estimated 350 new jobs by 2009 and a total of 1,000 new jobs by 2010. The investment package comes as a part of Opportunity Returns, the Governor’s comprehensive economic development strategy to create jobs and build the economy in Northwest Illinois.


June 1, 2006
Gov. Blagojevich signs new consumer protection laws for Illinois homeowners
Mortgage rescue protection measure gives homeowners new rights, helps them to retain a significant portion of the value of their home; Governor also signs two bills that provide homeowners additional protections against property fraud
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed legislation to protect vulnerable homeowners from fraudulent actions by unscrupulous mortgage ‘rescue’ firms. Senate Bill 2349, an initiative of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sponsored by Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago) and Rep. Marlow H. Colvin (D-Chicago), gives homeowners new rights when dealing with companies that offer financial assistance to help them save their homes from foreclosure. It also guarantees that homeowners will receive a substantial portion of their equity in the home from the companies.

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