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November
2007


November 30, 2007
Gov. Blagojevich announces World AIDS Day in Illinois prevention and awareness efforts
Department of Public Health partners with NAACP and Black Ministers Alliance to sponsor HIV/AIDS testing and awareness events
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich ordered the lights dimmed at the State Capitol in Springfield and other state government buildings tomorrow evening in remembrance of Illinoisans who have lost their lives to AIDS. The 2007 World AIDS Day observance will be held Saturday, December 1, from 6:45 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The lights will be dimmed at the State Capitol Rotunda and State Public Health buildings in Springfield, and in Chicago at the James R. Thompson Center and Bilandic Building. This year’s World AIDS Day theme is Keeping the Promise through Leadership.


November 30, 2007
Honoring Former U.S. Congressman Henry Hyde
United States and Illinois flags should be raised to full staff at sunset Saturday, December 1, 2007.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Blagojevich’s Office to raise the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings to full staff at sunset Saturday, December 1, 2007.


November 30, 2007
Illinois Products Gift Baskets And Gift Sets: A Creative Option For Your Holiday Shopping List
IDOA web-based “Food and Agribusiness Guide” makes identifying Illinois products even easier
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Holiday shoppers looking for a creative gift idea may want to consider purchasing an Illinois products gift basket or gift set, Illinois Agriculture Director Chuck Hartke said.


November 29, 2007
Governor Blagojevich announces Lincoln’s Tomb going green
Geothermal heating and cooling system to be installed at Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site to reduce energy usage, increase visitor comfort
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that geothermal technology will be used to replace the existing heating and cooling systems at Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery, a move that will reduce energy usage, improve efficiency, protect the historic tomb finishes, and increase comfort for nearly 375,000 people from around the world who visit the 16th President’s final resting place each year.


November 29, 2007
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately.
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 immediately.


November 28, 2007
IEMA and State Fire Marshal suggest preparedness and safety gifts for friends and loved ones this holiday season
Weather radios, emergency kits, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are gifts that can save lives
SPRINGFIELD – With the holiday shopping season now underway, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) have a few gift suggestions that can protect your loved ones during emergencies.


November 28, 2007
Statement from Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich
On House’s failure to pass Senate Bill 307 – long term funding solution for mass transit
SPRINGFIELD – “I'm disappointed that the House was unable to pass a long-term funding plan for the CTA, Metra and Pace. This is the second time the House tried and could not pass a transit funding plan. I appreciate Speaker Madigan's effort to try to pass the funding plan for the CTA, Metra and Pace. The message from the Legislature is clear: members will not pass a solution for the mass transit without a capital infrastructure plan. Therefore based on tonight’s vote, and in response to House Republican Leader Tom Cross's request, I am calling the Legislature back in to Special Session tomorrow to consider the CTA funding legislation with a capital bill. We can't afford any more delay. The legislature must keep working until they pass legislation that keeps the CTA, Metra and Pace running.”


November 28, 2007
Illinois EPA seeks applications from Illinois students for Governor’s Green Youth Award
Agency to recognize environmental and conservation projects by Illinois youth
Springfield—Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Doug Scott is encouraging Illinois students to apply for the annual Governor’s Green Youth Awards. The award recognizes the outstanding and inventive efforts of Illinois youth who are working on environmental protection and conservation projects.


November 21, 2007
Governor Blagojevich announces Food Stamp Program recognized nationally for effectively reaching those in need
Illinois' Food Stamp Program provides help to 75 percent of those who qualify for assistance
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that Illinois has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its effectiveness in reaching those families in need of assistance through the Food Stamp Program, administered through the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). The rate of participation in Illinois is up to 75 percent according to the most recent surveys for FY05, improving participation six percent from the previous year and 10 percent higher than the national average.


November 20, 2007
Governor Blagojevich urges fire safety during holiday season and winter months to save lives
Governor's Keep Warm Illinois campaign and State Fire Marshal offer tips to help families stay safe
SPRINGFIELD – As people throughout the state turn up the heat in their homes to fight the cold winter air, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today reminded Illinoisans to keep fire safety in mind. Last year in Illinois, heating equipment caused 355 fires, resulting in 12 injuries, one death and more than $12.5 million in property damage.


November 20, 2007
Hunters in Illinois harvest more than 85,000 deer during first weekend of firearm deer season
2007 first season preliminary totals nearly identical to last year’s first season numbers
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 85,490 deer during the opening weekend of the state’s 2007 firearm deer season, Nov. 16-18, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Acting Director Sam Flood announced today. The second portion of the firearm season is Nov. 29-Dec. 2.


November 19, 2007
Gov. Blagojevich announces Illinois Public Safety agencies to tighten safety belt enforcement over Thanksgiving holiday
State police reminds motorists to "Click It or Ticket" and continues "Stay Alive on the I’s" campaign to reduce crashes, fatalities
SPRINGFIELD - As thousands of people plan to hit the roadways during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP), and hundreds of other local police agencies are teaming up to crackdown on drivers who fail to buckle up.


November 17, 2007
Blagojevich Administration, legislative and local leaders dedicate McKinley Bridge
Project restores important connection between Illinois and Missouri across the Mississippi River
VENICE - On behalf of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Milton R. Sees today joined U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello, State Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville) and other elected and community leaders to dedicate the McKinley Bridge as the revitalization project nears completion. The $52 million project, funded with state and federal dollars, restores a vital connection across the Mississippi River for local commuters for the first time in six years.


November 16, 2007
Governor Blagojevich hails nomination of Tom Carper to national board of Amtrak
Governor urges quick confirmation by the U.S. Senate of West Central Illinois economic development leader and former Macomb mayor; Says pick underscores success of Illinois' partnership with Amtrak
CHICAGO - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today congratulated Tom Carper, the former mayor of Macomb and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) West Central region manager, on his nomination by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to serve on the national Board of Directors for Amtrak. The Governor also urged quick action on the nomination by the U.S. Senate and said that the appointment highlights the success of the state's partnership with Amtrak, which has seen phenomenal growth in riders here since Illinois doubled state support for the rail service last year.


November 16, 2007
State public health department promotes turkey tips for a safe Thanksgiving dinner
Safe food handling to make the holiday healthier and safer
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is promoting food safety tips to use when preparing a Thanksgiving meal to help protect you and your family against food-related illness. Following some simple guidelines can help ensure a safe meal.


November 16, 2007
State surplus auction website offers Municipal Governments service to sell unneeded equipment
Village of Riverdale first to use iBid to sell prairie schooner, harpsichord and Riverside’s surplus water meters
SPRINGFIELD – Municipalities throughout Illinois can now auction their surplus property using the State’s on-line auction system, iBid. Today the Village of Riverside will become the first local government to sell unneeded equipment using the system, which is operated as part of the State’s surplus property operation run by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS).


November 16, 2007
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise, Saturday, November 17 until sunset, Monday, November 19, 2007
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, Saturday, November 17 until sunset, Monday, November 19, 2007.


November 15, 2007
Gov. Blagojevich urges congressional support for Federal Mortgage Reform Act
House bill offers consumer protection for all homebuyers comparable to those already in place in Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today sent a letter to members of the Illinois Congressional delegation urging their support of a bill that would further protect Illinois homeowners against predatory, high risk or overly expensive mortgages whether they obtain their loan from a local or national company. H.R. 3915, "The Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007" provides homeowners with protections similar to those implemented by Gov. Blagojevich on a state level since 2003. It ensures that Illinois' most important consumer protections would also apply to borrowers seeking loans from banks, thrifts and credit unions, or other lenders that provide mortgages in Illinois and across the country.


November 15, 2007
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
Governor Blagojevich has ordered that all State-occupied facilities fly the flag of the United States of America and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the two days before and the day of the funeral of every fallen Illinois soldier.
Governor Blagojevich has ordered that all State-occupied facilities fly the flag of the United States of America and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the two days before and the day of the funeral of every fallen Illinois soldier.


November 15, 2007
Governor Blagojevich signs Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord
Agreement to Reduce Pollution that Causes Global Warming and Strengthen Energy Security
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich and the governors of Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin today signed the Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord, strengthening his commitment to fight global warming in Illinois and throughout the Midwest. This historic agreement aims to greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in Illinois and across the region. The Accord will help achieve the goal Gov. Blagojevich announced in February to reduce GHGs in Illinois to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 60 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.


November 15, 2007
Illinois EPA encourages efforts to reuse, reduce and recycle on America Recycles Day
State environmental agency supports and sponsors numerous recycling programs
Springfield – Marking America Recycles Day, Illinois EPA Director Doug Scott urges people throughout Illinois to recycle whenever possible in order to limit the negative impact on the environment by keeping tons of potential waste out of Illinois landfills.


November 15, 2007
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise, Sunday, November 18 until sunset, Tuesday, November 20, 2007
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, Sunday, November 18 until sunset, Tuesday, November 20, 2007.


November 15, 2007
Blagojevich Administration officials launch Homeowner Outreach Days
Illinois foreclosure rates up 16% since 2006; events will help hundreds of Illinois homeowners facing foreclosure avoid losing their homes
CHICAGO – On behalf of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Executive Director DeShana L. Forney and Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) Secretary Dean Martinez today launched the first of six Homeowner Outreach Days to help Illinois residents avoid losing their homes through foreclosure and also to stabilize neighborhoods. Recent surveys show foreclosure filings are up 16 percent in Illinois since 2006 and 18 percent in Chicago. The events will provide one-on-one counseling sessions between borrowers and lenders, as well as workshops on refinancing, foreclosure prevention, legal rights, loss mitigation and credit counseling.


November 14, 2007
IDHS celebrates first Worldwide Diabetes Day
Gov. Blagojevich issues state proclamation to support awareness effort; Sears Tower among hundreds of world landmarks to light up in blue
CHICAGO – Marking the first World Diabetes Day, Illinois Department of Human Services Secretary Carol L. Adams, Ph.D., today urged all Illinoisans to learn more about diabetes and how it can be prevented and controlled through diet and exercise. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, more than 750,000 Illinoisans have diabetes. Governor Rod R. Blagojevich proclaimed Wednesday, November 14, World Diabetes Awareness Day in Illinois to correspond with the national celebration.


November 14, 2007
Gov. Blagojevich urges Illinois seniors to apply for Illinois Cares Rx as open enrollment season begins for Medicare Part D
To find out more about Illinois’ wrap-around prescription drug program, call the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966
CHICAGO – As seniors around the country get ready for Medicare Part D’s open enrollment season starting tomorrow, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today urged Illinois seniors to apply for Illinois Cares Rx, which provides wrap-around prescription drug coverage to fill in the gaps created by Medicare Part D, and offers drug coverage for people who do not have Medicare. Illinois seniors and persons with disabilities who want to find out more about the Illinois Cares Rx program should call the Senior Helpline at 1-800-252-8966 or visit www.illinoisbenefits.org.


November 13, 2007
Illinois State Fair To Offer Holiday Mega Pass Special
Discount pass good for unlimited carnival rides at the 2008 Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Looking for a unique gift to stuff in a child’s stocking this holiday season? Illinois State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick suggests parents and grandparents consider an Illinois State Fair Mega Pass, which can be purchased for just $45 during a special holiday promotion.


November 13, 2007
Governor Blagojevich and Ford Motor Co. launch statewide campaign to reduce teen crashes and save lives
"Operation Teen Safe Driving" engages teens in competition to improve driving among peers, builds on momentum of Secretary of State's new teen driving law
CHICAGO - Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich was joined by representatives of the Ford Motor Company Fund, Secretary of State Jesse White, and other state officials today in launching a statewide effort designed to reduce teen crashes and fatalities in Illinois. The Operation Teen Safe Driving campaign is the first of its kind in the nation and gets high school students directly involved by engaging them in competition to design community-based driving safety programs targeted at their peers.


November 12, 2007
State public health director encourages smokers to kick the habit during the Great American Smokeout
Smoking kills one of every five people nationwide
SPRINGFIELD – With the state’s ban on smoking set to begin January 1, 2008, Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director, today encouraged smokers to kick the habit as part of the annual Great American Smokeout, Thursday, Nov. 15.


November 12, 2007
Gov. Blagojevich announces more than $1.2 million available for nurses working in state's Veterans' Homes to help pay for their education
Grants will help recruit and retain quality nursing staff to ensure the best care for Illinois veterans
CHICAGO - Today, in recognition of Veterans Day, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced grant funds are available to nurses working at Illinois Veterans' Homes to help them pay off student loans. Nurses who provide care for Illinois Veterans in the state's four Veterans' Homes are now eligible to have as much as $5,000 of their student loans repaid by the state, thanks to the new Veterans' Home Nurse Loan Repayment Program administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA). There is a total of $1.22 million available for nurses through this program.


November 9, 2007
Gov. Blagojevich announces Illinois ahead of the national curve for emergency preparedness
Illinois Strategic National Stockpile plan scores above the national average in ability to receive, distribute and dispense medications
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today that Illinois' plan to distribute necessary medications and medical supplies in the event of an emergency received high marks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Illinois Strategic National Stockpile plan scored 91 out of 100, well above the national average, during a recent in-depth assessment by the CDC. Reviewers looked at 13 different areas including controlling inventory of vaccines and medical supplies, distribution and security.


November 9, 2007
Reminder to Illinois landowners and wildlife enthusiasts: Don’t feed wild deer
Ban on feeding wild deer to help prevent spread of CWD
SPRINGFIELD- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding Illinois residents and visitors not to feed wild deer and other wildlife in areas where wild deer are present. A ban on feeding wild deer was enacted in 2002 as part of the state’s continuing effort to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the Illinois wild deer herd.


November 8, 2007
National labor leaders back Gov. Blagojevich’s Illinois Covered healthcare plan; Commit to pushing for passage in 2008
Former Congressman, AFL-CIO, SEIU call Governor’s Illinois Covered plan “well-designed template” for Congress to follow
WASHINGTON D.C. – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today talked with national labor leaders and former Congressman Dick Gephardt in the nation’s capital at a meeting sponsored by the non-profit advocacy group, America’s Agenda: Health Care for All, to address the current healthcare crisis that has caused millions of Americans to be without health coverage. Leaders praised the Governor’s efforts in Illinois to expand access to affordable health coverage and to bring down healthcare costs for businesses and working families. The leaders committed to helping the Governor push for passage of “Illinois Covered,” an innovative comprehensive healthcare plan that would benefit the 1.4 million uninsured adults in Illinois and generate savings for Illinois households and businesses estimated to be greater than $15 billion over the next four years.


November 8, 2007
Governor Blagojevich awards more than $1.4 million in Off-Highway Vehicle Recreational Trail Grants
Projects include acquisition of land for new OHV trails, improvements at existing sites, and additional safety instructors
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Rod. R. Blagojevich today awarded more than $1.4 million in grants from the state's Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreational Trails Program to fund improvements at OHV facilities in Illinois. The grants will help fund improvements to some existing facilities and develop new trails that will help attract riders and encourage safe recreation.


November 7, 2007
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise, Tuesday, November 13 until sunset, Friday, November 16, 2007
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, Tuesday, November 13 until sunset, Friday, November 16, 2007.


November 7, 2007
Blagojevich Administration officials cut ribbon on groundbreaking program to help disabled, homeless veterans
Pilot program looks to provide permanent housing, medical assistance and job training for disabled vets
MANTENO - As Veterans Day nears, Blagojevich Administration officials today hosted an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Prince Home at Manteno - a first-in-the-nation pilot program to help disabled, homeless veterans in Illinois. The program is designed to provide permanent housing for homeless and disabled veterans, including veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


November 7, 2007
Governor Blagojevich announces Illinois program designed to help uninsured women live a healthier lifestyle recognized as national model
Illinois WISEWOMAN Program works to lower heart disease and promotes a healthy lifestyle through physical activity
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that a state program designed to fight heart disease and help uninsured women live a healthy lifestyle has received national recognition. The Illinois WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation) Program has been chosen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of six women's health curriculums it will offer to states, tribes and territories across the country looking to improve women's health.


November 6, 2007
IDOT To Hold Public Meetings On 2007 State Transportation Plan
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will hold five public meetings on the 20-year State Transportation Plan, starting November 13th. The current plan was revised in December 2005. To comply with state law, an updated plan is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2007. Members of the public will have the opportunity to learn about the State Transportation Plan, and ask questions at each public meeting.


November 6, 2007
WMRC official named chair of national pollution prevention group
Dr. Gary Miller will head group’s efforts to advance pollution prevention
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Dr. Gary Miller, Assistant Director of the Illinois Waste Management and Research Center has been selected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR).


November 5, 2007
Blagojevich Administration unveils new Veterans Cash Lottery Ticket, Double Action
Encourages residents to honor and help Veterans by purchasing new ticket; 100 percent of proceeds go to help provide wide range of services for Illinois Veterans
SPRINGFIELD – As the nation prepares to honor Veterans this coming Veterans Day, Tammy Duckworth, Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) joined the Illinois Lottery in Springfield today to unveil the new Veterans Cash lottery ticket, Double Action, on behalf of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich. The Blagojevich Administration is encouraging residents to purchase the new ticket as an easy way to honor and help improve the services provided to the state’s Veterans.


November 5, 2007
IEMA encourages people to test homes for radon during Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Radon is leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging people to test their homes for radon, a radioactive gas known to cause lung cancer, during the month of November. Governor Rod R. Blagojevich has proclaimed November Lung Cancer Awareness Month in Illinois, calling attention to the fact that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer overall and the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.


November 5, 2007
Gov. Blagojevich announces $536,000 in AgriFIRST funds available
Grant program assists producers in development of new value-added agriculture businesses; application deadline December 11
SPRINGFIELD – Applications are now being accepted for the AgriFIRST program, which assists producers in the development of value-added agricultural ventures, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today. More than $536,000 in grants will be available through the program, which is administered through the Illinois Department of Agriculture.


November 2, 2007
Governor Blagojevich signs anti-predatory lending law, announces borrower outreach initiative to help fight foreclosures
Statewide ban on predatory mortgage products, counseling and face-to-face lenders’ meetings will help families keep their homes
SPRINGFIELD – As the nation’s foreclosure rate continues to rise, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today took action to provide Illinois homeowners facing foreclosure with opportunities to meet directly with lenders, community housing counselors and local, state and federal housing officials during a series of Homeowner Outreach Days scheduled for November and December. The Governor also signed legislation that will help reduce the risks of Illinois families seeking new mortgages. Senate Bill 1167, sponsored by State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins, (D-Chicago) and State Representative Karen Yarbrough (D-Broadview), toughens standards that mortgage brokers must meet before completing loans for their customers. The bill also implements the counseling and pilot program changes to House Bill 4050 that Governor Blagojevich recommended earlier this year.


November 2, 2007
State Fire Marshal reminds people to change batteries in smoke alarms when they change their clocks
Working smoke alarms critical to saving lives
SPRINGFIELD – State Fire Marshal David B. Foreman is reminding people to change the batteries in their smoke alarms this weekend as they change their clocks to end Daylight Saving Time. Clocks should be moved back one hour at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.


November 2, 2007
Revenue Department reports record high number of taxpayers filed online in 2007
E-Filing saved state $3.7 million in processing expenses
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) today announced a record high number of taxpayers chose to file online in 2007. More than 2.7 million taxpayers took advantage of E-Filing through the IDOR website, a 7.4 percent increase over 2006. In addition to making the filing process faster and more convenient for taxpayers, the E-filing option provides a significant cost savings to the state. In 2007, IDOR saved more than $3.7 million in tax processing costs.


November 2, 2007
Gov. Blagojevich announces more than $250,000 to enhance snowmobile trails throughout Illinois
Trail maintenance, equipment and safety projects will enhance snowmobile recreation
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today awarded state snowmobile trail grants totaling $252,400 to seven local governments and to the statewide snowmobile association for trail maintenance, equipment, and safety improvements for public-access snowmobile trails in Illinois. The grants were announced at the Illinois Association of Snowmobile Clubs (IASC) annual convention in Naperville.


November 2, 2007
CTA and Pace accept Gov. Blagojevich's $27 million grant to maintain operations through year's end
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced this afternoon the Chicago Transit Authority and Pace accepted a $27 million direct grant to maintain operations until the end of the year. The short-term financial assistance package will ensure that transit riders in the Chicago area will be able to continue relying on the service they need while lawmakers work to pass a plan that provides long-term funding for mass transit as well as funding for infrastructure projects statewide.


November 2, 2007
Gov. Blagojevich promotes awareness and reminds caregivers they are not alone during Alzheimer's Awareness Month
More than 210,000 adults in Illinois are currently afflicted by the disease
CHICAGO – In an effort to increase awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and to remind caregivers they are not alone, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today proclaimed November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Illinois. Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s throughout the United States, but those numbers are expected to triple in the next three decades if a cure or effective treatment is not found. In Illinois alone, there are more than 210,000 adults who are afflicted by this disease.


November 1, 2007
Statement from Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich
On effort to provide long-term mass transit funding for RTA/CTA
CHICAGO – “The General Assembly is running short on time to pass a long-term funding plan for mass transit before the CTA and other transit agencies will take actions that hurt their riders in order to balance their budget."


November 1, 2007
Gov. Blagojevich encourages employers to hire Veterans during "Hire a Vet" month in Illinois
Announces job fairs for Veterans throughout the state and reminds employers about $600 tax credit for each Veteran hired
CHICAGO - Building on his commitment to help the state's Veterans get the opportunities they have bravely earned, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today encouraged employers to hire the state's military heroes during "Hire a Vet Month" in Illinois. The state will host several job fairs for Veterans this month and the Governor reminded employers of the new state income tax credit available of up to $600 for every qualified Veteran they hire.

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