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April
2008


April 30, 2008
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise, Thursday, May 1 until sunset, Saturday, May 3, 2008.
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, Thursday, May 1 until sunset, Saturday, May 3, 2008.


April 29, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich announces museum exhibit national tour in honor of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
One-of-a-kind "Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America" mobile exhibit debuts April 30 in Denver
SPRINGFIELD- Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that the "Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America" museum exhibits developed by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) will travel the nation during the next two years to commemorate the Lincoln Bicentennial. People across the country are encouraged to see these exhibits free of charge.


April 29, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich announces major cost savings from more efficient care management in Medicaid program
First year of Primary Care Case Management and Disease Management program has resulted in consistent, appropriate care for clients that avoids costly emergency room visits and hospitalizations; paid for first year costs of All Kids expansion
CHICAGO - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) achieved $34 million in net savings during fiscal year 2007 through more efficient management of its medical programs. The savings resulted from the implementation of a Primary Care Case Management program and a Disease Management program for the almost 1.7 million individuals who receive their healthcare through HFS medical programs, which includes the state's Medicaid program. Those savings will pay for the first year of the All Kids expansion, which increased eligibility from 200 percent of the federal poverty level to all uninsured children and cost $22.8 million in fiscal year 2007.


April 28, 2008
Blagojevich administration joins in dedication of Technical Rescue Training Facility at Scott Air Force Base
Nearly $300,000 from state's homeland security grant provided for facility built at Scott Air Force Base
SPRINGFIELD – The Blagojevich administration today commended a joint local, state and federal effort that resulted in a new vertical and confined space rescue training facility at Scott Air Force Base that will benefit thousands of emergency responders throughout southern Illinois. Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Andrew Velasquez III joined officials from Scott Air Force Base, local, state and federal officials and emergency response organizations to dedicate the new training facility during a ribbon-cutting event Monday.


April 26, 2008
State of Illinois holds statewide human trafficking outreach day
Grassroots blitz involves federal, state, local agencies and hundreds of volunteers to heighten awareness of the growing problem
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today commended the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) for joining the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Salvation Army and more than 100 partners statewide in the Illinois Rescue and Restore Human Trafficking Outreach Day. The event is the third of its kind held in Illinois and is designed to raise awareness about human trafficking and help rescue victims in Illinois.


April 25, 2008
GOV. BLAGOJEVICH ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS TO PURSUE INCREASED EXPORT SALES AT NEW FOOD INDUSTRY TRADE SHOW
Global Food & Style Expo will enable Illinois food companies to market their products around the world
CHICAGO - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced 35 Illinois food companies wanting to expand their export business will participate in the inaugural Global Food & Style Expo.


April 25, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich proclaims April 26, 2008 "Danica Patrick Day" in Illinois
Day will honor the victory of Illinois native's record setting win in the Japan 300
CHICAGO- Governor Rod R. Blagojevich proclaimed tomorrow, Saturday, April 26, 2008 "Danica Patrick Day" in Illinois in recognition of the female driver raised in Roscoe, Illinois who won the Japan 300 auto race last Sunday, becoming the first female driver in IndyCar series history to win a race. On Sunday, April 27, Danica will travel to the Kansas Speedway and compete in the RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300 race in Kansas City.


April 23, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich fights harmful Bush Administration Medicaid rules on several fronts
Urges Illinois Congressional delegation to vote to halt implementation; joins other governors in support of legal challenge to Bush rules Families USA report estimates Bush Medicaid rules would cost Illinois $487 million in first year alone in addition to job loss and economic decline
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today sent a letter urging members of the Illinois Congressional delegation to support a moratorium on the Bush Administration’s proposed changes to the Medicaid program when the issue comes up for a vote in the U.S. House later today. Late last week, the Governor joined ten other states in filing legal briefs in support of a lawsuit against Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael O. Leavitt to stop federal changes to the Medicaid program. Families USA released a study earlier today highlighting the devastating effect the regulations would have on the Illinois economy, including job and economic activity losses in addition to an estimated $487.7 million cut in federal Medicaid funding to the state.


April 23, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich announces 2008 Student Historians of the Year
Fourteen junior and senior high school students have the best essays published in a statewide history magazine
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the 2008 Student Historians of the Year - fourteen student historians who are being recognized for their outstanding essays published in Illinois History magazine, the nation’s oldest history magazine written by and for junior and senior high school students. The students published the essays during the past year in Illinois History magazine on topics ranging from immigration to communications to the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.


April 23, 2008
Statement from Governor Rod R. Blagojevich
On U.S. House vote to delay implementation of harmful changes to Medicaid
CHICAGO – "I want to congratulate the U.S. House of Representatives for voting today to delay implementation of harmful Medicaid regulations proposed by the Bush administration. We’ve worked hard in Illinois to help more families have access to affordable health coverage. The Bush Administration’s regulations would move our country in the opposite direction, and would cost Illinois over $2.5 billion in federal Medicaid funding over the next five years. During a time when our country faces an economic slowdown that’s impacting family and state finances, we need Washington to maintain its commitment to Medicaid. I urge the U.S. Senate to follow the lead of their colleagues in the House and cast a vote to protect healthcare for our families."


April 22, 2008
On Earth Day, Gov. Blagojevich urges responsible disposal of unused pharmaceuticals, electronic equipment and household hazardous waste
Disposal alternatives protect environment from harmful toxins, save natural resources and can reduce costs for the state and for individuals
CHICAGO – On Earth Day, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich is encouraging individuals and businesses in Illinois to do their part to protect our state’s natural resources by taking advantage of safe and environmentally-friendly options for recycling or disposing of unwanted medications, old electronics and potentially hazardous household waste. Recent news stories have raised concerns about contaminants like pharmaceuticals and DEET, a common insect repellent ingredient, making their way into the nation’s drinking water supply. The State of Illinois and its many local cosponsors offer Household Hazardous Waste collection sites for unused pharmaceuticals, household hazardous waste, mercury, and other items that are potentially harmful to the environment and the public, as well as guidance for personal recycling programs.


April 22, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich Proclaims Equal Pay Day in Illinois
Governor raises awareness on wage gap between men and women and highlights state’s efforts to protect Illinois workers from wage discrimination in the workplace
CHICAGO – Continuing his efforts to close the wage gap in the workplace, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich proclaimed today as Equal Pay Day in Illinois to remind workers of the state’s protections against wage discrimination based on gender. Equal Pay Day, originated in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE), is observed nationwide on a Tuesday in April to underscore how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year.


April 21, 2008
Governor Blagojevich breaks ground on the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
Joins local leaders and hospital staff to celebrate state-of-the-art research and treatment facility
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today helped break ground on the construction of the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to treating children worldwide and accommodating the needs of their families. A $100 million gift, the largest contribution in the hospital’s 25-year history, was provided by Ann Lurie and will be used to help create the new hospital in Chicago's Streeterville community and to enhance its pediatric research initiatives. In March, Governor Blagojevich announced that the Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) provided approval for $650 million in federally tax-exempt healthcare bonds to finance the new hospital’s construction.


April 21, 2008
Governor Blagojevich announces CDC commendation for Illinois’ work in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes Illinois for having one of the most comprehensive systems for knowing a pregnant mother’s HIV status
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich announced today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has commended Illinois for its efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Illinois was the only state asked to present its program, “Safety Net of Perinatal HIV Prevention in Illinois,” at a recent CDC conference addressing mother-to-child HIV transmission. Illinois’ program has become a model for other states and countries looking to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.


April 20, 2008
Governor Blagojevich highlights Illinois' K-12 school security efforts as anniversary of Columbine tragedy approaches
More than 4,500 school officials, first responders have benefited from state-sponsored training
SPRINGFIELD – As the nation marks the ninth anniversary of the tragic shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on Sunday, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today highlighted progress made in Illinois’ efforts to ensure elementary and secondary school personnel are prepared to keep kids safe when dangerous situations arise. Since the Governor first announced his school security initiatives in fall 2004, more than 4,500 school personnel and local first responders have completed state-sponsored training designed to help them strengthen their school emergency response and crisis management plans. School administrators now also have clear guidance from the state on developing and reviewing school safety plans and on school safety drills.


April 18, 2008
Governor Blagojevich activates State Emergency Operations Center after earthquake centered in southeastern Illinois
SEOC receiving reports of minor damage in affected area
SPRINGFIELD – Shortly after an early-morning earthquake centered in Wabash County in southeastern Illinois, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich directed the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to activate the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Springfield to assess the impact. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was reported to be six miles east of West Salem, Illinois, near the Edward County and Wabash County line. After activating early this morning, the SEOC began receiving initial reports of minor damage in southern Illinois.


April 18, 2008
Governor Blagojevich encourages parents to make sure their children have all recommended vaccines during National Infant Immunization Week
Diseases eliminated in the U.S. are only a plane ride away
SPRINGFEILD – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich is asking every parent in Illinois to make sure their children have been vaccinated against 14 serious diseases during National Infant Immunization Week which begins tomorrow. In the U.S., vaccines have reduced or eliminated many infectious diseases that once routinely killed or harmed many infants, children and adults. While Illinois is currently at a record or near record low in the number of cases of vaccine-preventable diseases, the viruses and bacteria that cause them still exist. Even diseases that haven’t been seen in the U.S. in more than 20 years, like polio, are only a plane ride away.


April 17, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich proclaims April as Fair Housing Month in Illinois
Blagojevich officials marked the 40th anniversary of federal Fair Housing Act and the one hundred-year anniversary of Springfield Race Riots of 1908 Deputy Governor Louanner Peters and Illinois Department of Human Rights present exhibit “Summer of Hate: A Modern Perspective of the Springfield Race Riot of 1908”
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month in Illinois, in an effort to highlight the state’s continuous efforts to combat discrimination in housing and to mark the 40th anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act. Blagojevich officials also commemorated the hundred-year anniversary of the Springfield Race Riots of 1908.


April 16, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich Applauds Senate Committee Action on Landmark Homeowner Protection Legislation
New measure creates 60-day moratorium on foreclosure if families seek help
SPRINGFIELD – The Homeowner Protection Act, Senate Bill 1998, first announced by Governor Blagojevich last month and sponsored by Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago), cleared its first legislative obstacle earlier today when it was approved by the Senate Licensed Activities Committee. The committee vote of 5 – 3 demonstrates widespread support for ensuring homeowners struggling with mortgage payments have up to 60 days to seek help if they fall behind on their payments. The measure now moves to the full Senate for consideration.


April 16, 2008
SIU President Glenn Poshard holds a listening tour event in Metro East to support Gov. Blagojevich’s
Illinois Works capital program
EAST ST. LOUIS- Co-Chair of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s Illinois Works Coalition and President of Southern Illinois University Glenn Poshard held a listening tour event tonight in the Metro East where he heard from area families, business owners and labor leaders about how a comprehensive capital bill will benefit their community. Poshard led the discussion about Illinois Works, a $25 billion capital program proposed by Governor Blagojevich to build or rebuild critical infrastructure that would support 700,000 jobs and spur the economy in communities across the state.


April 15, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich announces Illinois’ coal mine industry achieves unprecedented fifth consecutive year without a fatality
Governor proclaims April 15, 2008, Mine Safety Day in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today that Illinois’ coal mine industry achieved a record fifth consecutive year without a fatality, a milestone never before achieved in Illinois. This achievement is a testament to increased safety measures over the last several years and the diligence of mine workers in Illinois to follow safety procedures. The Governor also proclaimed April 15, 2008, as Mine Safety Day in Illinois.


April 15, 2008
Governor Blagojevich accepts recommendations from Campus Security Task Force for enhancing safety on college campuses
Announces support for legislative proposals including $25 million grant program to boost campus security, new law to require campus emergency response and violence prevention plans Governor asks task force to continue work on campus security
SPRINGFIELD – During a ceremony on the University of Illinois-Chicago campus, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today commended members of the Campus Security Task Force (CSTF) for their thorough study of campus security issues and accepted the group’s comprehensive 259-page report, which details recommendations for increasing security at the more than 180 institutions of higher learning in Illinois. The Governor also embraced the task force’s legislative proposals to create a $25 million grant program to boost campus security and require campus emergency response and violence prevention plans, saying his administration would act quickly to push for legislative approval. The report also includes detailed guidance for college administrators and security officials in the areas of response, mental health and prevention, and legal issues.


April 14, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich appoints Mark Pruitt as Executive Director of newly formed Illinois Power Agency
The Illinois Power Agency (IPA) was created by the electric rate relief legislation, Senate Bill 1592, signed into law last summer
CHICAGO - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today appointed Mark Pruitt as the first Executive Director of the newly created Illinois Power Agency (IPA), effective April 21st. The electric rate relief legislation the governor signed into law last summer created the IPA, a new state agency charged with developing plans to ensure reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable electricity supplies for ComEd and Ameren customers.


April 14, 2008
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise, Tuesday, April 15 until sunset, Thursday, April 17, 2008.
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, April 15 until sunset, Thursday, April 17, 2008.


April 13, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich announces upgrades for security systems at Interstate highway rest areas in Illinois
IDOT to upgrade emergency phones and cameras at rest areas, statewide; will provide extra measure of security for motorists, traveling in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced upgrades are underway to security systems at Illinois rest areas. New security cameras and emergency phones will be installed at locations where they are needed, providing motorists added security when they stop at rest areas along interstate highways in Illinois.


April 12, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich reminds employers and teenage summer job seekers of state law that protects children in the workplace
State outlines requirements under Child Labor law for thousands of teenagers planning to work statewide over the summer
CHICAGO – As thousands of Illinois teenagers, facing what is expected to be a tough job market this summer, are starting to search for jobs, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich is reminding employers and young teenage students about Illinois’ labor law that provides protections for children in the workplace.


April 11, 2008
Governor Blagojevich continues efforts to stop domestic violence and help victims
Announces downstate billboards promoting the Illinois Statewide Domestic Violence Help Line
SPRINGFIELD -- Stepping up efforts to fight domestic violence, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced new steps to increase awareness and access to services. Gov. Blagojevich said the Illinois Statewide Domestic Violence Help Line number, 1-877 TO END DV, will be advertised on several billboards across central and southern parts of the state beginning this month.


April 11, 2008
Governor reminds students: Don’t put off your summer job hunt
New study suggests that competition could be tough for summer jobs
CHICAGO – School is just about out for the summer and according to Northeastern University’s recently released 2008 Teen Job Outlook the summer job outlook for teens and young adults is pretty bleak. The path to a summer of success is to get those resumes sent in now. Governor Rod R. Blagojevich is proud to offer some help with that, with the free and easy-to-use website: www.ILWorkInfo.com/icrn.


April 10, 2008
Former Speaker Dennis Hastert, SIU President Glenn Poshard meet with Gov. Blagojevich, Legislative Leaders about capital plan to build roads, bridges and schools
Illinois Works plan to build and rebuild critical infrastructure and will support more than 700,000 jobs statewide
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Works Coalition Co-chairs Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard today met with Governor Rod R. Blagojevich and Legislative Leaders at the Governor’s office in Springfield to discuss the need for a capital infrastructure program. Hastert and Poshard asked for the meeting to report on the findings of the Illinois Works Coalition’s meetings around the state. The group convened agreed to continue meeting and working on passing consensus legislation for a comprehensive capital plan for Illinois.


April 10, 2008
Governor Blagojevich announces crisis counseling services for area flood victims
FEMA grant to provide services for flood victims in Iroquois and Livingston Counties
SPRINGFIELD-- Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Mental Health was awarded $33,800 from the federal government for crisis counseling services for flood victims in Iroquois and Livingston counties.


April 9, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich asks President Bush for federal disaster declaration for severe flooding in 15 southern Illinois counties
Federal disaster declaration would help people, businesses recover from flood
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today asked President Bush to declare 15 southern Illinois counties major disaster areas as a result of flooding that devastated areas of those counties in March, damaging hundreds of homes and businesses. If approved, a federal disaster declaration would enable people and businesses affected by the floods to apply for grants and loans to help with flood losses.


April 9, 2008
Governor Blagojevich voices disappointment at failed House vote on common sense gun bill
House Bill 4393 would help curb illegal gun trafficking by limiting handgun purchases to one a month
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today expressed his disappointment with members of the Illinois House of Representatives who voted against House Bill 4393, which would help curb illegal gun trafficking by limiting gun purchases to one a month. The measure failed 53-60, but was placed on postponed consideration so it can be called for a vote again later. After the vote, the Governor met with Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina and dozens of Chicago Public School students who traveled to Springfield today to help lobby in support of the bill.


April 8, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich signs law to provide additional funding for Illinois hospitals
Legislation will trigger $600 million in federal matching funds for hospitals statewide
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today congratulated lawmakers and signed legislation that will provide federal matching funds to hospitals throughout Illinois. Senate Bill 1863, sponsored by State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston) and State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), will help Illinois secure $600 million in new federal funding to support critical healthcare and Medicaid services throughout Illinois.


April 8, 2008
Deputy Governor Louanner Peters salutes Save Abandoned Babies Day in Illinois
Safe Havens have saved 41 lives since 2001; Illinois leading the way in national public awareness effort
CHICAGO – Deputy Governor Louanner Peters today joined child advocates and police and fire safety officials to salute the efforts of communities statewide, as Governor Rod R. Blagojevich proclaimed April 8 as Save Abandoned Babies Day in Illinois. The Illinois Abandoned Newborn Protection Act, or “Safe Haven Law,” provides for confidential, legal relinquishment of an unharmed infant within seven days of birth to staff at safe havens such as police and fire stations and emergency medical facilities. The child is then adopted by a loving family, with 41 precious young lives saved in this way since 2001. During the same period, 24 newborns’ lives were lost due to illegal abandonment.


April 8, 2008
“Dying for coverage” study results highlight need for comprehensive healthcare reform in Illinois
Governor’s Illinois Covered budget proposal would continue to provide healthcare coverage to those in need; prevent crisis and tragedy for individuals and families
SPRINGFIELD – The newly-published state-by-state “Dying for Coverage” study by Families USA highlights the incredible tragedies that the uninsured face and further validates the need for comprehensive healthcare reform through proposals like Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s Illinois Covered plan.


April 7, 2008
Governor Blagojevich announces statewide emergency communications plan approved by U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Comprehensive plan to ensure first responders can communicate during disasters
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that Illinois’ comprehensive plan for ensuring that first responders throughout the state can communicate with each other during emergencies has been approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The state’s plan sets out a statewide communications strategy that focuses on establishing a single platform so all public agencies can communicate emergency information during a local, regional or statewide disaster. The key to the plan is that it builds upon existing statewide public safety communications systems that are used on a daily basis by local and state law enforcement, fire service and other first responders.


April 4, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich announces bipartisan Illinois team selected to participate in national early childhood discussion
Illinois is one of 14 states to be represented at two-day symposium at Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today that a bipartisan team of Illinois educators, legislators, and foundation leaders has been selected to participate in the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy, to be held at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., on Thursday, June 26 and Friday, June 27. Illinois’s team is one of 14 state-based teams nationwide selected to participate in this two-day discussion on early childhood policies.


April 4, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich announces launch of Physician Profile Website, new tool to help health care consumers make informed decisions when selecting providers
CHICAGO – As part of his efforts to improve Illinois families’ access to quality health care, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the launch of a new physician profile feature available to the public at www.IDFPR.com, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s website. The new feature allows health care consumers to review important information about the professional and disciplinary background of 44,000 physicians and surgeons licensed to practice in Illinois.


April 3, 2008
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise, Friday, April 4 until sunset, Friday, April 4, 2008.
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, Friday, April 4 until sunset, Friday, April 4, 2008.


April 2, 2008
Blagojevich administration announces 58,000 pounds of additional food delivered for northwestern Illinois food pantries
Governor proposes additional $5 million for Food for Families in FY09 to help families offset rising food costs
MOLINE - Blagojevich administration officials and the River Bend Foodbank today announced more than 58,000 pounds of food are being delivered to northwestern Illinois food pantries through the Food for Families program. The food began arriving at the River Bend Foodbank last month and trucks are already on their way to food pantries in 12 counties in north western Illinois.


April 2, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich Applauds Homeowner Protection Legislation Introduced in Senate
New measure creates 60-day moratorium on foreclosure if families seek help
SPRINGFIELD – The Homeowner Protection Act announced by Governor Rod R. Blagojevich last week was introduced today by Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago). The measure is part of a comprehensive Homeowners Assistance Initiative launched by the Governor in February and will provide homeowners struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments an early warning of trouble and additional time to fix their financial problems.


April 1, 2008
Gov. Blagojevich joins Reverend Pfleger and hundreds of Chicago Public School students in anti-gun violence rally in Chicago
Governor calls for sensible gun laws
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich joined Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Superintendent Arne Duncan, hundreds of CPS students and other elected officials today at a rally at the James R. Thompson Center calling for sensible gun laws in the aftermath of several recent shootings that have claimed young lives. This rally comes after a string of violent shootings that have claimed the lives of 21 Chicago Public School students in this school year alone and injured many more. Over the past weekend, two more students were senselessly shot and just last night another young life was claimed.


April 1, 2008
Governor Blagojevich encourages Illinoisans to Go Green, file taxes electronically
Illinois Department of Revenue says filing electronically saves paper, increases processing efficiencies
CHICAGO – In the final weeks of tax season, Governor Blagojevich encourages Illinois taxpayers to Go Green and file their taxes electronically. When taxpayers file their taxes electronically, the Department of Revenue sees a reduction in paper use throughout the tax process; from the printing of fewer tax booklets to receiving fewer forms in the mail from taxpayers. By saving paper, taxpayers help reduce the amount of trash going into landfills, and also reduce energy use and pollution associated with manufacturing, transporting, and recycling new paper products.


April 1, 2008
State, federal teams to begin documenting flood damage in southern Illinois on Wednesday
Assessments teams to view damaged homes, businesses
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that teams from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be in southern Illinois beginning Wednesday to view flood-damaged homes and businesses in several counties hit by severe flooding last month. The state requested FEMA and SBA assistance with damage assessments after gathering initial damage information last week from local emergency managers in the affected areas.

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