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September
2008


September 30, 2008
Blagojevich Administration Hosts States Looking to Deploy Photo Enforcement in Work Zones
IDOT and Illinois State Police Hold Workshop For States that Want to Improve Work Zone Safety
As states around the country look to emulate Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s Administration’s success in reducing highway work zone fatalities, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police (ISP) hosted a highway safety workshop for those who are considering following the lead of Illinois’ photo speed enforcement program. IDOT hosted the event at ISP’s District Chicago headquarters in Des Plaines on September 29 and today, September 30 at the request of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Six other states joined Illinois for the workshop including Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Missouri, Tennessee and Washington.


September 29, 2008
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, October 2, 2008 until Sunset, Saturday, October 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, Thursday, October 2, 2008 until Sunset, Saturday, October 4, 2008.


September 29, 2008
Blagojevich Administration Receives Over $2 Million to help Veterans Reintegrate into Communities
State agencies, local authorities and organizations to develop pilot in Cook and Rock Island counties to ease transition back to society
Building on his commitment to help Illinois veterans transition back to into civilian life, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that the state was awarded more than $2 million dollars from the US Department of Health and Human Services to implement a pilot program in Cook and Rock Island counties to increase jail diversion services for veterans with mental illnesses. The Veterans Reintegration Initiative (VRI) will build on and create new partnerships among state agencies, local authorities, justice departments, community organizations and services providers to expand and define an infrastructure for intervention for veterans to prevent their involvement in the criminal justice system.


September 29, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Urges Notification of Voting Rights to Illinoisans Displaced by Foreclosure
Letter sent to Illinois State Board of Elections, urges action and public notice to residents who have filed for a change of address
In a push to make sure no citizen loses their vote in November, Governor Rod Blagojevich today urged the Illinois Board of Elections to seek out and notify eligible Illinoisans of their voting rights if they have lost their homes through foreclosure. According to the New York Times more than one million Americans have lost their homes through foreclosure in the last two years, and many of them are still registered to vote at the address of their previous home.


September 26, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Announces Illinois Innovation Talent Program
New program partners state, business and high schools to promote innovation-centered education
Recognizing the need for students to become globally competitive, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced a public-private partnership to work with 23 Illinois high schools on a pilot project designed to promote innovation-centered education and to increase student achievement in math, science and engineering. Illinois Innovation Talent creates a unique learning environment where students work as teams alongside industry, government and community experts to solve real-world problems.


September 26, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Announces State of Illinois’ September “Veteran of the Month”
Ottawa man and lifelong Illinoisan honored for his outstanding dedication to Veterans and service to local community
Ottawa resident and lifelong Illinoisan, Clifford Parker, was today named the State of Illinois’ September, 2008 “Veteran of the Month” by Governor Rod R. Blagojevich for his outstanding service to this nation, to his local community and to his fellow Veterans.


September 25, 2008
Blagojevich Administration Breaks Ground on Illinois National Guard’s Mt. Vernon Readiness Center
$23 million project will replace two existing armories and a leased facility
Leaders from Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s administration today broke ground on the new Mt. Vernon Readiness Center that will be home to units from the Illinois Army National Guard and Army Reserves. Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, Maj. Gen. William L. Enyart, and Capital Development Board Executive Director Jim Riemer participated in the ceremony.


September 25, 2008
Blagojevich Administration Opens New Fire Station at Sparta Armory
$2.1 million project will modernize Illinois Army National Guard’s emergency response capabilities
Leaders from Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s administration today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new fire station at the Sparta Armory that will house two Illinois Army National Guard fire fighting teams and their equipment. Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, Maj. Gen. William L. Enyart, and Capital Development Board Executive Director Jim Riemer participated in the ceremony.


September 25, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Urges President Bush to Sign Federal Adoption and Foster Care Law
Bipartisan bill makes federal policy out of Illinois’ success by linking children to permanent, loving families
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich sent a letter to President George W. Bush today urging him to sign the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. The legislation, passed by Congress this week and waiting for the President’s signature, establishes federal policy that replicates several programs proven successful by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). These programs include subsidized guardianship to support relatives as permanent caregivers, adoption assistance to bring stability to children’s lives, and the extension of federal funding to youth in foster care to age 21.


September 25, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Marks National Preparedness Month by Unveiling “Ready Illinois High School Challenge”
Public Service Announcement contest encourages high school students to promote personal disaster preparedness
In commemoration of National Preparedness Month, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today unveiled a new initiative aimed at increasing personal preparedness for all types of disasters. The “Ready Illinois High School Challenge,” a public service announcement contest, encourages high school students to develop a 30-second script that addresses disaster preparedness measures and directs people to the state’s Ready Illinois website. The winning spot will be professionally produced and aired statewide on radio and/or TV as part of the state’s campaign to encourage people to prepare for natural and man-made disasters.


September 25, 2008
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, September 25, 2008 until Sunset, Saturday, September 27, 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, September 25, 2008 until Sunset, Saturday, September 27, 2008.


September 24, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Names Kurt Friedenauer as Director of Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today named Kurt Friedenauer as the director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) to continue the department’s goal to help the state’s young offenders get on the right track. Friedenauer was named as acting director of IDJJ when the department was created in 2006.


September 24, 2008
Governor Blagojevich asks President Bush for federal disaster declaration for seven counties hit by recent flooding
Federal disaster declaration would help people, businesses recover from flood
Seeking to help residents in seven Illinois counties recover from recent severe flooding, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today asked President Bush to declare Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, LaSalle and Will counties major disaster areas. 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.


September 24, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Appoints New Member to Chicago Transit Board
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today named Sheila Nix to the Chicago Transit Board, the governing arm of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Nix brings years of state and federal public policy experience to the position. Nix’s years in public service have more than adequately prepared her to serve on the Chicago Transit Board. As Illinois’ Deputy Governor from December 2006 to June 2008, Nix helped to create programs like the Seniors Ride Free Program and the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.


September 24, 2008
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Friday, September 26, 2008.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Blagojevich's Office to immediately fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff until Sunset, Friday, September 26, 2008.


September 24, 2008
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, September 25, 2008 until Sunset, Saturday, September 27, 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, September 25, 2008 until Sunset, Saturday, September 27, 2008.


September 23, 2008
Blagojevich Administration Successfully Collects Child Support from Parents Seeking Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Program’s First Year Contributes to Record FY08 Collections
Denying the hunting and fishing licenses of deadbeat parents has proven to be an effective incentive to getting some parents in Illinois to pay child support, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today. September marks one year since the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) teamed up with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to deny hunting and fishing licenses from parents who are not paying child support. In its first year, the program has resulted in approximately $263,506 of child support being collected for Illinois families.


September 23, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Issues State Disaster Declaration for Bureau, Kendall and Woodford Counties for Flooding
State assets, personnel available to help with recovery
Three additional Illinois counties were declared state disaster areas Tuesday following severe flooding that closed roads, forced people from their homes and inundated houses and businesses. Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s disaster declaration for Bureau, Kendall and Woodford counties makes available state assets and personnel that can help impacted communities recover from flooding caused by heavy rainfall last week.


September 22, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Calls Special Session to Help Children with Autism Access Healthcare Coverage
Special Session marks the Governor’s Third Attempt since Spring Session to Provide Healthcare Options for Children with Autism
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich called a second special session of the General Assembly for today to discuss and act on a bill to expand health insurance coverage for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Thousands of children in Illinois have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and families often have to cover the cost of treatment for children with autism using personal funds because their insurance won't cover it.


September 19, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Thanks State Commission for Approving $100 Million Student Loan Deal
Trailblazing Partnership will Ensure 20,000 Students Can Get Low-Interest Loans
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich thanked the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) today after they approved his trailblazing $100 million deal to provide 20,000 students low-interest loans, which he announced earlier this month. Eight Illinois-based credit unions will invest $100 million in securities issued by ISAC to finance low-interest, federally secured loans to Illinois students and their families. These Stafford loans will be easily available to Illinois students at a time when students living in other states have been hard-pressed to find willing lenders.


September 18, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Announces $500,000 Federal Grant to Help Illinois Develop Comprehensive Flood Recovery Plan
Grant will support efforts of the Long Term Recovery Council
Following this year’s flooding across much of the Midwest, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the State has received a $500,000 Economic Adjustment Grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support the development of the State’s long-term recovery strategy. The Governor created the Illinois Long Term Recovery Council last month to develop and assist in implementing a comprehensive strategy to help Illinois communities recover and thrive following damaging floods in western, northern and southeastern Illinois this past June. While the Council was created following the June flooding, last week’s additional flooding underscores the importance of the Council’s work. Deputy Governor Louanner Peters joined EDA Director of Public Affairs Kelly A. O’Brien and Council Co-chairs during an event at the National Great Rivers Museum to accept the grant on behalf of the Governor.


September 18, 2008
Blagojevich Administration and Traffic Safety Partners Mark 25th Anniversary of Child Safety Law
State agencies, Secretary of State and AAA will host 95 Safety Seat Checkpoints this Saturday
Marking 25 years since Illinois adopted a law to protect children riding in vehicles, representatives of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s administration were joined today by Secretary of State Jesse White, AAA and the original sponsor of the law, Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago), at an event to kick off National Child Passenger Safety Week. The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Human Services, AAA and their partners will be hosting checkpoints at 95 locations around the state this weekend as part of National Seat Check Saturday. Certified child safety seat technicians will provide free on-site child safety seat inspections for parents. The original child safety seat law enacted in 1983 required a safety seat for all children up to four years old. Governor Blagojevich signed an amendment in 2003 that doubled the age for safety seat or booster seat use for children to up to eight years old.


September 17, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Signs Landmark Recycling and Reuse E-Waste Law
New law is one of the nation’s most aggressive in protecting the environment and public from toxic substances in electronic wastes and providing incentives for reuse
In the absence of federal action by President Bush to protect the environment and the public from toxic chemicals in discarded electronics, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed landmark legislation requiring electronics manufacturers to collect and recycle or reuse electronics products. Today’s announcement comes on the same day the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report on toxic electronic waste – or e-waste – dumping and scolded the U.S. EPA for failing to adequately address the problem of electronic products containing hazardous waste.


September 17, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Announces Program to Help Doctors Address Children’s Mental Health Needs
Illinois DocAssist will improve diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, substance abuse in children
Illinois children who have mental health and substance abuse problems will receive improved treatment through a new program, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today. Illinois DocAssist is a new child and adolescent mental health and substance use consultation program that helps primary care providers to offer better treatment for young patients. Due to a shortage of child psychiatrists, many children who have special mental healthcare needs or who are battling substance abuse problems receive treatment not from psychiatrists but from pediatricians and family doctors. Through Illinois DocAssist, those providers will have access to consultations, the latest in educational tools, trainings and other resources to help them best meet their young patients’ needs.


September 17, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Urges Residents to Take Precautions to Stay Safe and Healthy After Flooding
State continues to assist areas with response, recovery
As people in several parts of Illinois begin cleaning up homes flooded by flash flooding over the weekend, the Blagojevich Administration today offered residents several tips for staying safe and healthy. Governor Blagojevich also assured flood-impacted communities that the state will continue to provide assistance to help them with flood recovery.


September 16, 2008
Governor Blagojevich’s BASUAH Campaign Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with Gospel Fest ‘08
Smokie Norful, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Twista, Speed Knot Mobstaz, Kelly Rowland, Rickey Smiley, and more help promote Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV/AIDS
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s groundbreaking BASUAH (Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV/AIDS) Campaign will celebrate its third anniversary at Gospel Fest ‘08 this evening in Springfield, which will include free HIV testing. Helping Illinois Department of Public Health Director (IDPH) Dr. Damon T. Arnold educate the public about HIV/AIDS and the need for testing will be National Baptist Convention of America President Reverend Stephen Thurston and gospel artists Smokie Norful and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. Governor Blagojevich created BASUAH in September 2005 to address the alarming trend showing HIV/AIDS disproportionately impacts African-Americans.


September 16, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Reminds Motorists that Task Force is Inspecting Gas Stations to Ensure Fair Practices
Consumers are Encouraged to Report Complaints if They Feel They Have Been Cheated
As gas prices rise in the wake of Hurricane Ike, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today reminded motorists that the Illinois Department of Agriculture and its SWAT (State Wide Action Team) are inspecting gas pumps to make sure that motorists aren't shorted at the pump. Illinoisans are also encouraged to file complaints if they believe they are not getting the gas that they are paying for.


September 16, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Proclaims Tuesday Carlos Zambrano Day in Illinois
“Big Z” tosses no-hitter, breaking 36-year-old dry spell for the Chicago Cubs
CHICAGO – A few extra miles and a steady rainfall couldn’t dampen the spirits of thousands of Cubs fans who traveled to Miller Park in Milwaukee on Sunday to watch Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano, throw a no-hitter against the Houston Astros. To honor a feat that immediately makes its mark on Chicago baseball history, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, a lifelong Cubs fan, has proclaimed September 16, 2008 as Carlos Zambrano Day in Illinois.


September 16, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Thanks Responders for Hurricane Gustav Recovery Assistance
Last of nearly 200 responders returning from Louisiana today
With their mission complete, the last of nearly 200 Illinois responders Governor Rod R. Blagojevich deployed to assist Louisiana following Hurricane Gustav are on their way home. For their efforts, the Governor today expressed his gratitude to the firefighters, Illinois National Guard troops, law enforcement officers and emergency managers who went to the Gulf Coast to help Louisiana recover from the hurricane that struck in late August.


September 15, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Tours Flood-Impacted Areas, Issues State Disaster Declaration for Seven Illinois Counties
State disaster declaration will help communities get assistance needed to respond to and recover from flooding
After visiting an American Red Cross shelter for flood victims in Des Plaines, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today declared Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, LaSalle and Will counties state disaster areas to help impacted communities respond to and recover from flooding caused by record-setting rainfall over the past several days. Following the announcement, the Governor conducted an aerial survey of widespread flood damage throughout the Chicago metropolitan areas.


September 12, 2008
Governor Blagojevich approves legislation to allow parents to keep dependents on their healthcare policies
Governor’s amendatory veto to allow parents to keep dependents on their health insurance until the dependent’s 26th birthday; active duty or veteran dependents can stay on until their 30th birthday
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich took action today to certify the improvements he made to House Bill 5285. With this action the bill becomes law, and parents will now be able to extend their dependents’ coverage until their 26th birthday; and up to age 30 for veterans. This action follows the General Assembly’s bi-partisan vote to accept the Governor’s amendatory veto to improve this bill. Over 300,000 Illinoisans between the ages of 19-25 are uninsured – many of whom lack the means and opportunity to get affordable health insurance coverage. Being able to stay on their parents’ or guardians’ health plans will allow thousands of young adults to keep or get access to more affordable coverage, get regular checkups and receive preventable care.


September 12, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Announces LaSalle, Madison Counties Selected to Receive Federal Grants for Emergency Operations Centers
Funding will support construction, renovation projects
To bolster Illinois’ emergency response coordination, two counties in the state have been selected to receive federal grants totaling more than $1.14 million. Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for selecting LaSalle and Madison counties to receive funding that will help them build or renovate critical emergency response centers.


September 11, 2008
Governor Blagojevich announces Preschool for All expansion at 80 sites
More than 90,000 students will have access to high quality early childhood education through nationally recognized program
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today that Preschool for All will expand to include 30 new sites this year and 50 existing sites will be expanding their services. This expansion builds on the program’s nationally acclaimed success, bringing the total number of three and four-year-olds served to more than 90,000 and more than doubling Illinois’ commitment to early childhood education since taking office.


September 10, 2008
Governor Blagojevich urges General Assembly to accept sweeping ethics reform in Illinois
Comprehensive reform package targets campaign contributions, double- dipping, legislative pay raises, and disclosure laws
As the Illinois House returned to Springfield today, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich urged the General Assembly to accept a package of ethics reforms which would enhance accountability to Illinoisans by requiring state elected officials to serve their constituents’ needs and not the needs of special interests. Over the last month the Governor issued an executive order and improved legislation that, if approved, would give Illinois lawmakers some of the most comprehensive ethics laws in the nation.


September 9, 2008
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, September 11, 2008 until Sunset.
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, September 11, 2008.


September 9, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Announces $11 million in Community Development Assistance Grants
Grants address local health and safety issues, strengthen local economies
Thirty-four Illinois communities will receive Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) public infrastructure grants to make necessary improvements to local water and sewer systems, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today. In total, approximately $11 million will be provided to local communities to address threats to public health and safety. This assistance is part of the Governor's Opportunity Returns comprehensive economic development strategy to improve the health and quality of life of working families by improving local infrastructure, which in turn will help to strengthen the Illinois economy.


September 9, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Announces Plans for State-of-the-Art Biofuels Production Facility in Southwest Illinois
Governor awards $4 million Renewable Fuels Development grant for next generation biorefinery
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that Abengoa Bioenergy of Illinois LLC in Madison County has received a $4 million Renewable Fuels Development grant to help build a new $200 million-plus ethanol production facility in Southwest Illinois. The new biorefinery will support Governor Blagojevich’s drive for energy independence and will create over 60 new permanent jobs for the Southwest Region, as well as 250 construction jobs. The Renewable Fuels Development Program is administered through the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).


September 9, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Blasts Proposed Federal “Provider Conscience” Rules as Dangerous to Women’s Health
New regulation would pit providers’ beliefs against women’s healthcare needs
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today denounced proposed federal rules being promoted by U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Michael Leavitt. The new regulations, if allowed to take effect, would permit healthcare providers to use personal beliefs rather than prudent medical practice to guide the delivery of federally funded medical services. In requesting the withdrawal of the proposed rule, Governor Blagojevich points out that he acted to protect women in Illinois from being blocked from obtaining prescriptions because of the conscience concerns of some pharmacists. The rules that are in effect in Illinois, commonly known as the “Plan B” rules, demonstrate that a right of conscience and the need for appropriate healthcare can be reconciled.


September 9, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Announces more than $1.2 Million to Help Keep Women in Illinois Healthy
Grants will continue to help raise awareness and educate women and girls about health risks associated with common diseases and health conditions
Continuing his commitment to improving healthcare in Illinois, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced more than $1.2 million in Women’s Health Initiative Grants to non-profit organizations, health departments and service agencies throughout Illinois. The grants will fund educational programs that address cardiovascular disease, nutrition, physical activity, and osteoporosis. These grants will continue to strengthen Governor Blagojevich’s commitment to improving the overall picture of healthcare in Illinois.


September 9, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Deploying Incident Management Team to Louisiana to Assist with Hurricane Gustav Recovery
Six-member team will manage out-of-state assets
As the Gulf Coast recovers from Hurricane Gustav and braces for another dangerous hurricane later this week, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced Illinois is continuing its support to the region by deploying a six-person Incident Management Team to Louisiana. The team, which includes response personnel from public safety agencies throughout Illinois, is leaving today for a 22-day mission to help Louisiana recover from Hurricane Gustav.


September 7, 2008
Governor Blagojevich announces deal with credit unions to ensure Illinois college students can get low interest loans
State forges creative partnership to protect Illinois borrowers
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that Illinois college students returning to campus this semester will be protected from the credit crunch that has paralyzed student lending in other states, thanks to a groundbreaking financing partnership between eight credit unions and two state agencies. Eight Illinois-based credit unions will invest $100 million in securities issued by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to finance low-interest, federally secured loans to Illinois students and their families. These Stafford loans will be easily available to Illinois students at a time when students living in other states have been hard-pressed to find willing lenders.


September 6, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Proclaims Today “University of Missouri Tigers Day” on Home Turf Making Good on Friendly Wager with Missouri Governor Blunt
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today took one for the team, made good on his word and issued a proclamation declaring September 6 “University of Missouri Tigers Day” in Illinois after the University of Missouri Tigers beat the University of Illinois Fighting Illini, 52-42, during the 2008 State Farm Arch Rivalry Game last Saturday. The proclamation came as the University of Missouri Tigers prepared for their first home game of the season.


September 5, 2008
Governor Blagojevich signs legislation to further restrict access to cigarettes for youth in Illinois
SB 2546 prohibits sale of single cigarettes and certain vending machine sales
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed legislation today making it even more difficult for minors to purchase cigarettes in Illinois. Senate Bill 2546, sponsored by State Senator James Clayborne, Jr. (D – East St. Louis) and State Representative Daniel J. Burke (D – Chicago), prohibits all out of package sales of single or loose cigarettes. Often referred to as “onesies,” these single cigarettes are no longer protectively packaged and do not display the health warning label required by federal law.


September 5, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Announces $2.2 Million to Help Homeowners Preserve Their Homes
Rehabilitation grants will help 200 families across Illinois improve the safety and quality of their homes
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced $2.2 million in rehabilitation grants to help 200 low-income homeowners, including seniors and people with disabilities, to pay for home repairs, lower their utility bills and continue to afford their homes. Through the Energy Conservation and Home Repair Program, eligible homeowners will receive up to $8,500.00 for energy conservation measures and home repairs, such as the replacement or repair of doors, windows, furnaces and roofs.


September 4, 2008
Blagojevich Administration and University of Illinois Officials “Think Big on a Small Scale” at Dedication of Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
$18 million expansion will keep the University at the forefront of research in an area that will have a profound impact on the future
URBANA – The administration of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, including Capital Development Board Chairman Anthony Licata, today joined University of Illinois officials to dedicate the recently expanded Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL) at 208 N. Wright Street on the Urbana campus. The facility puts Illinois in position to capitalize on the worldwide high demand for these physically small but hugely important products and services.


September 4, 2008
First Lady Patricia Blagojevich addresses women entrepreneurs; announces awards for Women’s Business Plan Competition
First Lady thanks women for their contributions to the Illinois economy
CHICAGO – First Lady Patricia Blagojevich addressed women business owners and presented the awards for the 2008 Women’s Business Plan Competition during the 22nd annual Women’s Business Development Center’s Entrepreneurial Conference. The First Lady praised women business owners and thanked them for their important contributions to Illinois’ diverse economy.


September 4, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Pleased that 14 Southern Illinois Counties Approved for Small Business Administration Loan Assistance
Governor Blagojevich sought declaration so homeowners and businesses would be eligible for low interest loans
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today said he is pleased that his request for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster declaration for Southern Illinois counties affected by flooding in March has been granted. On August 27, Governor Blagojevich asked the SBA to make low-interest loans available to homeowners, renters and businesses hard-hit by the flooding. The Governor was notified by the SBA that Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, White and Williamson counties had been approved.


September 3, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Promotes Men’s Health and Declares September Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Illinois
Prostate cancer is second leading cause of cancer death in American men
DECATUR – In a continued push to improve the health of Illinois residents, state public health director Dr. Damon T. Arnold, on behalf of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today kicked off Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Arnold made the announcement during a screening event at Lake Shore Urology at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur. The Macon County Health Department Care Force One van was also on-site with information reminding men of the importance of routine prostate screenings.


September 3, 2008
Governor Blagojevich proclaims September as Hunger Action Month to encourage Illinoisans to help combat hunger in Illinois
Slowing economy and rising cost of groceries means Illinois families need help to keep their children fed
CHICAGO – As the poor national economy continues to weigh heavily on Illinois families and as the cost of groceries and other household staples continues to increase, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich is calling Illinoisans to action by declaring September as “Hunger Action Month.” Throughout the month, he is urging Illinoisans to help others in need by donating food, volunteering and participating in other activities organized by the Illinois Food Bank Association and its extensive network of food banks, soup kitchens and shelters.


September 3, 2008
Governor Blagojevich addresses conference of women entrepreneurs to commend their contributions to Illinois’ economy
First Lady Patricia Blagojevich to announce awards for the 2008 Women’s Business Plan Competition
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich praised women business owners and celebrated their role in Illinois’ diverse economy today at Navy Pier for the 22nd annual Women’s Business Development Center’s Entrepreneurial Conference, the oldest conference for businesswomen in the country. Throughout the Governor’s administration, he has assisted women in business by signing the Equal Pay Act in 2003, offering support through the Illinois Entrepreneurship Center Network, and investing in new opportunities for women-owned businesses.


September 2, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Urges Eligible Households to Apply Early for Heating Assistance Grants
Seniors, People with Disabilities Urged to Apply Before Cold Weather Hits
CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today encouraged seniors and people with disabilities to take advantage of the early application date for winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Starting today, seniors and those who have disabilities can sign up early to receive help with their winter heating costs before extreme cold hits Illinois this winter.


September 2, 2008
Governor Blagojevich Deploying 250 Illinois Firefighters to Help with Hurricane Gustav Efforts
Firefighters and nearly 70 vehicles being sent to Louisiana
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the state will continue to answer the call for assistance by deploying 250 Illinois firefighters and nearly 70 fire trucks to Louisiana to help that state recover from Hurricane Gustav. The firefighters, from approximately 80 fire departments throughout the state, will depart for the Gulf Coast on Wednesday and begin a seven-day mission on Thursday.


September 2, 2008
Governor Blagojevich announces Scott County approved for federal assistance for flooding
Will defray local government costs related to recent flooding
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the federal government approved his recent request for federal assistance to Scott County, a move that will enable local governments to receive reimbursement for many of their expenses related to flooding along the Illinois River earlier this summer.

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