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2009


January 30, 2009
Governor Quinn Issues State Disaster Declaration for Seven Southern Illinois Counties
Will help counties recover from ice and snow storm
SPRINGFIELD - January 30, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today issued a state disaster declaration for Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union counties to help those areas recover from a severe winter storm this week that downed trees and electrical lines and cut power to more than 12,000 homes. The gubernatorial proclamation enables the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to coordinate state resources to support local governments in their disaster response and recovery efforts.


January 29, 2009
Former Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn has become the 41st Governor of the State of Illinois
SPRINGFIELD - January 29, 2009. Former Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn has become the 41st Governor of the State of Illinois, having taken the Oath of Office at 5:40 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2009. The Oath of Office was administered by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke in a brief ceremony in the Chamber of the Illinois House of Representatives.


January 13, 2009
Honoring John J. Nimrod, Former State Senator
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset, Monday, January 19, 2009.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Blagojevich's Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset, Monday, January 19, 2009.


January 9, 2009
Honoring Thaddeus S. Lechowicz
United States and Illinois flags immediately at half-staff until Sunset, Saturday, January 10, 2009.
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, Saturday, January 10, 2009.


January 5, 2009
Governor Blagojevich Designates April 7, 2009 as date for Fifth Congressional District Seat Special Election
Primary Election for the Congressional seat to be held on March 3, 2009
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today issued a Writ of Election designating Tuesday April 7, 2009, as the date for the Special Congressional Election for the Fifth District Seat which was formerly held by Rahm Emanuel, now President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff. The Governor also set Tuesday, March 3, 2009, as the date for the Special Primary Election.


January 4, 2009
Governor Blagojevich Announces Good Samaritan Initiative to Help Restore Heat During the Winter
Partnership allows affordable reconnections for those without utility service
In an effort to help Illinoisans heat their homes during the national recession, Governor Rod Blagojevich today launched the Good Samaritan Initiative for the 2009 winter season. Through this initiative negotiated by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), utility companies including Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, and Ameren Illinois Utilities provide more affordable reconnection terms to Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) recipients who have had their utility services disconnected.

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