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November
2009


November 30, 2009
Governor Quinn Calls on Illinois Residents To Support Our Troops This Holiday Season
At Holiday Tree Lighting, Highlights Friends of Fisher House-Illinois;
Announces Illinois’ Heroes Holiday Card Drive for Wounded Troops

CHICAGO – November 30, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today joined with local schoolchildren to light Illinois’ holiday tree in the James R. Thompson Center and encouraged all state residents to support our servicemembers this holiday season by donating to Friends of Fisher House-Illinois.


November 30, 2009
Liquor Control Commission November Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In November, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 141 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 14 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Ninety percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


November 29, 2009
Governor Quinn Protects Illinois Consumers From Telephone ‘Cramming’ Scams
New Law Signed on Eve of Citizens Utility Board’s 25th Anniversary
CHICAGO – November 29, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that protects consumers from the deceptive and unauthorized telephone practice commonly known as “cramming.”


November 25, 2009
Save Over $500 On Prepaid Tuition Now Through Cyber Monday
Enroll in the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program today at www.529prepaidtuition.org
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— The College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program is offering substantial savings on prepaid tuition contracts now through “Cyber Monday,” November 30, and purchasers can save more than $500 on eight semesters of prepaid tuition in the program’s University+ option versus the same plan purchased December 1.


November 25, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
CHICAGO – November 25, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today approved 133 clemency petitions. This is the next step in a series of clemency decisions aimed at ending a massive backlog of nearly 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration.


November 25, 2009
Honoring Firefighter Terrance D. Freeman
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, November 26, 2009 until Sunset, Saturday, November 28, 2009.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, November 26, 2009 until Sunset, Saturday, November 28, 2009.


November 25, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn Wishes Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving
Celebrates Holiday by Helping Distribute Food
CHICAGO – November 25, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today joined volunteers from the Greater Chicago Food Depository to distribute food for Thanksgiving meals to community residents.


November 24, 2009
Amtrak Illinois Ridership Up 20 Percent Since 2007
1.8 million passengers on state-supported routes last year; State seeking funds to reduce Chicago-St. Louis travel times by 90 minute
CHICAGO – Amtrak trains operated under a contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation are providing a way to overcome the unpredictable costs of driving and drew more than 1.8 million passengers to state-supported routes in Fiscal Year 2009. Overall ridership is up slightly from 2008 and rose by 20 percent from 2007.


November 24, 2009
Illinois Transportation Secretary Announces Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign this Thanksgiving Holiday
IDOT, ISP, local law enforcement agencies partner as Illinois aims for historic low in highway fatalities in 2009
SPRINGFIELD – With highway fatalities down thus far in 2009, Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig today announced an all out Click It or Ticket (CIOT) mobilization aimed at saving a record number of lives during the Thanksgiving Holiday. While Illinois motorists have reached a record high of 91.7 percent safety belt usage mark, the new campaign aims to save even more lives by reaching a 100 percent safety belt compliance rate.


November 24, 2009
First Weekend Preliminary Firearm Deer Season Harvest In Illinois Totals 66,126
Hunters will resume firearm deer season Dec. 3-6
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) reports that hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 66,126 deer during the opening weekend of the 2009 Illinois Firearm Deer season, Nov. 20-22. The second portion of the firearm season will be Dec. 3-6.


November 23, 2009
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hosts Helping Our Hometown Heroes for American Airlines
Veterans’ resource fair held at O’Hare Airport for American Airlines Employees
CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) partnered with American Airlines to host a Helping Our Hometown Heroes Veterans’ resource fair at American Airlines offices at O’Hare Airport last week.


November 23, 2009
Employment Security Closed Thanksgiving and Friday
Banking holiday might affect payments
CHICAGO - The offices of the Illinois Department of Employment Security will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov 26 and 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.


November 23, 2009
Governor Quinn Cracks Down on Predatory Refund Anticipation Loans
Orders Regulators to Revoke Lending Authority
CHICAGO – November 23, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that he has ordered his Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to bar consumer installment lenders from facilitating high-cost loans based on expected federal or state income tax refunds. Currency exchange stores offering tax preparation services must apply to IDFPR if they wish to offer such loans. Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs) can cost as much as one-third of the total expected refund in interest and fees.


November 22, 2009
Governor Quinn Names Human Services Commission
Advisory Panel to Focus on Best Practices, Recommendations
CHICAGO – November 22, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed an executive order creating the Illinois Human Services Commission. The new Commission will make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly about providing high quality human services to Illinois citizens.


November 21, 2009
State Veterans’ Affairs Hosts “Helping Our Hometown Heroes” Event in Jefferson County for Local Veterans, Families, and Friends
MT. VERNON – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted a Helping Our Hometown Heroes event at American Legion #141, 816 Main St., Mt. Vernon in Jefferson County for Veterans, their families, and friends. Federal, state and local agencies and organizations came together for the event that is dedicated to assisting military heroes and their families in getting the benefits they rightfully deserve.


November 21, 2009
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Illinois’ Injured Servicemembers
New Law Allows Active-Duty Troops to Receive Casualty-Based Grants
CHICAGO – November 21, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to allow Illinois’ activeduty servicemembers who are injured due to hostile action to receive $5,000 from the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund.


November 21, 2009
Governor Quinn Establishes Public Health Advocate During American Diabetes Month
Position Will Educate, Serve as a Strong Voice for Illinois Families
CHICAGO – November 21, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed an Executive Order to establish a state Public Health Advocate, who will champion wellness programs and help combat disease, including the rise of Diabetes and Asthma.


November 21, 2009
Governor Quinn Encourages Outdoor Recreation
Highlights Illinois’ Natural Attractions during Visit to Pike County
PITTSFIELD – November 21, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today promoted the economic and quality-oflife benefits of nature-based tourism and outdoor recreation during a visit to Pike County. The Governor also helped launch the Illinois firearm deer hunting season.


November 21, 2009
2009 H1N1 Flu and the Holidays
State public health director offers holiday health tips to avoid the flu
SPRINGFIELD – Millions of people travel every year during the holiday season to spend time with friends and family. With the 2009 H1N1 flu still circulating widely in Illinois and most of the country, Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, is urging people to remember four things when traveling during the holiday season:


November 20, 2009
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Tap Federal Dollars for Medicaid Providers
New Law Helps Speed Payments to Illinois Hospitals
CHICAGO – November 20, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that allows the state to tap significant federal dollars and speed payments to thousands of Illinois-based hospitals. The new law will improve the financial health of the state’s hospitals, which treat thousands of patients and are major employers.


November 20, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces Statewide Initiative to Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Life
“Operation Employ Veterans” Provides Key Link to Businesses
CHICAGO – November 20, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced Operation Employ Veterans, a statewide initiative that will help servicemen and women transition into civilian life by providing employment training and contact with potential employers.


November 20, 2009
$1.4M Grant to Provide Free Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling to Struggling Homeowners
CHICAGO – Today, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Board of Directors approved allocating a $1.4 million federal grant to fund free foreclosure counseling help for homeowners throughout Illinois.


November 20, 2009
Illinois Department of Transportation Gives Motorists a Break from Construction for Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Gary Hannig announced today it is giving motorists a break by suspending lane closures where possible over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.


November 20, 2009
Illinois Department of Insurance Encourages Medicare Recipients to Review Their Prescription Drug Plan Options During Open Enrollment
Seniors urged to avoid Medicare scams, protect personal information
CHICAGO -- The Illinois Department of Insurance is reminding seniors to review their Medicare prescription drug plans during the Medicare Part D open enrollment period to ensure they have the right coverage for their prescription drug needs. Medicare open enrollment season runs this year from November 15th through December 31st.


November 19, 2009
State Public Health Director Announces Launch of Hospital Report Card and Consumer Guide to Health Care Web Site
Information to help make better decisions about health care providers
SPRINGFIELD – In a move to provide more information to Illinoisans trying to decide where to receive medical care, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold today announced the launch of the Hospital Report Card and Consumer Guide to Health Care Web site. The Hospital Report Card Act requires all Illinois hospitals to report nurse staffing, infection prevention measures and hospital acquired infections data to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The Consumer Guide to Health Care contains information from hospitals and ambulatory surgical treatment centers about conditions and procedures demonstrating the widest variation in charges and quality of care. The Web site will include inpatient and outpatient data with current comparison information related to volume of cases, average charges, mortality rates, complications and hospital associated infections.


November 19, 2009
IDOT, Tollway, and ISP Announce Winter Preparations and Urge Drivers To Stress Safety Message: “Ice and Snow – Take it Slow”
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois transportation and law enforcement officials today urged motorists to start preparing themselves and their vehicles for winter driving conditions. Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Tollway crews and Illinois State Police (ISP) are making final preparations to get the state’s frontline winter teams and equipment ready for emergency operations for the upcoming snow and ice season.


November 19, 2009
Just Ten Days Left To Lock-In Lowest Prepaid Tuition Prices
Now is the Time to Enroll in the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program for Best Prices
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Paying for future college tuition and fees through the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program will never be more affordable than it is right now, according to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). That’s because there are only 10 days left until December prices kick in.


November 19, 2009
National Recession Pushes State Rate to 11.0 Percent
Illinois' Share Of National Job Loss Slows; -3,200 For October
CHICAGO – The Illinois seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October is 11.0 percent, up 0.5 percent from the previous month and its highest level since August 1983, according to figures released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The three-month moving average is 10.5 percent, its highest level since November 1983.


November 18, 2009
Veterans’ Affairs Names Monmouth Resident as State of Illinois’ November 2009 “Veteran of the Month”
United States Navy Veteran Honored for Commitment to Fellow Veterans and Community
MONMOUTH – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today named Monmouth resident and U.S. Navy Veteran Cheri Stanton as the State of Illinois’ November 2009 “Veteran of the Month” for her unwavering dedication to the state’s military heroes and for service to local community.


November 17, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn Improves Student Bus Safety
New Law Requires Post-Trip Inspections, Two-Way Radios
CHICAGO - November 17, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will significantly improve the safety of Illinois’ students riding school buses.


November 17, 2009
State pays nearly $78,000 to Illinois homeowners hurt by American Escrow closure
Consumer protection fund reimburses residents after Chicago-based company fails to pay escrow obligations
CHICAGO – Thirty-four Illinois homeowners were made whole this month when the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) repaid all the money lost from their escrow funds earlier this year. The homeowners were in default for taxes and insurance coverage after Chicago-based American Escrow, LLC went out of business without making the obligatory property tax and insurance payments from their escrow accounts.


November 17, 2009
Illinois Firearm Deer Season Begins This Week
Hunters reminded of deer check-in requirements, staying safe during firearm hunt Nov. 20-22 and Dec. 3-6
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters in Illinois head to the field this week for the state’s most popular hunting season as the 2009 Illinois Firearm Deer Season opens this Friday through Sunday, Nov. 20-22. The seven-day firearm season will conclude on Dec. 3-6.


November 17, 2009
Six Community Events will Highlight Teen REACH Stop the Violence Summit Day
Forums will offer a Chance to see Teen REACH Afterschool Programs in Action
CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Teen REACH (Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring and Hope) program announces its first annual statewide Stop the Violence Summit Day, on Thursday, November 19. Stop the Violence Summit Day will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in Chicago, McHenry, Champaign, Quincy, and Cairo. Located at six Teen REACH sites throughout Illinois, Stop the Violence Summit Day will showcase the variety of positive prevention programs conducted every day to promote positive youth development and prevent community violence.


November 16, 2009
State Promotes Awareness About Alzheimer’s Disease and Thanks Caregivers and Offers Resources for Support
State hosts Nov. 16 & 17 conferences in Springfield for caregivers & families of Alzheimer’s patients
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department on Aging kicked off two days of conferences to address issues of Alzheimer’s Disease. Today’s full day Alzheimer Awareness Family Caregiver Conference is geared towards care partners, friends and family of individuals with memory loss disorder. Tuesday’s conference Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders is for Alzheimer’s professionals to focus on “Synchronizing Science and Support.”


November 16, 2009
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 until Sunset, Thursday, November 19, 2009.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff from Sunrise, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 until Sunset, Thursday, November 19, 2009.


November 16, 2009
Illinois Department of Insurance Announces Exit of Unicare Health Insurance Companies from Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to Offer Coverage to Unicare Policyholders
CHICAGO – Unicare Health Insurance Company of the Midwest, Unicare Life & Health Insurance Company, and Unicare Health Plans of the Midwest Inc. (Unicare) have notified the Department of Insurance of their intent to exit the commercial, individual, small group, and large group health insurance markets in Illinois. The Department has closely supervised this matter in order to protect the interests of Unicare’s policyholders and to ensure that Unicare’s exit is done in compliance with applicable law.


November 15, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces Obama Administration Exploring Use of Thomson Correctional Center
Federal Bureau of Prisons to Evaluate Options for Near-Vacant Facility
MOLINE – November 15, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today joined U.S. Senator Richard Durbin to announce that senior Obama Administration officials will consider plans to use the Thomson Correctional Center. Those plans could include a purchase of the facility by the Federal government.


November 14, 2009
Stay cheerful—but careful—around the stove and decorations during the upcoming holiday season
OSFM discourages use of turkey fryers due to increased fire danger
SPRINGFIELD – To ensure a cheerful holiday season, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is encouraging consumers to be extra careful when cooking holiday meals and decorating their homes.


November 13, 2009
IEMA Urges People to Prepare for Snow, Cold and Ice during Winter Storm Preparedness Week
Illinois averages five severe winter storms per year
SPRINGFIELD – Despite November’s balmy start, Illinois residents can be assured that the cold temperatures, snow and ice that define Midwestern winters are just around the corner. That’s why the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the National Weather Service (NWS) and the American Red Cross (ARC) are urging everyone to prepare for winter’s wrath during Winter Storm Preparedness Week Nov. 15-21.


November 13, 2009
ISAC Celebrates American Education Week With Financial Aid Workshops, Prepaid Tuition Discounts
Workshops to teach students and parents the basics of accessing financial aid, prepaid tuition plan prices to remain at lowest of the season through November
Chicago, Ill—Just in time for American Education Week, the designated time when parents and educators ponder ways to ensure quality education for students at all levels, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) will offer free workshops that help families pay current college costs and map out strategies to cover future tuition expenses.


November 13, 2009
Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to Close for Fish Barrier Maintenance
Fish toxicant to be used to prevent Asian carp from moving past barrier toward Lake Michigan
CHICAGO – A section of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (CSSC) is planned to be closed to all traffic, weather permitting, beginning December 2 for a period of four to five days.


November 13, 2009
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs brings awareness to homeless Vets at Prince Home
Open house to share information, resources for homeless veterans
MANTENO – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) held an open house today at the Prince Home at Manteno to bring awareness to the resources the State of Illinois provides for homeless and disabled veterans. IDVA Director Dan Grant was joined by State Rep. Lisa Dugan (D-Kankakee) and State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) at the facility, which was the first in Illinois to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans.


November 12, 2009
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Energy Efficiency Projects
New Law will Help Jump-Start Job Creation, Construction Projects
PEORIA – November 12, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that provides a statebacked guarantee supporting construction of energy efficiency projects that will create jobs across Illinois. The backing expands a law Governor Quinn signed in July that created the same guarantee for renewable energy and clean coal projects in Illinois.


November 12, 2009
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Saturday, November 14, 2009.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Saturday, November 14, 2009.


November 12, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces Dover Corporate Headquarters Moving to Illinois
Move will Bring 100 Jobs, Foster Growth in Northeast Illinois
DOWNERS GROVE – November 12, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Dover Corporation will be locating its corporate headquarters in Downers Grove. The move will result in the creation and retention of at least 100 jobs, and will help foster economic growth in Northeast Illinois.


November 12, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn Honors Fallen Heroes
Portrait of a Soldier Memorial Exhibit Unveiled
KEWANEE - November 12, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today joined with Gold Star Families to unveil the Portrait of a Soldier memorial exhibition at the American Legion Post #31 in Kewanee.


November 12, 2009
Illinois Transportation Officials and ISP Announce Operation Save 100 Kickoff
IDOT, ISP and Local Law Enforcement Agencies Partner to save 100 Lives and $100 million by New Year’s Day
SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) alongside Illinois State Police (ISP) today announced an all out Operation Save 100 campaign aimed for Illinois to have at least 100 less fatalities on its roadways this year as compared to last year. If successful, Illinois will have set an historic record by experiencing the fewest motor vehicle fatalities since 1921.


November 11, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces Comprehensive Agreement for CTA and Paratransit Fare Freeze
Agreement Will Aid Region’s Riders During Tough Economic Time
CHICAGO – November 11, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced an agreement with the Chicago region’s major transit agencies that will prevent fare increases for the Chicago Transit Authority and Pace paratransit services in 2010 and 2011. The agreement was made between the State of Illinois, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace.


November 11, 2009
Governor Quinn Makes CTA Board Appointments
Adds Public Interest Lawyer, Environmental Policy Expert
CHICAGO – November 11, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today appointed a public interest attorney and an environmental policy professional to the board of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Joining the transit board is John Bouman, president of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and Katie McClain, Chicago City Director for the Clinton Climate Initiative of the William J. Clinton Foundation.


November 11, 2009
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Dedicates Lile Lake at Manteno Veterans’ Home
MANTENO – Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Director Dan Grant today joined Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson and other elected and local officials to dedicate and formally open Lile Lake, a 1.75-acre fishing pond for residents of the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Manteno and their families.


November 10, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces Site for New Veterans’ Home in Chicago
Construction Date Set for 200-Bed, LEED Silver Certified Facility
CHICAGO – November 10, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the site of the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Chicago, a 200-bed facility that will begin construction in 2010. The $65 million project is part of the Illinois Jobs Now! capital plan, signed into law by Governor Quinn earlier this year.


November 10, 2009
ISAC TO ILLINOIS STUDENTS: WE’RE HERE FOR YOU
As other financial institutions leave student lending, ISAC remains to serve Illinois students, schools


November 10, 2009
Illinois Department of Insurance Disciplinary Report for November 2009
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Insurance announced today that Director of Insurance Michael T. McRaith issued the following disciplinary orders:


November 10, 2009
Governor Quinn Appoints Director to Boost Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses
Darryl Harris Will Focus on Outreach, Contracting Efforts
CHICAGO – November 10, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn has named Darryl Harris the state’s Director of Diversity Enhancement, a new position dedicated to improving statewide opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses, especially in construction programs. Harris previously served as the Deputy Director of Operations for the Capital Development Board (CDB).


November 10, 2009
Illinois’ Fallen Soldiers Honored and Remembered at New Memorial Park
Hundreds of Trees Planted to Help Memorialize the Fallen and Become a Place of Remembrance for Victims’ Families
MARSEILLES - In honor of Veterans Day, Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced today the dedication of the Illinois Fallen Soldier Tree Memorial in Illini State Park in Marseilles. The new memorial park was put in place to honor Illinois Soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.


November 9, 2009
Gov. Quinn Announces $26.7 Million in Capital Funding for Rock Valley College Arts Center
Construction of Arts Instructional Center Will Create Jobs, Further Education Efforts
ROCKFORD – November 9, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today visited Rock Valley College to announce the construction of a new Arts Instructional Center that will house classrooms, laboratories and an auditorium. The funding is part of the Illinois Jobs Now! capital plan, a program which will revive the state’s ailing economy by creating and retaining over 439,000 jobs over the next six years.


November 9, 2009
Employment Security Closed to Honor Veterans Day
All Services Available on Internet Nov. 11
CHICAGO - The offices of the Illinois Department of Employment Security will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.


November 8, 2009
Governor Quinn Encourages Residents to Support Illinois Military Family Relief Fund
Illinois Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association Donates $50,000 to Important Fund as Veterans Day Nears
CHICAGO – November 8, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today joined with representatives from the Illinois Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association to accept a $50,000 donation to the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund.


November 8, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn Honors Fallen Heroes
Portrait of a Soldier Memorial Exhibit Unveiled
ROCKFORD – November 8, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn joined with Gold Star Families for a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Hall for the unveiling of the Portrait of a Soldier memorial exhibition.


November 7, 2009
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Saturday, November 7, 2009.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Saturday, November 7, 2009.


November 7, 2009
Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Tuesday, November 10, 2009.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office to follow the directive of the President and to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Tuesday, November 10, 2009.


November 7, 2009
Governor Quinn Signs Veto Override Bill
New Law Reforms Cook County Board Voting Practice
CHICAGO – November 7, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law that reforms the Cook County Board’s veto override power by making it more responsive to the people and a stronger force for democracy.


November 6, 2009
Governor Quinn Launches Operation Support Our Troops Holiday Collection Drive
Calls on Residents to Support Overseas Servicemembers with Care Packages this Holiday Season
CHICAGO – November 6, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today joined Operation Support Our Troops- Illinois, First Bank, the Warriors’ Watch Riders and JA Frate Transport Services to kick off the “Illinois Has Not Forgotten” grassroots drive to collect non-perishable food and personal care products for holiday packages for troops overseas.


November 6, 2009
Television Show Features Nationally Recognized, Award Winning Teen-Led IDOT Program Geared Towards Saving Lives
Illinois Department of Transportation and “The Global Learning Series” to Raise Awareness of Teen Safe Driving in "Understanding Traffic Safety"
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced today that “The Global Learning Series,” an education-focused television program distributed to public television, will feature Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Division of Traffic Safety’s “Operation Teen Safe Driving” program in the first of a series of segments called, “Understanding Traffic Safety.” The “Global Learning Series” is expected to feature officials from IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety, law enforcement, program participants including students from Lanphier High School and a student from a winning school.


November 6, 2009
Gov. Quinn Praises Unemployment Benefit Extension
President Obama Signs Bill that Assists 40,000 Illinois Workers
CHICAGO – November 6, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today hailed U.S. Congressional action to extend unemployment insurance benefits an additional 20 weeks for thousands of Illinois workers who otherwise would have lost that financial support. President Obama signed the legislation into law today.


November 5, 2009
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, November 5, 2009 until Sunset, Saturday, November 7, 2009.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, November 5, 2009 until Sunset, Saturday, November 7, 2009.


November 5, 2009
Illinois Department of Transportation Operation Teen Safe Driving Program Nationally Honored
(Washington, DC) -- The Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today recognized the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Division of Traffic Safety’s (DTS) “Operation Teen Safe Driving” program for its efforts to reduce teen driving-related deaths by implementing innovative peer-to-peer programs.


November 5, 2009
IDOA Trade Missions Aid Illinois' Livestock Industry
Sales from events the past three months alone total nearly $500,000
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Trade missions led by the Illinois Department of Agriculture the past three months have produced immediate results, generating almost half a million dollars in business for the state’s livestock industry.


November 5, 2009
Liquor Control Commission October Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In October, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 98 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited nine licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Ninety-one percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


November 4, 2009
Governor Quinn Names Four Members To Chicago State University Board of Trustees
Appointees Will Focus on Students, Community Relations
CHICAGO – November 4, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today named four new members to the Chicago State University (CSU) Board of Trustees, which oversees the management and operations of the higher educational institution.


November 3, 2009
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise, Tuesday, November 3, 2009 until sunset, Thursday, November 5, 2009.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn’s Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff from sunrise, Tuesday, November 3, 2009 until sunset, Thursday, November 5, 2009.


November 3, 2009
Governor Quinn Salutes Fallen Illinois Servicemember
Midlothian Resident Sgt. Christopher Abeyta Honored
MIDLOTHIAN – November 3, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today attended a memorial in honor of Sgt. Christopher Abeyta at Bremen High School in Midlothian. Sgt. Abeyta and two other servicemembers were killed in action on March 15 when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device in Kot, Afghanistan.


November 3, 2009
Department of Revenue posts delinquent Taxpayer names on line
Posting information generates more than $15 million for State
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) today posted the names of 100 businesses and individuals that collectively owe the State at least $6.3 million on its website http://www.tax.illinois.gov. Each taxpayer listed owes more than $1,000 in delinquent taxes.


November 3, 2009
IEMA Urges People to Test Homes for Radon during Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November
Radon Poster Contest launched to increase awareness of radon hazards
SPRINGFIELD – November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging people to check their homes this month for a radioactive gas that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon gas, which comes from the decay of naturally-occurring uranium in the soil, has been found in homes in every county in Illinois.


November 3, 2009
Oral History of Illinois Agriculture Website Launched
Features 300 hours of audio and video interviews with more than 130 people
SPRINGFIELD – Anyone with a computer can now see and hear the history of Illinois agriculture told by the people who lived it. Today, during a news conference, the Illinois State Museum launched the Audio-Video Barn website (http://avbarn.museum.state.il.us), featuring 300 hours of interviews with more than 130 people involved with agriculture in Illinois over the past 129 years. The website is the culmination of a two-year Oral History of Illinois Agriculture project led by the Illinois State Museum and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


November 3, 2009
IDHS Surveying Illinoisans to Gain Valuable Information About Diabetes
Survey results will help prevent and control diabetes which now affects more than 840,000 children and adults
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Illinois State Diabetes Commission have launched an on-line survey to gain information about diabetes in Illinois. The “Speak Out About Diabetes” survey is used to help identify needs or barriers regarding diabetes prevention and control. The survey is available in English and Spanish at www.dhs.state.il.us.


November 3, 2009
Governor Quinn to Advocate for National Military Family Relief Fund Measure
Fund Would Provide Greater Aid to Military Families Nationwide
WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 4, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn will endorse a bill that would provide aid to military families in all branches of the armed services at a National Press Club Newsmakers press conference at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2009. The press conference will be in the Zenger Room on the 13th floor of National Press Building, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20045.


November 2, 2009
College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Enrollment Underway
College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program now enrolling at www.529prepaidtuition.org
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— The Illinois Student Assistance Commission launched the 12th year of enrollment for the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program on Sunday, November 1.


November 2, 2009
Governor Quinn Encourages Households to Apply for Home Heating Assistance
Illinois Receives $174 Million in LIHEAP Funding for Winter Aid
CHICAGO – November 2, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today urged eligible Illinois households to apply for winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The state received $174.6 million in federal funds to assist low-income families for this winter season.


November 2, 2009
Governor Quinn Highlights Illinois’ Free Medicare Counseling Service
Proclaims SHIP Week to Honor State Program which Offers One-on-One Medicare Counseling Prior to Open-Enrollment Period
CHICAGO – November 2, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed the week of November 2 - 6 as Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Week in Illinois, highlighting the nearly 300,000 hours of free counseling provided by SHIP volunteers to Illinois’ Medicare beneficiaries.

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