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December
2009


December 31, 2009
ISAC New Year's Resolution Advice: Be Proactive In Paying For College
Commission advises FAFSA completion as soon after January 1 as possible
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In 2009, an estimated 130,000 eligible Illinois college students missed out on state financial aid by not completing the required Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon enough. For this new year, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recommends getting an early start on the college financial aid process with early FAFSA completion.


December 31, 2009
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Protect Homebuyers
New Law Increases Education Requirements for Realtors, Expands Anti-Predatory Lending Program
CHICAGO – December 31, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to help protect homebuyers across Illinois. Senate Bill 1894 increases the education requirements for real estate agents in Illinois and expands an anti-predatory lending program to three new counties.


December 30, 2009
New Child Support Technology Will Increase Efficiency, Cost Savings
Ten-Year Anniversary of Child Support Disaster Sees Marked Turnaround
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) Director Barry S. Maram today announced the successful implementation of new technology that will enable the state to cut costs and improve efficiency in distributing child support to Illinois families.


December 30, 2009
Department on Aging to Assist with New Law to Locate Missing and Endangered Seniors
SPRINGFIELD - A new law takes effect January 1 that beefs up the state’s system to help locate elderly people who go missing in Illinois. The Endangered Missing Person Advisory Program will have police agencies send out alerts when senior citizens or high-risk adults with disabilities go missing. The Endangered Missing Person Advisory will provide a regional system that will allow for the rapid dissemination of information regarding a missing person who is believed to be a high-risk missing person.


December 30, 2009
Liquor Control Commission December Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In December the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 79 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 9 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-nine percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


December 30, 2009
Governor Quinn Overhauls Prison Release Program
Ends IDOC’s “MGT Push,” Will Bolster Law and Agency Operations
CHICAGO – December 30, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced an extensive overhaul of the Illinois Department of Corrections’ Meritorious Good Time program, a statutory release program in existence since 1978 that is undergoing a comprehensive evaluation headed by criminal justice expert Judge David A. Erickson.


December 30, 2009
Employment Security Offices Closed New Year’s Day
Banking holiday might affect payments
CHICAGO - The offices of the Illinois Department of Employment Security will be closed on Friday, Jan. 1 2010, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.


December 30, 2009
Baby New Year's Projected College Tuition Costs: $180,000
Now is the Time to lock in tuition prices for much less with the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— We’ve all seen the Rankin-Bass claymation story of Rudolph’s Shiny New Year featuring Happy, the big-eared newborn with the top hat symbolic of the new year. But what will the baby’s parents do when they discover that a child born today is projected to incur college costs of more than $180,000 at a four-year, public university?


December 29, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces 2009 Environmental Hero Awards
Annual Awards Given for Work to Improve and Protect Environment
CHICAGO – December 29, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today awarded 22 individuals and groups from across Illinois with 2009 Environmental Hero Awards. The annual award is given in recognition of a strong commitment to the health and protection of the environment in Illinois.


December 29, 2009
Illinois Moves to Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) announced today that starting January 4, 2010 mortgage brokers and mortgage bankers will use the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) for license applications and renewals. Loan originators will also begin transitioning onto the NMLS for their new individual licensing credentials required in 2010. The national data base ensures that any mortgage loan professionals moving to Illinois will be able to demonstrate competency and a record clear of disciplinary actions in any other state in the nation.


December 24, 2009
Governor Quinn Encourages Donation of Unused Air Miles to Support Families of Wounded Servicemembers
After Visiting Troops in Germany, Governor Honors Program That Reunites Wounded Heroes with their Families
CHICAGO – December 24, 2009. Upon his return today from visiting troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and Fisher House in Germany, Governor Quinn encouraged the public to support Operation Hero Miles, a program that supports servicemembers who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. Operation Hero Miles assists families allowing them to visit their loved ones who are recovering in military hospitals around the world through the donation of unused frequent flyer miles.


December 23, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces $1.8 Million Awarded to Illinois to Improve Broadband Access
Federal Recovery Funds Will Help with Mapping, Planning Efforts
CHICAGO – December 23, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois has received $1.8 million in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve broadband access throughout the state. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), will assist the state with broadband mapping and planning efforts.


December 22, 2009
Governor Quinn Presents Sustainability Award to Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Quinn Administration and Local Labor Join in “Holiday Salute” to Veterans
CHICAGO – December 22, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today presented a Sustainability Award to the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center for the facility’s significant achievements in protecting the environment and improving the state’s economy. The award was presented during a “Holiday Salute to Veterans” with local labor leaders at the Medical Center.


December 22, 2009
Congress Approves Benefits Through February
Illinois Workers Do Not Have To Contact IDES Office
CHICAGO – Congress passed and the President signed into law a two-month extension of unemployment insurance benefits. Without the extension, up to 10,000 Illinois workers each week would have exhausted their unemployment benefits starting January 2, 2010, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today. The action delays the beginning of program exhaustions until the end of February.


December 21, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces Investment Package To Save 3,000 UPS Jobs in Illinois
Company will Modernize Facilities in Hodgkins and Rockford
HODGKINS – December 21, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced his Administration is assisting UPS with a business investment package that will result in at least 3,000 Illinois jobs being saved. The State is providing a $24 million business investment package to UPS, which will help to leverage $91 million in private investment that will be used to improve and modernize two important Illinois-based UPS facilities.


December 21, 2009
Governor Quinn Makes Four New Appointments To State Education Boards
Names James Baumann, Steven Gilford, Melinda LaBarre to State Board of Education; Veteran Board Member Joyce Karon to P-20 Council
CHICAGO – December 21, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointments of James Baumann, Steven Gilford and Melinda LaBarre to the State Board of Education.


December 21, 2009
Department on Aging Provides Tips to Keep Seniors Safe and Warm This Winter
Find how to “Keep Warm” at 1-877-411-WARM or www.keepwarm.illinois.gov
SPRINGFIELD – On this first day of winter, Illinois Department on Aging Director Charles D. Johnson is encouraging older people and their families to recognize that winter poses a special threat to seniors.


December 18, 2009
Governor Quinn Appoints Former Judge To Head Meritorious Good Time Review
Judge David Erickson will Lead Comprehensive Examination
CHICAGO – December 18, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today named legal and criminal justice expert Judge David A. Erickson to lead a comprehensive review of the Department of Correction’s Meritorious Good Time program. Governor Quinn recently suspended that program while it undergoes a comprehensive evaluation.


December 17, 2009
Two Weeks Left To Lock-In December Prepaid Tuition Prices
Now is the Time to Enroll in the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program for Best Prices
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Now is the time to lock-in prices for future college tuition and fees through the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program, according to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). That’s because there are only two weeks to qualify for 2009 tax year benefits before new prices take effect January 1.


December 17, 2009
Illinois November Unemployment Rate Slips Slightly
Slight Increases And Decreases Common In National Recession
CHICAGO – The Illinois seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November is 10.9 percent, down 0.1 percent from October, according to figures released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The three-month moving average increased 0.3 percent to 10.8 percent. Slight increases and decreases in the unemployment rate are to be expected in a national recession.


December 17, 2009
Honoring Major General John Randolph Phipps
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, December 17, 2009 until Sunset, Saturday, December 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, Thursday, December 17, 2009 until Sunset, Saturday, December 19, 2009.


December 17, 2009
Governor Quinn Makes Appointments to Human Services Commission
Launches Commission Website HSC.Illinois.gov
CHICAGO – December 17, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today made appointments to the Illinois Human Services Commission. The Governor also launched the Commission website HSC.Illinois.gov.


December 17, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces $9.1 million Federal Bonus for Illinois’ Efforts to Insure Children
Performance Reward Will Help State Continue to Cover More Children
CHICAGO – December 17, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today joined U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on a conference call to announce that Illinois will receive a $9.1 million HHS performance bonus for its efforts to provide health coverage to uninsured children.


December 16, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces Capital Funding for Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus
Construction of Campus Will Create 2,000 Jobs, Further Education Efforts
MACOMB – December 16, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today visited the future site of Western Illinois University’s Riverfront Campus to announce the renovation of approximately 60,000 square feet of space for the new campus and create 2,000 new jobs. The funding is part of the Illinois Jobs Now! capital plan, which was signed into law this summer by Governor Quinn, and will help revive the state’s economy by creating and retaining over 439,000 jobs over the next six years.


December 16, 2009
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Help Illinois’ Business Partnerships
New Law Restores Fairness to Partnership Tax Code
SPRINGFIELD – December 16, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law a bill that shields professional service partnerships from paying an additional tax when their partners are already paying individual income tax.


December 16, 2009
Governor Quinn Creates Massac-Metropolis Port District to Increase International Trade
Law Will Create Jobs, Improve Economy in Southern Illinois
METROPOLIS – December 16, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law a bill to create the Massac-Metropolis Port District in Southern Illinois. The new district will be able to construct new river ports along the Ohio River and expand an existing airport, creating jobs and strengthening Southern Illinois’ economy by increasing the region’s international trade capabilities.


December 15, 2009
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hosts Helping Our Hometown Heroes Event in Salem
Events held statewide to provide Veterans’ access to available benefits and assistance
SALEM - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted a Helping Our Hometown Heroes event today at the Marion County Savings Bank in Salem for local Veterans, their families, and friends. Various federal, state and local organizations came together for the event that was dedicated to assisting Illinois’ military heroes and their families in getting all the benefits they deserve and have earned.


December 15, 2009
DURBIN, QUINN PRAISE ADMINISTRATION DECISION TO PURCHASE THOMSON CORRECTIONAL CENTER
WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 15, 2009. Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today praised the decision by the Obama Administration to proceed with the acquisition of a state of the art correctional facility in Thomson, Illinois.


December 14, 2009
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn’s Office Regarding the Suspension of the Meritorious Good Time Release Program
CHICAGO – December 14, 2009. Recent media accounts have inaccurately suggested the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) was secretly conducting aspects of its “Meritorious Good Time” Release program, which Governor Quinn suspended while that program undergoes a comprehensive review.


December 14, 2009
Governor Quinn Unveils Illinois Jobs Action Plan
City Club Speech Outlines Innovative Economic Recovery Effort
CHICAGO – December 14, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today unveiled a cutting-edge blueprint for job creation and retention throughout Illinois. The governor outlined the high points of his "Illinois Economic Recovery Plan: Jobs for Today and Tomorrow" in a speech before the City Club of Chicago.


December 14, 2009
Veterans’ Affairs Names Glasford Resident as State of Illinois’ December 2009 “Veteran of the Month”
United States Army Veteran Honored for Commitment to Fellow Veterans and Community
GLASFORD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today named Glasford resident and U.S. Army Veteran Robert J. Kaufman as the State of Illinois’ December 2009 “Veteran of the Month” for his unwavering dedication to the state’s military heroes and for service to local community.


December 14, 2009
Illinois Transportation and Law Enforcement Officials Remind Drivers of Distracted Driving Laws Effective January 1st
IDOT, SOS, ISP and Corporate Partners Join Efforts to Save Lives on Illinois Roadways
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Secretary of State and Illinois State Police along with corporate partners joined together today to remind Illinois motorists of two new laws taking effect January 1st. The new laws represent a groundbreaking effort to reduce crashes and save lives by curbing distracted driving on Illinois’ roadways.


December 14, 2009
2010 Illinois State Fair Mega Pass Makes Great Gift This Holiday Season
Discounted Mega Pass available for $50 through Dec. 22
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – If you are searching for the perfect gift to give a young thrill-seeker this holiday season, consider an Illinois State Fair Mega Pass. The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is offering the 2010 Illinois State Fair Mega Pass at the reduced rate of $50, a $10 savings, through Tuesday, Dec. 22.


December 14, 2009
State Urges Local Emergency Management Agencies to Apply for Federal Grants
Up to $1 million available for construction of Emergency Operations Centers, up to $250,000 for renovations
SPRINGFIELD – Local emergency operations centers (EOCs) are critical to effective response during disasters, and applications are now available for a federal program that provides grants to help local emergency management agencies build new EOCs or make needed renovations to existing facilities. Officials from the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) are encouraging local emergency managers throughout Illinois to submit an application for the funding.


December 13, 2009
Governor Quinn Signs Law Improving Orthotic, Prosthetic Insurance Coverage
Requires Health Plan Parity for Policyholders’ Benefits, Conditions
CHICAGO – December 13, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will benefit thousands of orthotic and prosthetic users in Illinois covered by private health insurance plans. The law ensures that coverage for orthotic and prosthetic devices is the same as nearly all medical or surgical benefits.


December 12, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces $3 Million for Infrastructure Improvements in Ridgewood
Funds to Improve Local Drinking Water and Sewage Systems
RIDGEWOOD – December 12, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced $3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency grants and loans to make significant environmental improvements in old and ailing sewage and drainage systems in Ridgewood, near Joliet in Will County.


December 12, 2009
Governor Quinn Appoints New Chair to Human Rights Commission
Attorney, Advocate and Community Leader Marty Castro to Lead Commission Charged with Fighting Discrimination in Illinois
CHICAGO – December 12, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of Marty Castro as Chair of the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Castro is a distinguished lawyer and prominent Latino community advocate.


December 11, 2009
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Saturday, December 12, 2009 until Sunset, Monday, December 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 from Sunrise, Saturday, December 12, 2009 until Sunset, Monday, December 14, 2009.


December 11, 2009
Governor Quinn Strengthens State’s Commitment to Politically-Neutral, Merit-Based Hiring
Administrative Order Further Enacts Policies to Further Ensure Fair Hiring Practices for Rutan-Covered Employees
CHICAGO – December 11, 2009. Governor Quinn today strengthened and affirmed the State’s commitment to politically-neutral, merit-based hiring by signing an Administrative Order calling for increased training of the state’s hiring personnel and mandating new policies to further ensure objective hiring processes. He also reiterated the Administration’s commitment to adhering to the principles in the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois, which prohibits the use of political affiliation or support in making personnel decisions for State positions covered by Rutan.


December 11, 2009
Governor Quinn Makes Four Appointments To Illinois Finance Authority Board of Directors
CHICAGO – December 11, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today made four appointments to the Illinois Finance Authority Board of Directors. The new members include:


December 11, 2009
Home candle fires peak in December
OSFM offers common sense candle safety tips
SPRINGFIELD – December is the peak time of year for home candle fires, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) warned today.


December 11, 2009
State Recognizes Advocates for Their Outstanding Service to Older Adults
Awards Ceremony held during the 2009 Governor’s Conference on Aging
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) today hosted an awards ceremony to celebrate the efforts of individuals and organizations providing the best services to assist older adults. The special awards ceremony is held each year during the Governor’s Conference on Aging where advocates and experts from across the state gather to focus on issues that affect the aging population. This year’s conference was December 9 - 11 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown.


December 10, 2009
State Public Health Director Announces Expansion of H1N1 Flu Vaccine Availability to all Illinoisans
High-risk individuals encouraged to be vaccinated before expansion next week
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold today announced that beginning Tuesday, December 15, 2009, all Illinoisans will be eligible to receive an H1N1 flu vaccination. In addition to local health departments and private physicians, Illinoisans will be able to go to many retail pharmacies for H1N1 flu vaccinations starting no later than December 21, 2009.


December 10, 2009
Governor Quinn Launches Statewide Campaign to Increase Older Adults’ Community Participation
Announcement Made At Annual Governor’s Conference on Aging
CHICAGO – December 10, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today detailed plans for a year-long campaign that will encourage older adults to engage in community activities. 2010: The Year of the Engaged Older Adult is a call to action for individuals, families, and communities to boost learning, strengthen the workforce, and enrich community life by encouraging older adults, ages 50 and older, to lend their expertise to these areas.


December 9, 2009
Governor Quinn Signs Campaign Reform Law
State Limits Election Funds, Boosts Compliance and Transparency
CHICAGO – December 9, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law a ground-breaking campaign finance bill that imposes Illinois’ first-ever contribution limits on candidates, political parties and political action committees. The new law also makes campaign contribution and expenditure information more open and available to the public.


December 9, 2009
2009 Illinois Firearm Deer Season Preliminary Harvest Totals 99,419 Deer
Gun and bow hunting opportunities remain for deer hunters
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Deer hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 99,419 deer during the seven-day firearm deer hunting season on Nov. 20-22 and Dec. 3-6. The preliminary harvest total compares with 105,595 deer taken by hunters during the 2008 firearm season.


December 8, 2009
Give A Child The Greatest Gift: A College Education
A College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program contract lets one give a college education with locked-in prices
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Parents and grandparents often believe that the best gifts for their children are the ones they yearn for the most, but what happens in a couple of years when that Nintendo Wii or Zhu Zhu Hamster is obsolete? Fortunately, there are things to give that will last longer than the latest toy. A gift of a college education lasts a lifetime, and a College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program contract makes it affordable to give.


December 7, 2009
Governor Quinn Proclaims Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
United States and Illinois Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Tribute
SPRINGFIELD – December 7, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed today, December 7, 2009, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in honor and memory of the 68th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In commemoration of the observance, Governor Quinn ordered all United States and Illinois flags be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset today.


December 7, 2009
Honoring Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Monday, December 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, Monday, December 7, 2009.


December 7, 2009
IEMA, OSFM Suggest Unique Holiday Gift Ideas to Keep Loved Ones Safe
Weather radios, emergency kits, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are gifts that can save lives
SPRINGFIELD – With the holiday shopping season in full-swing, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today offered a list of unique gift ideas designed to keep friends and family safe at home or in a vehicle.


December 6, 2009
Asian Carp Rapid Response Workgroup wraps up main operation on Chicago Sanitary Ship Canal
Scheduled routine electric barrier maintenance complete
CHICAGO – The Asian Carp Rapid Response Workgroup is closing out main project operations on a 5.7-mile stretch of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (CSSC) that began on December 2.


December 5, 2009
Illinois Department of Insurance Reminding Returning Military Personnel to Review Insurance Options
Department urges members of armed services and their families to review insurance coverage
CHICAGO—As thousands of military personnel prepare to return from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays, the Illinois Department of Insurance is reminding them to review their insurance coverage to ensure they and their families stay protected no matter where they are.


December 5, 2009
Governor Quinn Names New Member to Toll Highway Authority Board of Directors
Maria Saldana Brings Extensive Financial and Legal Experience to Tollway
CHICAGO – December 5, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today named Maria N. Saldana to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority Board of Directors. Saldana is currently the Senior Vice President for Public Finance at Duncan-Williams, Inc., a regional investment banking firm.


December 4, 2009
Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission Host 13th Annual Statewide Deaf Finger-Spelling Bee
SPRINGFIELD – On December 11, 2009, IDHHC is hosting the Annual Statewide Deaf Finger-Spelling Bee. This event will be held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. until completion around 3:00 p.m.


December 4, 2009
Governor Quinn Fights to Improve Environment
New Report Reinforces Illinois’ Role in Battling Global Warming
CHICAGO – December 4, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today continued his battle to improve Illinois’ environment by partnering with Environment Illinois to unveil the organization’s latest report, “America on the Move: State Leadership in the Fight Against Global Warming, and What it Means for the World.”


December 3, 2009
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation Targeting Illegal Firearm Possession by Gang Members
New Law to Honor Slain Chicago Police Officer
CHICAGO – December 3, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will require prison time for street gang members convicted of possessing a loaded gun in a public area. This new law strengthens the current law which rules that gang members in possession of a loaded gun can be sentenced to probation.


December 3, 2009
Illinois H1N1 Flu Hotline Answering Medical Questions
English and Spanish lines available
SPRINGFIELD – In addition to answering general questions about influenza, vaccine and treatment, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold today announced that trained medical professionals are now available to answer medical questions about H1N1 influenza that come into the Illinois Flu Hotline. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is partnering with the Illinois Poison Center to staff the hotline with health care professionals.


December 3, 2009
State Public Health Director Warns Public of H1N1 Phishing E-mail Scam
Fraudulent e-mails circulating throughout country referencing non-existent CDC-sponsored state vaccination program
SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, is alerting Illinoisans to a nationwide H1N1 phishing e-mail scam. The fraudulent e-mails (phishing) claim to be from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reference a CDC sponsored State Vaccination Program. The messages request that users must create a personal H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccination Profile on the CDC Web site. The message then states that anyone 18 years or older has to create a personal Vaccination Profile on the CDC Web site.


December 2, 2009
Commission Announces 2010 Illinois State Scholar Honorees
ISAC salutes the top achievers in the high school class of 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recognized 19,345 high school students from 752 different schools from across the state as 2010 “Illinois State Scholars.”


December 2, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces Construction Funding for University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University
Projects in Champaign, Murphysboro and Edwardsville Will Create Jobs, Further Education Efforts
CHAMPAIGN – December 2, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced funding for three construction projects at the University of Illinois’ (U of I) Urbana-Champaign campus, and Southern Illinois University’s (SIU) Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses. The funding is part of the Illinois Jobs Now! capital plan, which will revive the state’s economy by creating and retaining over 439,000 jobs over the next six years.


December 2, 2009
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Tap New Federally-Backed Construction Funds
Build America Bonds, School Building Financing Means Jobs
CHICAGO – December 2, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law a bill that allows the State to issue federal stimulus-supported Build America Bonds and Qualified School Construction Bonds to fund critical capital projects such as roads, bridges and schools.


December 1, 2009
Seniors Reminded To Apply NOW Online for Illinois Cares Rx To Avoid a Break in Coverage
For more information on Illinois Cares Rx, call the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966 or visit www.cbrx.il.gov
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department on Aging Director Charles D. Johnson is reminding Illinois seniors to sign up now for Illinois Cares Rx to avoid a break in coverage and to ensure coverage begins on January 1. Seniors and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply online because it is the fastest way to get approved. Illinois Cares Rx is the state’s prescription drug assistance program that provides wrap-around prescription drug coverage to fill in the gaps created by Medicare Part D. Processing for the online application takes about four weeks and those who apply now would avoid a break in coverage and ensure coverage begins on January 1.


December 1, 2009
Illinois Lottery and Illinois Department of Public Health Team Together to Support HIV/AIDS-Prevention Education
Statewide Launch of New Quality of Life Scratch-off Ticket and “Wrap it Up Illinois” Initiative
CHICAGO – In recognition of World AIDS Day, the Illinois Lottery and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today unveiled a new Quality of Life scratch-off ticket, “Red Ribbon Bonus Bucks,” where 100 percent of the net proceeds support HIV/AIDS-prevention education and awareness across Illinois.


December 1, 2009
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Wednesday, December 2, 2009 until Sunset, Friday, December 4, 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, Wednesday, December 2, 2009 until Sunset, Friday, December 4, 2009.


December 1, 2009
Governor Quinn Names Key Education Council
“Race to the Top” for Federal Funds Starts With New P-20 Panel
CHICAGO – December 1, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today made 23 appointments to the P-20 Council, a key advisory panel that will make recommendations to the Governor about strengthening our education system. The P-20 (pre-school through graduate school) Council will play an instrumental role in Illinois’ quest to win approximately $400 million in federal “Race to the Top” discretionary funds.

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