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May
2009


May 29, 2009
ISAC Encourages College Illinois! Enrollment On 529 College Savings Day
Parents & Grandparents: Enroll newborns up to one year old before August 1, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) supports the national May 29 (5/29) College Savings Day by encouraging new parents and grandparents to consider a College Illinois!sm 529 prepaid tuition plan as the best way to save on college tuition by paying for college costs at today’s rates.


May 29, 2009
Entry Deadline For Blue Ribbon Culinary Contest Extented To June 16, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Attention: amateur chefs! The Illinois State Fair’s Blue Ribbon Culinary Contest is looking for tasty recipes to judge. Those who submit the best entries will be invited to prepare their dish during the fair at a cook-off to determine the grand champion in seven categories, including Bake a Cake, Main Dish Using Chicken, Beef or Pork, Yeast Breads and Baked Desserts Using Dairy Products.


May 29, 2009
April 2009 Financial and Professional Regulation Disciplinary Report Now Available Online
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) today issued a report on disciplinary actions taken during April 2009.


May 28, 2009
Free Fishing Days June 5-8 Features Special Events
Illinoisans can give fishing a try – No license needed during Free Fishing Days
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The 2009 observance of Illinois Free Fishing Days on June 5-8 will feature special events throughout the state promoting fishing and encouraging would-be anglers to give fishing a try. Parks and recreation districts, youth and civic organizations, fishing clubs, and other groups have scheduled fishing derbies, clinics, and other events during Free Fishing Days.


May 28, 2009
Governor Quinn Fights for Recall Law
Testifies Before House Committee to Get Reform Measure on Ballot
SPRINGFIELD – May 28, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn is backing a proposed constitutional amendment empowering the people of Illinois to recall a governor. The Governor stressed his support in testimony before a House committee, which unanimously approved the measure and passed it to the full House for a vote.


May 28, 2009
ISAC Helps 619 Illinoisans Restore Credit Following Bond Sale
Commission expects to purchase 3,500 more rehabbed student loans over next 18-24 months
CHICAGO – The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) —through its Illinois Designated Account Purchase Program (IDAPP) lending arm—restored the credit of 619 Illinoisans by purchasing their rehabilitated student loans, valued at approximately $7.5 million, from the U.S. Department of Education after closing the sale of $50 million ISAC Student Loan Revenue Bonds, Series 2009 (State Guaranteed) Thursday morning, May 28.


May 28, 2009
Illinois Department of Insurance highlights important new young adult dependent health insurance option
Effective June 1st, young adult dependents may be added to parents’ policies
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance highlighted the new Young Adult Dependent Coverage Law, effective June 1st, that allows dependent young adults up to age 26—and age 30 for military veterans—to be added to a parent’s health insurance coverage.


May 27, 2009
State Public Health Director Advises Protection As Tick-borne Disease Numbers Climb
Five cases of tick-borne illness reported this year in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director, is warning residents to take precautions against tick bites to prevent contracting the diseases they carry. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received reports of five cases of tick-borne illness in Illinois this year. Ticks become most active now through June when the ground temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or more.


May 27, 2009
IDNR Announces Third Consecutive Memorial Day Weekend Without a Reported Water Fatality
Enforcement efforts, increased public safety awareness both key factors in safe holiday weekend
SPRINGFIELD – For the third consecutive year, residents and visitors enjoyed a fatality-free Memorial Day Holiday weekend on public waters in Illinois. The Memorial Day holiday weekend is considered the unofficial start to summer, and the official start of the boating season throughout the country.


May 27, 2009
Clean Sweep Collection Scheduled
IDOA program will safely dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides in the Metro East
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture will hold a Clean Sweep collection in September, enabling residents of four southwestern Illinois counties to dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides for free.


May 27, 2009
Veterans’ Affairs Director Names Weldon Resident as State of Illinois’ May “Veteran of the Month”
Vietnam Era Veteran Honored for His Commitment to Fellow Veterans and Community’s Safety
WELDON – Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Dan Grant today named lifelong Illinoisan Ken Moore as the State of Illinois’ May 2009 “Veteran of the Month” for his unwavering dedication to the state’s Veterans and the safety and well-being of the members of his community.


May 26, 2009
ISAC Announces Byrd Honors Scholars
Illinois recognizes 292 new honorees at 131 high schools statewide
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has announced the Illinois 2009-10 Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholars. This year’s honorees include 1,304 students selected from across the state, including 292 new Byrd Scholars that are eligible to receive a $1,500 college scholarship for each of four years.


May 26, 2009
State Showcases Vehicles, Equipment that Enhance Emergency Response in Illinois
Display represents more than 400 items acquired with state’s federal homeland security funds
SPRINGFIELD – A fleet of more than 30 emergency response vehicles and other response equipment staged outside the State Capitol in Springfield on Tuesday didn’t signify a major disaster at the heart of Illinois state government. Rather, the equipment display showcased major equipment purchased by Illinois with a portion of the state’s share of federal homeland security dollars received over the past decade.


May 26, 2009
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Tuesday, May 26, 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, Tuesday, May 26, 2009.


May 25, 2009
Governor Quinn Proclaims May 25 Missing Children’s Day in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor Pat Quinn, along with the Illinois State Police and Department of Children and Family Services, joined families throughout Illinois in observing May 25 as Missing Children’s Day in Illinois. The day provides an opportunity to recognize the progress Illinois has made in safeguarding children and to celebrate the return of those missing children who have found their way home. It is also a time to remember those who were less fortunate or have been victimized, and to find those that are still missing.


May 25, 2009
First H1N1Flu Related Death
Continued need to take preventive health measures
SPRINGFIELD – A Chicago-area resident has died from complications related to H1N1 influenza, the first death linked to this novel flu virus in Illinois, Dr. Damon T. Arnold, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, announced Monday.


May 22, 2009
Illinois Department of Labor provides tips for safe summer fun at amusement parks, street festivals and carnivals
Department conducts inspections throughout the year to ensure rides and attractions meet safety standards
CHICAGO -- With summer just around the corner and millions of people expected to make their way to popular amusement parks, festivals, street fairs and carnivals across the state, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) is offering tips on how to stay safe while enjoying amusement rides and attractions. IDOL is responsible for inspecting rides and attractions that are open to the public -- before they are permitted to operate -- to ensure that they meet safety requirements and are operated according to manufacturers’ standards.


May 22, 2009
Memorial Day Weekend Food Safety Tips
Properly cook all food to avoid illness
SPRINGFIELD – Picnics and cookouts often top the list of activities for Memorial Day weekend. But remember, special precautions need to be taken when preparing and serving food during warm weather to avoid foodborne illnesses like salmonellosis.


May 22, 2009
State regulators approve purchase of Citizens National Bank in Macomb by Morton Community Bank
Action ensures depositors of 119-year-old bank are protected with no consumer losses; fifth Illinois bank failure of 2009
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s (IDFPR) Division of Banking today approved the purchase of selected assets and liabilities of Citizens National Bank, Macomb by Morton Community Bank, Morton, Illinois following Citizens National Bank’s closure at 6:30 p.m. by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.


May 22, 2009
State regulators appoint the FDIC as receiver for Strategic Capital Bank of Champaign
Today’s action ensures all depositors are protected with no consumer losses in fourth Illinois bank failure of 2009
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s (IDFPR) Division of Banking today announced that it has taken possession and control of Strategic Capital Bank, Champaign, Illinois for the purpose of receivership and liquidation. The bank’s main office was in Champaign and they operated a loan production office in Oak Brook. The Division of Banking appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver for the bank under the provisions of the Illinois Banking Act.


May 21, 2009
NCAA Now Accepts Illinois Electronic Transcript Exchange Records
Prospective student-athletes may submit transcripts to NCAA Clearinghouse through IllinoisMentor.org
CHICAGO—Illinois high schools with students who plan to play college athletics have one more reason to utilize the Illinois Electronic Transcript Exchange (ILTE) system provided by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). That’s because the NCAA Eligibility Center is now accepting electronic transcripts sent through IllinoisMentor.org.


May 21, 2009
State public health director honors Illinois heroes for response in emergency situations
Awards given for heroic actions during Emergency Medical Services Week: May 20th-26th
SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director, today honored 7 people and organizations from across the state for their heroic acts of courage as part of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) 22nd Annual Emergency Medical Services Awards. Included in the awards, is a young firefighter who is being posthumously awarded as an honorary EMT (emergency medical technician) in special recognition of his exemplary performance while on duty. To recognize the heroic efforts of emergency responders and every day citizens, Governor Quinn proclaimed May 20th – 26th Emergency Medical Services Week in Illinois.


May 20, 2009
Honoring Memorial Day
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Noon on May 25, 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 to Noon on May 25, 2009.


May 20, 2009
Illinois Department of Labor issues guidelines to employers and teenage summer job seekers
Department outlines requirements under Illinois Child Labor Law for thousands of teenagers planning to work statewide over the summer
CHICAGO –Thousands of Illinois teenagers will soon be on summer break and heading out to find jobs, and the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) is reminding students and employers about Illinois’ law that provides protections for children in the workplace.


May 20, 2009
IDOT Announces Fourth Annual Work Zone Safety Statewide Calendar Contest
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is honoring 12 students from across the state today who participated in the 2008-2009 Fourth Annual Illinois Work Zone Safety Calendar Contest. The drawings of the twelve finalists will appear in the 2010 Illinois Work Zone Safety Calendar, which will be distributed at IDOT events across Illinois.


May 20, 2009
2009 Illinois State Fair Grandstand Entertainment Lineup Announced
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kelly Clarkson, Heart, Bangles, Montgomery Gentry, and Josh Turner among scheduled performers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois State Fair officials have announced the Grandstand entertainment for the 2009 Illinois State Fair. The announcement was made today inside the Artisan’s Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.


May 20, 2009
State Public Health Director Stresses Vigilance against H1N1 Flu
Underlying health conditions can lead to complications
SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), is reminding Illinoisans not to become complacent about the H1N1 flu and to continue taking preventive actions. To date, there are 794 confirmed H1N1 flu cases being reported in Illinois and most have been mild.


May 20, 2009
Illinois Department of Transportation unveils $11.25 Billion Multi-Year Highway Improvement Program
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig today unveiled an $11.25 billion Multi-year Highway Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2010-2015 that focuses on maintenance of the current road system. The proposal aims to preserve and maintain the existing highway system of roads and bridges, upgrade existing facilities for congestion mitigation and safety improvements and expand the system to help spur economic development in the state of Illinois.


May 20, 2009
Illinois Division of Insurance acts to protect 47,000 IFDA Illinois consumers, reaches $18 million resolution with Merrill Lynch Life Agency
Insurance regulator also revokes license of MLLA agent who developed, marketed and sold scheme to IFDA
CHICAGO – Acting to protect more than 47,000 Illinois families who pre-paid for a funeral, the Illinois Division of Insurance (DOI) announced today an $18 million resolution with Merrill Lynch Life Agency, Inc. (MLLA) for its role in pre-need funeral arrangements managed by the Illinois Funeral Directors Association (IFDA). DOI’s Order, known as a “Stipulation And Consent Order,” will aid members of the IFDA if those Funeral directors agree to provide their client-families with the contracted funeral.


May 19, 2009
Nearly 100 Local Citizen Corps Council Members in Springfield for Statewide Conference
Two-day conference helps local organizations strengthen disaster preparedness, response in their communities
SPRINGFIELD – A nationwide initiative that started shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to increase local disaster preparedness has proven popular in Illinois, where 115 jurisdictions have adopted the Citizen Corps program. This week, nearly 100 representatives from several local Citizen Corps councils throughout Illinois are in Springfield for a two-day conference to learn how they can strengthen their volunteer preparedness and response programs. The Illinois Citizen Corps Council Conference is sponsored by the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF).


May 18, 2009
Pool Season Begins – Enjoy the Water, But Be Safe
May 18-24, 2009 National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week
SPRINGFIELD – As swimming pools, water parks and beaches prepare to open for the season this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director is encouraging safe pool preparation and healthy swimming behaviors to prevent related illnesses during National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week.


May 18, 2009
IDNR Reminds Public about Importance of Safety Education during National Safe Boating Week
Conservation Police remind all boaters and anglers to wear life vests
SPRINGFIELD –Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is urging boaters and anglers to be safe while on the water this spring and summer. IDNR also reminds boaters about the benefits of signing up for a boating safety class offered through the department.


May 18, 2009
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Monday, May 18, 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, May 18, 2009.


May 16, 2009
State Deploys Public Works Mutual Aid Group to Assist with Debris Cleanup in Southern Illinois
Personnel, trucks, equipment will help clear trees and branches downed by May 8 severe storms
SPRINGFIELD – Trucks and workers from as far away as the Wisconsin border will be helping with the massive storm debris cleanup in southern Illinois this week. The workers are part of a recently-formed public works mutual aid organization that was deployed by the State of Illinois to assist local and state public works teams as they clear countless trees and branches downed by severe storms that moved through the region on May 8.


May 15, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn Names New Agency Chief
Michael Randle to head Department of Corrections
SPRINGFIELD – May 14, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn named Michael Randle as Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Randle is assistant director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) and is expected to begin his new job in June.


May 15, 2009
IDOA: Please Don't Disturb The Purple Traps
Box kite-looking devices to aid department’s search for the destructive emerald ash borer
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is placing purple traps in trees to help detect the emerald ash borer (EAB). EAB is an invasive, emerald-green beetle that has devastated tens of thousands of ash trees in Illinois since it was first discovered in the state in 2006.


May 14, 2009
Chicago Trade Show Represents World Of Opportunity For Illinois Food Companies
National Restaurant Association Show to bring food buyers from 102 countries to McCormick Place May 16-19
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Seventeen Illinois food companies have an opportunity to increase international sales without even leaving the state. The companies will exhibit their products next week in the Illinois Department of Agriculture pavilion at the National Restaurant Association’s American Food Fair, the world’s largest food service industry trade show. The show, which attracts more than 70,000 buyers, will be held May 16-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago.


May 14, 2009
Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police Stress the Importance of Safety Belt Use
ISP, IDOT team up with more than 500 law enforcement agencies, Missouri and Iowa to make the roads safer
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police (ISP) are teaming up with more than 500 local law enforcement agencies to conduct aggressive safety belt enforcement efforts throughout the state of Illinois. During the Memorial Day “Click it or Ticket” mobilization, May 15-31, motorists can expect an increase in nighttime enforcement with more than 180 enforcement zones in addition to the more than 400 daytime safety belt enforcement zones conducted by law enforcement agencies throughout the state. During the May mobilization, Illinois agencies will also be coordinating with their Missouri and Iowa counterparts to increase traffic safety within their respective states.


May 14, 2009
Ceremony honors fallen firefighters, recognizes 40 others for life-saving acts of bravery
Hundreds of firefighters gather in Springfield for 16th Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial, Firefighter Medal of Honor Awards Ceremony
SPRINGFIELD – Firefighters from across the state gathered in Springfield to remember six firefighters who died in service and honor 40 other firefighters for their outstanding bravery and service to their communities during the 16th Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighting Medal of Honor Ceremony.


May 14, 2009
College Awareness on the Rise with “KnowHow2GOIllinois”
Illinois Student Assistance Commission assists students in college preparation
CHICAGO—The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is assisting Illinois youth with the skills and knowledge necessary to go to college. Through its television and internet presence, KnowHow2GOIllinois is reaching an ever-growing number of college prospects where they live.


May 13, 2009
State Public Health Department Celebrates National Women’s Health Week May 10-16, 2009
IDPH Health Awareness Fair on Friday wraps-up the week
SPRINGFIELD – As part of National Women’s Health Week May 10-16, 2009, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Office of Women’s Health is teaming up with local health departments and community-based organizations to host women’s health education and screening events in communities throughout the month of May. IDPH awarded 28 grants totaling $41,000 for events across the state designed to increase the knowledge and general well being of women and girls.


May 13, 2009
Honoring Peace Officers Memorial Day
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset on May 15, 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 to Sunset on May 15, 2009.


May 12, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn Names Top Staff Member
Alderman Ocasio Joins Administration as Senior Advisor
CHICAGO – May 12, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn announced Alderman Billy Ocasio would join his administration as a senior advisor. In his new position Ocasio will work closely with Governor Quinn on an array of important social justice issues that impact communities throughout the state.


May 12, 2009
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Opens New Itinerant Veteran Service Office in Arlington Heights
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) announced Cook County now has a new itinerant Veteran Service Office located at Wheeling township building at 1616 N. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights. The office will assist the over 350,000 Cook County Veterans in applying for benefits from both the state and federal government.


May 12, 2009
New Statewide Emergency Preparedness Ad Created by High School Student from Springfield
Lanphier High School junior recognized for winning entry in PSA contest, school receives $10,000 prize
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ campaign to encourage people to be prepared for disasters has a new TV spot thanks to the creative efforts of a high school junior from Springfield. Lanphier High School student Brittny Barger learned Tuesday afternoon that she submitted the winning entry in the “Ready Illinois High School Challenge” contest, and her script has already been produced as a 30-second TV spot. The contest was sponsored by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF), in cooperation with the Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA).


May 11, 2009
Illinois Arts Council Announces 2009 Poetry Out Loud 3rd Place Winner Kareem Sayegh
Urbana’s Uni High Student Wins $5,000 in National Poetry Competition
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Illinois Arts Council is pleased to announce that Illinois’ 2009 Poetry Out Loud State Champion Kareem Sayegh has received the third place prize and a $5,000 award at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Sayegh, of University Laboratory High School in Urbana, was among fifty-three state champions from around the country who participated in the fourth national poetry recitation contest. Sayegh’s achievement also garnered University Laboratory High School a $500 stipend for use toward poetry books.


May 11, 2009
State Announces Success of Teaching Medicaid Beneficiaries Care Management
State’s Disease Management Program saves money by helping people manage chronic illnesses
SPRINGFIELD – Today Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) Director Barry S. Maram announced that during the second year of the state’s disease management program, Your Healthcare Plus, the state achieved $104 million in savings during fiscal year 2008 – triple the savings achieved during the previous fiscal year. This reflects the savings after paying for the costs of the program. In addition to saving the state money, the program is providing care coordination support to over 220,000 people enrolled in Medicaid.


May 9, 2009
Governor Quinn Issues State Disaster Declaration for Three Southern Illinois Counties
Will help counties recover from Friday’s severe storms
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued a state disaster declaration for Franklin, Jackson and Williamson counties to help those areas recover from severe storms that swept through southern Illinois on Friday. 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.


May 8, 2009
It's Time To Prepare Entries For The 2009 Illinois State Fair
Premium books that explain the rules and deadlines for thousands of fair contests are now available on the internet
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Premium books for the 2009 Illinois State Fair are now available online. The books, which explain rules, entry deadlines and prizes for the fair’s more than 8,700 competitive events, are posted in .pdf format at www.illinoisstatefair.info. Just click on the “Competitions” tab. The premium books are listed in the menu on the left side of the page above a link for downloadable entry forms.


May 8, 2009
State Emergency Operations Center activated in response to southern Illinois storms
SPRINGFIELD – The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Springfield was activated this afternoon following severe storms that caused widespread damage throughout several counties in southern Illinois. The SEOC, which is managed by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), is in communication with emergency management officials in several counties affected by the storms to determine what, if any, state assets are needed to help with the local response and recovery efforts.


May 8, 2009
State Veterans’ Affairs Hosts A Helping Our Hometown Heroes Event in Riverside
Statewide events will take place over the next few months to ensure Veterans know about all available benefits and assistance
RIVERSIDE - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted a Helping Our Hometown Heroes event today at the Riverside Township Auditorium, 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 rightfully deserve. The event also served a perfect opportunity for a Town Hall Meeting. IDVA Director Dan Grant was among the speakers.


May 8, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn: The First 100 Days
Governor Quinn has focused on three major themes: Reform, Responsibility and Recovery.
CHICAGO – May 8, 2009. It has been 100 days since Governor Pat Quinn took office. During this span, he has focused on three major themes: Reform, Responsibility and Recovery. Today, the Governor reasserted his commitment to those objectives while stressing his Administration is ready and eager to accomplish much more.


May 7, 2009
Confirmed H1N1 Flu cases in Illinois at 258
Illinois Flu Hotline 866-848-2094 for English – 866-241-2183 for Spanish
SPRINGFIELD – Officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reporting 258 confirmed cases of H1N1 flu (swine flu) in Illinois and 22 probable cases.


May 6, 2009
State Public Health Officials Report 225 Confirmed Cases of H1N1 Flu in Illinois
Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC Issue Updated School Closure Guidelines for H1N1
SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Illinois Department of Public Health Director, today reported 225 confirmed cases of H1N1 flu (swine flu) and 20 probable cases in Illinois. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Laboratories are now able to perform confirmatory testing, which is why the state has seen a large increase in the number of confirmed cases over the past couple days.


May 6, 2009
Illinois Products Farmers' Market To Open Next Week
Evening market on Illinois State Fairgrounds will be open Thursdays through October
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is ready for the second year of the Illinois Products Farmers’ Market (IPFM). The IPFM is a unique, evening market held on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. In addition to fresh produce, the public also will have a chance to purchase a number of other products that are solely produced or processed in Illinois.


May 6, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn Signs Wind Power Purchase Agreement with the City of Springfield
State will use environmentally friendly energy source to power buildings in the capital city
SPRINGFIELD – May 6, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn signed an agreement between the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) and the city of Springfield to purchase wind power to be used by state facilities in the capital city.


May 5, 2009
Illinois Performing Confirmatory Testing for H1N1 Flu
State public health officials report 82 confirmed cases of H1N1 flu in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Illinois Department of Public Health Director, today reported 82 confirmed cases of H1N1 flu (swine flu) and 40 probable cases in Illinois. This number increased significantly from yesterday’s total of nine confirmed cases in Illinois. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) laboratories are now able to perform confirmatory testing, which is why we saw such a large increase in confirmed cases from yesterday to today.


May 5, 2009
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Announces New Veteran Service Offices at some Central Illinois Colleges and Universities
Veterans receive assistance at colleges in Springfield, Champaign, & Macomb
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Director Dan Grant says veterans will have added assistance in getting information about both state and federal benefits. Director Grant’s comments are in reference to the state department of veterans affairs opening Veteran Service Offices at Lincoln Land College in Springfield, Parkland Community College in Champaign and Western Illinois University in Macomb.


May 3, 2009
State Fire Marshal urges public to learn about arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week, May 3-9
National theme for awareness week is “Arson for Profit”
SPRINGFIELD – Each year, arson fires cause many deaths, serious injuries and millions of dollars in property damage. To help people better understand the crime of arson and what they can do to prevent it, the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is observing Arson Awareness Week during the week of May 3-9. In 2008, OSFM’s Arson Investigation Division investigated nearly 1,500 fires, of which 403 cases were determined to be incendiary.


May 1, 2009
Governor Quinn Celebrates Polish Constitution Day
Polish Constitution Day commemorates the 218th anniversary of the world’s second written constitution
CHICAGO - May 1, 2009. Joining with members of the Polish community, Governor Pat Quinn celebrated Polish Constitution Day, which commemorates the 218th anniversary of the Polish Constitution. Adopted on May 3, 1791, the Polish Constitution is the world’s second written constitution.

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