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2009


June 29, 2009
Kankakee insurance agent charged with bilking 13 suburban and downstate businesses and Bourbonnais Township
Illinois Department of Insurance investigation leads to arrest for fraudulent insurance scheme totaling nearly $370,000
CHICAGO – Larry Chouinard of Kankakee was arrested last week by Bradley police after the Illinois Attorney General unsealed a 19-count indictment alleging that Chouinard engaged in a 5- year scheme through which he collected and personally used tens of thousands of dollars intended for insurance premiums, including payments from Bourbonnais Township and 13 area businesses, the Illinois Department of Insurance announced today.


June 29, 2009
IDOT officials stress safety as motorists hit the roadways for the Fourth of July weekend
IDOT suspends lane closures to give motorists a break
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Gary Hannig today urged Illinois drivers to buckle up and stay sober as they get ready to hit the roadways for the Fourth of July weekend. Secretary Hannig also announced that IDOT will make sure roads are open wherever possible, but some projects will continue, resulting in lane closures over the holiday weekend. Motorists are advised to comply with the posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour while driving through a work zone at all times.


June 29, 2009
Veterans’ Affairs Director Names New Lenox Resident as State of Illinois’ June “Veteran of the Month”
Veteran Honored for His Commitment to Fellow Veterans and Community
NEW LENOX – Director Dan Grant of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today named lifelong Illinoisan Paul Chen as the State of Illinois’ June 2009 “Veteran of the Month” for his unwavering dedication to the state’s Veterans and commitment to the members of his community.


June 24, 2009
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, June 25, 2009 until Sunset, Saturday, June 27, 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, June 25, 2009 until Sunset, Saturday, June 27, 2009.


June 24, 2009
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, June 25, 2009 until Sunset, Saturday, June 27, 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, June 25, 2009 until Sunset, Saturday, June 27, 2009.


June 23, 2009
State Public Health Director Offers Tips to Protect Against Heat-related Health Problems During This Week’s Hot Weather
Department of Public Health encourages preventive action
SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, is urging Illinoisans this week to take preventive actions during this extremely hot weather to avoid heat-related illness, such as heat-stroke.


June 22, 2009
IEMA, NWS Promote Lightning Safety Awareness with Simple Phrase: “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors”
Little League commended for emphasizing lightning safety
SPRINGFIELD – “When thunder roars, go indoors” is a simple phrase, but it’s one that officials with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) believe could save lives. During Lightning Safety Awareness Week June 21-27, IEMA and the NWS are spreading the word about the simple steps people can take to stay safe when a thunderstorm approaches.


June 19, 2009
State Public Health Director Continues to Stress Vigilance and Encourage Precautions As H1N1 Influenza Continues To Circulate
Illinois has 2,526 confirmed and probable H1N1 influenza cases, 10 deaths
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting 2,526 confirmed and probable cases of H1N1 influenza in Illinois, including 10 deaths. Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Illinois Department of Public Health Director is reminding the public that the H1N1 influenza is still circulating in Illinois and people should continue to take steps to stay healthy and limit the spread of the virus.


June 19, 2009
State Public Health Director Warns of Potential Hazard in Recalled Cookie Dough
Illinois reports 5 cases of illness matching nationwide outbreak
SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is warning consumers not to eat recalled Nestle Toll House Prepackaged Refrigerated Cookie Dough due to the risk of possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7, a bacterium that causes food borne illness. In Illinois, there have been five Illinois residents with illnesses matching the pattern reported in a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. The CDC has reported more than 60 cases nationwide in more than 25 states.


June 18, 2009
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Make Health Insurance More Affordable for Unemployed Workers
Bill extends 65% health insurance subsidy in federal Recovery Act to former employees of small businesses
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law that will make health insurance more affordable for laid-off workers of small businesses and their families.


June 18, 2009
Governor Quinn Calls a Special Session
Urges General Assembly to finish its business and solve fiscal crisis
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today signed a proclamation calling for a special session of the 96th Illinois General Assembly to convene on Tuesday, June 23, at 2 P.M. In his proclamation, Governor Quinn stated that one of the main purposes of this special session is to address the fiscal crisis confronting the State of Illinois.


June 18, 2009
Governor Quinn, Microsoft CEO Launch Public-Private Partnership
Elevate America to provide free technology training for up to 51,000 Illinoisans
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the Chicagoland Chamber’s Annual Meeting to announce a major public-private partnership between Microsoft and the State of Illinois to provide free technology training for up to 51,000 Illinoisans, starting July 31.


June 18, 2009
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Celebrates the Opening of a New Veteran Service Office in Springfield
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs partners with Lincoln Land Community College to offer Veterans Services Assistance
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Director Dan Grant along with members of Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) held an open house yesterday to mark the opening of a new Veterans Service Office at the school. The LLCC office Hall was chosen as one of the locations throughout the state to offer this new service to Veterans.


June 17, 2009
Money for Mobile Messaging - Text 2 Survive – Easy Access to Life Saving Information
Use your mobile phone to find a HIV/AIDS testing center near you
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Minority Health Services launched the new HIV/AIDS Testing Center Locator initiative, Text 2 Survive, earlier this month to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.


June 12, 2009
State Public Health Director Encourages Precautions As H1N1 Influenza Continues To Circulate
Clean your hands, cover your cough and contain your germs by staying home if you sick
SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director, is reminding the public that the H1N1 influenza is still circulating in Illinois and people should continue to take steps to stay healthy and limit the spread of the virus.


June 11, 2009
Web Certification Launched For Unemployment Insurance
Process Safe, Easy and Improves Customer Service
CHICAGO – In an effort to improve service for thousands of people collecting unemployment insurance, the Illinois Department of Employment Security launched a new way for claimants to certify that they are out of work and eligible for benefits. The new Internet Certification feature is the latest customer-service effort to streamline operations and make it easier to interact with the department, officials said Thursday.


June 11, 2009
Members Appointed To The Joint Task Force On Breeders And Pet Stores
First Public Meeting to be held Monday, June 22
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) will hold the first meeting of the Joint Task Force on Breeders and Pet Stores on Monday, June 22 at 9am in the Artisan’s Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The Task Force was established by Senate Joint Resolution 56 (SJR 56). The initial meeting will be open to the public. Doors will open at 8:30 am.


June 10, 2009
Governor Quinn Names U of I Admissions Commission
Independent Panel Will Investigate Controversial Applicant Process
CHICAGO – June 10, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn signed an Executive Order forming the Admissions Review Commission, an independent fact-finding group that will investigate claims the University of Illinois granted admittance to some college applicants because they were politically-connected.


June 9, 2009
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Wednesday, June 10, 2009 until Sunset, Friday, June 12, 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, June 10, 2009 until Sunset, Friday, June 12, 2009.


June 9, 2009
Additional Act Added to Grandstand Concert Series
Candy Coburn will join Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler and James Otto
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois State Fair officials are pleased to announce an addition to one of the state fair acts this August. Up and coming country artist Candy Coburn will join Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler and James Otto on Friday, August 21. With the addition of Coburn, the concert time has changed to from 8pm to 7pm with gates now opening at 6pm.


June 8, 2009
Looking For Dedicated Servants To Recognize During The Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation along with Illinois State Fair officials are seeking ten individuals to spotlight in a new program this year. The Illinoisan of the Day program looks to honor individuals who make a difference in their community and show a true Illinois spirit through hard work and a dedication to helping others.


June 8, 2009
State Veterans’ Affairs Hosts A Helping Our Hometown Heroes Event in Joliet
Statewide events will take place over the next few months to ensure Veterans know about all available benefits and assistance
JOLIET - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted a Helping Our Hometown Heroes event today at the American Legion Post 1080, 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.


June 5, 2009
First bird in Illinois tests positive for West Nile virus
SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director, today announced the first bird testing positive for West Nile virus in Illinois this year was found in LaSalle County.


June 5, 2009
IDNR Celebrates National Trails Day
IDNR Trail Designated National Recreation Trail
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director, Marc Miller announced today that The Moraine Hills Trail System in McHenry County has been designated a National Recreation Trail (NRT). NRTs have been a touchstone of the National Trails System since 1971. The NRTs recognize existing trails and trail systems that connect people to local resources and improve their quality of life.


June 5, 2009
State Public Health Director Announces Expansion of Program to Combat Childhood Obesity
CATCH – Coordinated Approach to Child Health to be implemented in 11 additional schools throughout Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, today announced that 11 additional schools in Illinois will begin implementing the CATCH program – Coordinated Approach to Child Health. With the expansion of the CATCH program, the state is continuing efforts to address the obesity problem by changing children’s and parents’ attitudes and behaviors toward nutrition and physical activity.


June 5, 2009
Illinois Division of Banking closes Bank of Lincolnwood and appoints FDIC as receiver
All depositors are protected with no consumer losses; Republic Bank of Chicago, Oak Brook, to assume all deposits
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s (IDFPR) Division of Banking today announced that it has taken possession and control of Bank of Lincolnwood, Lincolnwood, Illinois at 5 pm for the purpose of receivership and liquidation. The bank’s main office was in Lincolnwood and one branch location also located in Lincolnwood. The Division of Banking appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver for the bank under the provisions of the Illinois Banking Act. No advance notice is given to the public when a financial institution is closed.


June 5, 2009
Honoring Lieutenant Gregory Jonas
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, June 6, 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, June 6, 2009.


June 4, 2009
Taxpayer Action Board Issues Final Report to the Governor
The report details measures to make state government more accountable and efficient.
CHICAGO – June 4, 2009. The Taxpayer Action Board (TAB) presented its final report to Governor Pat Quinn detailing measures to make state government more accountable and efficient. Chaired by Tom Johnson, President of the Taxpayers Federation of Illinois, TAB was charged with evaluating current state programs and identifying new approaches to deal with challenging fiscal and operational issues.


June 4, 2009
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hosts Helping Our Hometown Heroes Event in Collinsville
Statewide events will take place over the next few months to ensure Veterans know about all available benefits and assistance
COLLINSVILLE - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted a Helping Our Hometown Heroes event today at the American Legion Post 365 in Collinsville, 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.


June 3, 2009
H1N1 Influenza Continues to Circulate – State Public Health Director Stresses Precautions
Illinois – 1,268 H1N1 influenza cases, 4 deaths
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,268 cases of H1N1 influenza in Illinois and four people diagnosed with the virus, all with underlying medical conditions, have died.


June 3, 2009
Honoring Officer Alejandro "Alex" Valadez
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, June 4, 2009 until Sunset, June 6, 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, June 4, 2009 until Sunset, June 6, 2009.


June 2, 2009
Governor Quinn Requests Federal Assistance for Several Southern llinois Counties
Federal disaster declaration would help individuals, businesses, local governments and electrical co-ops recovery from May 8 storm
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today requested federal assistance to help people, businesses, local governments and electrical cooperatives recover from a devastating storm that hit parts of southern Illinois on May 8. The storm uprooted thousands of trees, causing widespread power outages and blocking countless roads and highways. At least 260 homes in a five-county area were destroyed or suffered major damage, and storm-related costs to state and local governments and electrical cooperatives are expected to top $26 million.


June 1, 2009
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs relocates Bensenville Veterans Service Office to Lombard
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Director Dan Grant today announced that the Veteran Service Office formerly located in Bensenville has moved to an Illinois Department of Employment Security building at 837 S. Westmore Meyers Road in Lombard. The office will continue to assist the Veterans who live in DuPage County in applying for benefits from both the state and federal governments. IDVA also has a second location in DuPage County located in Wheaton at 421 County Farm Road in the DuPage Government Complex.


June 1, 2009
Liquor Control Commission Monthly Discipline Report
SPRINGFIELD – In May 2009, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks in three communities and visited 55 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 20 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Seventy-four percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


June 1, 2009
First Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Northern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director, today announced mosquito samples collected in Cook County have been confirmed as the first positive West Nile virus test results in Illinois this year.

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