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2009


September 30, 2009
IDNR Reminds Boaters/Outdoor Enthusiasts of Carbon Monoxide Dangers this Fall and Winter
Carbon Monoxide poisoning killed five people in Illinois in 2008
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and its law enforcement arm, the Illinois Conservation Police, are reminding hunters, boaters, and campers to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) while enjoying these outdoor activities.


September 30, 2009
Taiwan Delegation Signs Letters Of Intent To Purchase Illinois Grain
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is hosting members of a Taiwanese trade delegation in Springfield as part of a goodwill mission designed to further a long-standing trade relationship.


September 30, 2009
Illinois to Host Nationally Televised Mixed Martial Arts Event
State Athletic Commission’s regulatory framework and local MMA fan base draw the best mixed martial arts competitors to the State
CHICAGO – With uniform rules and regulation enacted to safeguard the health and safety of contestants and protect the integrity of mixed martial arts (MMA) events, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR) will be regulating the event and expects that the November 7, 2009 nationally televised MMA event at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates will continue to raise the State’s profile for future mixed martial arts matches.


September 29, 2009
Fall Trout Fishing Season Begins in Illinois on Oct. 17
Trout to be stocked at 37 locations throughout state
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The 2009 Illinois fall trout fishing season opens on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 37 ponds and lakes throughout the state, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller announced today.


September 29, 2009
Veterans’ Affairs Names Elgin Resident as State of Illinois’ September 2009 “Veteran of the Month”
United States Army Veteran Honored for Commitment to Fellow Veterans and Community
ELGIN – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today named Elgin resident and U.S. Army Veteran Gerald C. Paulsen as the State of Illinois’ September 2009 “Veteran of the Month” for his unwavering dedication to the state’s military heroes and his local community.


September 28, 2009
Governor Quinn Honored for Child Advocacy
Award Is For Protecting, Strengthening Illinois’ Families
CHICAGO – September 28, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today received the “Mental Toughness Extra Effort” (MTXE) Award from the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois in recognition of his achievements on behalf of Illinois’ children and their families. The honor highlights Governor Quinn’s continuing commitment to protecting vulnerable children and strengthening Illinois’ families.


September 28, 2009
State Funding to Help Persons with Disabilities Stay in Their Own Homes
Home Modification Grants Enable IL Residents to Maintain Indepence
CHICAGO – Low-income seniors and residents with disabilities in Illinois can continue to live independently and with family under a new round of $2.2 million in state funding through the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA). Families and individuals with special needs can apply for Home Modification Program grant money to install ramps, chair lifts, wider doors and other accessible improvements to their homes.


September 28, 2009
Only 5 Weeks Left for Illinoisans to Get Free Computer Classes
State of Illinois offering Microsoft Elevate America vouchers via numerous channels
CHICAGO – Illinoisans interested in improving their computer skills can take free computer classes and exams thanks to the Microsoft Elevate America program. With these newly developed skills, individuals will be able to access greater job opportunities and better compete in the workplace, according to the state’s top commerce official.


September 27, 2009
Governor Quinn Honors Families of Fallen Illinois Heroes at Gold Star Mothers Ceremony
27 Mothers Presented with Gold Star Banners; More Than 80 Families Attend
CHICAGO – September 27, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today presented Gold Star Banners to 27 Illinois mothers whose sons and daughters died in combat while serving their country in the Global War on Terror. More than 80 members of Illinois Gold Star families who lost family members on active duty since September 11, 2001 attended the ceremony at the University of Illinois at Chicago Student Center.


September 25, 2009
Illinois Transportation Secretary Announces Federal Grant for a Greener Illinois
7 Illinois Communities to Receive Funding for New Buses
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced today that 31 paratransit buses in seven transit agencies across the state will be replaced with hybrid-electric buses to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption in Illinois.


September 25, 2009
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hosts Helping Our Hometown Heroes Event in Macoupin County
Statewide events will take place over the next few months to ensure Veterans know about all available benefits and assistance
MACOUPIN COUNTY - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted a Helping Our Hometown Heroes event today at the Veterans Post Home in Mt. Olive, Macoupin County, 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.


September 25, 2009
State's Water Plant Operators Recognize Peers as "Best" In Their Classes at Annual Event
2009 Operators of the Year hail from Clinton, Jo Daviess and Kane counties
Springfield, Ill. –As part of their annual meeting in Springfield, the Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association (IPWSOA) and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency recognized the outstanding professionals in their individual categories of service in a ceremony.


September 25, 2009
Illinois Department on Aging Recognizes Workers & Employers in Observance of National Employ the Older Worker Week
Department hosts Annual Awards Luncheon in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department on Aging today hosted its annual Older Workers Awards Luncheon to recognize older workers and their employers. The Department hosts this event each year in conjunction with National Employ the Older Worker Week to honor older workers who continue to play a very important role in the Illinois workforce and across the nation. This year marks the 25th awards ceremony which was held at the Northfield Inn, in Springfield.


September 24, 2009
State Files Stringent Dental Sedation Regulation
New rules will reduce risks for dental patients
CHICAGO – New dental sedation training for dentists and their staff will become mandatory if new rules, appearing in this week’s Illinois Register, are allowed by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). The new regulations were developed after two Chicago area patients died after being sedated for dental treatment.


September 24, 2009
Illinois Department on Aging Awarded a Federal Grant to Enhance Community-Based Respite Care Programs
Illinois is one of only 12 states chosen
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) has been named a recipient of a federal grant to develop and enhance coordinated, accessible, community-based respite care programs for caregivers. U.S Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee made the announcement today that Illinois has been chosen to receive the award of up to $200,000 for the Lifespan Respite Care Program.


September 23, 2009
Illinois Department of Insurance Disciplinary Report for September 2009
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) announced today that Director of Insurance Michael T. McRaith issued the following disciplinary orders:


September 23, 2009
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on the Resignation of B. Joseph White, University of Illinois President
CHICAGO – September 23, 2009. The Governor issued the following statement:


September 23, 2009
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on the Resignation of B. Joseph White, University of Illinois President
CHICAGO – September 23, 2009. The Governor issued the following statement:


September 23, 2009
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on the Resignation of B. Joseph White, University of Illinois President
CHICAGO – September 23, 2009. The Governor issued the following statement:


September 22, 2009
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, September 24, 2009 until Sunset, Saturday, September 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 from Sunrise, Thursday, September 24, 2009 until Sunset, Saturday, September 26, 2009.


September 22, 2009
Tourism Generates Big Economic Impact for Illinois, Chicago
Retains More Than 303,500 Statewide Jobs
CHICAGO - September 22, 2009. At Navy Pier, the Midwest's most visited tourist site, Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Richard M. Daley joined labor leaders, community advocates and other elected officials to highlight the importance of the tourism industry to the city and state's economy. The visitor industry generates billions of dollars in economic impact and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs, according to Illinois' 2008 tourism numbers.


September 22, 2009
College-age Drinking Prompts State-wide Forum
Stakeholders seek ways to reduce under-age access to alcohol
SPRINGFIELD – Representatives from universities, law enforcement agencies, local governments and local businesses throughout Illinois came together today in search of real solutions to the often thorny issue of reducing underage drinking in university communities. Hosted by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC), this summit meeting was called after several communities expressed concerns about the conflicting interests of ILCC and local law enforcement agencies and the needs of struggling restaurants and taverns and the communities’ reliance on business tax revenues.


September 22, 2009
Illinois Observes National Hunting and Fishing Days September 26-27
Outdoor Recreation Festivals at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area and John A. Logan College
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois will observe the annual National Hunting and Fishing Days celebration with two popular festivals – at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area near Yorkville and at John A. Logan College in Carterville – this weekend, September 26-27.


September 19, 2009
Technology partnership announced in Macoupin and Montgomery Counties
Business, Economic Development and Community Leaders Celebrate Vince Demuzio Broadband Initiative
LITCHFIELD – September 19, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership between the State of Illinois, local governments, Norlight Telecommunications, Motorola, and Royell Communications that will bring high-speed, affordable broadband Internet service to the counties of Macoupin and Montgomery. As part of the Vince Demuzio Broadband Initiative, underserved rural communities will have the access they need to stimulate economic development, job growth, and increased competitiveness for the state.


September 19, 2009
Technology partnership announced in Macoupin and Montgomery Counties
Business, Economic Development and Community Leaders Celebrate Vince Demuzio Broadband Initiative
LITCHFIELD – September 19, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership between the State of Illinois, local governments, Norlight Telecommunications, Motorola, and Royell Communications that will bring high-speed, affordable broadband Internet service to the counties of Macoupin and Montgomery. As part of the Vince Demuzio Broadband Initiative, underserved rural communities will have the access they need to stimulate economic development, job growth, and increased competitiveness for the state.


September 18, 2009
IHDA Board Appoints Governor’s Former Deputy Chief of Staff as Executive Director
Gloria L. Materre brings strong housing, development experience to position
CHICAGO – Members of the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) board today appointed Gloria L. Materre, former deputy chief of staff under Governor Pat Quinn, as executive director. IHDA is the state agency dedicated to financing affordable housing across the state. Materre succeeds DeShana L. Forney, who resigned to pursue other career opportunities.


September 18, 2009
IDHS’s Office of Family Health Promotes Infant Mortality Awareness Month
Campaign highlights disparities in infant mortality by hosting workshops to raise awareness
CHICAGO – With the United States’ ranking an all time low 29th in the world for Infant Mortality, the Illinois Department Of Human Services’ (IDHS) Office of Community Health and Prevention joins the rest of the nation in a campaign to increase the awareness of the high rate of infant mortality. Premature birth, low birth-weight and shorter gestation periods account for more than sixty percent (60%) of U.S. infant deaths. In Illinois, the current infant mortality rate is 7.4 percent (mortality rates based on per 1,000 live births).


September 18, 2009
Illinois Department of Insurance Revokes License of Insurance Agent, and His Insurance Agency for Diverting Thousands of Dollars in Consumer Premiums
Department also imposes $100,000 Fine
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance has issued an Order against producer licensee Earl D. Bertsche and Bertsche and Berry, Inc., for failing to remit premium money from Illinois consumers to insurance companies and for engaging in improper insurance-related activity.


September 18, 2009
Illinois Department of Insurance Urges Consumers to Review Policies During Life Insurance Awareness Month
CHICAGO – September is Life Insurance Awareness Month and the Illinois Department of Insurance encourages Illinois families to review and understand how lifestyles affect the benefits and needs for life insurance.


September 18, 2009
IDOC Director Randle announces prison reforms
State provides funding to the Illinois Department of Corrections for smarter prevention, tougher enforcement
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Director Michael P. Randle today announced a comprehensive crime reduction package that will continue Governor Pat Quinn’s prison reform efforts. The Governor is providing an additional $4 million to IDOC, which will oversee the implementation of these smarter, tougher prevention and enforcement measures.


September 17, 2009
Illinois Department on Aging Reminds Seniors to get Flu Shots in Observance of Healthy Aging Month
Seniors at risk for complications of flu
SPRINGFIELD – September is Healthy Aging Month and the Illinois Department on Aging Director Charles D. Johnson is urging older adults to get flu shots to protect themselves. The season for flu, formally called influenza, starts in the fall and runs through spring. Among people at increased risk for the flu are older adults including those who have certain chronic health conditions.


September 17, 2009
Bridge Data Available On New IDOT Website
Public to Get More Access to Bridge Information
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig today announced another website aimed at providing more open access and transparency for the public. The new Bridge Information website provides detailed inventory and inspection data on all Bridges and Structures in the State of Illinois.


September 17, 2009
August Unemployment Rate At 10.0 Percent In Illinois
Slight Increases And Decreases Natural In A Recession
CHICAGO – The Illinois seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate decreased -0.4 point to 10.0 percent in August, according to figures released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Slight increases and decreases in the rate are to be expected in a recession. The three-month moving average remained at 10.2 percent, its highest level since 1983.


September 17, 2009
Randle outlines new vision for Illinois Department of Corrections
Completes Tamms prison review, announces reforms
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Director Michael P. Randle today outlined his plan for reforming the state’s prison system. Randle’s vision to move the department forward includes implementing the Illinois Crime Reduction Act of 2009 and a 10-Point Plan for the supermax prison in Southern Illinois.


September 17, 2009
Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals Receives Federal Funds to Aid Mine Rescue Team Training
$50,000 grant will help develop training DVD’s and online material
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals, a division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), is among six organizations nationwide that will receive grant funding from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MHSA) this year.


September 17, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces 27 Communities to Receive Grants for Alternative Transportation and Beautification Projects
Communities Across State to Benefit from $20 Million Grants
CHICAGO – September 17, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that $20 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will fund 27 alternative transportation projects across the state. The grants are part of the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) and are designed to improve the quality of life in Illinois by promoting alternative transportation, such as bike and hike trails, streetscape and beautification, and preserving transportation resources.


September 16, 2009
Illinois Department of Insurance Orders Funeral Directors’ Insurance Agent to Surrender License
Director also imposes $100,000 fine
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance has issued an Order requiring Edward L. Schainker to surrender his insurance license due to his role in developing, marketing, and selling an insurance scheme (the “Program”) to the Illinois Funeral Directors Association (IFDA).


September 16, 2009
Governor Quinn Calls on Congress to Enact Legislation to Increase Unemployment Benefits
Joins 21 Governors to Request Extension of Critical Provisions
Chicago – September 16, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn calls on Congress to quickly enact legislation that will extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed and those who are about to exhaust their benefits. Governor Quinn, along with 21 other governors, sent a letter to Congress outlining their call to action.


September 15, 2009
Governor Quinn Receives Final Cemetery Oversight Task Force Report
Will Review Plans for Tougher Industry Regulations
CHICAGO – September 15, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn accepted the final report of the Cemetery Oversight Task Force, which provided recommendations to ensure rigorous oversight and regulation of Illinois’ for-profit cemeteries. Governor Quinn signed an Executive Order earlier this summer forming the task force in the aftermath of the tragedy uncovered at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip.


September 15, 2009
Governor Quinn and IDNR celebrate 5th annual “It’s Our River Day”
Over 50 river clean-up, education and recreation events scheduled throughout Illinois including free fishing at state parks
SPRINGFIELD – For the 5th consecutive year, Illinois is celebrating a very popular natural resource that flows through the state in every direction. Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) are inviting the public to participate in the 5th annual “It’s Our River Day” on Saturday, September 19.


September 15, 2009
CREATE Program Seeks $300 Million TIGER Grant
Projects Lead to Thousands of New Jobs, Economic & Environmental Benefits, Congestion Relief
CHICAGO –The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today announced it is seeking $300 million in federal stimulus funds for a package of 16 projects that are part of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program. CREATE is a first-of-its-kind partnership, bringing together Illinois DOT, the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Illinois DOT is eligible for the funding under the federal Transportation Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program established in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In addition to the $300 million being sought via the federal TIGER grant, CREATE partners also have committed to an additional 39 percent match in funding – $117.4 million in state and private monies – for the program of projects outlined in the application.


September 13, 2009
Governor Quinn’s Request for Agricultural Disaster Declaration Approved
Declaration will assist farmers in 88 Illinois counties
SPRINGFIELD – September 13, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced federal disaster assistance is available to help Illinois farmers who suffered crop losses because of excessive rain and flooding this year.


September 11, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn Honors Fallen Heroes on September 11
Portrait of a Soldier Exhibit Unveiled, Donation Made to Illinois Military Family Relief Fund
CHICAGO - September 11, 2009. In remembrance of the attacks just eight years ago, Governor Pat Quinn joined with Gold Star families for a ceremony this morning and the unveiling of the Portrait of a Soldier memorial exhibition. Governor Quinn also issued a proclamation commemorating September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.


September 11, 2009
State Recognizes Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in observance of National Grandparents Day
For more than ten years, the Department on Aging provides support for Grandparents raising their Grandchildren
SPRINGFIELD – On the day before tomorrow’s Grandparents Day, Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director Charles D. Johnson is applauding the efforts of some special grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. While Director Johnson recognizes their sacrifice, he reminds that there are resources available to assist.


September 10, 2009
Governor Quinn Issues Letter of Support for President Obama’s Health Care Plan
Calls For Health Care Reform in Letter to Illinois Congressional Delegation


September 10, 2009
IDOT, AAA, and Evenflo Urge Parents and Caregivers to Have their Child Safety Seats Inspected
State agencies and partners will host 67 Safety Seat Check Points this Saturday
SPRINGFIELD – Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 6 and 8 to 14. In 2007, 6,532 passenger vehicle occupants ages 14 and younger were involved in fatal crashes. That is why the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety is urging all parents and caregivers to attend the “National Seat Check Saturday” child safety seat checkpoint on Saturday, September 12th. As part of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 12-18, 2009) IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety will have certified technicians available to provide on-site child safety seat inspection and education at locations across the state.


September 10, 2009
Illinois Student Assistance Corps To Deploy Throughout State
Corps members complete final orientation in Decatur September 8-10 before beginning work Monday
Decatur, Ill.–Illinois Student Assistance Corps (ISACorps) members are being deployed in every community college district throughout Illinois and will begin work Monday, September 14, following completion of a final workshop in Decatur.


September 10, 2009
IDHS’s Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA) Educates Illinoisans on the Safe Use of Methadone During National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
DASA has started a campaign to ensure that Illinoisans are aware of the pitfalls of mixing drugs
CHICAGO – In response to the escalating number of deaths related to the improper use of the prescription drug, methadone, the Illinois Department of Human Services’ (IDHS) Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse is urging Illinois consumers, health care professionals and the opiate treatment clinics to be well informed on the safe use of methadone. IDHS is highlighting this issue during September, which is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.


September 10, 2009
IDNR Conservation Police Arrest Multiple OUI/DUI Offenders During Labor Day Weekend in Illinois
CPOs net over two dozen arrests during 3 day holiday weekend
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officers (CPOs) arrested 14 people for operating under the influence (OUI) on Illinois waters and 13 people for driving under the influence (DUI) on roadways in and around state parks during the recent three day Labor Day holiday weekend. The patrols were part of an enhanced enforcement effort intended to improve safety at state parks and boat access areas on September 5-7.


September 9, 2009
Governor Quinn Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Announces 2009 Heritage Poster, Fifth Annual Chicago Skyline Tribute
CHICAGO – September 9, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today joined with community members and officials from across the state to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. Governor Quinn also unveiled the 2009 Hispanic Heritage Month Poster and encouraged building owners and managers to participate in the 2009 Mexican Independence Day Chicago Skyline Tribute.


September 9, 2009
Honoring Patriot Day
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset, Friday, September 11, 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, Friday, September 11, 2009.


September 9, 2009
Governor Quinn Backs Illinois Smart Grid Collaboration
Project Will Create Green Jobs, Establish Illinois as a Leader in Sustainable Energy
CHICAGO – September 9, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the State of Illinois’ support for the Illinois Smart Grid Collaboration, a public-private partnership led by the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The partnership positions Illinois to become a national leader in the development of a smarter, stronger and more secure electrical grid.


September 9, 2009
IDNR Announces Special “Free Fishing Day”
No fishing license needed on September 19 at IDNR sites where fishing opportunities exist
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) wants to encourage families and children to wet a line this month. IDNR Director Marc Miller is declaring September 19, 2009 as a “Free Fishing Day” at state parks throughout Illinois.


September 8, 2009
State’s Top Doc Gives Governor Seasonal Flu Shot
All Illinoisans Share the Responsibility of Reducing Illness Due to Flu
CHICAGO – Sept. 8, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold today encouraged Illinoisans to get a seasonal flu shot. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) anticipates more people getting sick with the flu this year because the seasonal flu and the new H1N1 flu strain will be circulating at the same time.


September 6, 2009
Governor Quinn Encourages People to Prepare for Disasters During National Preparedness Month
IEMA hosts statewide conference, launches Facebook page with video clips, daily preparedness tips during September
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today encouraged people throughout Illinois to become better prepared for emergencies during September as part of National Preparedness Month. The Governor also sent a message to state employees urging them to set aside a few moments this month to ensure the safety of their families during disasters. National Preparedness Month is a nationwide campaign focused on encouraging Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.


September 5, 2009
Governor Quinn Makes Two Appointments to State Labor Relations Board
Names Experienced Professionals to Oversee Union Relations
CHICAGO – September 5, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today named two new members to the Illinois Labor Relations Board. The governor appointed Anne E. McElroy, a deputy director for the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, and Jacalyn J. Zimmerman, an attorney and authority on labor relations issues.


September 4, 2009
Governor Quinn Appoints Five University of Illinois Alumni to Board of Trustees
Highlights Integrity, Professionalism and Experience
CHICAGO – September 4, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn made five appointments to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. The appointments fill the remaining vacancies on the Board as it prepares for its September 10 meeting in Urbana.


September 3, 2009
Governor Quinn Joins Groundbreaking at Transportation Hub in Joliet
Facility Will Create Thousands of Jobs, Improve Local Economy
JOLIET – September 3, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn joined business and community leaders today to break ground on a new transportation facility in Joliet. Based on their existing Elwood facility, CenterPoint Properties projects 7,000 permanent jobs will be brought to Illinois by this new facility.


September 3, 2009
More than 150,000 Seniors were helped by State’s HelpLine
Department on Aging staff links seniors with program and services, including important prescription benefits
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) assisted almost 157,000 seniors and their caregivers through its Senior HelpLine during the last fiscal year (July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.)


September 3, 2009
State of Illinois Announces $400 Million Bond Issue to Finance Jump Start Public Works Projects
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the State of Illinois is issuing $400 million in General Obligation bonds to fund Jump Start road and bridge construction and other capital projects – public works projects that have put thousands of Illinoisans statewide back to work.


September 3, 2009
State launches private water well testing program: “Safe Well Water Initiative 2009”
Includes information on new Right to Know Law
SPRINGFIELD— Illinois Environmental Protection Agency director Doug Scott and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) director Dr. Damon T. Arnold today announced the launch of the Safe Well Water Initiative 2009 to increase private well owner awareness of the need and responsibility for regular testing of drinking water.


September 3, 2009
State Regulators Find Mixed Compliance with New Title Loan Rules
Eight companies fined more than $38,000 for serious violations found during last month’s compliance sweep
CHICAGO – A report released today by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation found that most of the almost 1,000 random title loan files reviewed in a late July compliance sweep had no exceptions and were without problems. Loan documents for 106 borrowers were found to have violations, most pertaining to the new consumer protection rules that took effect in April. Disciplinary orders have been issued on those violations and lenders have been given 10 days to accept the findings and pay the fines or dispute the findings and seek an administrative hearing.


September 3, 2009
IDNR launches new Interactive Calendar focused on Outdoor Youth Events
Log onto dnr.state.il.us/youthprograms to access interactive calendar
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has unveiled a new interactive tool to keep families informed about outdoor youth activities going on throughout the state. The new online calendar features descriptions and information about hundreds of youth activities happening at state parks and other areas across Illinois.


September 2, 2009
IDOT Accepts Top Highway Safety Award From Governors Highway Safety Association
Operation Teen Safe Driving Program is Named the “Gold Standard” for Teen Safety Programs
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) received a national award today for its lifesaving teen safety program from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) during the group’s annual meeting in Savannah, Georgia,. GHSA, which represents state highway safety agencies across the nation, recognized IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety along with its partners, the Ford Motor Company Fund and The Allstate Foundation for the Operation Teen Safe Driving Program. At the same event, GHSA gave its highest award to Senate President John J. Cullerton for his long records as a “Safety Trailblazer.”


September 2, 2009
Illinois Child Support Official Receives National Award
Child Support Enforcement Head Named Outstanding Manager of the Year
CHICAGO – The National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA) today recognized Ms. Pamela Lowry, Administrator of the Division of Child Support Enforcement for Illinois, as Outstanding Manager of the Year. NCSEA thanked Lowry for her tireless efforts to improve the state’s child support collection program, resulting in record annual collections.


September 2, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Law Enforcement Ramp up a Late-Night Fight Against Impaired Driving
Stepped up enforcement to continue through Labor Day weekend
CHICAGO– Beginning August 21st, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police joined over 325 law enforcement agencies across the state in the largest effort against impaired driving to date.


September 2, 2009
IDNR Conservation Police Announce Increased Enforcement Detail this Labor Day Weekend
CPO efforts to focus on impaired boat/automobile operators
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police officers (CPOs) will step up patrol efforts on Illinois waters and in and around state parks this Labor Day weekend, September 4-7.


September 2, 2009
Illinois Awarded Additional Unemployment Insurance Modernization Funding
Additional $200 Million Will Directly Support Illinois Families
CHICAGO – September 2, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Maureen O’Donnell today announced that Illinois has been awarded the remaining Unemployment Insurance modernization incentive funding from the federal Employment and Training Administration. The $200 million in stimulus funds bring the amount of federal money provided directly to Illinois working families since March to nearly $1 billion.


September 2, 2009
Illinois Receives $5 million in Recovery Funding for Anti-violence Efforts, Personnel
STOP Violence Against Women Grants Provide Training, Create Jobs
CHICAGO – September 2, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Acting Executive Director Jack Cutrone today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice approved $5 million in Services • Training • Officers • Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program funding for Illinois. The grants, made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), will be allocated on a competitive basis to not-for-profits and units of government with personnel and training needs.


September 1, 2009
Illinois Student Assistance Commission launches WhatsNextIllinois.org
ISAC, CPS partner to deliver comprehensive statewide college & career planning
CHICAGO -- The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) announced the launch of a new Web site, WhatsNextIllinois.org, providing students and schools with the tools needed to improve college opportunity and lifelong success through college and career planning, college applications, electronic high school transcript processing and test preparation.


September 1, 2009
Illinois Receives $1.5 Million in Matching Grants from Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Illinois Department of Labor to use federal funding to enhance safety and health programs for over one million public employees
CHICAGO – The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today that the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) will receive a $1.5 million federal grant to administer an OSHA State Plan for public employees in Illinois. The OSHA grant is a 50% matching grant for approved State Plans, which will supplement IDOL’s existing health and safety programs to protect public sector employees, including school teachers, state and local government employees, police officers, firefighters and transportation workers.


September 1, 2009
U.S. Department of Justice Approves $50 million in Recovery Funding for Illinois
Grants Support Statewide Violence Prevention Efforts
CHICAGO – September 1, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) Acting Executive Director Jack Cutrone today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice approved $50.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Justice Assistance Grant funding for Illinois.


September 1, 2009
Governor Quinn Dedicates Illinois 336 as “Thomas A. Oakley Highway”
Oakley Recognized For Hard Work and Dedication to Transportation
QUINCY – September 1, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn was joined by state and local officials at Clat Adams Bicentennial Park in Quincy today to name Illinois 336 the “Thomas A. Oakley Highway.” Oakley has worked for more than 50 years to promote transportation projects that attract and support business investment and produce employment opportunities, and sustain a high quality of life throughout West Central Illinois.


September 1, 2009
Governor Quinn Backs Agriculture Energy Effort
Signs letter endorsing 25x25 Vision Renewable Alternatives
SPRINGFIELD – September 1, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a letter endorsing 25x25 Vision, an effort that encourages greater use of renewable energy in Illinois. The goal of 25x25 Vision is to produce 25 percent of Illinois’ energy from renewable resources such as biofuels, wind, solar, and hydro by the year 2025.


September 1, 2009
Governor Quinn Names Acting Illinois Fire Marshal
Appoints Veteran Downstate Firefighter Dave DeFraties
CHICAGO – September 1, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today appointed veteran firefighter Dave A. DeFraties of Springfield as Acting Illinois State Fire Marshal. DeFraties replaces David B. Foreman, who is retiring as State Fire Marshal, a position he’s held since 2006.


September 1, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Project in Marion
Project to Increase Capacity, Improve Safety, Spur Economic Development
MARION – September 1, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn was joined by Representative John Bradley (D-Marion), Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) and other officials in Marion today to announce the Illinois Route 13 six-lane expansion project. The project is a result of the Illinois Jobs Now! program, a $31 billion dollar capital plan signed by Governor Quinn last month.

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