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2010


October 30, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $1.3 Million to Expand Adult Down Syndrome Center
Project will Increase Access to Comprehensive Care for Illinois Residents with Down Syndrome
SKOKIE - October 30, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced $1.3 million in Illinois Jobs Now! capital funding to expand the Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. The project will significantly increase access to comprehensive care for Illinois residents with Down syndrome. The funding will allow the center to double the size of its current facility, which serves approximately 4,500 patients annually.


October 29, 2010
WEST SUBURBAN FAMILIES: TIME TO GET COLLEGE SMART Elgin Community College to host ISAC College Smart Fair November 13
Elgin, Ill. — Learn about the ins and outs of paying for a college education at the College Smart Fair on Saturday, November 13, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Elgin Community College’s Fox Valley University and Business Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.


October 29, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Nearly $90 Million for Transportation Enhancement Projects
Federal Investment to Fund 120 Statewide Bicycle, Pedestrian and Landscape Improvement Projects; Support More Than 900 Jobs
CHICAGO – October 29, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced nearly $90 million in federal transportation enhancement funds for bike paths, streetscape beautification and other improvement projects in communities across Illinois. The funding is a part of the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP), a federally-funded competitive grant program that promotes alternative means of transportation. The latest round of awards includes a total of 120 Illinois projects and is expected to create or retain 900 jobs.


October 29, 2010
Governor Quinn Joins Navistar to Announce State-of-the-Art Campus in Melrose Park
Investment Package, State Financing to Support 3,600 Jobs, Spur $205 Million in Private Investment
MELROSE PARK – October 29, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today joined Navistar International Corporation to announce a new testing and validating facility in Melrose Park. The international truck and diesel engine manufacturer will renovate its existing Melrose Park facility into a state-of-the-art center to develop cutting-edge product solutions, creating an additional 200 construction jobs.


October 29, 2010
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn
CHICAGO – October 29, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement regarding the terrorist attempt on Chicago:


October 28, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Chrysler to Invest $600 Million to Produce Future Vehicles at Belvidere Facility
State’s $62 Million Investment Package Will Save Nearly 2,000 Jobs, Boost Illinois’ Automotive Industry
CHICAGO – October 28, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Chrysler Group LLC is planning to invest $600 million over the next three years to expand its Belvidere Assembly Plant and prepare it for production of future vehicles. The state is providing a $62.1 million business investment package to save 1,950 permanent jobs and generate 700,000 construction hours. Governor Quinn proposed, helped to pass and signed legislation into law in December to expand the EDGE tax credit to benefit the auto industry, which was critical to Chrysler’s decision to stay and expand in Illinois.


October 28, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $10 Million for Continued Waukegan Harbor Cleanup
Federal Funding Will Boost Local Economic Development
WAUKEGAN – October 28, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today visited Waukegan to announce $10 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) to fund the continued cleanup of the Waukegan Harbor. The project involves dredging and disposing of contaminated sediments from the former Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) Superfund Site.


October 28, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $8 Million Investment in Rockford Airport
Improvements Boost Efforts to Land Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Create Nearly 200 Jobs
ROCKFORD – October 28, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced an $8 million investment to rebuild taxiways and purchase a new emergency vehicle at the Chicago Rockford International Airport. The investment will create nearly 200 jobs and demonstrates the federal, state and local commitment to bringing Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s new residential campus to Rockford.


October 28, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $32 Million for Joliet Multi-Modal Transportation Center
New Station Will Improve Rail Reliability, Increase Safety, Create 650 Jobs
JOLIET – October 28, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced $32 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program to construct a multi-modal transportation station in downtown Joliet. The new transportation center is expected to create 650 jobs, laying the groundwork for future transit-oriented development in downtown Joliet.


October 27, 2010
Governor Quinn Highlights $230 Million to Build Chicago-to-Iowa City Passenger Rail
Intercity Rail Project will Create 2,100 Jobs, Boost Regional Economy
MOLINE – October 27, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today highlighted $230 million in federal funds to build passenger rail service between Iowa City, Moline and Chicago. Service between Chicago and Moline is expected to begin in 2013 with full service to Iowa City to follow in 2015. The project is expected to create more than 2,100 jobs in Illinois. Governor Quinn was joined at today’s announcement by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, U.S. Representative Phil Hare and Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig.


October 27, 2010
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Honors Belleville Veteran as October 2010 “Veteran of the Month”
BELLEVILLE – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today named Air Force Veteran Howard Bateman of Belleville the October 2010 Veteran of the Month at a ceremony at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Belleville.


October 27, 2010
Governor Quinn Launches Economic Development Program for Southern Illinois
Bonds for Mall Development Will Lead to 1,300 Jobs
MARION – October 27, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today visited Marion to announce the approval of the Marion Sales Tax and Revenue (STAR) Bond district, the initial step towards building a 400-acre shopping and entertainment complex in Marion. The complex will eventually create more than 1,300 full-time jobs. Illinois Department of Revenue Director Brian Hamer formally approved the creation of the district today, following recent approval of the district by the Marion City Council.


October 25, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $64 Million Investment to Build Grade Separation in Bensenville
Major CREATE Project Alleviates Vehicle and Railroad Congestion; Creates 830 New Jobs
BENSENVILLE – October 25, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $64 million investment from Illinois Jobs Now! to build a grade separation in Bensenville, a key component of the Chicago Regional Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE). The project will improve regional transportation by separating Irving Park Road from the Canadian Pacific Railroad east of York Road. The project will create more than 830 jobs.


October 25, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Capital Funding for Morton College
School to Receive $5 Million to Increase Energy Efficiency, Make Critical Repairs and Improvements
CICERO – October 25, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced $5 million in state funding for improvements at Morton College. The funding, provided through Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, will serve more than 5,000 students and create approximately 35 construction jobs.


October 25, 2010
Governor Quinn Highlights State’s Efforts to Increase Affordable Housing Options
Conference Focused on Stabilizing Economy, Creating Jobs
CHICAGO – October 25, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today commended Illinois’ housing leaders at the 2010 Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing for their efforts in charting a course to further Illinois’ economic recovery. Governor Quinn highlighted the state’s dedication to affordable housing, including community stabilization, supportive housing to end homelessness, affordable homeownership programs and green building.


October 23, 2010
Governor Quinn Highlights More Than $18.9 Million for New Gillespie School District Elementary School
Central Illinois Schools to Receive More Than $29 Million in Capital Funds for Updates and Expansions
GILLESPIE – October 23, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today highlighted more than $18.9 million in state funding to help build a new energy efficient and environmentally friendly elementary school in Gillespie. The new school will replace one that was condemned due to mine subsidence damage. The funding was provided through the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction plan and will serve more than 1,000 students and create approximately 175 construction jobs.


October 23, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Approval of New Coal Mine in Hamilton County
White Oak Mine Will Create 650 Jobs, Boost Regional Economy
BENTON – Governor Pat Quinn today announced approval of a new underground coal mine to be opened in Hamilton County. The new mine will create 300 construction jobs and 350 permanent jobs and provide a significant economic boost to southern Illinois.


October 22, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Saturday, October 23, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Saturday, October 23, 2010.


October 22, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Receives Green Power Leadership Award
State Among Top 10 Green Power Purchasers Nationwide
CHICAGO – October 22, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois has received the 2010 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Illinois was one out of only 10 green power purchasers to receive this award, which the EPA presented during an event held in conjunction with the 2010 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Portland, Ore.


October 22, 2010
Northern Illinois University Receives Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veterans Education
DEKALB – Northern Illinois University today received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veterans Education for exemplary efforts in providing greater educational and informational resources for student veterans.


October 22, 2010
Illinois Transportation Secretary Announces Fewer Injuries in Crashes Involving Deer
IDOT/IDNR Partner to Prepare Motorists for Increased Deer Activity This Fall
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced today a significant reduction in injuries from crashes involving deer statewide. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) partnered to remind motorists to be alert for increased deer activity in the fall season.


October 22, 2010
Governor Quinn Highlights More Than $22 Million in Capital Funds for New Carterville School
Southern Illinois Schools to Receive $40 Million in Capital Funds for Updates and Expansions
CARTERVILLE – October 22, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today visited Carterville to highlight a state grant of more than $22.5 million to build a new high school. The Illinois Jobs Now!-funded project will create approximately 265 construction jobs and serve 1,600 students in grades nine through twelve.


October 22, 2010
Statement from Governor Quinn on the Passing of Bishop Arthur M. Brazier
CHICAGO – October 22, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement regarding the passing of Bishop Arthur M. Brazier. Bishop Brazier was a prominent civic leader, civil rights crusader and the retired pastor of Chicago's Apostolic Church of God.


October 22, 2010
Governor Quinn Highlights $4.3 Million in Capital Funds for New Belleville Elementary School
Will Help District Replace School Damaged by Mine Subsidence
BELLEVILLE – October 22, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today visited Belleville to highlight a nearly $4.3 million state grant to help build a new elementary school to replace one condemned due to mine subsidence damage. The funding was provided through the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction plan and will provide nine new classrooms and create approximately 40 construction jobs.


October 21, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Funding to Build Moline Transportation Center
$5 Million State Capital Match Completes Funding, Creates 750 Jobs
MOLINE – Oct. 21, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn was joined by U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Joseph Szabo, Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig and local officials today to announce full funding for the Moline Transportation Center that will serve as a station for new Amtrak service between Chicago and the Quad Cities. The station project will create 750 construction jobs. The realization of passenger rail service in downtown Moline will support approximately 1,600 direct and indirect jobs.


October 21, 2010
Unemployment Picture Improves Again in September; Six Month Positive Trend
Illinois Adds 50,700 Jobs Net So Far This Year; Illinois Economic Growth Nearly Doubles the Nation
CHICAGO – The unemployment rate fell again in September, countering the national trend. The seasonally adjusted rate fell -0.2 points to 9.9 percent, according to data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. September is the sixth consecutive month that the Illinois unemployment rate has fallen. The national unemployment rate for September was 9.6 percent, unchanged from August. So far this year, the Illinois economy has grown 0.9 percent; the national economy 0.5 percent.


October 21, 2010
Illinois Department of Insurance Awarded $1.45 Million to Enhance Consumer Protection Efforts
Federal Grant Will Bolster Department’s Ability to Advocate on Behalf of Illinois Families and Businesses
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance announced today that it will receive $1.45 million in federal funds to support its efforts to educate Illinois health insurance consumers and advocate on their behalf.


October 21, 2010
Carbon monoxide dangers are greatest during winter home heating season
Invisible and odorless gas may seep into home due to inadequate maintenance of furnace and air ducts
CHICAGO – For most people, home furnaces have sat idle during the summer. As temperatures go down, it’s important to understand the possible dangers that lurk when restarting a dormant furnace, warns the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM).


October 21, 2010
Gov. Quinn Announces $15 Million in Public Museum Capital Grants
Projects will improve facilities, protect exhibits at public museums throughout Illinois
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn today awarded nearly $15 million in grants to 51 public museums in Illinois for new and expanded facilities, exhibits and infrastructure improvements through the Illinois Public Museums Capital Grant Program. “Illinois’ public museums are some of our most valuable teaching resources. Students learn best when they have access to the hands-on learning available in museums throughout the state,” said Governor Quinn. “These capital grants will help ensure that learning is not limited to classrooms – but that students will be able to continue visiting museums, zoos and gardens all over the state to put their lessons to practical use.”


October 21, 2010
Governor Quinn Highlights $5 Million Investment to Advance Renewable Energy in Illinois, Create Jobs
Chicago Heights Manufacturer and Partners Utilizing Federal Funding To Create Approximately 250 Jobs
CHICAGO – October 21, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today highlighted a $5 million federal stimulus grant to Funk Linko, a Chicago Heights manufacturer that is retooling its equipment to produce low-emission and high-speed rail locomotives, and wind energy components. Funk Linko and its partners, Microtech Machine Company and the National Railway Equipment Corporation (NREC), have created 88 jobs to date and expect to create a total of 250 new Illinois jobs by February 2012.


October 21, 2010
Governor Quinn Appeals FEMA Denial of Federal Assistance for Cook County Local Governments
Communities Struggling to Repair Roads, Schools and Other Public Property Damaged by late July Floods
SPRINGFIELD – October 21, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today appealed the federal government’s denial of assistance to local governments in Cook County, saying federal assistance is necessary to help affected communities recover from severe storms and flooding that devastated the area in late July.


October 20, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces More Than $270 Million in Capital Funds for School Districts Statewide
Funding Includes More Than $54 Million for Updates and Expansions at Chicago Public Schools
CHICAGO – October 20, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that 18 Illinois school districts statewide will receive a total of more than $270 million from Illinois Jobs Now! to construct new buildings or expand existing ones. This capital funding will provide vital classroom space while creating approximately 3,700 construction jobs. Chicago Public Schools will receive more than $54 million. Combined with local funding, this investment will create more than 1,000 jobs in Chicago.


October 20, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $12 Million Investment Package to Support Nippon Sharyo Expansion
State’s Investment Package Will Create 250 New Jobs
ROCHELLE – October 20, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $12 million state business investment package to Nippon Sharyo U.S.A., Inc., which will support $35 million in private investment, to establish a rail car manufacturing facility in Rochelle. The project will result in the creation of 250 new jobs and retention of 15 jobs, and will support Illinois’ growing rail industry.


October 19, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $3.5 Million Investment Package to Create 250 New Jobs at Groupon
State Investment Will Help Innovative Deal-of-the-Day Company to Expand In Illinois
CHICAGO – October 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $3.5 million business investment package to create 250 new jobs at Chicago-based Groupon, Inc. The company is the nation’s leading social shopping website, offering daily deals on local goods, services and cultural events.


October 19, 2010
State Announces $5.3M in State, Stimulus Funding to Build Affordable Homes in Central Illinois
Cottage Apartments will create jobs and increase affordable housing options for local seniors
NORMAL – Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) officials today joined Bluestem Housing Partners NFP and local dignitaries to celebrate the groundbreaking of an independent living facility for seniors in Normal. The construction project is estimated to create more than 60 jobs for local residents and will produce 50 affordable rental homes for low-income seniors. The State of Illinois invested $5.3 million to build Cottage Apartments, including $1.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds and $3.8 million in loans and tax credits from other state resources.


October 18, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Tuesday, October 19, 2010 until Sunset, Thursday, October 21, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Tuesday, October 19, 2010 until Sunset, Thursday, October 21, 2010.


October 18, 2010
Governor Quinn Appoints James W. Wagner Illinois Tollway Inspector General
Former FBI Agent and President of the Chicago Crime Commission Will Help Enhance Transparency, Ensure Toll Dollars Are Spent Wisely
DOWNERS GROVE, IL – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of James W. Wagner as the first-ever Illinois Tollway Inspector General. Last July, the Governor signed Senate Bill 3118 to create a new Office of the Illinois Tollway Inspector General to oversee operations and investigate ethics violations not covered in the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.


October 18, 2010
IEMA Promotes Home Radon Testing during Radon Action Week Oct. 17-23
Testing for second-leading cause of lung cancer is easy, inexpensive
SPRINGFIELD – Nearly 1,200 radon-related lung cancer deaths occur each year in Illinois, yet many people have never tested their homes to find out if dangerous levels of this radioactive gas are present. During Radon Action Week Oct. 17-23, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging people throughout Illinois to test their homes.


October 18, 2010
Governor Quinn Launches Effort to Improve Breast Cancer Detection and Treatment
New Advisory Panel will Address Disparities in Breast Cancer Rates
CHICAGO – October 18, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a new initiative to fight breast cancer that will improve access to mammograms and treatment. The effort will be overseen by a new advisory panel charged with raising the quality of care for all women, focusing specifically on strategies to reduce the racial disparity in breast cancer mortality.


October 15, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Funding for South Suburban College
Community College Will Receive More Than $2 Million for Energy-Efficient Repairs and Upgrades
SOUTH HOLLAND – October 15, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced approximately $2.1 million in Illinois Jobs Now! capital funding for infrastructure and energy-efficiency improvements at South Suburban College. The capital funding will go towards making critical repairs and upgrades at the community college that serves more than 17,000 students in South Holland.


October 15, 2010
IDVA Hosts “Helping Our Hometown Heroes” Veterans Benefits Fair in Williamson County
MARION – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans today at the Marion VFW to assist veterans with accessing benefits information from federal, state and local agencies and organizations in one location.


October 15, 2010
Illinois Department on Aging Honors Older Workers and Their Employers During Annual Awards Luncheon
Awards in Conjunction with National Employ the Older Worker Observance
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) today recognized older workers and their employers during the 26th Annual Older Workers Awards Luncheon, held at the Northfield Inn, in Springfield. Each year, IDoA hosts this event 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.


October 14, 2010
Governor Quinn Proclaims October 14 Lilly Ledbetter Day in Illinois
Honors Lilly Ledbetter, Pioneer for Equal Pay for Women
CHICAGO – October 14, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by other public officials and activists to recognize Lilly Ledbetter, the national leader in the fight for equal pay for women. At an event held at the Chicago Cultural Center, Ledbetter shared her story that led to the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act by President Obama in 2009. During the event, the Governor also proclaimed today as Lilly Ledbetter Day in Illinois.


October 14, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces State Investment in New Housing for Homeless Veterans
Hope Manor Apartments to Provide Job Training, Support Services
CHICAGO – October 14, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $4 million state investment to help build a housing development that will provide quality, affordable apartments and supportive services for 80 Veterans who are homeless. Approximately 75 jobs will be created during the construction of Hope Manor Apartments in Chicago.


October 14, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $8 Million for River Edge Redevelopment Zone in East St. Louis
Funding Will Help Clean Up Former Industrial Sites, Clear Way to Build Port That Will Create 1,200 Jobs
SAUGET – October 14, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced $8 million to redevelop a 200-acre former industrial site on the Mississippi River to clear the way to build the Port of East St. Louis and help another local company expand. This investment will create approximately 65 jobs and is funded through the River Edge Redevelopment Zone program. When completed, the multi-modal Port of East St. Louis will create approximately 1,200 direct and indirect jobs.


October 14, 2010
Governor Quinn Urges July Flood Victims to Apply for Federal Assistance
Nearly $260 Million in Federal Assistance Already Approved for July Floods; Largest Amount of Disaster Assistance in State History
SPRINGFIELD – October 14, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today urged people affected by the July floods to apply for federal disaster assistance to help them recover from the storms. The deadline for registration was extended this week to Nov. 17 after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved Governor Quinn’s extension request.


October 14, 2010
State Economic Development Director Announces Over $12.6 Million for Local Infrastructure Projects
Community Development Assistance Grants Will Support Needed Improvements in Illinois' Smaller Communities
STAUNTON – Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley visited Staunton today to announce that 40 communities throughout the state have been awarded competitive Public Infrastructure grants totaling over $12 million through the federally-funded Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP).


October 14, 2010
Illinois Receives $13.1 Million to Expand Drug Treatment and Recovery Options
“Access to Recovery” Grant to Increase Client Choices in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs and Recovery Support Services
(Chicago) – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA) today announced a $13.1 million Access to Recovery (ATR) grant that will allow DHS to expand options for over 7,600 people seeking drug and alcohol treatment. The grant is part of a federal initiative to provide vouchers for substance abuse treatment and recovery services.


October 14, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $45 Million Investment in Southern Illinois’ High-Tech Infrastructure
State Investment Boosted by $31 Million in Competitive Federal Funds to Improve Broadband Service in 23 Counties, Create 150 Jobs
CARTERVILLE – October 14, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by state and local leaders at John A. Logan College to announce a $45.4 million project to construct high-speed fiber optic broadband infrastructure in 23 Illinois counties. The project will create more than 150 jobs and is funded by $11.3 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, $2.5 million in private funding and a $31.5 million competitive federal award.


October 13, 2010
Deer Hunters Encouraged to Help “Target Hunger Now!”
Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger effort underway with new deer season
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois deer hunters heading to the field this fall are encouraged to consider donating deer to the Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunger program – part of Illinois’ “Target Hunger Now!” initiative to feed Illinois families.


October 13, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Thursday, October 14, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Thursday, October 14, 2010.


October 13, 2010
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on U.S. EPA’s Decision to Allow Use of E15 Fuel in Newer Vehicles
CHICAGO – October 13, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today applauded the decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) to waive the limitation on selling fuel that contains more than 10 percent ethanol for newer vehicles.


October 12, 2010
Illinois High Schools Invited to Participate in Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
Free national program implemented statewide by the Illinois Arts Council & Regional Partners in Alton, Carbondale, Champaign, Chicago, the Quad Cities, Springfield, Rockford Areas to award more than $100k in the 2010–2011 Academic Year
The Illinois Arts Council and our regional partners statewide invite all Illinois high schools to participate in the 2010-11 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, a free national program created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Now entering its 6th year of national competition, Poetry Out Loud has inspired hundreds of thousands of students to discover a broad spectrum of classic and contemporary poetry.


October 12, 2010
Governor Quinn Honors Work of Volunteers With Governor’s Home Town Awards
Assistance Center in Western Illinois Awarded 2010 Governor’s Cup
SPRINGFIELD – October 12, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced 26 projects as 2010 Governor’s Home Town Award recipients. The awards recognize the contributions of thousands of Illinois’ volunteers for their hard work and dedication towards improving their communities.


October 10, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Solar Panels to be Installed at Illinois Executive Mansion
Green Energy Commitment Part of 10-10-10 Global Work Party
SPRINGFIELD – October 10, 2010. Governor Quinn today announced plans to install solar panels at the executive mansion in Springfield as part of the 10/10/10 Global Work Party. The Global Work Party, which takes place on Oct. 10, is a day of action to fight climate change. Established by 350.org, the celebration unites more than 7,000 events in 183 different countries to help find solutions to climate change.


October 9, 2010
Governor Quinn Honors Fallen Heroes
Unveils Portrait of a Soldier Memorial Exhibit in Ottawa
OTTAWA – October 9, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today joined Gold Star families to honor the sacrifices that Illinois servicemembers have made in the global war against terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001. Governor Quinn unveiled the Portrait of a Soldier Memorial exhibit today at Ottawa Township High School.


October 9, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Capital Funding to Build New Lincoln’s ChalleNGe Academy Campus
Campus Will Serve 500 Students, Create 260 Construction Jobs
RANTOUL – October 9, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced $38 million in capital funding to build a new campus for the Lincoln’s ChalleNGe Academy (LCA) in Rantoul. The 150,000-square-foot campus will replace LCA’s five World War II-era buildings and better serve the former high school students who are getting a second chance at the academy. Construction of the facility is expected to create more than 260 jobs.


October 8, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Investment Package for U.S. Cellular to Create and Retain 1,100 Jobs
Project will Foster Economic Growth in Northeast Illinois
CHICAGO – October 8, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a more than $7 million business investment package that will keep U.S. Cellular Corporation in Illinois. The decision by one of the nation’s leading communications companies will create 25 new jobs and retain 1,075 jobs at its corporate headquarters in Chicago and at another facility in Bensenville.


October 8, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $8 Million River Edge Grant to Revitalize Aurora’s Waterfront
Grant for Environmentally Challenged Area Will Create 150 Construction Jobs, Hundreds of Permanent Jobs
AURORA – October 8, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the state is providing an $8 million River Edge Redevelopment grant to the City of Aurora to enable the city to continue moving forward with the long-planned revitalization of Aurora’s riverfront. The project to create RiverEdge Park along the Fox River is funded through Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program and will create an estimated 150 construction jobs, 34 full-time jobs at the park and between 450 to 600 private-sector and non-retail jobs.


October 8, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $8 Million River Edge Grant to Revitalize Elgin’s Waterfront
Grant for Environmentally Challenged Areas Will Create 100 Construction Jobs and 120 Permanent Jobs
ELGIN – October 8, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the state is providing an $8 million River Edge Redevelopment grant to the City of Elgin to enable the city to continue moving forward with the long-planned revitalization of Elgin’s riverfront. The project to create an urban riverfront plaza, funded through the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, will create an estimated 100 construction jobs and nearly 120 permanent, private-sector jobs.


October 8, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $8 Million River Edge Grant to Revitalize Rockford’s Waterfront
Grant for Environmentally Challenged Areas Will Create 160 Construction Jobs and 110 Permanent Jobs
ROCKFORD – October 8, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the state is providing an $8 million River Edge Redevelopment grant to the City of Rockford to enable the city to continue moving forward with the long-planned revitalization of Rockford’s riverfront and downtown areas. The series of projects, funded through the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, will create an estimated 160 construction jobs and 110 full-time, permanent jobs, with the potential for hundreds of additional permanent jobs when all the phases are completed.


October 7, 2010
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center
Joins Community Leaders and Elected Officials to Start Construction of Chicago’s Largest Community Center
CHICAGO – October 7, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today joined community leaders and elected officials to break ground on the Salvation Army’s new Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood. Construction is beginning following clean-up of the abandoned industrial site, which was supported by a $5 million grant to the city of Chicago from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program.


October 7, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Sunday, October 10, 2010 until Sunset, Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Sunday, October 10, 2010 until Sunset, Tuesday, October 12, 2010.


October 7, 2010
Offices Closed October 11 to Observe Columbus Day
Customers Should Certify; Services Available on Internet
CHICAGO - The offices of the Illinois Department of Employment Security will be closed on Monday, Oct. 11, in observance of Columbus Day. All services will be available on the IDES Web site. Claimants scheduled to certify for benefits that day are encouraged to use the Internet. TeleServe will be available.


October 7, 2010
IDNR Reminds Motorists to be Alert for Active Deer, New Reporting Policy for Road Kill
SPRINGFIELD, IL – As the deer mating season begins, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding residents to be alert for moving deer and the new policy for reporting road kill deer. Under the newly implemented road kill policy, individuals who wish to claim a deer killed in a vehicle collision must report the possession of road-kill deer to the IDNR through the internet or by phone.


October 7, 2010
Liquor Control Commission September Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In September the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 119 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 19 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-five percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


October 6, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $50 Million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative
Comprehensive Effort will Keep Young People Safe; Offer Mentoring, Job Opportunities
CHICAGO – October 6, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the start of a comprehensive effort to help strengthen and revitalize Illinois’ urban communities. Based largely on feedback from the Governor’s Anti-Violence Commission, the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative will focus on rebuilding Illinois’ most vulnerable neighborhoods and protecting young people by offering more job and education opportunities. It will also provide small businesses with access to capital and technical expertise, which will help them expand and create new jobs.


October 6, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Friday, October 8, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Friday, October 8, 2010.


October 6, 2010
Department on Aging Announces Senior Hall of Fame Inductees, Presents Governor’s Unique Achievement Awards
Seniors awarded for their community service
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department on Aging Director Charles D. Johnson today presented the 2010 Senior Hall of Fame and Governor’s Unique Achievement Awards on behalf of Governor Pat Quinn during a ceremony held at the Executive Mansion. The Illinois Department on Aging holds the ceremony each year, with the support of Walgreens, to recognize the special contributions these seniors do to help improve communities.


October 6, 2010
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller
CHICAGO – October 6, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement regarding Illinois servicemember Sergeant Robert J. Miller posthumously receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic efforts while serving in Afghanistan.


October 5, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Thursday, October 7, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Thursday, October 7, 2010.


October 5, 2010
Governor Quinn Creates Elgin-O’Hare West Bypass Advisory Council
Joins Forces With Community, Business and Labor Leaders to Advance Project that Will Create More Than 80,000 Jobs
CHICAGO – October 5, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by a broad spectrum of public and private sector leaders to announce the formation of a council to assist in the planning and building of the Elgin-O’Hare West Bypass. The Elgin-O’Hare West Bypass Advisory Council will work to advance the major project to extend the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway east and build the long-sought west bypass route around O’Hare International Airport. The project will create more than 21,000 short-term and 60,000 long-term jobs, and fulfill one of the most important transportation needs in the state.


October 5, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Capital Construction Funding for Harper College
Projects Include Major Improvements, Upgrades to Engineering, Hospitality Facilities
PALATINE – October 5, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today visited William Rainey Harper College to announce nearly $8 million in state capital funds that will enable the college to begin designing the renovation of the Engineering and Technology Center, as well as the replacement of the Hospitality Facility. The funding, which is provided through the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, is the first step in projects that are expected to generate around 225 jobs.


October 5, 2010
State Invests Federal Stimulus Funds to Build Senior Housing in Crete
New apartments for independent seniors add to St. James campus
CRETE – Forty-five new affordable apartments for independent seniors officially opened today in south suburban Crete, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) announced. An estimated 68 jobs were created with the construction of St. James Senior Estates II.


October 5, 2010
Gov. Quinn Proclaims Oct 3-9 Residents Rights Week in Illinois
Weeklong observance calls attention to the rights of residents in Long-Term Care
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed this week as Residents Rights Week in Illinois to call attention to the quality of life for residents in long-term care. (See the full proclamation following this release.) Residents’ Rights Week, observed during the first full week in October, was started in 1981 by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (formerly National Citizen’s Coalition for Nursing Home Reform) to highlight the importance of resident focused care.


October 5, 2010
Governor Quinn Calls on Health Care Panel to Protect Consumers from Unfair Premium Hikes
Illinois Health Care Reform Implementation Council Holds Second Public Meeting in Peoria, Hears from Health Care Workers and Academic Experts
PEORIA – October 5, 2010. A panel created by Governor Pat Quinn to guide the state’s implementation of national health care reform held its second public hearing today in Peoria. Governor Quinn has charged the Illinois Health Care Reform Implementation Council with creating a rigorous framework to implement the federal Affordable Care Act in a way that protects consumers from unwarranted insurance premium hikes and provides affordable health insurance to more than one million additional Illinois residents.


October 4, 2010
Governor Quinn Highlights Amtrak’s $40 Million Capital Investment in Chicago’s Union Station
Expansion will Accommodate High-Speed Rail Passengers, Support 100 Construction Jobs
CHICAGO – October 4, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Amtrak Board Chairman Tom Carper to announce a $40 million capital construction project to improve Amtrak’s Union Station in Chicago. The project will double the passenger waiting area, add new restrooms and install air conditioning in the Great Hall. The two-year project will be financed through Amtrak’s capital projects budget and is expected to support 100 construction jobs.


October 4, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Wednesday, October 6, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Wednesday, October 6, 2010.


October 2, 2010
Governor Quinn Launches State Tax Amnesty Program
Delinquent Taxpayers Have Until Nov. 8 to Pay Overdue State Taxes Without Interest or Penalties
CHICAGO – October 2, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the start of Illinois’ tax amnesty program. Under the program, which Governor Quinn signed into law earlier this year, Illinois taxpayers have the opportunity to pay overdue state taxes without penalty or interest from Oct. 1 to Nov. 8.


October 1, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Moultrie County Approved for Federal Assistance to Local Governments for July Storms
Will Defray Many Costs Incurred by Local Governments
SPRINGFIELD – October 1, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the federal government approved the state’s request for federal assistance to Moultrie County, a move that will enable local governments to receive reimbursement for many expenses related to severe storms in late July.


October 1, 2010
Governor Quinn Makes Plea to End Domestic Violence
Proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
CHICAGO – October 1, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today joined community and faith leaders to raise awareness about domestic violence and its devastating effects on families and communities throughout Illinois. During a rally held today in Chicago, Governor Quinn called on all Illinois residents to help put an end to domestic violence and urged victims and their families to seek help.


October 1, 2010
Quinn Administration Continues Diálogos with Latino Communities Across Illinois
Lake County Residents Participate in Open Dialogue on Issues Impacting Latinos Throughout Illinois
ROUND LAKE BEACH – October 1, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the second event of “Diálogos” with Illinois’ Latino communities, an initiative he launched earlier this year to give Latino residents throughout Illinois the opportunity to meet and discuss important community issues with members of the Illinois Latino Family Commission and state officials.

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