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2010


November 30, 2010
College Tuition The Smart Holiday Gift That Lasts A Lifetime
A prepaid tuition contract makes a great gift for children or grandchildren this holiday season
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Parents and grandparents often believe that the best gifts for their children are the ones they long for the most, but what happens in a few years when those Pillow Pets are obsolete? The gift of a college education lasts a lifetime, and a College Illinois!® Prepaid Tuition Program contract makes it affordable to give to a loved one today. In fact, contributions to a College Illinois Prepaid Tuition plan before December 31 can quality for 2010 tax benefits.


November 30, 2010
IDOT Upgrades Popular Travel Web Site
Getting Around Illinois Redesign Debuts For Winter Driving Season
SPRINGFIELD – The latest on winter driving conditions, ongoing road construction, traffic volumes on state routes and the status of future projects is more accessible than ever on the new and improved www.gettingaroundillinois.com, unveiled today by Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig.


November 30, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Put Illinois to Work Program to Continue Until Jan. 15
Successful Jobs Program will Keep Thousands Employed Through Holidays
CHICAGO – November 30, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the temporary extension of the Put Illinois to Work (PIW) program through Jan. 15, 2011. When federal funding for the program expired on Sept. 30, Governor Quinn extended PIW two months to provide a bridge in hopes that the U.S. Congress would act to continue funding the program. With Congress still considering additional funding for the program, the Governor is temporarily extending PIW with state funds for an additional six weeks. More than 26,000 workers have been hired since Put Illinois to Work was launched last April.


November 29, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Wednesday, December 1, 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, December 1, 2010.


November 29, 2010
Governor Quinn Calls on Illinois Residents to Support Our Troops This Holiday Season
Launches Annual Holiday Card Drive for Wounded Troops, Urges Support for Homeless Veterans at Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
CHICAGO – November 29, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today joined local schoolchildren to light the state of Illinois’ annual holiday tree and launch the Illinois Heroes holiday card drive. Governor Quinn encouraged schoolchildren from across the state to take part in the annual drive by making holiday cards for servicemembers at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany. Governor Quinn will personally deliver the cards during a visit to troops at LRMC later this year.


November 24, 2010
Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
CHICAGO – November 24, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today approved 20 and denied 48 clemency petitions. This action marks another step in a series of clemency decisions aimed at ending a massive backlog of nearly 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration.


November 24, 2010
Save On College At The Lowest Prepaid Tuition Prices
Enroll in the College Illinois!® Prepaid Tuition Program through November 30 at www.529prepaidtuition.org
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— There’s still time to take advantage of the College Illinois!® Prepaid Tuition Program’s lowest prices of the 2010-11 enrollment period. Through November 30, purchasers can save more than $600 on eight semesters of prepaid tuition in the program’s University+ option versus the same plan purchased December 1.


November 24, 2010
Local Unemployment Rates Fall Again in Every Metropolitan Area Across State
Trends Show Modest, Sustained Improvement
CHICAGO – October unemployment rates fell in every metropolitan area in the state for the second consecutive month. That has not occurred since March 2007, the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced today. So far this year, the Illinois economy has grown 1.0 percent and the national economy has grown 0.7 percent. These continuing trends evidence the steady long-term improvement in Illinois’ job and employment picture.


November 24, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Initiative to Boost Support of Small Businesses
Consumers Encouraged to Participate in “Small Business Saturday” on Saturday, November 27
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and American Express today announced a new initiative to help support the more than 500,000 small businesses, retailers and merchants in Illinois. Consumers are encouraged to use the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 27, between “Black Friday“ and “Cyber Monday” – traditionally two of the busiest shopping days of the year – to patronize local merchants around the state.


November 23, 2010
IDOT, State Police and Local Law Enforcement Partner to Save Lives over Thanksgiving Weekend
Crash Data Reports Illinois Could Reach Consecutive Year with Less Than 1000 Traffic Fatalities
SPRINGFIELD –Illinois is on target to experience its second straight year since 1921 with less than 1,000 motor vehicle fatalities. The announcement comes as the statewide Click It or Ticket /You Drink & Drive. You Lose mobilization heads into the heavily-traveled Thanksgiving weekend. By the end of the holiday weekend, Illinois motorists could have seen over 2,000 safety belt enforcement zones, 68 roadside safety checks and almost 1,000 additional patrols focusing on deadly nighttime hours when fewer people buckle up and more people choose to drink and drive.


November 23, 2010
Federal Surplus Equipment Program Saves Illinois Taxpayers $39 M
State Receives Surplus Equipment from U.S. Army Operations in Iraq
SPRINGFIELD – November 23, 2010. The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) today announced the state will receive more than $300,000 worth of equipment from the U.S. Army’s operations in Iraq through the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Surplus Donation Program. Since January 1, 2009, the program has resulted in approximately $39 million in taxpayer savings through reutilized federal surplus equipment by 1,827 Illinois organizations. Property is donated by the federal government to Illinois, and provided at significantly discounted prices to recipient organizations and local governments by the state.


November 23, 2010
Mexican Delegation Signs Letter Of Intent To Purchase Illinois Grain
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is hosting members of a Mexican trade delegation in Springfield as part of a goodwill mission designed to advance a long-standing trade relationship. During a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Tuesday, the seven-member delegation from the state of Guanajuato expressed a desire to purchase Illinois grain in the near future by signing a letter of intent with the IDOA.


November 23, 2010
Hunters in Illinois Take Preliminary Total of 68,037 Deer During Opening Weekend of Firearm Season
Firearm deer season resumes Dec. 2-5
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) reports that hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 68,037 deer during the opening weekend of the 2010 Illinois firearm deer season, Nov. 19-21. The seven-day firearm season will conclude on Dec. 2-5.


November 22, 2010
Quinn Administration Announces $25 Million Capital Grant to Build UNO Neighborhood School
Project Will Relieve Overcrowding; Create Nearly 400 Jobs
CHICAGO – November 22, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn's administration today announced a $25 million Illinois Jobs Now! capital grant to build the United Neighborhood Organization’s (UNO) newest charter school, the Gage Park Campus in Chicago. Billy Ocasio, a Senior Advisor to Governor Quinn, joined Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley and UNO Chief Executive Officer Juan Rangel to break ground on the project, which will create 42 full- and part-time positions and 350 construction jobs.


November 22, 2010
Illinois Food Products Available Online This Holiday Season
Illinois Products Website is a “one-stop shop” for gift-giving needs
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The perfect, food-related gift for family and friends this holiday season may be just a mouse click away. The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) maintains a website to promote products made by Illinois food companies. About 200 companies currently are listed on the site, some of which offer special gift items and gift baskets. Their products range from gourmet coffee and chocolate to fine wine and cheese.


November 22, 2010
Housing Development Authority Announces $10M Federal, State Investment to Build Affordable Homes in Moline
Construction on Moline Enterprise Work-Live Lofts will create jobs
MOLINE – Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) officials today celebrated the groundbreaking of 69 affordable rental homes financed through the State of Illinois to help Moline families live near the workplace. An estimated 51 jobs will be created with the construction of Moline Enterprise Work-Live Lofts.


November 22, 2010
IL Dept on Aging Thanks Family Caregivers in Observance of Awareness Month; Highlights Support Resources
Agency addresses issues of Alzheimer’s disease for families of individuals with memory loss
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director Charles D. Johnson is thanking family caregivers for making an extra effort to provide special attention and assistance to their loved ones. Director Johnson made the comments in observance of November as National Family Caregivers Month.


November 19, 2010
State’s Emergency Management Program Retains National Accreditation
State Lauded for Three “Best Practices”
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ emergency management program was recognized recently for three “best practices” as part of a rigorous review by a national accreditation program. The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) notified officials with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) that Illinois will retain national accreditation after an assessment team determined the state’s program complied with 63 national standards.


November 19, 2010
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Honors Arlington Heights Veteran John Manasse: November 2010 “Veteran of the Month”
DES PLAINES – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today named World War II Navy Veteran John Manasse of Arlington Heights the November 2010 Veteran of the Month at a ceremony at the Silver Stallion Restaurant in Des Plaines. The Illinois Veteran of the Month award is a distinction that is given to military Veterans who give back to their community and continue to serve other Veterans. IDVA Director Dan Grant presented the award to Manasse, 86, a retired telecommunications professional.


November 19, 2010
Out of the frying pan and into the fire: Turkey fryer risks outweigh any culinary benefits
OSFM highlights inherent dangers with highly flammable deep fryers
CHICAGO – Cooking fires never take a holiday and Thanksgiving has the unique distinction of being the only day of the year with the most fires, about three times more than average. In recent years, deep-fried turkeys have been growing in popularity, but the unique flavor comes at great risk to life and property, according to the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM).


November 18, 2010
Illinois Unemployment Falls Seventh Consecutive Month
Economic Growth Continues with 8,000 Jobs Added in October; Long-Term Trends Show Modest, Sustained Improvement
CHICAGO – The Illinois unemployment rate fell again in October and the state added +8,000 jobs. The seasonally adjusted rate fell -0.1 point to 9.8 percent, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. October is the seventh consecutive month that the unemployment rate has fallen. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.6 percent.


November 17, 2010
IDHS Division of Rehabilitation Services Spreads the Word About Employment Services for People with Disabilities
Public Awareness Campaign Features Testimonials from Successful Customers
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) today announced a new public awareness campaign to help people with disabilities enter the workforce. The IDHS Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) has joined forces with TV and radio stations statewide to get the word out about DRS Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services. Last year VR services helped more than 4600 Illinoisans with disabilities find good paying jobs.


November 16, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, November 18, 2010 until Sunset, Saturday, November 20, 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, Thursday, November 18, 2010 until Sunset, Saturday, November 20, 2010.


November 16, 2010
IDOT, ISP and Tollway Kickstart “Ice and Snow-Take it Slow” Campaign
Agencies Announce Winter Preparations and Urge Motorists to Reduce Speed, Buckle-Up and Don’t Drive Distracted
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois transportation and law enforcement officials today stressed safety by urging motorists to prepare for unfavorable winter driving conditions. Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois Tollway crews and Illinois State Police (ISP) have partnered to implement the state’s frontline winter crews and to ensure emergency equipment is ready for the upcoming snow and ice season.


November 16, 2010
Illinois Saves Nearly $10.8 M through Innovative Information Technology
State recognized by National Association of CIOs for Improving State Operations through Technology
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) today announced it has received the National Association of Chief Information Officers’ (NASCIO) 2010 Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government, in the category of Improving State Operations. The State was recognized for providing cost-effective services to citizens and public officials, and for making available solutions that are transferable to other agencies or units of government. The project has resulted in a savings to the state of nearly $10.8 million in reduced space costs and increased efficiencies between July 2006 and May 2010.


November 16, 2010
Hunters Heading to the Field for Illinois Firearm Deer Season
Seven-Day Season is Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 2-5
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois’ most popular hunting season begins on Friday through Sunday, Nov. 19-21 as hunters will head to the field for the opening weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season. The seven-day firearm hunt will conclude on Dec. 2-5.


November 16, 2010
Council Considers Medicaid Reforms, Seeks Input on Future State Health Insurance Exchange
Health Care Implementation Council Holds Public Meeting in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD – November 16, 2010. A panel created by Governor Pat Quinn to guide Illinois’ implementation of national health care reform held its fourth public hearing today in Springfield. Topics of the meeting in Springfield included the implications of health care reform for the state’s Medicaid program as well as the rules governing the state’s future health insurance exchange.


November 15, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces National Restaurant Trade Show to Stay in Chicago Through 2016
City to Host Convention for 61st Year
CHICAGO – November 15, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the National Restaurant Association (NRA) will continue to hold its annual National Restaurant Association, Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the International Wine, Spirits and Beer Event in Chicago through 2016. The event is one of the largest and most successful conventions held in Chicago, during which attendees spend an estimated $108 million in the city each year.


November 15, 2010
State Report: Recycling and Waste Reduction Are Vital Source of Jobs in the Illinois Economy
DCEO Report Shows the “Green Industry” is Responsible for 111,500 Jobs
CHICAGO – A detailed new economic study released today by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) documents the vital role that the recycling and reuse industry plays in the Illinois economy. The study shows that 40,000 people in Illinois are directly employed in the industry, and that recycling is responsible for 111,500 direct, indirect and induced jobs and a payroll of $3.6 billion. In terms of total economic activity, the industry is responsible for $30.3 billion in gross receipts.


November 15, 2010
IEMA Launches Video Game to Teach Children About Preparedness, Earthquake Safety
Game offers fun while providing valuable lessons
BENTON – Seizing on the popularity of video games among children and teenagers, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today unveiled a video game that offers a fun way for young people to learn about emergency preparedness and earthquake safety. A group of fifth graders at Benton Grade School in Benton had an opportunity to play the game during an event this afternoon to mark the statewide release of the innovative learning tool.


November 15, 2010
Governor Quinn Highlights Illinois’ Free Medicare Counseling Service
Encourages Illinois’ Seniors to Apply, Take Advantage of Program
CHICAGO – November 15, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed the week of November 15-19 as Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Week in Illinois, highlighting the nearly 300,000 hours of free counseling provided by SHIP volunteers to Illinois’ Medicare beneficiaries.


November 12, 2010
IDOT, State Police and Local Enforcement Boost Efforts to Increase Safety Belt Usage and to Help Curb Impaired Driving
New Data Reveals Back Seat Passengers Fatally Injured in Crashes are Nearly Twice as Likely to be Unbuckled Than Those in Front
Springfield – The Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety today released data showing a significant difference in safety belt usage between front and back seat occupants of passenger vehicles and light trucks. The Illinois crash data during the seven-year period from 2003 through 2009 show that back seat passengers who were killed in crashes were about twice as likely as front seat passengers to be unbuckled.


November 12, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Saturday, November 13, 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, November 13, 2010.


November 11, 2010
Governor Quinn Salutes Illinois’ Veterans
Attends Memorial Ceremony for Congressional Medal of Honor Winner Sgt. Robert J. Miller; Highlights Services for Veterans
WHEATON – November 11, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today honored Illinois’ Veterans and servicemembers at a Veterans Day ceremony at Wheaton North High School to honor the memory of Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller. Staff Sgt Miller, a Wheaton native, posthumously received the Congressional Medal of Honor earlier this year for his heroics while serving in Afghanistan.


November 10, 2010
HFS Receives Federal Approval for Plan to Assist Illinois Hospitals
Plan Will Generate $120 Million for Hospitals that Provide Critical Care for More Than 2.5 Million Illinois Residents
SPRINGFIELD – The Department of Healthcare and Family (HFS) has received federal approval to make $120 million in one-time payments to Illinois hospitals that provide Medicaid services. The funding will help maintain the financial health of the state’s hospitals, which are key economic engines for every region of Illinois.


November 10, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Saturday, November 13, 2010 until Sunset, Monday, November 15, 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, Saturday, November 13, 2010 until Sunset, Monday, November 15, 2010.


November 10, 2010
Governor Quinn Highlights Veterans Programs
Encourages Support for Programs that Help Illinois Veterans, Servicemembers and Their Families
CHICAGO – November 10, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today highlighted programs that benefit Veterans, servicemembers and their families throughout Illinois. At an event in Chicago, Governor Quinn was joined by representatives from the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, the Illinois National Guard and the USO of Illinois.


November 9, 2010
IDVA Director Dan Grant Receives Medal of Honor Veterans Leadership Award from Volunteers of America
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Dan Grant today received the 2010 Medal of Honor Award from the Volunteers of America Illinois at its 2nd Annual Veterans Leadership Breakfast. “I am deeply appreciative and humbled to receive the Medal of Honor from Volunteers of America Illinois,” Grant said. “Their record of service to Illinois Veterans is impressive so it very meaningful to be recognized by this great organization.”


November 9, 2010
Offices Closed Nov. 11 to Honor Veterans Day
Claimants Should Certify; Services Available on Internet
CHICAGO - The offices of the Illinois Department of Employment Security will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. All services will be available on the IDES Web site. TeleServe will be available. Normal office hours of 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday will resume Friday, Nov. 12.


November 9, 2010
Governor Quinn Unveils New Veterans Cash Lottery Ticket
Ticket’s Proceeds Fund Vital Services for Illinois’ Veterans
CHICAGO – November 9, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today unveiled the new Veterans Cash lottery ticket, a scratch-off ticket that benefits Illinois Veterans. All proceeds from the ticket go to fund rehabilitative programs and other services for Illinois’ Veterans. Since Governor Quinn championed the program in 2006, it has generated more than $8.4 million for Veterans organizations across the state.


November 9, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Accretive Health, Inc. Bringing Hundreds of New Jobs to Chicago
State Providing $1.4 Million Investment Package to Support Job Creation, Economic Growth
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the state is providing a more than $1.4 million business investment package to assist Accretive Health, Inc. in opening a new facility in Chicago, as opposed to Florida or Tennessee. The state’s investment package will leverage $10 million in private investment and will result in the creation of 100 new jobs. A total of 650 new jobs are expected to be created in Illinois by the company over the next several years.


November 5, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Monday, November 8, 2010 until Sunset, Wednesday, November 10, 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, Monday, November 8, 2010 until Sunset, Wednesday, November 10, 2010.


November 4, 2010
Statewide Veteran Job Fairs Launch this Week
Month-Long Effort to Promote Hiring, Tax Incentives
CHICAGO - Illinois will host job fairs across the state to help put Veterans back to work and tell employers about tax credits that encourage business development to grow the state’s economy. “Helping businesses create jobs and finding the right person for those new jobs is important as Illinois’ economy continues to steadily improve,” IDES Director Maureen O’Donnell said. “Our Veterans have the training, commitment and loyalty that make them excellent hires and we, as citizens, have a duty to honor their sacrifices and the sacrifices of their families and help them find good-paying jobs.”


November 3, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, November 4, 2010 until Sunset, Saturday, November 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 from Sunrise, Thursday, November 4, 2010 until Sunset, Saturday, November 6, 2010.


November 3, 2010
Liquor Control Commission October Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In October the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 48 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited six licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-eight percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


November 1, 2010
State Celebrates Dedication of Two Affordable Apartment Developments in Chicago
North & Talman Apartments serve seniors, families
CHICAGO – The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) today celebrated the dedication of 77 affordable apartments for seniors and families in Chicago.


November 1, 2010
IEMA Highlights Winter Storm Preparedness in November
Snow, ice and frigid temperatures create hazardous conditions
SPRINGFIELD – Winter weather, with its frigid temperatures, snow and ice, can be extremely dangerous, even deadly. To help Illinoisans handle winter’s hazards, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will highlight winter storm preparedness throughout November as part of its 12-Month Preparedness Campaign.

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