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February 28, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Launch of Cemetery Helpline and Consumer Bill of Rights
Protections Under the Cemetery Oversight Act Take Effect March 1
CHICAGO – February 28, 2010 - Governor Pat Quinn announced that a series of protections for consumers provided by the Cemetery Oversight Act take effect March 1, including a new toll free consumer Helpline that will offer assistance to anyone who wants to file a complaint against a cemetery. The Act, which was signed into law January 17 by Governor Quinn in response to the Burr Oak Cemetery scandal, also provides a Consumer Bill of Rights for cemetery customers.

February 28, 2010
Peerless Industries to Create 85 New Jobs with Move to Aurora
Company Consolidating Operations Following Closing of Facility in China
CHICAGO – February 28, 2010. The State of Illinois today announced that Peerless Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of audio/visual mounting solutions, will maintain their operations in Illinois and add at least 85 new jobs to its current 405-person workforce over the next three years. Peerless will move operations from two campuses in Melrose Park to a single larger facility in Aurora beginning in May. The state provided a $2.9 million investment package to leverage nearly $17.5 million in private investment to facilitate the move.

February 28, 2010
State Regulator names Cemetery Oversight Board
Appointed members charged with making Illinois cemeteries more accountable to consumers
CHICAGO – Five weeks after Governor Pat Quinn signed the Cemetery Oversight Act into law, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) announced today that Secretary Brent E. Adams has appointed a group of cemetery professionals and community activists to serve on the State’s first-ever Cemetery Oversight Board. A number of the safeguards signed into law by Governor Quinn take effect March 1, including protection from deceptive and unfair practices by the cemetery.

February 27, 2010
Governor Quinn to Honor Illinoisans for Exemplary Community Service
Seeks Nominations for Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service today announced Illinoisans may now submit nominations for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. The awards recognize volunteers who have made a difference in Illinois and highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service.

February 26, 2010
State Memorial Service Honors Illinois Service Members Lost in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm
SPRINGFIELD – In honor of the 19th anniversary of the cease fire announcement of the Persian Gulf War, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) held a memorial service today at the Capitol Rotunda in Springfield for the 14 Illinois service members who lost their lives during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Governor Pat Quinn issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, February 28th, 2010 as Desert Storm Remembrance Day in Illinois and encouraged all Illinoisans to join in on the worthy observance.

February 26, 2010
Community college system sets record enrollment second Spring in a row
Springfield – Both headcount and Full Time Equivalency (FTE) Spring enrollments at Illinois community colleges reached all-time record levels for the current semester. According to figures released today from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), statewide headcount enrollment increased 7.8% over the record Spring 2009 enrollment. This semester’s increase set an all-time record with 390,142 students, an enrollment that was also higher than the near-record Fall 2009 semester enrollment of more than 380,000.

February 25, 2010
2010 Sports Fish Consumption Advisory
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the 2010 consumption advisories for sport fish caught in Illinois waters. The following lakes and rivers are new to the advisory this year: Indian Camp Creek in Pulaski County, Centralia Lake in Marion County, Pana Lake in Shelby County, Lake Jacksonville in Morgan County and McKinley Park Lagoon in Cook County. These additions are the result of expanded and directed sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program and do not suggest that Illinois fish are becoming more contaminated.

February 25, 2010
Final Days To Lock In February College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Prices
Enroll in the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program before early February 28 deadline
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— The last day to lock in February prices for the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program is Sunday, February 28, and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) says now is the time to save for future college tuition and fees through the program.

February 24, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Wednesday, February 24, 2010 until Sunset, Friday, February 26, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff from Sunrise, Wednesday, February 24, 2010 until Sunset, Friday, February 26, 2010.

February 24, 2010
Illinois Department of Insurance Orders American Trade Association, Real Benefits Association, and Others to Cease and Desist Unlawful Insurance Business
Department alerting consumers of scam insurance companies and providing tips on evaluating options when considering non-comprehensive health insurance coverage
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance on Feb. 9, 2010, ordered the American Trade Association, Real Benefits Association, Obed Kirkpatrick, Incorp. Services, Inc., Smart Data Solutions, LLC, Bart Posey, Serve America Assurance, Ltd., Beema-Pakistan Company, Ltd., Kathleen Cauthen, and Dave Clark to immediately Cease and Desist transacting insurance business in Illinois. The businesses entities and individuals had been marketing and selling non-comprehensive insurance products in Illinois without a license, and have been the subject of numerous consumer complaints received by the Department. Similar actions have been brought against American Trade Association and Real Benefits Association in at least ten other states.

February 24, 2010
Go Red to Raise Awareness of the Number One Killer in Illinois
State public health director, Conference of Women Legislators and American Heart Association raise awareness of heart disease
SPRINGFIELD – During American Heart Month, Dr. Damon T. Arnold, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, today joined the American Heart Association and Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) in the Capitol Blue Room to help raise awareness about heart disease. Legislators in attendance were able to get a pulse on their health by testing out the My Life Check Web site.

February 24, 2010
Quinn Administration Launches First-Ever Interactive Budget Web Site at Budget.Illinois.gov
Public Encouraged to Provide Feedback to Shape State Budget
SPRINGFIELD – Officials from Governor Pat Quinn’s Administration today announced that, for the first time in Illinois’ history, the public can actively participate in the state’s budgeting process. The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) today launched www.budget.illinois.gov, a Web site that allows Illinois residents to provide feedback that will be used to shape the state’s fiscal year 2011 budget.

February 23, 2010
Governor’s Environmental Corps Summer Internship Applications Now Being Accepted
Illinois EPA “hands on” program is funded by Illinois companies
SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Doug Scott announced that the Agency will accept applications for the 2010 Governor’s Environmental Corps (GEC) summer internship program through March 17.

February 23, 2010
Veterans’ Affairs Reminder: University of Illinois Scholarship available for Children of Combat Veterans
Up to six tuition waivers available per county; application deadline is March 1
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Director Dan Grant is reminding children of Illinois’ combat Veterans to apply for the 2010-2011 Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver at the University of Illinois. Up to six tuition waivers are available annually in each county throughout Illinois for the child of a Veteran from the following conflicts: World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The application deadline is March 1, 2010.

February 23, 2010
Governor Quinn Presents Heartsaver Hero Awards During American Heart Month
Awards Honor Those Who Saved a Life Using an Automated External Defibrillator
CHICAGO – Tuesday, February 23, 2010. - Governor Pat Quinn today presented nine Heartsaver Hero Awards during American Heart Month. Heartsaver Heroes are individuals who have either saved a life using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) or served as a citizen advocate in the growing grassroots movement to make AED’s as common as fire extinguishers in Illinois.

February 20, 2010
Illinois Department of Insurance Encourages Insurers to Comply with 2005 Medical Malpractice Reforms
Department observed increased competition, 10% decrease in premium paid since 2005 reforms
CHICAGO – On February 4, 2010, the Illinois Supreme Court held the limitation on non-economic damages in medical malpractice actions unconstitutional. Lebron v. Gottlieb, Nos. 105741 and 105745 cons. (February 4, 2010). Due to an inseverability provision in the Act in which the limitations (or “caps”) were enacted (Public Act 94-677), the Supreme Court also held invalid the medical malpractice regulatory reforms (“the 2005 Reform Laws”) contained in the Act. However, in its decision, the Supreme Court emphasized that because the 2005 Reform Laws “are deemed invalid solely on inseverability grounds, the legislature remains free to reenact any provisions it deems appropriate.”

February 19, 2010
Governor Quinn Celebrates Black History Month
Declares “Edna Stewart Day” to Honor Chicagoan for More than Four Decades of Serving Soul Food and Second Chances
CHICAGO – February 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today celebrated Black History Month and declared “Edna Stewart Day” in honor of the Chicago restaurateur known throughout the state for offering soul food and a second chance for those in need.

February 19, 2010
Where there’s smoke, the Illinois State Fire Marshal says there should also be a smoke alarm
CHICAGO – A $10 smoke alarm—sometimes offered free of charge by local fire departments—can be the difference between life and death, says the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM).

February 19, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces More Than $13 Million to Improve Broadband Access in Northern Illinois
$1.3 Million State Grant and $11.9 Million Federal Grant will Boost Economic Development, Create Jobs
CHICAGO – February 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $13 million to improve broadband access in northern Illinois. The funding includes $1.3 million in Illinois Jobs Now! capital funds for the DeKalb Advancement of Technology Authority (DATA), which will leverage $11.9 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funding.

February 19, 2010
State lauds success of Illinois' Appliance Rebate Program
Water heater program to conclude on Sunday
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois residents are taking advantage of rebates offered through the Illinois ENERGY STAR? Appliance Rebate Program at a record pace, officials with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced today. In just three weeks, consumers will have received over $500,000 in rebates and the program will have generated more than $2 million in water heater sales. Given the tremendous response, the ENERGY STAR water heater portion of the program will conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 21.

February 19, 2010
Illinois Nursing Home Safety Task Force Issues Final Report to Governor Quinn
Recommendations Call for Basic Reform of Long-Term Care
CHICAGO – February 19, 2010. The final report of the Nursing Home Safety Task Force was presented to Governor Pat Quinn today. The report details recommendations to ensure the safety of nursing home residents and build a better system of treatment for people in need of care for physical or mental illnesses, disorders or disabilities. Governor Quinn formed the Task Force in October of 2009 in response to reports of violence and unsafe, inadequate care for vulnerable nursing home residents.

February 18, 2010
Just Ten Days Left To Lock In February Prepaid Tuition Prices
Enroll in the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program before early February 28 deadline
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Now is the time to save for future college tuition and fees through the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program, according to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). That’s because there are only 10 days left until March prices take effect.

February 18, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Saturday, February 20, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Saturday, February 20, 2010.

February 17, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $100 Million in Recovery Funds for Rail Projects in Illinois
$100 Million for CREATE Program; Investment to Create 1,087 Jobs
CHICAGO- February 17, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn announced today that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) along with the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program partners has received a $100 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This federal investment is expected to create 1,087 jobs.

February 16, 2010
Illinois Department of Insurance Encourages Consumers to Review Earthquake Insurance Coverage
CHICAGO – In the wake of the 3.8-magnitude earthquake that surprised residents of northern Illinois on Feb. 10, the Illinois Department of Insurance is encouraging consumers across the State to review their earthquake insurance coverage.

February 13, 2010
IDNR Announces Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Grants
61 Communities Benefit From Assistance to Rural and Small Town Fire Departments
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that residents and property owners in 61 Illinois communities will benefit from $512,217 in matching grants to rural fire protection districts and fire departments through the federal Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program.

February 12, 2010
Governor Quinn Honors Illinois’ Winter Olympians
Declares Illinois 2010 Winter Olympics Athletes Day in Preparation for Vancouver Games
CHICAGO – February 12, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today declared “Illinois 2010 Winter Olympics Athletes Day” in honor of the athletes with Illinois ties who will be representing our country at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. A copy of the Governor’s proclamation is attached.

February 12, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $18.8 Million in Federal Funds for Electronic Health Records Efforts
Signs Executive Order to Create Office of Health Information Technology
CHICAGO – February 12, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois will receive $18.8 million in federal funds to develop a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE), which will allow Illinois’ healthcare providers to electronically share health information. To lead this effort Governor Quinn signed an Executive Order to create the Illinois Office of Health Information Technology.

February 11, 2010
Illinois To Receive Increase In Specialty Crop Grant Funds
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture will receive an additional $209,000 in federal block grant funds next year to improve the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crop industry.

February 11, 2010
Illinois Department of Insurance Encourages Families to Protect Valuable Valentine’s Day Gifts and Other Heirlooms
Department provides 5-step plan and encourages review of homeowner and renter insurance policies
CHICAGO–As Valentine’s Day approaches, the Illinois Department of Insurance today issued tips on how families can use homeowner and renter insurance to protect precious and valuable belongings.

February 11, 2010
Big Payoff and Big Benefits for Illinois Sportsmen and Parks
Illinois Conservation Foundation and Friends of Illinois Parks Launch Raffle with $100,000 First Prize
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Conservation Foundation and the Friends of Illinois Parks are teaming up to offer the first-ever “Illinois Sportsman’s and Parks Raffle” with a $100,000 first-place prize.

February 10, 2010
Illinois Department of Insurance Disciplinary Report for February 2010
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Insurance announced today that Director of Insurance Michael T. McRaith issued the following disciplinary orders:

February 10, 2010
Liquor Control Commission January Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In January the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 134 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 24 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-two percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.

February 10, 2010
State Announces Approval of 18 New Supportive Living Facilities in Illinois
Facilities Allow Seniors, People with Disabilities Independence
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) today announced the approval of 18 new Supportive Living Facilities (SLFs) in Illinois. The state’s Supportive Living Program offers an alternative to nursing home care for low income seniors, and people with physical disabilities.

February 10, 2010
Employment Security Offices Closed to Honor President Holidays on Feb. 12 and Feb. 15
Banking holiday might affect payments
CHICAGO - The offices of the Illinois Department of Employment Security will be closed on Friday, Feb 12 and Monday Feb. 15 in observance of state and federal holidays. Feb. 12 is a state holiday honoring President Abraham Lincoln. Feb. 15 is a federal and state holiday honoring George Washington. It also is referred to as Presidents’ Day.

February 10, 2010
State Awards $15.4M to Help Homeowners, Landlords Afford Home Repairs
Two programs serve low-income residents, create jobs
CHICAGO – A new round of $15.4 million in federal affordable housing funds will help low-income residents, including seniors and persons with disabilities, and landlords rehabilitate more than 420 homes across the state, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) announced today.

February 9, 2010
State Fire Marshal announces grant money for small equipment to bolster emergency response capabilities
$2 million will help fire departments purchase small equipment, protective clothing, tools and more
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis today announced that $2 million in grants are now available to help fire departments across the state purchase small equipment and protective clothing that will enable them to better serve their communities. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 20, 2010.

February 9, 2010
Illinois Department of Insurance Encourages Illinoisans to Consider Snowmobile Insurance
CHICAGO–During the winter season, the Illinois Department of Insurance is encouraging thousands of Illinois snowmobiling enthusiasts to make sure their snowmobiles are properly insured.

February 8, 2010
Governor Quinn, Senator Durbin Announce Caterpillar Joining FutureGen Alliance
Machine Giant, CAT, Joins World’s Leading Energy Companies in Support of FutureGen Clean-Coal Project
CHICAGO – February 8, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today announced that Caterpillar, a global leader in the manufacturing of heavy machinery, will join the FutureGen Alliance. This is the second major new Alliance member signed up in just over a week. Caterpillar's move signals critical support ahead of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (USDOE) pending decision to move ahead on FutureGen construction.

February 8, 2010
Proposals Sought for Innovative Care Program
Integrated Care Delivery System brings providers together, improves care for patients
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has taken the first step in significantly reforming the delivery of care to the most vulnerable populations covered by the Medicaid Program. HFS has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking two managed care organizations (MCOs) to provide adults with disabilities and older adults in the Medicaid program the full spectrum of Medicaid covered services through an integrated care delivery system. The first phase of the program will focus on traditional medical services with later phases coordinating long term care. The pilot program will affect approximately 40,000 individuals in suburban Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, Lake, and Will Counties.

February 4, 2010
IDOT and Illinois State Police Kick Off Impaired Driving Campaign As Super Bowl Sunday Nears
IDOT and Illinois State Police Remind Football Fans to Designate a Sober Driver Before the Party Begins
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police officials today announced details of their Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign in an effort to prevent impaired driving around the big game. They are also reminding fans to buckle up before traveling to and from their desired locations.

February 3, 2010
State Public Health Director Announces $3.1 Million to Reduce Obesity and Smoking in Illinois
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to improve public health
SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, director, Illinois Department of Public Health, today announced Illinois is receiving approximately $3.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help reduce obesity, increase physical activity, improve nutrition and decrease smoking in Illinois. The award is part of $119.5 million going to states as the first of several initiatives that make up the Communities Putting Prevention to Work, a comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

February 1, 2010
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs salutes African American Veterans; Honors Col. Eugene F. Scott as “Veteran of the Month”
CHICAGO – In conjunction with African-American History Month, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today honored African-American Veterans in Illinois for their dedicated military service, and named retired U.S. Army Col. Eugene F. Scott, president of the Chicago Defender Charities, as the February 2010 Veteran of the Month.

February 1, 2010
Illinois Department on Aging Focuses on Oral History to Document Stories and Learn Lessons
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) director Charles Johnson announced today that oral history is this month’s theme for the year-long campaign 2010: Year of the Engaged Older. Director Johnson is leading a statewide initiative to improve the health and lives of older adults and increase their involvement in volunteering, education and working. Out of the initiative came a year-long campaign for the year 2010 to engage citizens, especially those ages 50 and older, and tap their talents to benefit their communities and the entire state. Each month of the year will offer a theme with the purpose of creating stronger connections among the generations. Log on to www.law.siu.edu/GenServeGen for information or ideas.

February 1, 2010
Illinois Transportation Secretary Announces Real World Design Challenge Winner
Innovative Program Will Educate Engineers of Tomorrow
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced today announced that a State winner has been chosen for the Real World Design Challenge. The Real World Design Challenge is a national education initiative that puts high school students alongside industry experts to gain engineering experience by developing a solution to a proposed challenge. This year’s challenge involved designing the tail section of an aircraft to maximize fuel efficiency.

February 1, 2010
Illinois EPA Notifies Electronic Manufacturers of Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act Requirements
Illinois e-waste recycling and refurbishment programs phase-in continues in 2010
Springfield, IL – Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Doug Scott has notified computer, television and printer manufacturing companies doing business in Illinois of advancements in requirements as they implement recycling programs for excess electronic waste (e-waste).

February 1, 2010
State Public Health Director Urges All Illinoisans to “Go Red” to Raise Awareness of the Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.
IDPH announces $50,000 in grants to improve health of women and young girls in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – During Women’s Heart Disease Awareness Month in Illinois, Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, is encouraging all Illinoisans to Go Red for Women by wearing red this Friday, February 5, 2010. The Go Red for Women movement encourages everyone to wear red to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke.

February 1, 2010
IEMA’s 12-Month Preparedness Campaign Turns Focus to Workplace Preparedness
Will feature tips, guidance for employers and workers
SPRINGFIELD – A 12-month campaign to encourage people to prepare for disasters will turn its focus to workplace preparedness during February. The campaign, sponsored by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), will offer preparedness tips and guidance for employers and workers and feature businesses that have preparedness plans.

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