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2010


April 30, 2010
Governor Quinn Honors President Lech Kaczynski, Commemorates Polish Constitution Day
Remembers the Memory of Late President and Victims of Tragic Plane Crash at Ceremony for World’s Second Written Constitution
CHICAGO – April 30, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn joined members of Illinois’ Polish community to commemorate Polish Constitution Day and to honor the memory of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and the other victims who died in a recent plane crash in western Russia.


April 29, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Astellas Pharma U.S. Chooses Illinois for New Headquarters
Company Breaks Ground in Glenview, Will Create 150 Jobs
GLENVIEW, IL – April 29, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced an approximately $4 million investment package to assist Astellas Pharma US, Inc in establishing their new corporate headquarters for the Americas in Glenview. The state’s business package will leverage $140 million in private investment and will create 150 new jobs, further strengthening the economy of Northeast Illinois.


April 29, 2010
State Housing Agency Creates Lender Advisory Council
Housing leaders welcome feedback from lending community
CHICAGO – A new statewide Lender Advisory Council will provide key feedback to Illinois’ affordable housing leaders as they work together to deliver homeownership opportunities for Illinois residents, Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Executive Director Gloria L. Materre said today.


April 29, 2010
High Schools To Host "Decision Day 2010" Events
Illinois College Advising Corps sponsors high school programs as students declare college plans
CHICAGO— At eight high schools in five cities throughout the state, students and faculty will be participating in Illinois College Advising Corps (ICAC) “Decision Day” festivities over the next month. The events honor graduating high school seniors and their decision to continue their education.


April 28, 2010
Illinois’ Care Management Programs Save $320 Million in Successful Third Year
Programs result in effective coordination of services, Better health outcomes and cost savings
SPRINGFIELD – Today the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) announced $320 million in savings in fiscal year 2009, the third year of operations for two popular care management programs, Illinois Health Connect and Your Healthcare Plus.


April 28, 2010
Carter, Crittenden named recipients of the Illinois Department of Corrections 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award
“Volunteers…Caring About the Needs of Others.”
SPRINGFIELD - Gerald Carter at Logan Correctional Center and Chaplain Richard Crittenden at West Side Adult Transition Center were named the recipients of the 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award for the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) at a recognition ceremony held today in Springfield. Carter and Crittenden were among volunteers of the state's 28 adult correctional centers and eight adult transition centers, who were being honored for their outstanding leadership and dedicated efforts in providing positive change in the lives of inmates.


April 28, 2010
Dept on Aging Stresses Leadership to Promote Mentoring
Community Members Meet to Discuss Civic Engagement
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department on Aging director Charles Johnson is leading a statewide initiative to improve the health and lives of older Americans and increase their involvement in service, learning, and work. Illinois was selected to participate in the National Governors Association (NGA) Policy Academy on Civic Engagement of Older Adults. As part of the effort, team members are working on a year-long campaign to improve the health and lives of adults, ages 55 years and older. As proclaimed by Governor Pat Quinn, the campaign 2010: Year of the Engaged Older Adult offers a monthly theme with the purpose of creating stronger connections among the generations. For more information, log on to www.law.siu.edu/GenServeGen.


April 28, 2010
Arson Awareness Week 2010 begins this Sunday (May 2)
State Fire Marshal focusing attention on Community Arson Prevention
SPRINGFIELD – In conjunction with Arson Awareness Week 2010, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is focusing attention on the horrific crime of arson and its impact on neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and places of worship.


April 27, 2010
IDOA Schedules Clean Sweep Collection In Northwest Illinois
Program safely disposes of unwanted agricultural pesticides
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Residents of eight northwestern Illinois counties can dispose of unwanted agrichemicals for free this year through the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Pesticide Clean Sweep program.


April 27, 2010
5,000 Eligible Students Denied MAP As Of April 22 Due To Lack of Funds
ISAC expects total to reach 220,000, announces weekly updates and plan for additional funding
CHICAGO — The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) announced that it has received 5,074 eligible Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant applications in the four days since the agency began denying eligible applicants due to lack of funds; award announcements were suspended starting Monday, April 19. Students who were eligible but denied could still receive a full or partial MAP grant for the 2010-2011 academic year if additional program funds are received or if award claim rates are not as high as anticipated.


April 26, 2010
Vaccines Key to Preventing Disease and Death
National Infant Immunization Week – April 24 - May 1, 2010
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold is encouraging parents to talk with their health care provider during National Infant Immunization Week about ensuring their child is up-to-date on immunizations. Each year, thousands of children become ill from diseases that could have been prevented by basic childhood immunizations. Countless more miss time from day care and school because they are under-immunized or inappropriately immunized.


April 26, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces New ‘Put Illinois to Work’ Employment Program
State, Federal Plan Seeks to Create More Than 15,000 Jobs
CHICAGO – April 26, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today unveiled the Put Illinois to Work (PIW) program, an anti-poverty program aimed at building a healthy workforce by putting unemployed and underemployed Illinois residents back to work. The new program is expected to create more than 15,000 jobs.


April 26, 2010
IDNR Closing State Owned and Managed Caves
Move intended to help slow spread of white-nose syndrome killing bats in northeastern states and recently confirmed in the Midwest
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is closing state-owned and managed caves that support bat populations as part of a national effort to slow the spread of the mysterious white-nose syndrome affecting bats in the northeastern United States.


April 26, 2010
Statement Regarding Civic Federation’s Analysis of FY 2011 Budget Proposal
The Governor's Office of Management and Budget is pleased that members of the Civic Federation recognize that we are moving forward on changes that will secure our state's finances, but what is not emphasized in their analysis, is how budget cuts, borrowing and the surcharge for education are all necessary this legislative session to move Illinois toward budget and fiscal stability.


April 24, 2010
Governor Quinn Opens Illinois Warrior Summit
Encourages Illinois’ Veterans to Take Advantage of Available Services
CHICAGO – April 24, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today attended the third annual Illinois Warrior Summit resource fair and encouraged Illinois’ veterans to access available state and federal services. The event is a first-of-its-kind welcome home celebration for servicemembers returning from deployment and provides them with information about housing, healthcare, education, jobs and other benefits.


April 22, 2010
Governor Quinn Commends Transportation Leaders for Earth Day XL Summit
Transit and Roadway Leaders to Create Shared Transportation Vision for Chicago Region
CHICAGO – April 22, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today commended the seven Chicago-region transportation agencies for convening a first-of-its-kind Earth Day XL Transportation Summit to improve coordination among the region’s transportation leaders.


April 22, 2010
Student Group from Wheaton North H.S. Wins Statewide Radon Video Contest
Video promotes awareness of radioactive gas linked to lung cancer
SPRINGFIELD – A group of teens at Wheaton North High School are helping spread the message about radon’s health hazards across Illinois through a 60-second YouTube video they produced and submitted to the “2010 Illinois High School Radon Video Contest.” On Thursday morning, the students learned their video won the contest during a presentation ceremony at the school.


April 22, 2010
Illinois EPA Presents Green Youth Awards on Earth Day for Environmental Achievements
Students from around state honored at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
SPRINGFIELD – The hard work and commitment of students and schools across Illinois to exhibit environmental leadership was recognized today at the Governor’s Green Youth Awards at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. The awards, administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA), acknowledged outstanding environmental protection and conservation projects by Illinois’ young people.


April 22, 2010
Illinois State Fair Posts Premium Books On Its Website
Books explain the rules and entry deadlines for thousands of state fair contests
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Premium books for the 2010 Illinois State Fair are now available online. The books, which explain the rules, entry deadlines and prizes for the fair’s more than 8,700 competitive events, are posted in .pdf format at www.illinoisstatefair.info. Just click on the “Competitions” tab. The premium books are listed in the menu on the left side of the page.


April 22, 2010
Illinois High School Student on Her Way to Washington D.C. for Poetry Out Loud National Finals at the End of April, National Poetry Month
Orion High School Senior Annette Putnam of Henry County Representing Illinois
Illinois -- On April 26 and 27, 53 student champions from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will gather in Washington, DC, to vie for the title of Poetry Out Loud National Champion and $50,000 in awards. Representing Illinois as our State Champion will be Orion High School senior Annette Putnam of Henry County.


April 22, 2010
Governor Quinn Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Earth Day
UIC’s Environmental Event Highlights Campus’ Green Initiatives
CHICAGO – April 22, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today marked the 40th annual celebration of Earth Day by taking part in “Ecojamapalooza” at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The student-organized event features entertainment and educational displays and highlights the university’s sustainability initiatives.


April 21, 2010
Governor Quinn Tours University of Illinois’ Decathlon Home on Eve of Earth Day
Award-Winning Solar Home Features Latest Energy-Efficient Technology
URBANA-CHAMPAIGN – April 21, 2010. On the eve of Earth Day, Governor Pat Quinn today visited the award-winning, solar-powered Gable Home on the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus. The university came in second in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon thanks to the home’s modern design and innovative energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies.


April 21, 2010
Governor Quinn Declares Ebertfest Day in Illinois
Honors Celebrated Film Critic and Highlights Annual Festival for Often-Overlooked Films in Champaign
CHAMPAIGN – April 21, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today declared “Ebertfest Day” in Illinois to honor the legendary film critic Roger Ebert and his annual festival to showcase films that have been overlooked by the public, film critics or distributors.


April 21, 2010
Illinois Transportation Secretary Announces Tree Giveaway in Honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day
Illinois Students Receive Educational Benefit from Generous Donation of 10,000 Trees
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig today announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has joined forces with Living Lands and Waters to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day by placing 10,000 Oak Tree seedlings throughout the state of Illinois. Springfield School District 186 was one of many school districts statewide to receive a portion (800) of the oak tree seedlings, which were donated to the Illinois Department of Transportation by Living Lands and Waters.


April 20, 2010
Transportation Agencies and State Police Announce New Initiatives to Reduce Work Zone Crashes
New Distracted Driving Laws and Goals to Help Save Lives on Illinois Highways
Springfield - As the 2010 highway construction season gets underway, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Tollway, Illinois State Police, Local Laborers Union, and other Illinois Strategic Highway Safety Plan (ISHSP) partners announced today the participation in National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 19-23. This is part of an ongoing effort to reduce traffic related fatalities and serious injuries on Illinois roadways.


April 20, 2010
Illinois Department of Labor Marks Equal Pay Day and Highlights Thousands of Dollars Recovered for Workers under the State’s Equal Pay Act
Gov. Quinn proclaims Equal Pay Day in Illinois
CHICAGO–As today marks Equal Pay Day in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) highlighted its efforts to end gender-based wage discrimination in Illinois workplaces. Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed Equal Pay Day in Illinois to underscore the need for pay parity between men and women for doing the same work and to create greater awareness of the law. Equal Pay Day, originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity, is observed nationwide in April to emphasize how far into the current year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year.


April 20, 2010
Governor Quinn Urges Illinois Residents “Get Counted” in Crucial 2010 Census
There’s Still Time to Respond to Neighborhood Census Workers
SPRINGFIELD – April 20, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today encouraged individuals who haven’t responded to their 2010 U.S. Census questionnaire to get counted. As of April 15, 73 percent of Illinoisans had mailed in their response cards for the Census. Friday was the last day Illinois residents could mail in census forms, but Governor Quinn encouraged those who hadn't yet responded to welcome the census workers who will soon be knocking on their doors.


April 19, 2010
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Honors Seneca Army Veteran Russell C. Tendall as April 2010 “Veteran of the Month”
SENECA – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today named Seneca native and U.S. Army Veteran Russell C. Tendall as the April 2010 Veteran of the Month for his unwavering service to veterans statewide, and for outstanding service to his local community.


April 19, 2010
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on New Mississippi River Bridge Project
Project will Ease Congestion; Create More than 2,200 Jobs
ST. LOUIS – April 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today joined U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the Eads Bridge in St. Louis to break ground on the new Mississippi River Bridge project. The project is expected to create more than 2,200 jobs, provide congestion relief and will spur approximately $25.3 billion in regional economic activity over the next 45 years.


April 19, 2010
College Illinois!® To Present At ISAC College Smart Fair April 23-24
Event hosted by UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and presented by Fifth Third Bank
CHICAGO — The College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program announced its participation in the 2010 College Smart Fair, presented by Fifth Third Bank April 23-24, at the University of Illinois at Chicago Student Center East. The presentations at 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday help families learn how to lock in tuition prices while saving for college and are part of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank’s Money Smart Week.


April 19, 2010
ISAC Announces Monetary Award Program Suspension
Record increase in demand forces award suspension
CHICAGO — The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has suspended Monetary Award Program (MAP) award announcements for 2010-2011, effective Monday, April 19, based on record need and the assumption of level funding at approximately $400 million.


April 17, 2010
Governor Quinn Highlights Illinois’ Efforts to Improve Government Accountability
State Ranks Third in Nation for Transparency of Spending
CHICAGO – April 17, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today highlighted Illinois’ efforts to improve transparency. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) this week gave Illinois a “B” and ranked it third in the nation for improved transparency of government spending.


April 16, 2010
Governor Quinn Launches Final Phase of Illinois’ ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebate Program
Program has Pumped More Than $30 Million into State Economy
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today launched the final phase of Illinois’ ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate Program and encouraged residents to take advantage of a 15 percent rebate on energy efficient home appliances during Earth Week.


April 16, 2010
Illinois’ ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebate Program Closing Tonight at 7 p.m.
Governor Quinn Announces Successful Distribution of at Least $6.2 million in Rebates To Consumers in One Day
CHICAGO – April 16, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn announced that retail sales trends from 600 participating Illinois retailers show that all of the state's $6.2 million ENERGY STAR appliance rebate funding will be gone by 7 p.m. tonight, 11 hours after the program started.


April 16, 2010
Statement From Governor Pat Quinn On President Barack Obama’s Appointment Of IEMA Director Andrew Velasquez III To Regional Administrator, FEMA, Region Five
CHICAGO – April 16, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement on the appointment of Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) Director Andrew Velasquez III to Regional Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region Five:


April 15, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ $12.84 Billion Multi-Year Road Plan in Springfield
Six Year Plan Includes Over $2 Billion in Capital Funds to Upgrade, Preserve State’s Current Highway System; Create 167,000 Jobs
SPRINGFIELD – April 15, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn was joined by Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) officials today to unveil a $12.84 billion Multi-Year Highway Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2011-2016. The proposed program aims to preserve and maintain the state’s highway system of roads and bridges, upgrade facilities for congestion mitigation and safety improvements and expand the system to help spur economic development in Illinois. The entire Multi-Year Plan (MYP) is expected to create an estimated 167,000 direct jobs over the next six years.


April 15, 2010
Illinois Department of Insurance receives $1.4 million federal grant for its Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
Funding to bolster outreach programs targeting Medicare beneficiaries
CHICAGO—The Illinois Department of Insurance announced that it has received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The grant, administered through HHS’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will help fund the Department’s Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP), which provides free one-on-one counseling and community based outreach to Medicare-eligible individuals throughout Illinois.


April 15, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ $12.84 Billion Multi-Year Road Plan in Chicago
Six Year Plan Includes Over $2 Billion in Capital Funds to Upgrade, Preserve State’s Current Highway System; Create 167,000 Jobs
CHICAGO – April 15, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn was joined by Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) officials today to unveil a $12.84 billion Multi-Year Highway Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2011-2016. The proposed program includes a $30.8 million bridge rehabilitation and interchange reconstruction project at I-55 at Central Avenue in Chicago, which is expected to create 612 direct and indirect jobs. The entire Multi-Year Plan (MYP) is will create an estimated 167,000 direct jobs over the next six years.


April 14, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Historic Illinois Public Pension Reform Bill
New Law Saves Taxpayers Billions, Provides Retirement Protection for Illinois Workers
SPRINGFIELD – April 14, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law the most significant public pension reform bill in our nation’s history that will save taxpayers billions of dollars while protecting the retirement of state workers.


April 13, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Boost Number of Illinois Small Business Jobs
New Tax Credit Will Create 20,000 Positions Throughout State
CHICAGO – April 13, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will help boost Illinois’ economy by creating up to 20,000 jobs over the next year at small businesses across the state. The new law is part of Governor Quinn’s continuing mission to help employers retain and generate jobs in Illinois during this difficult economic time.


April 13, 2010
Two East Central Illinois Counties Part Of State EAB Quarantine
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has added Ford and Iroquois counties to its emerald ash borer quarantine. The expansion became necessary after the discovery of the destructive beetle outside the boundaries of the former quarantine in March. The detection was made in Iroquois County north of Loda at a highway rest area along Interstate 57.


April 13, 2010
Joint Committee Approves New Rules to Increase Access and Protect the Safety of Illinois Health Care Consumers
SPRINGFIELD – Two new rules designed to improve the quality of and access to better health care, crafted by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, were approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules earlier today. The first rule ensures that Illinois patients who receive a prescription from their family doctor will have a reasonable assurance that their local pharmacy will fill the prescription in a timely manner. The second rule requires new dental sedation training for dentists and their staff. The new dental sedation rules were developed after two Chicago area patients died after being sedated for dental treatment.


April 12, 2010
Illinois Student Assistance Commission: MAP Award Suspension Imminent
ISAC reports 32 percent increase in eligible applications over last year’s record number
CHICAGO — The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) says it will suspend award announcements for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) no later than Monday, April 19. ISAC advises students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible, as eligible applications are up approximately 30 percent over last year.


April 12, 2010
State Public Health Director Announces New Information on Hospital Report Card and Consumer Guide to Health Care Web Site
Information to help Illinoisans make better decisions about health care providers
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold today announced the Hospital Report Card and Consumer Guide to Health Care Web site has been updated with new and additional information. The Hospital Report Card Act requires all Illinois hospitals to report nurse staffing, infection prevention measures and hospital acquired infections data to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The Consumer Guide to Health Care contains information from hospitals and ambulatory surgical treatment centers about conditions and procedures demonstrating the widest variation in charges and quality of care. The Web site includes inpatient and outpatient data with current comparison information related to volume of cases, average charges, mortality rates, complications and hospital associated infections.


April 12, 2010
Serve Illinois Honors Illinoisans for Exemplary Community Service
Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards Highlight Volunteerism
SPRINGFIELD – Chief of Staff to Governor Pat Quinn, Jerry Stermer and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service today presented 13 Illinoisans with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The award recognizes volunteers who have made a difference in Illinois and highlights the importance of volunteerism and community service.


April 10, 2010
Governor Quinn Condolence Statement Regarding The Death Of Polish President Lech Kaczynski
CHICAGO – April 10, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn issued the following statement of condolence regarding the death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski:


April 10, 2010
Governor Quinn Calls On Illinois Taxpayers To File For Earned Income Tax Credit
Use Free Tax Preparation Help; Avoid Refund Anticipation Loans
CHICAGO – April 10, 2010. Governor Quinn today hailed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for providing tax relief to thousands of hard-working families and urged all eligible Illinois taxpayers to use the credit when filing their 2009 returns this year.


April 9, 2010
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Honors American Ex-POWs
Governor Proclaims American Ex-POW Recognition Day in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – In conjunction with National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Department of Illinois, American Ex-Prisoners of War co-hosted the American Ex-Prisoners of War Recognition Day today with a ceremony on the Executive Lawn at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield to recognize the courage and sacrifices made by those held in captivity while defending our nation. Governor Pat Quinn also proclaimed today American Ex-POW Recognition Day in Illinois.


April 9, 2010
Two Million Taxpayers Have Already E-Filed
One Week Left in Tax Season
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Revenue announced that electronic filing of individual tax returns is up two percent over last year, with just fewer than two million tax returns filed on-line so far this year. The total number of returns already filed is also higher than at the same time last year. Electronic filing and requesting direct deposit of refund payments reduces processing costs, provides better service for taxpayers and ensures quicker processing of refund payments.


April 9, 2010
Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program Accepting Applications
$15 Million in Grant Funding Available Through Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Public museums in Illinois can receive funding assistance to improve museum facilities and develop new exhibits through the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program.


April 9, 2010
IDOC’s Moms and Babies Program Celebrates 3rd Anniversary
Program helps strengthen family structure and enhance successful reentry back to the community
DECATUR, Illinois – The Moms and Babies Program at the Decatur Correctional Center held an open house today to celebrate its 3rd anniversary. Since opening in 2007, 25 moms and 19 babies have successfully completed the program, which is designed to help strengthen the special bond that is critical to a healthy mother and child relationship, while at the same time teaching inmates the tools to be a good parent after they re-enter society. Studies show that this kind of programming reduces recidivism and the chances of children continuing the cycle of incarceration.


April 9, 2010
Arts-In-Education Residency Grants Available from Illinois Arts Council
May 3rd Deadline for Professional Artist Residency Support; Online Application Workshop Scheduled for April 20th
Illinois – The guidelines and application for the Illinois Arts Council’s Fiscal Year 2011 Arts-in-Education Residency Program are now available. Grants from this program provide support to Illinois not-for-profit organizations for professional artist residencies lasting from two weeks to six months in one fiscal year. Residencies may be in the disciplines of creative writing, dance, interdisciplinary arts, media, theater, or visual arts.


April 9, 2010
Governor Quinn Delivers Keynote Address To 2nd Annual Sustainable Schools Symposium
Declares April “Earth Month”, Presents Environmental Hero Awards
CHICAGO – April 9, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today delivered the keynote address at the 2nd Annual Sustainable Schools Symposium at Walter Payton College Prep. Governor Quinn was joined by officials from the U.S. Department of Education and Chicago Public Schools in declaring the month of April “Earth Month” and presenting Environmental Hero Awards.


April 9, 2010
Governor Pat Quinn Names Julie Hamos To Lead Healthcare and Family Services Agency
New Director to Boost Illinois’ Quality of Care, Support Initiatives
CHICAGO – April 9, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today named State Representative Julie Hamos as Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS). As agency director, Hamos will focus on expanding access to healthcare while improving patient safety.


April 9, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $4 Million for Rockford Flood Relief, Economic Development Effort
State, Federal Support Critical to Launching Area’s Revival Plan
ROCKFORD – April 9, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $4 million for flood mitigation and economic development in the Rockford area’s Keith Creek floodplain. Between September 2006 and June 2008, portions of that region were devastated by severe flooding, resulting in thousands of dollars in damages and lost economic activity.


April 7, 2010
College Illinois!® Sponsors Baseball Reading Programs
Partners with Peoria Chiefs, Kane County Cougars baseball to promote children’s literacy programs, college savings
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— The College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program is joining with the Peoria Chiefs and Kane County Cougars to promote college savings and early literacy in their respective communities.


April 7, 2010
State Health Department Celebrates National Minority Health Month
2010 theme - Man Up for Your Health! Healthy Men Move Our Communities Forward
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Minority Health Services is celebrating National Minority Health Month this April by hosting workshops, health fairs, screenings, webinars and various other events. The Department, in conjunction with regional and local health departments, as well as community and faith-based organizations, is working to teach communities about the diseases that disproportionately affect communities of color, such as breast and cervical cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, diabetes and HIV/AIDS.


April 7, 2010
Illinois Lottery Statement on Private Manager Contract
CHICAGO – The Illinois Lottery’s intent to hire a private manager has created public confusion. We would like to make it absolutely clear that: The State of Illinois is not privatizing, selling or leasing its Lottery.


April 6, 2010
Governor Pat Quinn Offers Condolences In West Virginia Mining Accident
CHICAGO – April 6, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn has offered his condolences to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, the people of West Virginia and all the families that lost loved ones at the Upper Big Branch Mine accident in Raleigh County.


April 6, 2010
2010 Illinois State Fair To Feature Ten Nights Of Grandstand Entertainment
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The 2010 Illinois State Fair will feature Grandstand entertainment every night! The line-up, which was announced today at a Main Gate press conference on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, includes an eclectic mix of country, rock, pop and Christian recording stars, plus two free shows, an Illinois Symphony Orchestra performance Monday, Aug. 16 and an appearance by home and style expert Sandra Lee, host of the hit Food Network show “Semi-Homemade Cooking,” Thursday, Aug. 19.


April 5, 2010
Illinois Department of Insurance Highlights Medicare Changes in National Health Reform
Health reform law will provide immediate benefits to seniors in Illinois
CHICAGO—The Illinois Department of Insurance today released the latest in a series of fact sheets informing Illinoisans about the recently enacted national health reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“the Act”). In addition to reforming the State’s private insurance market, the Act will provide enhanced benefits for Illinois seniors covered by Medicare.


April 5, 2010
Liquor Control Commission March Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In March the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 165 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 20 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-seven percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


April 5, 2010
State Public Health Director Celebrates National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week (April 5-11, 2010) Declared in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging Illinoisans to practice good health habits during National Public Health Week.


April 2, 2010
Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
CHICAGO – April 2, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today acted upon 407 clemency petitions. Of the 407 petitions, Governor Quinn granted 147 pardons, authorized 2 persons who had already received pardons to seek expungement of their convictions, and denied 258 petitions.


April 2, 2010
HFS Director Barry Maram Resigns after Seven Years In Charge of Health Care and Child Support Agency
CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) today announced the resignation of Director Barry S. Maram, concluding a seven-year period at the helm of the agency during which Illinois led the nation in providing health care for working families and children, and made dramatic improvements in Child Support services.


April 1, 2010
No April Fool's Joke - Newborn Projected College Tuition $180,000
Use tax refund to lock in tuition prices for much less with the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— It’s no April fool’s joke. A child born today is projected to incur college costs of more than $180,000 at a four-year, public university.


April 1, 2010
State of Illinois hosts 2nd Annual “Sticker Shock Day”
CHICAGO—Yes, those were teenagers congregating in liquor stores today; and no, this wasn’t an April Fool’s Day joke. April 1, 2010 served as Sticker Shock Day in Illinois, where teenagers posted Project Sticker Shock materials throughout the state reminding adults that it is illegal to give alcohol to minors and for minors to use a fake ID.


April 1, 2010
Illinois Ranks Above the National Rate for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Illinois Department of Public Health supports National STD Awareness Month
SPRINGFIELD – To help educate Illinoisans about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) during National STD Awareness Month, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold is encouraging everyone who is sexually active to talk with a health care professional and get tested.


April 1, 2010
IEMA to Highlight Earthquake Preparedness throughout April
Earthquake theme for 12-Month Preparedness Campaign coincides with 2008 earthquake in southeastern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Early on the morning of April 18, 2008, thousands of Illinois residents were jolted awake by a 5.4 magnitude earthquake centered in the southeastern part of the state. The temblor produced minimal damage and no serious injuries, but it served as a vivid reminder of the serious earthquake risk in the central United States.


April 1, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen Firefighter
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Sunday, April 4, 2010 until Sunset, Tuesday, April 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, Sunday, April 4, 2010 until Sunset, Tuesday, April 6, 2010.

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