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2010


June 30, 2010
Illinois law enforcement out in force this July 4th weekend
IDOT, Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and local law enforcement agencies step up fight against impaired driving
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP), the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and hundreds of local Illinois law enforcement agencies today reminded motorists to drive sober or risk arrest this July 4th weekend. Gathered at recreational waterfront sites in 4 cities across the state, law enforcement announced they will be conducting late-night roadside safety checks, impaired driving patrols and safety belt enforcement zones in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries over the holiday weekend.


June 28, 2010
Governor Quinn Makes Appointments to Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority Board
New Members to Focus on Keeping and Attracting Trade Shows, Creating Jobs
CHICAGO – June 28, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced three appointments to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) Board, which operates McCormick Place and Navy Pier in Chicago.


June 28, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Assist Military Children and Families
Interstate Compact Eases School Transition for Servicemembers’ Children; Aids More Than 10,000 Students in Illinois
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE – June 28, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that eases school transition for military children as their parents move between states on assignment. The legislation will impact approximately 10,000 children in Illinois.


June 28, 2010
ISAC Salutes Late Senator Robert Byrd
Executive Director Andrew Davis issues statement on Byrd’s legacy
CHICAGO—The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) issued a statement about the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-W. Va.) on June 28, 2010. Byrd’s legacy includes the creation of the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholars Program and the Traditional American History (TAH) grant program for K-12 school districts.


June 28, 2010
IDOT officials stress safety as motorists hit the roadways for the Fourth of July weekend
IDOT suspends lane closures to give motorists a break
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Gary Hannig today urged Illinois drivers to buckle up and stay sober as they get ready to hit the roadways for the Fourth of July weekend. Secretary Hannig also announced that IDOT will make sure roads are open wherever possible, but some projects will continue, resulting in lane closures over the holiday weekend.


June 28, 2010
"Cream Of The Crop": 2010 Illinois State Fair Theme
New interactive attraction teaches kids about Illinois’ agriculture industry
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Tom Jennings and Illinois State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick today announced the theme for the 2010 Illinois State Fair. This year’s theme, “Cream of the Crop,” pays tribute to Illinois’ agricultural heritage. The Illinois State Fair began 157 years ago to support the state’s farmers and remains a celebration of our state’s top industry to this day.


June 27, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Reduce Bullying in Schools
Law Expands Definition of Bullying, Requires Gang Prevention Training, Creates Bullying Prevention Task Force
CHICAGO – June 27, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that is aimed at reducing bullying in schools. Senate Bill 3266 expands the definition of bullying, requires gang prevention training in Illinois schools, and creates the School Bullying Prevention Task Force to examine the causes of bullying.


June 26, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Help Prevent Suicides Among School-Aged Youth
Additional School Staff to be Trained in Suicide Prevention
CHICAGO – June 26, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will require school social workers for grades seven through 12 to undergo suicide prevention training. The new law will help school officials identify the warning signs of suicidal behavior in young adults and help prevent suicides.


June 25, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Medicaid Reform Legislation
New Laws will Fight Fraud, Improve Transparency and Efficiency in State’s Medicaid Program
CHICAGO – June 25, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed three bills into law that will fight fraud and increase the transparency and efficiency of Illinois’ Medicaid program.


June 25, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces More Than $20 Million in Savings from Lease Consolidation Program
Effort Rids State of Unneeded Space, Saves Taxpayers Millions
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Quinn announced today that Illinois taxpayers will save more than $20 million annually following the completion of a statewide office consolidation and holdover lease elimination program carried out by the Department of Central Management Services (CMS).


June 25, 2010
Illinois Department of Insurance Offers Free Insurance Counseling to Storm Victims
Department staff can help consumers with insurance forms, claims, and questions
CHICAGO–As many Illinois communities continue to recover from recent catastrophic wind storms and floods, the Department is reminding consumers that it provides free insurance counseling services to help affected individuals with the insurance claims process. Department staff can assist with questions such as how to properly document storm damage, whether to make temporary repairs, what a consumer’s homeowner policy covers, and what to expect during the claims process.


June 24, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Major Legislation to Improve State’s Economy, Create Jobs
New Law Creates Angel Investment Tax Credit, Doubles New Markets Tax Credit, Launches Economic Development Pilot Program for Southern Illinois
MARION – June 24, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will encourage investment into Illinois’ businesses and support Southern Illinois’ economy.


June 24, 2010
Economic Recovery Commission Presents Final Report to Governor Quinn
Lauds State’s Strong Existing Assets, Calls for New Public-Private Partnerships
CHICAGO – June 24, 2010. The Economic Recovery Commission today presented its final report to Governor Pat Quinn detailing recommendations to improve upon Illinois’ 21st-century business model and help rebuild the state’s position as a strong, expanding economic power.


June 23, 2010
Conservation Police Step Up Boating Under the Influence Enforcement This Weekend
Operation Dry Water Part of Nationwide Effort to Crack Down on Impaired Boaters
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police Officers (CPOs) will be out in full force this weekend – on the look-out for boaters operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The increased enforcement is part of a national coordinated effort of stepped-up enforcement called Operation Dry Water.


June 23, 2010
Final Week To Take Advantage Of June Prepaid Tuition Discounts
College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program prices set to increase July 1
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Wednesday, June 30, is the last day to take advantage of current College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program pricing discounts, according to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the agency that administers the program.


June 23, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Promote Innovation, Create Jobs in Illinois
New Law Extends Illinois Research and Development Tax Credit
CHICAGO – June 23, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed Senate Bill 3655, which extends the Research and Development Tax Credit. The tax credit will help foster economic growth and innovation by providing Illinois companies with an incentive to increase their research activities in the state.


June 23, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Friday, June 25, 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, June 25, 2010.


June 22, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $10 Million Capital Grant for Rush University Medical Center
State-of-the-Art Center will More Than Double Hospital’s Emergency Capacity and Improve Region’s Disaster Response Ability
CHICAGO – June 22, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $10 million capital grant to help construct a new, state-of-the-art emergency and disaster preparedness center at Rush University Medical Center. The McCormick Center for Advanced Emergency Response, the first of its kind in the United States, will more than double the size of the hospital’s emergency department and is designed to better care for the victims of major catastrophes.


June 22, 2010
Illinois Department Of Agriculture To Offer Free Recycling Program For Agrichemical Containers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to save their empty agrichemical containers rather than discard them. The department today announced the schedule for the 2010 Pesticide Container Recycling Program.


June 22, 2010
Quinn Administration Highlights Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Partnership to Ensure Illinois Families Maintain Health Insurance Coverage
Department of Insurance and Academy teaming up to assist more individuals who face coverage and claim denials, rescissions
CHICAGO–Governor Pat Quinn is highlighting a partnership between the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) and the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) to help the thousands of Illinois families who face medical-related disputes with their health insurance companies every year. The medical expertise provided by IAFP’s volunteer physicians will enhance the Department’s ability to protect Illinois consumers and serve as an additional resource as the Department implements the health insurance reforms of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


June 21, 2010
Illinois Transportation Secretary Announces Availability of About $80 Million in Federal Funds for Streetscape, Trails and Beautification Projects
Application Process Opens for Federally Funded Enhancement Projects, Expected to Create/Sustain More Than 800 jobs
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced today that about $80 million in federal funds will be awarded to eligible communities for local projects that expand travel choices and improve the transportation experience in Illinois. The funding, through the 2010 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP), is expected to create or sustain approximately 870 future jobs in Illinois. The program provides federal funds to improve the quality of life in Illinois by promoting alternative transportation, such as bike and hike trails, streetscape improvements and beautification, and preservation of transportation resources.


June 21, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Protect Individuals Obtaining Consumer Loans
Law Caps Loan Interest Rates, Closes Loopholes
CHICAGO – June 21, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will increase protections for Illinois residents obtaining consumer installment loans. The new law caps interest rates charged by consumer finance companies, which can sometimes be as high as 1,000 percent.


June 21, 2010
Quinn and Durbin Joint Statement on DOJ Plans to Fully Utilize Thomson Correctional Center
Facility will be purchased by the end of the year
CHICAGO – June 21, 2010. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced today that the Department of Justice (DOJ) intends to acquire the Thomson Correctional Center by the end of the year and fully utilize the entire facility.


June 20, 2010
Governor Quinn Highlights the Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle Among Men on Father’s Day
Men throughout Illinois encouraged to get a prostate cancer screening during Men’s Health Week: June 14-20, 2010
CHICAGO – June, 20, 2010, Governor Pat Quinn today joined Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Illinois Department of Public Health Director and a prostate cancer survivor, and Access Community Health Network to encourage men throughout the state to recognize the importance living a healthy lifestyle, which includes preventative health screenings, such as prostate exams.


June 19, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Improve Access to Free Health Care
New Law Allows Illinois’ Free Medical Clinics to Employ Health Care Workers Licensed Out-of-State
LAGRANGE – June 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to allow health care workers authorized to practice in other states to work at free medical clinics in Illinois. The new law will improve access to health care for low-income families by increasing the number of licensed workers allowed to work at Illinois’ free medical clinics.


June 19, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces More Than 12,800 Jobs Created Through ‘Put Illinois to Work’
Calls on Employers to Sign Up at PutIllinoisToWork.Illinois.Gov
CHICAGO – June 16, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that in less than two months more than 10,800 workers have been hired through the Put Illinois to Work employment program. Since the program’s launch in late April, 3,000 employers have signed up to participate.


June 19, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Provide State Tax Credit for Renovation of Peoria Landmark
Pilot Program Aids Renovation of Historic Hotel Pere Marquette in Downtown Peoria
PEORIA – June 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will create a pilot program to provide a state tax credit for the renovation of the historic Hotel Pere Marquette in downtown Peoria. The project is expected to generate 1,000 jobs and lead to economic benefits for central Illinois.


June 18, 2010
Governor Quinn Commemorates Juneteenth, Honors Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Signs Legislation at Burroughs-Founded DuSable Museum to Designate March 25 as Day of Remembrance for Victims of Slavery
CHICAGO – June 18, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today commemorated Juneteenth at the DuSable Museum of African American History and proclaimed Dr. Margaret Burroughs Day in honor of the museum’s founder. He also signed legislation to designate March 25 as the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the state of Illinois.


June 18, 2010
Student Assistance Commission Issues MAP Proclamation
Commissioners recognize students’ efforts in restoring FY2010 MAP funding, encourage continued involvement
CHICAGO — At its June 18 commission meeting, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) unanimously approved a proclamation recognizing students’ contributions to the restoration of funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010.


June 18, 2010
Governor Quinn Requests Federal Assistance for Five Counties Hit by Tornadoes
Federal Disaster Declaration Would Help People, Businesses in Kankakee, LaSalle, Livingston, Peoria and Putnam Counties
SPRINGFIELD – June 18, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today asked President Obama to declare Kankakee, LaSalle, Livingston, Peoria and Putnam counties major disasters areas. If approved, a federal disaster declaration would help people and businesses affected by the June 5 tornadoes recover from the storm’s aftermath by allowing them to apply for grants and loans to assist with storm-related losses.


June 18, 2010
Quinn Administration Launches Diálogos with Latino Communities Across Illinois
Discussions to be Held Statewide on Issues Impacting Latinos
CHICAGO – June 18, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the start of “Diálogos” with Illinois’ Latino community. Beginning today in Aurora, Latino residents throughout Illinois will have the opportunity to meet with members of the Illinois Latino Family Commission and state officials to discuss issues relevant to the Latino community.


June 18, 2010
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Honors Navy Veteran Darwin Coligado as June 2010 “Veteran of the Month”
ELK GROVE VILLAGE – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today named U.S. Navy Veteran and wheelchair athlete Darwin Coligado as the June 2010 Veteran of the Month . 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 Assistant Director Sergio Estrada presented the award to Coligado at a ceremony at Elk Grove Village City Hall. Coligado, 35, lives in Elk Grove Village.


June 17, 2010
Illinois Adds 70,000 Jobs So Far This Year
State Unemployment Rate Declines -0.4 to 10.8 Percent
CHICAGO – The Illinois seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped -0.4 point to 10.8 percent in May, according to data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The over-the-month decline is the largest since October 1983. The three-month moving average decreased -0.2 point to 11.2 percent in May, its first decline since November 2006. Illinois has added 70,000 jobs so far this year.


June 17, 2010
IDNR Reminds Public to Leave Fireworks Displays to Professionals
Sponsors of Fireworks Displays Reminded to Check Vendor’s Credentials
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) wants everyone to have a safe and memorable 4th of July weekend. That’s why the agency is reminding individuals and organizations sponsoring fireworks displays in Illinois to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses and certificates issued by the IDNR prior to their fireworks show.


June 17, 2010
Illinois Department of Insurance Orders Roberto Garcia and RG International to Cease and Desist Unlawful Insurance Business
CHICAGO–The Illinois Department of Insurance on May 28, 2010, ordered Roberto Garcia and RG International to immediately Cease and Desist transacting insurance business in Illinois. The Department has scheduled a public hearing on this matter on June 23, 2010, in its Chicago Office at 100 West Randolph Street, Suite 9-301. Mr. Garcia and RG International are required to attend the hearing, following which the Director of the Department has the authority to impose additional sanctions, including fines.


June 17, 2010
State Alerting Illinois Consumers Who Purchased Health Insurance from American Trade Association, Smart Data Solutions, or Serve America Assurance of Claim Deadline
Consumers must file a proof of claim with court appointed liquidator by August 31, 2010
SPRINGFIELD–The Illinois Department of Insurance is alerting consumers who purchased non-comprehensive health insurance coverage from American Trade Association (“ATA”), Smart Data Solutions, LLC, or Serve America Assurance of an August 31, 2010, deadline to file a Proof of Claim with the court-appointed Liquidator.


June 17, 2010
HFS Director Julie Hamos Receives State Leadership Award in Washington, D.C.
Hamos awarded for efforts in Health Information Technology
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) announced that Director Julie Hamos was recognized last night in Washington D.C. for her efforts in Health Information Technology (HIT). Director Hamos is the recipient of the 2010 State Leadership Award from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).


June 17, 2010
Mega Pass Is Your Ticket To Unlimited Rides At The Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois State Fair is offering fairgoers an opportunity to enjoy all the thrills of the carnival midway at a great price. Fairgoers wanting to experience the excitement of unlimited carnival rides can purchase a Mega Pass for a discounted price of $50.


June 17, 2010
Governor Quinn Proclaims June to be Homeownership Month
State dedicated to efforts that sustain American dream of homeownership
CHICAGO – Demonstrating the State of Illinois’ commitment to sustainable homeownership, Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed June to be Homeownership Month in Illinois. Governor Quinn’s proclamation, which coincides with National Homeownership Month, highlights affordable homeownership opportunities available through the state, as well as programs and events to help owners who risk losing their homes to foreclosure.


June 17, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces More Than $1 Million to Support Renewable Energy Development, Green Jobs
Stimulus Funds will Help Boost Efficiency of Electric Power Transmission, Reduce Energy Consumption at S&C Electric Company
CHICAGO – June 17, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $1 million in federal stimulus funds for S&C Electric Company to manufacture products that improve the distribution and transmission of electricity, and to install a new green roof.


June 16, 2010
Governor Quinn and Secretary Sebelius Announce More Than 10,600 Jobs Created Through ‘Put Illinois to Work’
US Secretary of Health and Human Services Applauds Illinois’ Efforts to Boost Economy
CHICAGO – June 16, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that in less than two months more than 10,600 workers have been hired through the Put Illinois to Work employment program. Since the program’s launch in late April, 2,600 employers have signed up to participate.


June 16, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Aid Illinois Workers
State Public Works Projects Must Hire 90 Percent Illinois Workers During Tough Economic Times
EAST ALTON – June 16, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will give Illinois workers a boost during times of high unemployment in the state. House Bill 6349 requires entities receiving state funds or funds administered by the state for public works projects to hire at least 90 percent of their workers from Illinois.


June 15, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Modernize Illinois Telecommunications Act
New Law Will Help Create Jobs, Encourage Investment in New Technologies and Protect Consumers
CHICAGO – June 15, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that overhauls and modernizes Illinois’ outdated telecommunications law. The new law will continue protecting consumers, while creating jobs and encouraging private investment in new broadband and wireless technologies.


June 14, 2010
IL Dept on Aging calls for attention & action against Elder Abuse
Wear purple as a reminder elder abuse should never be ignored
SPRINGFIELD – On the eve of tomorrow’s World Elder Abuse Day, Illinois Department on Aging Director Charles D. Johnson is urging everyone to wear something purple. The national observance is marked by wearing purple on June 15 as a way to show the world you care about ending elder abuse and neglect.


June 12, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Law To Help Veterans with Addiction, Mental Health Disorders
Law Allows Counties to Create Specialty Court for Veterans Accused of Nonviolent Crimes
CHICAGO – June 12, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that creates the Veterans and Servicemembers Court Treatment Act. The new law allows counties throughout Illinois to create special judicial courts for Veterans who may have mental health or substance abuse disorders.


June 12, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Expand Dental Care Access for Working Families
New Law Clears Hurdles for Dentists to Provide Voluntary Care
BLOOMINGTON – June 12, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that makes it easier for Illinois’ dentists to provide voluntary care to low-income families enrolled in public health care programs.


June 12, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces 9,366 Jobs Created Through ‘Put Illinois to Work’
Program On Target to Surpass 10,000 Jobs Created Next Week
DECATUR– June 12, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today visited Midwest Fiber Recycling in Decatur to announce that 2,436 employers across the state have agreed to hire more than 9,366 workers through the Quinn Administration’s “Put Illinois to Work” (PIW) employment program, launched in late April. The program is currently on target to surpass 10,000 jobs created by next week.


June 12, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Seth’s Law to Require Improved Hospital Safety Procedures
New Law Named After Iraq War Veteran Who Died After Hospital Employees Were Unable to Reach Him
HARRISBURG – June 12, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that requires Illinois’ hospitals to institute policies and procedures that will enable staff to readily gain access to patient bathrooms. The law is named after 22-year-old Iraq War Veteran Seth Sanders, who died in September 2009 when hospital personnel could not gain access to his bathroom.


June 12, 2010
Illinois Human Rights Commission Presents Human Rights Symposium
Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Lambda Legal and Center on Halsted provide information for victims of discrimination
CHICAGO—The Illinois Human Rights Commission (IHRC), along with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR), Lambda Legal and the Center on Halsted, presented a human rights symposium to discuss the Illinois Human Rights Act and its protections, as well as options available for individuals who have faced discrimination in Illinois.


June 11, 2010
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn Regarding Passing of Edna Stewart
CHICAGO – June 11, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement regarding the passing of Edna Stewart, owner of Edna’s Restaurant.


June 11, 2010
Governor Quinn To Announce $6 Million Capital Grant for Museum of Broadcast Communications
Project will Create 200 Jobs, Further Enhance Tourism in Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn will announce a $6 million capital grant to the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) to assist with the completion of its new facility at 360 North State Street in Chicago at a MBC event this evening. As one of only three museums dedicated to broadcast history in the nation, completion of this project will help further enhance Illinois’ successful tourism industry. MBC anticipates this project will create approximately 200 jobs.


June 10, 2010
Governor Quinn Opens Rosa Parks Apartments Affordable Housing in Chicago
$12 Million in State and Federal Funds Used to Build Rental Apartments for Illinois’ Working Families
CHICAGO – June 10, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today opened the Rosa Parks Apartments, newly-built rental property that will provide affordable homes for 94 families. The multi-million dollar project was funded in part by $9.8 million from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and $2.2 million in state funds from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).


June 10, 2010
Governor Quinn Declares Kankakee County State Disaster Area
State Asks FEMA to Conduct Damage Assessments in Five Counties Affected by Tornadoes
SPRINGFIELD – June 10, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today declared Kankakee County a state disaster area as a result of damage to several homes following last Saturday’s tornadoes.


June 9, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Community Colleges Manage Budgets
New Laws Allow Community Colleges to Borrow Additional Funds, Better Manage Budgets while Awaiting State Funding
DANVILLE – June 9, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation into law to help community colleges throughout Illinois borrow additional funds while awaiting already-authorized state funding.


June 9, 2010
Governors Quinn and Daniels Sign Agreement to Begin Work on Illiana Expressway
Planning Phase Begins This Year for New Expressway That Will Mitigate Congestion, Bring 14,000 Jobs to Illinois
CHICAGO – June 9, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn was joined by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels today to sign legislation that will bring the two states together to build the Illiana Expressway, connecting I-55 from south of Joliet to I-65 near Lowell, Ind.


June 9, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Encourage Parents to Keep Children Safe While Driving
New Law Increases Penalties and Encourages Education for Parents who Fail to Use Child Safety Seats
CHICAGO – June 9, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will further encourage parents across the state to properly secure their young children in safety seats when traveling Illinois’ roads and highways.


June 9, 2010
New Emerald Ash Borer Infestation Confirmed
Tree-killing beetle discovered at state park in Winnebago County
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A destructive pest that feasts on ash trees has been confirmed in Winnebago County. The emerald ash borer (EAB) was discovered at Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park, the Illinois Department of Agriculture announced today.


June 8, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Allow Illinois’ Public Universities to Borrow to Pay Bills
New Law Allows State’s Public Universities to Better Manage Budgets while Awaiting State Funding
SPRINGFIELD – June 8, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that allows Illinois’ public universities to borrow money in anticipation of already-authorized state funding. Illinois’ local school districts are able to borrow money in anticipation of tax receipts, but public universities have not had that option until now.


June 8, 2010
Governor Quinn Names New Top Staff Member
Bill Cunningham to Serve as Director of Communications
CHICAGO – June 8, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today named Bill Cunningham as Director of Communications. Cunningham is replacing Director of Communications Robert Reed, who is returning to the private sector.


June 8, 2010
Illinois Department of Insurance Announces Free, One-on-One Counseling Services to Tornado Victims
Department staff to help homeowners with insurance forms, claims, and questions
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance will provide free, one-on-one counseling services in Dwight and Streator to help individuals affected by the recent tornados with the insurance claims process. Department staff can assist with questions such as how to properly document storm damage, whether to make temporary repairs, what a consumer’s homeowner policy covers, and what to expect during the claims process.


June 7, 2010
IDOC & IDOT Join Forces with IEMA to Help Clean Up after Devastating Tornadoes
Work Crews in Dwight and Magnolia
CHICAGO – On the night of June 5th tornadoes ripped through several towns in Illinois leaving devastation in their wake. Many homes were lost and sadly some lost their lives to these killer storms. The damage and debris trail is vast and the clean-up seemingly insurmountable. That’s where Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the Illinois Department of Corrections, and the Illinois Department of Transportation are stepping in to make the clean up a little easier on local officials and the citizens hit by this disaster.


June 7, 2010
IDNR and ReserveAmerica Launching New Online Camping and Shelter Reservation System for State Sites
New Online Camping and Shelter Reservation System Opens July 7
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. -- Reservations for most Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) campsites, cabins, group campsites and picnic shelters for the 2010 season can be made online beginning July 7.


June 7, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Plan for National Guard Facility at Heartland Community College
Facility Adds Classroom Space; Places Key Guard Domestic Response Unit in Normal
NORMAL – June 7, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced an agreement between the Illinois Department of Military Affairs and Heartland Community College to build an Illinois Army National Guard facility on the college’s campus.


June 7, 2010
Governor Quinn Declares Four Counties State Disaster Areas
Declaration Will Help with Recovery Efforts in LaSalle, Livingston, Peoria and Putnam Counties
DWIGHT – June 7, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today declared LaSalle, Livingston, Peoria and Putnam counties state disaster areas after touring tornado-ravaged areas of Dwight and talking with affected residents. The state disaster declaration will help communities in the five-county area recover from devastation caused by a series of tornadoes Saturday evening that cut a path through North Central Illinois.


June 7, 2010
Governor Quinn Urges U.S. House of Representatives to Support Education Funding
Proposed Education Jobs Fund Would Preserve Thousands of Education Jobs in Illinois
CHICAGO – June 7, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today urged the Unite States House of Representatives to include education jobs funding in upcoming supplemental spending legislation. The funding would allow school districts across the nation, including Illinois, to preserve teaching jobs and focus on reforms outlined by the federal Race to the Top program.


June 7, 2010
Honoring State Representative Eddie P. Washington
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Tuesday, June 8, 2010 until Sunset, Wednesday, June 9, 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, June 8, 2010 until Sunset, Wednesday, June 9, 2010.


June 5, 2010
IDVA Hosts “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon II”
Conference for healthcare professionals to effectively diagnose, treat PTSD/TBI in combat veterans
BURR RIDGE - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted a daylong conference today for primary healthcare professionals on effectively diagnosing and treating anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in combat veterans returning from deployment.


June 5, 2010
Smoking is leading factor in home fires where oxygen therapy equipment is in use
Illinois State Fire Marshal offers common-sense advice
CHICAGO – Consumers prescribed home-based oxygen therapy are urged to exercise extreme caution especially when operating the equipment near possible ignition sources, such as stoves, ovens, smoking materials and candles, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) warns.


June 5, 2010
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn Regarding Passing of Rep. Eddie Washington
CHICAGO – June 5, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement regarding the sudden death of Rep. Eddie Washington (D-Waukegan).


June 5, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Avoid Public Transportation Service Cuts, Employee Layoffs
Part of Comprehensive Plan to Aid Riders during Tough Economic Time
CHICAGO – June 5, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to help protect mass transit service riders and transit jobs in the Chicago-area.


June 4, 2010
IDVA Hosts “Helping Our Hometown Heroes” Veterans Benefits Fair in Evanston
EVANSTON - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans today in Evanston to assist veterans with accessing benefits information from federal, state and local agencies and organizations.


June 4, 2010
Segregation issues are tackled at IDOC
Partnering with “Vera” to create a new plan for Illinois Prisons
Chicago – The Illinois Department of Corrections in its goal to outline a plan to address the issue of segregation in Illinois prisons is partnering with the nationally recognized experts at the Vera Institute of Justice. The goal is to work on reducing prisoner isolation and to create a “best practices” model for IDOC’s segregation population at no cost to IDOC through the use of grant funding.


June 3, 2010
State Regulators Ask For Local Help in Enforcement Efforts
Roofing License Necessary for Repairs/Replacements
CHICAGO – All too often – especially during the summer construction season or after a major storm – property owners are solicited by unscrupulous roofing contractors and pressured to accept work with high prices and low quality. As the agency responsible for licensing roofing contractors, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is seeking the help of hundreds of local governments across Illinois to prevent unlicensed roofing contractors from taking advantage of residents and property owners.


June 3, 2010
Liquor Control Commission May Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In May the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 210 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 55 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Seventy-four percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


June 3, 2010
Governor Quinn proclaims June “Leave No Child Inside” Month in Illinois
Encourages Youth to Spend Time Outside to Explore, Discover
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed the month of June as Leave No Child Inside Month in Illinois. Throughout the month, the Governor is encouraging young people to spend more time outdoors enjoying natural resources and participating in Leave No Child Inside events scheduled across the state.


June 3, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation Protecting Free Speech in Illinois
Municipalities Cannot Restrict Political Signs on Residential Properties
CHICAGO – June 3, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that prevents municipalities throughout Illinois from restricting the display of political campaign signs on residential property at any time.


June 2, 2010
IEMA, NWS to Promote Lightning Safety Awareness throughout June
Nearly 70 percent of lightning fatalities, injuries occur at outdoor recreation events
SPRINGFIELD – Warm weather is finally here and people throughout Illinois are taking advantage of the balmy temperatures to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities. But warm weather often brings with it thunderstorms and dangerous lightning that can be deadly. In fact, in the U.S., an average of 58 people are killed and more than 1,000 people are injured by lightning each year.


June 2, 2010
MAP Denials Top 31,000 Eligible Students At End of May
Agency encourages students to complete 2010-11 Free Application for Federal Student Aid
CHICAGO — The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) announced that through May 27, it has received 31,435 eligible Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant applications since the agency began denying eligible applicants due to exhaustion of anticipated funds on Monday, April 19.


June 1, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Strengthen Illinois’ ‘Race to the Top’ Application
Law Will Improve School Principal Certification Requirements
CHICAGO – June 1, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will strengthen Illinois’ application for federal ‘Race to the Top’ funds. Senate Bill 226, sponsored by Sen. Deanna Demuzio (D-Carlinville) and Rep. Mike Smith (D-Pekin), will revise the certification process for individuals who would like to become school principals.

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