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July
2010


July 31, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Prevent Youth Violence
New Law Helps Officials Prepare, Prevent Violence at School
CHICAGO – July 31, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will help prevent youth violence by allowing school officials to obtain the identity of minors who are victims of certain crimes.


July 31, 2010
Governor Quinn Makes Executive Appointments
Appoints Members to Prisoner Review Board, Torture Inquiry Commission, Health Facilities Board and East St. Louis Advisory Authority
CHICAGO - July 31, 2010 - Governor Pat Quinn today announced appointments to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, the newly-formed Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission, the Health Facilities and Service Review Board and the East St. Louis Financial Advisory Authority.


July 30, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Benefit Families of Illinois’ Veterans
Children and Grandparents Now Eligible for Family Military Leave
CHICAGO – July 30, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to expand eligibility to children and grandparents of active duty service men and women for unpaid leave under the Family Military Leave Act.


July 30, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Increase Wage Protections for Thousands of Illinois Workers
New Law Strengthens Penalties for Unpaid Wages; Helps Workers to Recover Wages More Quickly
CHICAGO – July 30, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to increase protections for Illinois workers who are not paid the wages they have earned. The new law amends existing state law to help thousands of Illinois workers recover unpaid wages more quickly.


July 30, 2010
Illinois Pollution Campaign Touts IDOT for Green Construction Practices
IDOT Action Yields Public Health and Air Quality Benefits
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced today that a statewide environmental oversight group has recognized the Illinois Department of Transportation’s efforts in implementing green construction provisions of Governor Pat Quinn’s order to reduce environmental impact of state government operations.


July 30, 2010
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Honors Army Veteran Arthur Ray Taylor as July 2010 “Veteran of the Month”
BOLINGBROOK – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today named Bolingbrook resident Arthur Ray Taylor, a veteran of both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, as the July 2010 Veteran of the Month.


July 30, 2010
Tony Nominated Musical "Million Dollar Quartet" Coming To Illinois State Fair
Free concert features songs by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins
SPRINGFIELD,IL – The smash hit musical inspired by rock n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins is coming to the Illinois State Fair for a special appearance. The Chicago cast of Million Dollar Quartet will perform a free concert at the Grandstand on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.


July 30, 2010
State Celebrates Opening of New Affordable Homes for Madison County Families
Illinois’ chief affordable housing official marks opening of significant development
VENICE – The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) today applauded the grand opening of a new construction development that provides 78 Madison County families with quality affordable rental homes. IHDA, the state’s housing finance agency, invested nearly $1.4 million in federal low-income housing tax credits and a $500,000 zero-interest Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund loan to build the Meachum Crossing Apartments in Venice.


July 30, 2010
Use Internet to Certify for Unemployment Benefits
Flooding at Telephone Switch Station, not IDES, Disrupts Calls
CHICAGO - Flooding at a telephone switching station has interrupted telephone service at the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Therefore, individuals collecting unemployment insurance benefits should use the internet, and not the telephone, to certify for those benefits, IDES said today.


July 30, 2010
Segregation Issues on Front Burner
IDOC Partners with “Vera” to Map Out a New Direction for Illinois Prisons
Chicago – The Illinois Department of Corrections continued on its path to outline a plan for addressing prison segregation issues with the guidance of the nationally recognized experts at the Vera Institute of Justice. The goal is to reduce prisoner isolation and create a “best practices” model for IDOC’s segregation population at no cost to IDOC through the use of grant funding.


July 30, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Nearly $22 Million to Improve Broadband Access in City of Chicago
Funding will Increase Tech Training, Support Public Computer Centers
CHICAGO – July 30, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the City of Chicago has been awarded $21.7 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to improve broadband access to the internet. These projects mark the sixth Illinois broadband projects funded through ARRA.


July 30, 2010
Governor Quinn Creates Illinois Health Care Reform Implementation Council
Council will Help State Implement Federal Health Care Reforms
CHICAGO – July 30, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed an executive order to create the Illinois Health Care Reform Implementation Council. The council will help the state implement the health care reforms contained in the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).


July 30, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Request of FEMA Teams for Flood Damage Assessments
Information Could be Used to Seek Federal Disaster Assistance
Chicago – July 30, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that state and federal assessment teams will be in northern Illinois next week to begin documenting damages to homes and businesses caused by flooding that occurred in the area July 22 through 24. The teams will include representatives from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).


July 30, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Benefit Families of Illinois’ Veterans
Children and Grandparents Now Eligible for Family Military Leave
CHICAGO – July 30, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to expand eligibility to children and grandparents of active duty service men and women for unpaid leave under the Family Military Leave Act.


July 29, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Protect the Rights of Vehicle Owners and to Improve Road Safety
Law Will Help Eliminate Congestion Near the Scene of an Accident
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig today commended Governor Pat Quinn for signing House Bill 4860 into law. The new law prohibits tow-truck operators from stopping at the scene of an accident and soliciting the owner or operator of the vehicle into using their towing services. The law will protect the rights of motorists and improve road safety by helping alleviate congestion at the scene of an accident.


July 29, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, July 29, 2010 until Sunset, Saturday, July 31, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, July 29, 2010 until Sunset, Saturday, July 31, 2010.


July 29, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Historic Legislation to Reform Long-Term Care in Illinois
Laws will Improve Safety in Nursing Homes, Increase Staffing and Quality Standards, and Fight Fraud and Abuse
CHICAGO – July 29, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed historic legislation that transforms Illinois’ system of care for frail older adults and persons with disabilities. The new law is the product of months of research and deliberation initiated by the Nursing Home Safety Task Force that Governor Quinn appointed in October. The task force was charged with ensuring all Illinois nursing home residents are safe and receive the treatment appropriate for their condition.


July 29, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Reduce Harmful Metal in Children’s Jewelry
Cadmium Exposure Endangers Public Health
CHICAGO – July 29, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will protect children from being exposed to jewelry containing high levels of cadmium, a harmful metal that can cause illness. The new law enhances existing federal regulations.


July 28, 2010
Illinois Department of Insurance Disciplinary Report
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Insurance announced today that Director of Insurance Michael T. McRaith issued the following disciplinary orders:


July 28, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Create New Illinois Tollway Inspector General
Law Enhances Oversight as Agency Works to Restore Public Confidence through Transparency and Accountability
CHICAGO – July 28, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to create the Office of Toll Highway Inspector General to oversee operations at the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. This new office will be authorized to investigate ethics violations not covered in the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, involving allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement and misconduct.


July 28, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Increase Use of Electronic Records in State Government
New Law will Save Money and Resources by Allowing State Agencies to Send and Store Records Electronically
CHICAGO - July 28, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that allows state agencies and constitutional officers to send and store records electronically. The new law will help the state save money and conserve natural resources.


July 27, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Increase Access to Afterschool Programs
Law Creates Afterschool Youth Development Act, Illinois Youth Development Council
CHICAGO - July 27, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will help young people in Illinois participate in quality afterschool programs. The law creates the Afterschool Youth Development Act and the Illinois Youth Development Council to provide young people with access to afterschool activities.


July 27, 2010
Statement from Governor Quinn on Selection of Illinois as a ‘Race to the Top’ Finalist
CHICAGO – July 27, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement regarding Illinois’ selection as a finalist for the second phase of the U.S. Department of Education’s ‘Race to the Top’ competition.


July 27, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Fire Safety throughout Illinois
New Laws Require Smoke Detectors to have Electrical Backup; Fraternities and Sororities to have Fire Sprinkler Systems
BLOOMINGTON – July 27, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that requires fraternity and sorority housing in Illinois to install automatic fire sprinkler systems. Governor Quinn also highlighted a new law that requires housing units in Illinois to have a backup power supply for all smoke detectors that are wired to a building’s electrical supply.


July 27, 2010
Governor Quinn Acts on Legislation to Increase Public Participation in State Government
Amendatory Veto Gives Voters a Loud and Clear Voice in the General Assembly and at the Ballot Box
CHICAGO - July 27, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today acted on legislation to increase Illinois citizens’ voice in the Illinois General Assembly and continue the drive to restore the public’s faith in state government.


July 27, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Move Health Information Technology Forward
New Law Establishes Framework for Secure Exchange of Electronic Health Records in Illinois
CHICAGO – July 27, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will create a secure framework for the sharing of electronic health information in Illinois. The new law creates the Health Information Exchange and Technology Act and establishes a state authority to operate the Illinois Health Information Exchange (HIE).


July 27, 2010
Interagency Agreement between IDOC & UIC Will Treat Medical Issues
“Pilot Program has Successful Launch in Treatment of HIV and Hepatitis C.”
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Corrections and University of Illinois at Chicago are partnering on a new Telemedicine Pilot Program designed to bring elaborate and sophisticated healthcare to inmates with HIV and Hepatitis C. This interagency pilot program successfully rolled out at three sites: Danville, Lincoln and Robinson Correctional Centers.


July 26, 2010
Governor Quinn Joins Ford to Unveil New 2011 Ford Explorer
New Ford Explorer to be Made in Chicago, will Create 1,200 New Jobs at Illinois Ford Motor Company Plants
CHICAGO – July 26, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today joined Ford Motor Company to unveil the new 2011 Ford Explorer.


July 26, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Prevent False 9-1-1 Calls
New Law Increases Penalty for Making Fake 9-1-1 Calls
CHICAGO – July 26, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to deter individuals from placing false 9-1-1 calls by increasing penalties for fake 9-1-1 offenses. The new law will help protect law enforcement officers and emergency responders from dangers they may face when responding to false 9-1-1 calls.


July 26, 2010
Dept on Aging is accepting Senior Hall of Fame nominations
The annual award recognizes contributions made by older persons
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director Charles D. Johnson says applications are now available to nominate candidates for this year’s Senior Hall of Fame Awards. The annual award honors the contributions of older persons in the state. Nomination forms are available at local Area Agencies on Aging, by calling the Senior HelpLine at (800) 252-8966 or at the website http://www.state.il.us/aging. IDoA will accept nomination forms by fax and mail through August 23, 2010.


July 26, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Tuesday, July 27, 2010 until Sunset, Thursday, July 29, 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, July 27, 2010 until Sunset, Thursday, July 29, 2010.


July 26, 2010
Governor Quinn Declares 12 Counties State Disaster Areas
Declaration Will Help with Flood Recovery Efforts
CHICAGO – July 26, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today declared 12 counties as state disaster areas after heavy rains caused flooding throughout much of northern Illinois. The state disaster declaration will help communities in the 12 counties recover from devastation caused by flooding resulting from a series of thunderstorms Friday night into Saturday.


July 26, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Three Bills to Further Reduce Harmful Mercury Exposure
Mercury Poses Significant Environmental, Public Health Risks
CHICAGO – July 26, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law three bills that will further reduce the amounts of mercury in the environment that can be harmful to residents, especially young children. Illinois already leads the nation in reducing the public’s exposure to mercury.


July 25, 2010
Governor Quinn Names Anti-Violence Commission
Panel Members to Bring Personal Experience, Neighborhood Focus to Violence Prevention
CHICAGO – July 25, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today named members to his newly-formed Illinois Anti-Violence Commission, asking them to bring a grassroots, community-based approach to confronting the deadly violence facing many Illinois communities.


July 23, 2010
IDOT Launches Procurement Reform Website
Public Website Offers Overview of Changes Required by Senate Bill 51
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Chief Procurement Officer Bill Grunloh today announced the launch of IDOT’s new Procurement Reform website, designed to give the public an overview of changes in IDOT’s procurement process.


July 23, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Saturday, July 24, 2010 until Sunset, Monday, July 26, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Saturday, July 24, 2010 until Sunset, Monday, July 26, 2010.


July 23, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $15 Million to Build New MetroLINK Facility in Rock Island
$500 Million in Statewide Capital Funding will Support 18,000 Jobs, Improve Safety and Reliability of Aging Mass Transit Systems
MOLINE – July 23, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $15 million in capital funds to build a new MetroLINK Transit Maintenance Facility. The facility will consolidate the agency’s administrative operations and maintenance functions, and serve as the cornerstone of a new riverfront development. MetroLINK estimates that the project will create 125 construction jobs.


July 23, 2010
Governor Quinn Extends Incentive for Companies to Locate in Areas with High Unemployment
New Law Expected to Create More Than 400 Jobs in Winnebago County
ROCKFORD – July 23, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that extends the Industrial Jobs Recovery Law. The law gives municipalities the authority to establish redevelopment projects areas and to adopt tax increment allocation financing. The extension will create approximately 400 new jobs in Winnebago County.


July 23, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Increase Access to Free Dental Care and Promote Healthy Children
New Laws Clear Hurdles for Voluntary Dental Care; Help Illinois Schools Develop Healthy Practices
CHICAGO – July 23, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that makes it easier for licensed dentists who live out-of state to provide voluntary care to low-income Illinois families. He also signed legislation to create a shared database to help Illinois’ schools to improve their nutritional and physical activity policies and programs.


July 22, 2010
Deadline Approaching For 2010 Illinois State Fair Photo Contests And Talent Competition
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As the 2010 Illinois State Fair rapidly approaches, so does the deadline to enter the Dog Photo Contest, Baby Photo Contest and Talent Competition. The deadline for each competition is Aug. 1, 2010. Entry forms for the contests are available in the Special Events Office, located in the Emmerson building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.


July 22, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Bills to Support Illinois’ Firefighters, Improve Fire Safety
New Measures Expected to Save Lives, Boost Firefighting Programs
CHICAGO – July 22, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation into law to support Illinois’ firefighters and improve fire safety throughout Illinois. The new laws: ban the sale of novelty and toy lighters, better serve unprotected areas in the state, increase fees for serious traffic violations to support fire truck and fire protection funds, and ensure funding for a program that provides core skills training to firefighters.


July 22, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Pets and Pet Owners throughout Illinois
New Laws Require Bitter Flavor to be Added to Automotive Antifreeze and Coolant; Ban Primates as Pets
CHICAGO – July 22, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed two bills into law that increase protections for pets and pet owners throughout Illinois. The new laws will require the addition of a bitter flavor to antifreeze and engine coolant and prohibit private ownership of primates as pets.


July 22, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Friday, July 23, 2010 until Sunset, Sunday, July 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 from Sunrise, Friday, July 23, 2010 until Sunset, Sunday, July 25, 2010.


July 22, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces $500 Million Investment in Illinois Mass Transit
Capital Funding will Support 18,000 Jobs, Improve Safety and Reliability of State’s Aging Mass Transit Systems
CHICAGO – July 22, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $500 million for critical mass transit infrastructure improvements throughout Illinois. The funding, provided through the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, will create and retain an estimated 18,000 jobs and improve traveler safety.


July 22, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Sunday, July 25, 2010 until Sunset, Tuesday, July 27, 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, July 25, 2010 until Sunset, Tuesday, July 27, 2010.


July 22, 2010
Hunters in Illinois Reminded to Sign up for Safety Education Courses
Sign Up Now Before Fall Hunting Seasons Begin
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters are encouraged to sign up this summer for a free Illinois Hunter Safety Education Course coordinated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), or take one of the web-based hunter safety study course/field day options that are available to earn a hunter safety certificate.


July 21, 2010
Ten Days Left To Take Advantage Of July Prepaid Tuition Discounts
Back to school shopping? College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program prices increase Aug. 1
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Back-to-school shopping season is the best time to lock in college tuition prices, according to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). That’s because Saturday, July 31, is the last day to take advantage of the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program’s July pricing discounts.


July 21, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Friday, July 23, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Friday, July 23, 2010.


July 21, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Enhance Public Safety
New Law Helps Prevent Firearms from Ending Up in the Wrong Hands
CHICAGO - July 21, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will enhance public safety by protecting railroad shipments of firearms and other weapons that may be targeted by gangs. The new law will allow police to conduct more thorough investigations into such thefts.


July 21, 2010
Illinois Department of Transportation announces record 92.6 percent statewide safety belt compliance rate
Highway fatalities on decline for first half of 2010
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Gary Hannig today announced that Illinois has continued to make remarkable gains in roadway safety in 2010, as the number of motorists and front seat passengers who buckle up in the state has reached a record of 92.6 percent. The Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety reports the overall number of fatalities on Illinois roads is down by 16.8 percent on a provisional basis for the first six months of 2010; from 434 in 2009, to 361 in 2010.


July 21, 2010
State Introduces New Toolkit to Help Businesses Boost Recycling
Groups needed to host recycling workshops
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) in partnership with the Illinois Recycling Association (IRA) today announced the availability of a new toolkit to help Illinois businesses and organizations reduce the amount of material they pay to have landfilled. The “Recycling Works: A Toolkit for Reducing Waste in the Workplace” resource guide was developed by Shaw Environmental with the support of a DCEO grant to IRA.


July 20, 2010
Statement by Governor Quinn on the Settlement of the Operating Engineers and Laborers’ Strike
CHICAGO – July 20, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the settlement of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150 and The Laborers District Council of Chicago & Vicinity strike:


July 20, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Construction to Begin on Chicago to St. Louis High-Speed Rail Route
Stimulus-Funded Track Upgrades will Support More Than 900 Jobs
CHICAGO - July 20, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that construction will begin in early September on the Chicago to St. Louis high-speed rail route. An agreement between the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Union Pacific Railroad will allow upgrades to be made on an initial 90-mile segment of Union Pacific track to prepare it for high-speed rail. The $98 million dollar project is funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and will support an estimated 900 jobs.


July 20, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Wednesday, July 21, 2010 until Sunset, Friday, July 23, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Wednesday, July 21, 2010 until Sunset, Friday, July 23, 2010.


July 20, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces More Than 22,000 Jobs Created Through Put Illinois to Work Program
Youth Jobs Get Young Adults Involved in Their Communities
CHICAGO – July 20, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that in less than three months 22,162 people across the state have been hired through the Put Illinois to Work (PIW) employment program.


July 20, 2010
Two Affordable Housing Developments Open in Chicago’s North Side
Wilson Yard developments increase affordable housing options for 178 local families and seniors
CHICAGO –The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), under the direction of Governor Pat Quinn, today announced the opening of the Wilson Yard mixed-used redevelopment project in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Along with Mayor Richard M. Daley, Alderman Helen Shiller, Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation and other local dignitaries, IHDA celebrated the opening of the development which includes two affordable rental housing developments, a Target store and other retail and office space.


July 20, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Keep Newborn Children Safe
New Laws Increase Protections for Newborns Through Increased Education and Resources for Parents
CHICAGO - July 20, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation into law that will help protect Illinois’ newborn children from preventable injury and death. The new laws require hospitals to provide new parents with information on how to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), increase penalties for causing a baby to die by shaking it, provide better resources to parents who relinquish newborn children, and educate parents about caring for premature newborns.


July 19, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Reduce Gun Violence
Law Requires Mandatory One- to Three-Year Prison Sentence for Unlawful Use of a Weapon
CHICAGO – July 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation today to help reduce gun violence. The new law requires a mandatory one- to three-year prison sentence for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon without an Illinois firearm registration card.


July 19, 2010
Governor Quinn Tours Future Site of Southern Illinois Airport Transportation Education Center
$43.5 Million Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Construction Project Underway; Development will Create 350 Area Jobs
MURPHYSBURO – July 19, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today toured the future site of the $43.5 million Southern Illinois University (SIU) Transportation Education Center. The project will create approximately 350 area jobs and is funded through Illinois Jobs Now!, a $31 billion capital plan that will revive the state’s ailing economy by creating and retaining over 439,000 jobs over the next six years.


July 18, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Public Safety
Protects Minors from “Sexting,” Internet Exploitation; Toughens Sex Offender Registry Requirements
CHICAGO - July 18, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a package of legislation that will further enhance public safety. The new laws protect minors from sexually explicit images through “sexting.” The new laws also protect children from being exploited through means such as computers and by strengthening sex offender registry requirements.


July 17, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Further Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation
New Law Signed During Elder Abuse Awareness Month in Illinois
CHICAGO – July 17, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will protect Illinois’ seniors from the most commonly reported form of elder abuse: financial exploitation. The new law requires financial institutions across the state to play a stronger role in identifying and reporting financial exploitation of older adults.


July 17, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Illinois Farmers’ Markets
New Laws Provide Schools, Low-Income Residents Cards Greater Access to Fresh Local Produce
OAK PARK - July 17, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to encourage Illinois residents to support local farmers’ markets. The two new laws make it easier for schools and people using LINK cards to access fresh, locally grown and raised products at farmers’ markets throughout the state.


July 17, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Prevent Dog Fighting
New Law Imposes Greater Penalties for Dog Fighting Offenses
MAYWOOD – July 17, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to further deter individuals from participating in dog fighting activities by imposing harsher criminal penalties for dog fighting offenses. The new law will help protect dogs from serious injury or death resulting from dog fighting and protect children from being exposed to the inhumane and violent practice.


July 17, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Veterans’ Access to Small Business Loans
New Law Extends Eligibility for State’s Minority-, Women- and Disabled-Owned Business Loan Program to Include Veterans
ST. CHARLES – July 17, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will improve access to small business loans for Illinois’ Veterans. The state’s current small business loan program provides assistance to business owners who are minorities, women or people with disabilities. The new law extends eligibility for this loan program to Veteran-owned small businesses.


July 17, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Bills to Benefit, Honor Illinois Veterans
New Laws Support Veterans’ Programs; Recognize Service
WHEATON – July 17, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to benefit Illinois Veterans at the annual “Rockin’ for the Troops” charity benefit sponsored by Operation Support Our Troops-Illinois. The two new laws will allow Veterans’ service organizations to sell the Veterans Cash lottery ticket year round and will create a specialty license plate recognizing Purple Heart Veterans.


July 16, 2010
IDVA Hosts “Helping Our Hometown Heroes” Veterans Benefits Fair in Calumet City
CALUMET CITY - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans today at the Ehinger Brothers VFW Post 8141 in Calumet City to assist veterans with accessing benefits information from federal, state and local agencies and organizations.


July 16, 2010
Governor Quinn Reduces Salaries of Staff and State Managers to Further Cut State Budget
Issues Administrative Order to Cut Salaries by More Than Nine Percent Through Unpaid Days Off
CHICAGO – July 16, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today directed his Budget Office to issue an administrative order to cut the state budget by reducing the salaries of his staff, state managers and policymakers. Administrative Order #1 requires the Governor’s staff and the state’s merit compensation employees – largely managers and policy staff – to take 24 unpaid days off.


July 16, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Saturday, July 17, 2010 until Sunset, Monday, July 19, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Saturday, July 17, 2010 until Sunset, Monday, July 19, 2010.


July 16, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Create Jobs, Support Minority, Female and Disabled Business Owners
New Law Requires More Businesses to Comply with State’s Equal Employment and Business Enterprise Program Practices
CHICAGO - July 16, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will create jobs and provide opportunities for businesses owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities. The new law requires that anyone who receives more than $250,000 in state grants or loans for capital construction must comply with Illinois’ equal employment and business enterprise program practices.


July 16, 2010
Governor Quinn Names Acting Juvenile Justice Director
Veteran Administrator, Child Welfare Expert Arthur Bishop to Lead Agency Merger with the Department of Children and Family Services
CHICAGO – July 16, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today named Arthur Bishop as acting director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Bishop, who currently serves as deputy director of field operations for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), will lead the agency merger with DCFS.


July 16, 2010
IDVA Hosts “Helping Our Hometown Heroes” Veterans Benefits Fair in Lawrenceville
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans today at the Lawrenceville VFW in Lawrenceville to assist veterans with accessing benefits information from federal, state and local agencies and organizations.


July 16, 2010
Kenny Leon to Headline 12th “Open Dialogue” in Chicago, August 12-14, 2010
Keynote by Three Time NAACP Image Award Winning Director; National Museum of Mexican Art reception with rock-folk group Sak Tzevul from Chiapas; and More. Early Registration Deadline Extended until July 19!
Illinois – The Association of American Cultures (TAAC) invites leaders both established and emerging to attend the 12th Open Dialogue symposium, taking place in Chicago for the first time August 12-14, 2010. Attendees will help formulate action-agendas promoting equity in cultural policy, funding, and leadership in the 21st Century. Hosted by the Illinois Arts Council in partnership with ArtsMidwest, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Joyce Foundation, Open Dialogue 2010 will provide a unique space to discuss issues, challenges, successes, and perspectives of arts organizations and artists in communities of color.


July 15, 2010
June Unemployment Rate Down; Private Jobs Up
Rate Drops -0.4 to 10.4 Percent; 9,000 More Are Working
CHICAGO – The Illinois seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped -0.4 point to 10.4 percent in June, according to data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The drop matches the April-to-May decrease and remains the largest decline since October 1983. Nine thousand new jobs in the private sector offset the expected loss of temporary Census 2010 positions. As a result, overall all job growth in Illinois was flat while nationally it was down. Illinois payroll employment is up +59,600 jobs so far this year with the overwhelming majority of that job growth in the private sector.


July 15, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Holocaust and Genocide Remembrance Commission
Commission to Work with Survivors, Liberators to Increase Awareness of Genocide and Promote Tolerance
SKOKIE - July 15, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that creates the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission. The commission will work with Holocaust survivors to increase public awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides through educational programs, events and outreach efforts.


July 15, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Sunday, July 18, 2010 until Sunset, Tuesday, July 20, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Sunday, July 18, 2010 until Sunset, Tuesday, July 20, 2010.


July 14, 2010
Ten Individuals Named As Illinioisan Of The Day For The 2010 Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Ten individuals from across the state of Illinois were named as the Illinoisan of the Day for the 2010 Illinois State Fair at the Second Annual Corndog Kickoff presented by the Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation.


July 14, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Protect Student-Athletes
New Law Requires Licensing of Agents for Student-Athletes
CHICAGO – July 14, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will protect student-athletes who continue their athletic careers after high school. He also highlighted collaborative efforts with the Uniform Law Commission, a non-partisan group dedicated to ensuring state laws are consistent with those in neighboring states.


July 14, 2010
Statement from Governor Quinn on the Resignation of Department of Juvenile Justice Director Friedenauer
CHICAGO – July 14, 2010. Governor Quinn today issued a statement regarding the resignation of Kurt Friedenauer as Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice.


July 14, 2010
Quinn Administration Breaks Ground on Stimulus-funded Housing for Families with Special Needs
Work Begins on Rock Island Development
ROCK ISLAND – On behalf of the administration of Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) officials today celebrated the groundbreaking of new federal stimulus-funded affordable rental housing to serve Rock Island families with special needs.


July 14, 2010
Department Launches Website for the Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (IPXP)
Consumers who have been denied health insurance coverage encouraged to share stories
CHICAGO – The Department of Insurance today announced a website for consumers to learn more about the Illinois Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (IPXP). The website, http://insurance.illinois.gov/IPXP, is an on-line forum for information about the federally-funded IPXP and includes frequently asked questions covering issues such as program eligibility, enrollment, funding, and premiums. Applications for the IPXP will be made available on the website once enrollment begins, which is expected in August, and estimated premiums for IPXP enrollees will be posted in July.


July 14, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Encourage Investment in Renewable Energy
News Laws Provide Property Tax Relief for Wind Farms
CHICAGO – July 14, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to encourage investment in Illinois’ renewable energy sector and further build the state’s green economy. The new laws extend property tax relief for wind farms and give local governments the authority to finance green projects in unincorporated areas of the state.


July 13, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces New Initiative to Control Asian Carp Population
Agreement will Boost Commercial Fishing Industry, Creates 180 Jobs
CHICAGO – July 13, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a new initiative to stop the spread of invasive Asian carp species into the Great Lakes. Illinois is entering into a public-private partnership that will reduce Asian carp populations where they have been discovered in Illinois waters. This first-of-its-kind partnership will help enhance the commercial fishing industry, create approximately 180 jobs and relieve pressure on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Electric Barrier System designed to stop fish from moving further towards Lake Michigan.


July 13, 2010
Governor Quinn Acts on Legislation to Increase Citizen Participation in Primary Elections
Amendatory Veto Eliminates Requirement that Voters Publicly Declare Party Affiliation in Primary
CHICAGO – July 13, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today acted on legislation to encourage citizen participation in Illinois government by eliminating the requirement that Illinois residents must declare a party affiliation when voting in a primary election.


July 13, 2010
Entry Deadline For The 2010 General Competitions Rapidly Approaching
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Individuals who are looking to enter the 2010 Illinois State Fair (ISF) General Competitions should act quickly, as the deadline is July 15. The ISF General Competitions will be held at the Hobbies, Arts & Crafts Building, which is located next to the Lincoln Stage on Central Ave, and will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. during the fair (except for August 22, in which they will be open from 9 a.m. to noon).


July 12, 2010
Illinois communities encouraged to apply for Governor’s Home Town Awards
Deadline for entries is August 2
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley today encouraged Illinois communities large and small to submit their entries for the 29th annual Governor’s Home Town Awards (GHTA) competition. The GHTA recognizes those volunteers whose hard work and dedication greatly improve their communities. The deadline to submit applications for consideration is August 2.


July 12, 2010
Illinois Department of Insurance Outlines Plan for Enhanced Review of Health Insurance Premium Increases
Department applies for $1 million Federal grant to support premium review efforts
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance announced today that it has applied for a federal grant to support the Department’s efforts to enhance the collection, public disclosure, and analysis of health insurer premium increases in Illinois. If, as hoped, the Department’s application is approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the $1,000,000 grant will be available for use beginning August 9, 2010.


July 12, 2010
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Tuesday, July 13, 2010 until Sunset, Thursday, July 15, 2010.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn’s Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Tuesday, July 13, 2010 until Sunset, Thursday, July 15, 2010.


July 12, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Homeowners
New Laws Shield Consumers from Home Repair Fraud
SPRINGFIELD – July 12, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed two bills into law that will protect consumers from deceptive home repair and remodeling practices. Senate Bill 3645 and Senate Bill 2540 protect homeowners and individuals who have disabilities from fraudulent home repair projects.


July 11, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Major Ethics Reforms
New Laws Continue Quinn Administration’s Work to Restore Ethics in Illinois State Government
CHICAGO – July 11, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the signing of significant ethics reform legislation. The new laws require elected officials convicted of public corruption to forfeit money derived from the corrupt activity; and prohibit state funds from being used to finance a portrait of a governor who has been impeached and removed from office.


July 10, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Create Joint Nomination for Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Reforms Election Process to put Candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor on Same Ballot in General Primary Election
SPRINGFIELD – July 10, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation into law to require candidates of the same party who are running for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor to be jointly nominated at the general primary election.


July 9, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Reform Oversight of Red Light Cameras
New Law Requires Independent Verification of Red Light Camera Tickets, Improves Right to Appeal
CHICAGO – July 9, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will cut down on abuse of red lights by dramatically reforming oversight of red light cameras in Illinois. The law will further protect consumers by improving motorists’ right to appeal a red light camera ticket.


July 9, 2010
IHDA Awards $2.8 Million To Illinois First-Time Homebuyers Funds will assist with down payment, closing costs, subordinate financing and homebuyer education
CHICAGO – The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) today announced the award of $2.8 million in grants and loans to 436 first-time homebuyers to assist in the purchase of a new home. The funds will be allocated to nine agencies for disbursement to Illinois residents to assist with down payment and closing costs, subordinate loans and homebuyer education to income-eligible homebuyers.


July 9, 2010
New Law Guarantees Right to Independent Review of Denied Health Insurance Claims
Millions of Illinois consumers can turn to qualified, independent doctors to appeal health insurer denials
CHICAGO–The Illinois Department of Insurance is reminding Illinois families and businesses of a new law that guarantees their right to an external, independent review of denied health insurance claims. The Health Carrier External Review Act (Public Act 96-857) effective July 1 ensures that insurance company decisions to deny a recommended medical treatment are subject to review by a qualified, independent doctor. Signed by Governor Pat Quinn earlier this year, the landmark law provides other important consumer protections and improves Illinois’ health insurance marketplace.


July 9, 2010
Purposeful Parents Choose College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program
National Purposeful Parenting Month an opportunity for parents to lock in future tuition prices in July
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program celebrates National Purposeful Parenting Month in July, recognizing the importance of meaningful relationships between parents and children. Purposeful parenting requires parents to become more deeply involved in their children’s lives, giving them strong roots and wings to fly. July offers parents the opportunity to set their children up for success when the time comes for them to go to college using College Illinois! benefits.


July 8, 2010
Liquor Control Commission June Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In June the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 104 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 11 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Ninety-five percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


July 8, 2010
MAP Denials Near 55,000 Eligible Students Through July 1
Agency encourages students to complete 2010-11 Free Application for Federal Student Aid
CHICAGO — The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) announced that through July 1, it has received 54,686 eligible Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant applications since the agency began denying eligible applicants due to exhaustion of anticipated funds on Monday, April 19.


July 8, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Expand Mental Health Coverage for Veterans
Exempts Veterans from Fees at State Mental Health Facilities
LITCHFIELD – July 8, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to expand mental health service coverage for Veterans in Illinois. The new law exempts Illinois’ Veterans from being charged for services that are not covered by their insurance plans and are received at state mental health facilities.


July 8, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Create Jobs, Promote Economic Development in Southern Illinois
New Law Creates the Alexander-Cairo Port District
CAIRO – July 8, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to create the Alexander-Cairo Port District. The port district will spur job creation and promote economic development in Southern Illinois by creating new foreign trade opportunities in the state.


July 8, 2010
Governor Quinn Announces Start of LIHEAP Summer Cooling Program
Offers Tips to Help Residents Stay Cool During Heat Wave
SPRINGFIELD – July 8, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that applications will be accepted for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning July 19. Through LIHEAP, utility bill payments are made on behalf of households with incomes of up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level.


July 7, 2010
Governor Quinn Creates Illinois’ First-Ever Sales Tax Holiday
New Law Eliminates State Sales Tax on Back-to-School Essentials August 6 through 15
CHICAGO – July 7, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to create Illinois’ first-ever statewide sales tax holiday to help families pay for back-to-school essentials, such as new shoes and school supplies.


July 6, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Protect Rights of Assault Victims
Requires Processing of Evidence; Ensures Confidentiality
CHICAGO – July 6, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed two bills into law that will protect the rights of rape and sexual assault victims. The new laws address inconsistencies in the handling of sexual assault victims, and the confidentiality of statements made to rape counselors.


July 6, 2010
Governor Quinn Secures SBA Disaster Assistance to Help Communities Affected by June 5 Tornadoes
Homeowners, Businesses Affected by Tornadoes in North Central Illinois Eligible to Apply for Low-Interest Loans
SPRINGFIELD – July 6, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the state’s request for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster declaration has been granted for several counties in north central Illinois that were hit by tornadoes on June 5. The declaration will make low-interest loans available to homeowners, renters and businesses in the primary counties of LaSalle, Livingston and Peoria, as well as 15 contiguous counties, including Kankakee and Putnam.


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


July 5, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Bicyclists on Illinois Roadways
New Laws Urge Drivers and Bicyclists to Share the Road
CHICAGO – July 5, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will keep bicyclists safer on Illinois roads by making it illegal for automobile drivers to crowd bikers. Governor Quinn also signed legislation that will create a specialty license plate to educate the public about sharing the road with cyclists.


July 4, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Ballot Access for Students and Servicemembers
New Laws Remove Restrictions for Deployed Servicemembers and other Overseas Illinois Residents, Clears Hurdles for College Students
DES PLAINES – July 4, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today commemorated the Fourth of July by signing three bills into law that improve election ballot access for Illinois’ deployed servicemembers and students on college campuses throughout the state.


July 3, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Strengthen Protection of Illinois Waters
New Law Keeps Waterways Safe from Lawn Chemical Runoff
ELGIN – July 3, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will further protect Illinois’ waters from chemical contamination. The new law is aimed at keeping the state’s waterways clean and safe from chemical runoff resulting from commercial lawn treatments.


July 3, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Increase Emergency Care Options for Illinois Veterans
New Law Allows VA Health Facilities to Join Area Emergency Medical Systems
CHICAGO – July 3, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will allow federal U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health facilities in Illinois to join local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems. The new law will help provide additional emergency care resources to Veterans throughout Illinois.


July 2, 2010
IL Department on Aging urges people to “Break the Silence” and report suspected incidents of Elder Abuse
State kicks off a month long campaign to raise awareness about elder abuse
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director Charles D. Johnson is urging people to recognize some of our most vulnerable seniors – the victims of elder abuse. Director Johnson is calling attention to the plight of these victims in observance of this month’s Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention campaign in Illinois. This is the sixth year of the statewide campaign, as proclaimed by Governor Pat Quinn. (See the full proclamation following the press release.) The Break the Silence campaign encourages anyone who suspects elder abuse to call for help. Call police or 9-1-1 if someone you know is in immediate, life-threatening danger. If the danger is not immediate, but you suspect that abuse has occurred or is occurring, call the state’s 24 hour Elder Abuse Hotline at (866) 800-1409, to speak with trained professionals who are prepared to help.


July 2, 2010
Governor Pat Quinn Honors Fallen Heroes
Portrait of a Soldier Memorial Exhibit Unveiled
CHICAGO – July 2, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today joined Gold Star Families to unveil the Portrait of a Soldier memorial exhibition at a ceremony held in the James R. Thompson Center.


July 2, 2010
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Highway Safety in Illinois
New Law Increases Penalties for Excessive Speeding, Strengthens Consequences for Drivers who Break Limit by More Than 40 mph
CHICAGO – July 2, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today signed three bills into law to improve driver safety in Illinois. The new laws increase penalties for drivers who break the speed limit by more than 30 mph on Illinois’ roads and highways, and also prohibit court supervision for those who drive in excess of 40 mph over the posted speed limit. In addition, the laws strengthen seat belt safety and allow decreased speed limits in low-density residential areas.


July 1, 2010
Governor Quinn Makes Tough Budget Choices to Move Illinois Forward
Cuts Spending by $1.4 Billion; Strengthens Economic Recovery through Investments in Education, Health Care and Public Safety
CHICAGO – July 1, 2010. After a thorough review of the state’s operating budget for the coming fiscal year, Governor Pat Quinn today announced major reductions to state spending while prioritizing the tools needed to keep the Illinois economy moving forward. Governor Quinn also issued an Executive Order to place additional restrictions on government spending.


July 1, 2010
Volunteers Needed At Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Fair is looking for volunteers to help in a number of areas throughout the ten days of this year’s fair. These areas include information booths, various buildings, the Illinois State Fair Museum and the new interactive agricultural exhibit, “Farmer’s Little Helpers.”


July 1, 2010
Heat Safety Focus of IEMA’s 12-Month Preparedness Campaign during July
Extreme heat causes more deaths than all other weather combined
SPRINGFIELD – Temperatures in June were hot, but it’s likely the hottest part of the summer is yet to come. In fact, most extreme high temperature records in Illinois have been set during July, including the state’s hottest month ever recorded in July 1936. And extreme temperatures aren’t just uncomfortable – they are also responsible for more weather-related deaths than all other weather phenomena combined.


July 1, 2010
Offices Closed July 5 to Observe Independence Day
Customers Should Certify; Services Available on Internet
CHICAGO - The offices of the Illinois Department of Employment Security will be closed on Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day which is Sunday July 4. All services will be available on the Web site. Claimants scheduled to certify for benefits on Monday, July 5 should do so.


July 1, 2010
HFS Unveils New Name and Website Design for Child Support Division
New name encompasses all services provided while website will better protect customers
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) today announced its Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) will adopt a new name and an updated website. On July 1, DCSE will become the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS).


July 1, 2010
State’s Minimum Wage Rises to $8.25 an Hour
Wage Increase Will Help More Than 409,000 Hard-Working Residents and Provide Economic Stimulus to Illinois
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) is reminding thousands of Illinois workers that the state’s minimum wage increased to $8.25 an hour today. According to an Economic Policy Institute (EPI) study, the increase in the minimum wage will help over 409,000 workers confront the rising cost of living and better afford basic necessities like groceries, gas, rent, childcare and medicine.

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