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October
2011


October 31, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise, Monday October 31 until sunset, Wednesday November 2 2011.
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 on behalf of: Lance Corporal Jordan S. Bastean United States Marine Corps Hometown: Pekin, Illinois Please immediately lower the United States flags and the State flags at all buildings occupied by your agency’s personnel until:Sunset, Wednesday, November 2, 2011 If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Mike Claffey at (312) 814-3957 or via email at mike.claffey@illinois.gov.


October 30, 2011
Governor Quinn Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Starved Rock State Park
Proclaims “Starved Rock State Park Day” at Popular Illinois Destination
UTICA – October 30, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn celebrated the 100th anniversary of Starved Rock State Park in Utica and proclaimed today “Starved Rock State Park Day” in Illinois. The state purchased 280 acres and created Starved Rock State Park in 1911. Today the park includes more than 2,800 acres along the Illinois River in La Salle County, and is one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations.


October 28, 2011
Governor Quinn Addresses 2011 Sustainable Universities and Colleges Symposium
Seminar Promotes ‘Green’ Campuses, Innovation at Higher Ed Institutions
NORMAL – October 28, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today spoke at the sixth annual Sustainable Universities and Colleges Symposium at Heartland Community College. Administrators, professors, students, architects and engineers from across the state participated in the symposium to exchange ideas and develop sustainable practices.


October 28, 2011
Governor Quinn, President Preckwinkle Announce Major Infrastructure Investment in South Suburbs
$16 Million State-County Partnership will Create Jobs and Strengthen Communities
SOUTH HOLLAND – October 28, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn was joined today by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to announce a $16 million state-county commitment to infrastructure improvement in South Suburban Cook County. Funded by the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, the state’s $6.1 million investment complements a $10 million pledge from Cook County. More than 70 miles of new, underground fiber optic cable will bring world-class high-speed network connections to dozens of community anchor institutions, including hospitals, libraries and schools in Harvey, Calumet Park, Robbins, Dixmoor, Riverdale and Markham.


October 27, 2011
State Announces Open Enrollment for Home Heating Assistance
All Illinoisans Eligible for LIHEAP Program Can Apply Beginning Nov. 1
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Office of Energy Assistance today announced that anyone eligible to receive winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can apply beginning on Nov. 1. This year, for the first time, some LIHEAP clients will have the option of choosing between the traditional Direct Vendor Payment (DVP) plan or the new Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP). The PIPP is available to eligible LIHEAP clients who are customers of Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas and Peoples Gas/North Shore Gas. Under PIPP, the eligible client will pay a percentage of their income, receive a monthly benefit towards their utility bill, and receive a reduction in overdue payments for every on-time payment they make by the bill due date. The traditional DVP plan is a one-time payment.


October 27, 2011
Illinois Department of Labor Issues Safety Tips for Haunted House Enthusiasts
Department Encouraging Residents to Wear Bright Clothing, Follow Safety Rules
CHICAGO–As thousands of families and trick-or-treaters celebrate Halloween, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) recommends safety tips for those venturing into local haunted houses. “We want to make sure that individuals, who bravely enjoy a good scare at haunted houses, do so safely,” said IDOL Director Joe Costigan. “We urge parents and kids to read safety signs to ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween.”


October 26, 2011
State of Illinois Introduces Alternative Transportation Program with Zipcar
Car sharing to help reduce costs, emissions and fuel consumption, increase ease of transit
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) today announced the launch of a sustainable transportation option for state employees, with car sharing services through Zipcar, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZIP), the world’s leading car sharing network. This initiative will help support the State’s goal to reduce overall fuel consumption and promote environmentally-friendly forms of transportation for State business. Employees in the Chicago metropolitan area and Springfield will have access to Zipcar’s hybrid and other fuel efficient vehicles to meet state business travel needs.


October 26, 2011
IEMA Announces Two Public-Private Initiatives to Enhance Public Safety
Business Emergency Operations Center, CSX Rail Security Partnership Strengthen Coordination between State and Private Sector
SPRINGFIELD – Two new public-private initiatives announced today by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will strengthen coordination between the state and the private sector before, during and after disasters. A new Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC) will enhance communications between the private sector and state emergency management personnel to improve response and recovery efforts for major disasters. In addition, a rail security agreement with CSX will provide the state with access to critical real-time information about rail operations to aid in law enforcement and homeland security efforts.


October 26, 2011
New IDVA Veterans’ Service Officer in Carlinville and Taylorville locations
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is announcing Kellie Cravens as the new Veterans Service Officer (VSO) for the agency’s Veterans Service Offices in Carlinville and Taylorville.


October 26, 2011
Governor Quinn Honors Volunteers for Working to Improve Their Communities
Twenty-Eight Groups Recognized with Governor’s Home Town Awards; Mascoutah Little Indians Youth Football Program Takes Governor’s Cup
SPRINGFIELD – October 26, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today recognized 28 outstanding volunteer groups from throughout Illinois with Governor’s Home Town Awards (GHTA). The GHTA recognizes volunteers for their work to improve their communities. The city of Mascoutah’s Little Indians Youth Football Program was honored this year with the coveted Governor’s Cup.


October 25, 2011
IDVA to host ‘Helping Our Hometown Heroes’ veterans benefits fair October 27th in Mattoon
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans on Thursday, October 27th at the Mattoon VFW Post 4325 at 1220 South 19th Street, Mattoon, Ill. The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.


October 25, 2011
Illinois Vehicle Crashes Involving Deer Continue to Decline
IDOT, IDNR Urge Drivers to Not Buck Trend and Practice Safe Driving
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources today announced that collisions between vehicles and deer declined in 2010 and reminded motorists to once again be alert for deer along roadways during one of their most active periods of the year.


October 24, 2011
State Presents Senior Hall of Fame; Governor’s Unique Achievement Awards
Seniors Recognized For Service to Their Communities
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department on Aging today hosted the annual ceremony to announce the Senior Hall of Fame Inductees and to present the Unique Achievement Awards on behalf of Governor Pat Quinn. Today’s program, held at the Executive Mansion in Springfield, recognized seniors for the special contributions they have made. The General Assembly initiated the Illinois Senior Hall of Fame, in 1994, to honor residents age 65 and older who excel in four categories: Community Service, Education, Performance and/or Graphic Arts and the Labor Force which is in connection to employment. Each inductee is chosen through a statewide nomination and selection process. Since its inception, 83 people have been inducted into the Senior Hall of Fame, including the four inductees who were introduced today.


October 24, 2011
IDOT Asks Motorists to Avoid Becoming an Impaired Driving Monster
Reveals Data Showing Alcohol Involvement in Recent Halloween Fatalities
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation today reminded motorists that one of the most frightening things about Halloween is encountering an impaired driver. The message is simple…Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over! If your Halloween celebration includes alcohol, designate a sober driver to get you home safely. IDOT issued the reminder as it revealed data showing the role alcohol has played in traffic fatalities during the last seven years in Illinois.


October 24, 2011
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to honor southern Illinois resident as its ‘Veteran of the Month’
SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) on Tuesday (October 25th) will honor Ural Copple, a Walnut Hill resident and U.S. Army veteran, as its October 2011 “Veteran of the Month” during a ceremony at 9 a.m. (CDT) at VFW Post 2055, 1826 South Pine Street, in Centralia, Ill.


October 24, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Key Cabinet Appointments
Ann Schneider Continues Leadership at IDOT; John Holton Appointed Aging Director
CHICAGO – October 24, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced two top appointments to his executive cabinet. Today’s actions are the latest in a series of appointments Governor Quinn will make as he continues to fulfill his commitment to creating jobs, fostering economic development, and increasing efficiency and accountability in all areas of state government.


October 24, 2011
Governor Quinn Makes Executive Appointments
Fills Terms at Gaming Board, Racing Board, Pollution Control Board, Tollway and More
CHICAGO – October 24, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today made a number of appointments to the state’s more than 320 boards and commissions. In addition to university boards, the Governor’s actions include filling positions on the state Gaming Board, the Illinois Racing Board, the Pollution Control Board, the Toll Highway Authority and several more.


October 24, 2011
Governor Quinn Statement on Trailer Bill to Rate Hike Legislation
CHICAGO – October 24, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding the trailer bill to Senate Bill 1652:


October 24, 2011
Demand For What Illinois Community Colleges Offer Remains High
Springfield—Illinois community colleges continue to experience high enrollments for the fall 2011 semester, according a report released today by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). Both headcount and full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollments were at their third highest level in more than 25 years, registering nearly 372,000 students statewide and well above the average fall enrollment over the past five years. FTE figures reflect the total number of credit hours being taken by students divided by 15, which is the number of semester hours traditionally considered a full-time class load.


October 21, 2011
Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel Announce Historic Agreements to Preserve McCormick Place Reforms
Labor Agreements Solidify Chicago’s Position as Most Customer-Friendly Convention and Trade Show Venue in the Country
CHICAGO – October 21, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced agreements with two McCormick Place labor groups that will preserve Chicago’s status as the country’s premier convention destination. These agreements, forged under the leadership of Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel in strong partnership with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters and Teamsters Local 727, solidify the reforms enacted last year and end the uncertainty surrounding Illinois’ vital convention industry.


October 21, 2011
IDVA to host ‘Helping Our Hometown Heroes’ veterans benefits fair October 28th in Litchfield
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans on Friday, October 28th at the Litchfield VFW Post 3912 at 215 West Ryder Street, Litchfield, Ill. The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.


October 21, 2011
Temporary Haunted Houses Must Still Follow 'Life Safety Code,' Says State Fire Marshal
Employee and Customer Safety must be Priority for Building Owners and Event Operators
SPRINGFIELD – As thousands of families prepare to enjoy Halloween attractions and events, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is reminding Illinois residents to be vigilant when entering temporary haunted houses.


October 20, 2011
Illinois Enters Race to the Top Competition for New $70 Million Grant
Funding Would Boost Early Childhood Services Statewide and Ensure Better Coordination and Excellence
SPRINGFIELD – October 20, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn announced today that Illinois submitted an application to the federal “Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Fund,” which is worth $70 million in early childhood education funding and would significantly improve the coordination and quality of early childhood services in Illinois. The application was submitted to the federal Department of Education as part of the $500 million dollar competition. As a large state, Illinois would be eligible for up to a $70 million award.


October 19, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Ford Increasing Production, Adding Jobs in Illinois
State’s Investment Supports Creation of 1,200 New Jobs
CHICAGO – October 19, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Ford Motor Company will invest up to $200 million to expand its Chicagoland facilities and add a third shift at its Chicago Assembly Plant. The state will provide Ford with a business investment package that will support the creation of 1,200 jobs and continue to strengthen the Illinois economy.


October 19, 2011
Lt. Governor Simon announces winners of USDA farmers market grant
Funding will help expand local food access in Illinois
CARBONDALE – An advocate for rural communities, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced today that four grants from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) have been awarded to organizations in Illinois.


October 19, 2011
Governor Quinn Helps Illinois Consumers Access Important Information about their Doctors
Illinois Launches New Searchable Physician Profile Website
CHICAGO - October 19, 2011. As part of his ongoing efforts to increase consumer protections and transparency in Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today launched a website that makes important information regarding Illinois’ physicians available to the public. Maintained by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), the site offers consumers the information they need to make good decisions about their families’ health care.


October 18, 2011
IDVA to host ‘Helping Our Hometown Heroes’ veterans benefits fair October 21st in Effingham
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans on Friday, October 21st at the Effingham American Legion Post 120 at 200 West Washington Avenue, Effingham, Ill. The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.


October 17, 2011
National Test of Emergency Alert System Set for Nov. 9
First-ever Nationwide Test of Broadcast Alerting System
SPRINGFIELD – Radio and TV stations across the nation will participate in the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System at 1 p.m. CST on Nov. 9. The three-minute test will be conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


October 17, 2011
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn Regarding Senate Bill 744
CHICAGO – October 17, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Senate Bill 744.


October 17, 2011
Governor Announces Appointments to the Workers’ Compensation Commission
Appointments Latest Step in Series of Workers’ Compensation Reforms
CHICAGO – October 17, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointments of 7 commissioners to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC). Commissioners review workers’ compensation appeals, and today’s appointments relate to the package of reforms to the workers’ compensation system that Governor Quinn led through the General Assembly and signed earlier this year.


October 14, 2011
Governor Quinn Advances Workers Compensation Reform with Arbitrator Appointments
All Arbitrators Vetted in Overhaul of System Following This Year’s Reforms
CHICAGO – October 14, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointments of 29 arbitrators in Illinois’ workers’ compensation system. Arbitrators rule on claims filed under the state’s Workers Compensation Act. The appointments are part of a package of reforms to the workers’ compensation system that Governor Quinn pushed through the General Assembly and signed earlier this year.


October 14, 2011
IDVA to host ‘Helping Our Hometown Heroes’ Veterans benefits fair October 19th at NEIU in Chicago
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans on Wednesday, October 19th at Northeastern Illinois University’s Alumni Hall at 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue in Chicago, Ill. The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.


October 14, 2011
Illinois Film Office Announces Winner of Fourth Annual Shortcuts Competition
“A Certain Breed” premieres at the 2011 Chicago International Film Festival
CHICAGO – The Illinois Film Office (IFO) today announced the winner of Shortcuts, Illinois’ short film contest. The winning film, A Certain Breed, was directed by Chicago-resident Scott Smith and produced by John Fromstein. The film will screen as part of the 2011 Chicago International Film Festival short films program tonight, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 at 5 p.m. at AMC River East 21 in Chicago.


October 14, 2011
State Calls Attention to the Residents of Long-Term Care in Observance of Residents Rights Month
Department on Aging program protects and defends residents rights
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department on Aging Acting Director Michael Gelder says the state advocates for more than 120,000 residents of long term care facilities, including nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, in Illinois. Director Gelder’s comment refers to this month’s Residents’ Rights observance. The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care started the observance in 1981 as a weeklong highlight on the importance of resident focused care. This year, the observance is extended to the full month of October.


October 14, 2011
IDOT Unveils List of Selected Schools for 2011-2012 Operation Teen Safe Driving Program
Participating Schools Will Receive Grants to Create, Implement Peer-Led Programs
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that 105 Illinois high schools have been selected to participate in the 2011-2012 Operation Teen Safe Driving (OTSD) program. This statewide safety initiative is designed for teens to educate their peers about driving responsibly in an effort to decrease the number of fatalities and injuries involving teenagers in Illinois. The initiative partners with Ford Motor Company Fund’s nationally recognized Ford Driving Skills for Life program, and the Allstate Foundation’s Keep the Drive. The selected high schools are evenly distributed across the state.


October 13, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Statewide Veterans Job Fairs
SPRINGFIELD – October 13, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn’s Office and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will host job fairs across the state to help put Veterans back to work. The fairs are part of the Governor Quinn’s ongoing efforts to grow jobs and connect qualified job seekers with ready-to-hire employers.


October 13, 2011
IEMA Encourages Participation in Multi-State Earthquake Drill
Second Annual “Great Central U.S. ShakeOut” to be Held Feb. 7
SPRINGFIELD – At 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2012, millions of people in the Central United States will seek shelter under their desks, kitchen tables and other sturdy objects as part of the second annual “Great Central U.S. ShakeOut” earthquake drill. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging people to register for the multi-state drill. Nearly 22,000 Illinois residents have registered to date.


October 13, 2011
Lt. Governor Simon hosts Classrooms First hearing
Superintendents explain how consolidation can provider richer curriculum
CARTERVILLE – Two Southern Illinois superintendents who are preparing to consolidate their districts were among 14 people to testify in front of the Classrooms First Commission today.


October 12, 2011
Governor Quinn Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month Welcoming Martina McBride and the PINK TOGETHER Express
Illinois Encourages Screening for Early Detection of Disease
CHICAGO – October 12, 2011. As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Governor Pat Quinn today welcomed country music’s Martina McBride and the PINK TOGETHER Express to Union Station. McBride’s cross-country train tour is dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer and helping those touched by the disease. Each year, more than 9,000 Illinois women are diagnosed with breast cancer.


October 12, 2011
Liquor Control Commission September Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In September the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 252 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 68 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Seventy-three percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers. This report is a result of ongoing undercover and cooperative law enforcement operations conducted by Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) agents and local law enforcement officials and volunteers from high schools and colleges. The teams randomly visit liquor stores, restaurants and bars in communities around the state to check for ongoing compliance with state laws mandating that no liquor is sold to minors under the age of 21. ILCC agents also work with local and state law enforcement agents to focus on communities with a high incidence of underage liquor sales.


October 11, 2011
Illinois Office Of Tourism Announces Free Enjoy Illinois Travel App Now Available On Android Mobile Phones
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism (DCEO/IOT) today announced a new free mobile travel application is now available for Android smart phones to help visitors get around the state. The Enjoy Illinois travel app, which first launched to iPhone users in August, is the state’s official mobile travel and lifestyle guide for travelers to and throughout Illinois. The Enjoy Illinois app gives users access to more than 10,000 statewide listings including attractions, dining, accommodations, events, deals and more. Great for planning ahead or travelers on the go, Enjoy Illinois is a pocket tour guide for discovering every magnificent mile in Illinois.


October 11, 2011
State Launches Free, One-on-One Medicare Counseling Sessions Statewide During Early Medicare Open Enrollment Season
Gov. Quinn Proclaims Oct 10th-15th as Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Week; Highlights State’s Volunteer Effort to Help Elderly, Persons with Disabilities
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance today announced free counseling sessions at more than 25 locations statewide to help thousands of seniors and people with disabilities learn more about Medicare insurance coverage and how to apply for benefits. The Department’s Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) volunteers will be on site to provide one-on-one assistance during the Medicare open-enrollment season, which this year falls on October 15th through December 7th. Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed this week, October 10 – 15, 2011, as “SHIP Week” in Illinois to applaud the volunteer effort and to help remind Medicare-eligible residents that open-enrollment begins sooner this year.


October 11, 2011
IDFPR Moves Forward with Cemetery Oversight
Secretary Adams Applauds JCAR Action
CHICAGO – Legislators serving on the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) voted earlier today to allow the rules necessary for implementing the Cemetery Oversight Act to take effect. Once the rules are published in the Illinois Register, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) will quickly move to make applications for licensure available to thousands of cemeteries and their staff across the state.


October 11, 2011
Simon: HopeLine drive collects 2,000-plus cell phones
Matching money to benefit domestic violence agencies
SPRINGFIELD – More than $10,000 will be given to domestic violence agencies in Springfield and Chicago thanks to the HopeLine phone drive sponsored by Lt. Governor Sheila Simon and Verizon Wireless.


October 10, 2011
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on Rail Project to Reduce Delays, Expand Passenger Service
Englewood Flyover to Create Nearly 1,500 Jobs, Ease Congestion, Improve Safety
CHICAGO – October 10, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn, joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush and other federal, state and local officials, broke ground today on the Englewood Flyover, a project that eliminates one of the region’s worst rail bottlenecks and will enable Illinois to serve as the hub for an expanded Midwestern network of passenger rail. The $133 million project, made possible by Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program and the federal recovery act, will reduce commuter and Amtrak delays, enhance freight rail operations, improve safety and create nearly 1,500 jobs.


October 10, 2011
Governor Quinn Opens First Chicago Ideas Week
Proclaims “Ideas Week” in Illinois to Support Innovation
CHICAGO – October 10, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today opened the first-ever Chicago Ideas Week conference and proclaimed this week “Ideas Week” in Illinois. Chicago Ideas Week is a seven-day celebration of ideas, innovation and community, that will focus on bringing the world’s best speakers together with the Midwest’s best thinkers. Today’s event follows Governor Quinn’s launch of a program last week to give Illinois entrepreneurs access to $78 million in capital for new and innovative business ideas.


October 8, 2011
Governor Announces Next Step in Implementation of Statewide Electronic Health Records
State Selects Vendor to Develop Electronic Information Exchange
CHICAGO – October 8, 2011. Governor Quinn announced today the selection of InterSystems Corporation as the vendor assisting the state in the next stage of development of Illinois’ electronic health information system. After a competitive bidding process, the Illinois Office of Health Information Technology selected InterSystems to develop the technology infrastructure for the Illinois Health Information Exchange. The Exchange will connect physicians and hospitals electronically, enabling the secure exchange of patient health records statewide.


October 8, 2011
Illinois State Fire Marshal Urges Family Involvement For Fire Safety During Fire Prevention Week
October 9-15 – National Fire Prevention Week: Protect Your Family from Fire
SPRINGFIELD – This year’s National Fire Prevention Campaign Week is October 9-15, and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is urging families to take time to follow important steps in fire safety. In its mission to educate residents across Illinois on fire safety, OSFM is focusing on how to use simple strategies to prevent tragedies caused by fires. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of having a family escape plan in the event of a fire emergency.


October 7, 2011
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on University of Illinois Electrical and Computer Engineering Building
$95 Million Illinois Jobs Now! Project Will Create More Than 620 Jobs; Energy-Efficient Facility Will Help Develop New Technologies
URBANA – October 7, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today joined University of Illinois President Michael J. Hogan to break ground on the school’s new Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Building. The $95 million facility will enhance educational opportunities, support research breakthroughs in computing, communications, nanotechnology and biotechnology, and set a new standard for energy-efficient buildings. The Illinois Jobs Now! project will create approximately 620 construction jobs, building what is projected to be the most energy-efficient engineering structure in the nation.


October 7, 2011
Lt. Governor Simon launches public survey on school district efficiency
Classrooms First Commission wants public input on savings, learning
SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon launched an online survey today that will give parents, educators and taxpayers the opportunity to provide suggestions on making school districts more efficient.


October 7, 2011
IDVA to host ‘Helping Our Hometown Heroes’ veterans benefits fair October 14th in Marion
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans on Friday, October 14th at the Marion VFW Post 1301 at 201 E. Longstreet Road in Marion, Ill. The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.


October 6, 2011
Governor Quinn Urges Lawmakers to Uphold Veto of Utility Rate Hike Legislation
Encourages Residents to use SayNotoRateHikes.Org to Oppose Utilities Imposing Billions in Rate Hikes Following Summer of Service Disruptions
PEORIA – October 6, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today visited Peoria to urge lawmakers to protect consumers from massive electric rate hikes by upholding his veto of Senate Bill 1652 in the upcoming fall legislative session. The Governor also encouraged the public to visit SayNotoRateHikes.Org to join the fight against higher electric rates for substandard service.


October 6, 2011
Lt. Governor Simon completes statewide college tour
Rock Valley visit marks end of 48-school swing
ROCKFORD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon made the final stop on her tour of the state’s 48 community colleges today, and pledged to push for reforms that will help more students earn a college degree or certificate.


October 5, 2011
Governor Quinn Launches $78 Million Initiative to Support Small and Start-Up Businesses
Advantage Illinois to Provide Access to Capital for Businesses and Entrepreneurs to Create Jobs and Grow the Economy
CHICAGO – October 5, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today launched the Advantage Illinois program that is designed to provide Illinois businesses and entrepreneurs with access to the capital they need to start new companies and expand existing business. Advantage Illinois will leverage $78 million in federal funding that will allow businesses to bring innovative ideas and new products to market and accelerate job creation and economic growth in Illinois.


October 5, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Key Appointments
Arlene Juracek Appointed Director of Illinois Power Agency; Michael Jones to Serve as Illinois Lottery Superintendent
CHICAGO – October 5, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointments of Arlene Juracek as director of the Illinois Power Agency (IPA) and Michael Jones as superintendent of the Illinois Lottery. Today’s action is the latest in a series of appointments the Governor is making as he continues to fulfill his commitment to creating jobs, fostering economic development, and increasing efficiency and accountability in all areas of state government.


October 5, 2011
Emerald Ash Borer Discovered In Two More Illinois Counties
Finds bring the number of new detections this year to four
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Traps set to monitor the movement of the emerald ash borer have detected the tree-killing beetle in two additional Illinois counties. The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) today announced infestations have been confirmed in DeWitt and Stark counties. Both detections occurred in rural areas. In DeWitt County, the beetle was discovered between Clinton Lake and the McLean County border. In Stark, it was trapped near Toulon. “The nearly five thousand traps that were placed throughout the state have been carefully examined,” Warren Goetsch, IDOA bureau chief of Environmental Programs, said. “Including these two finds, they detected the emerald ash borer in four new counties, bringing the number of counties with known infestations to 22.”


October 4, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, October 6, 2011 until Sunset, Saturday, October 8, 2011.
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, October 6, 2011 until Sunset, Saturday, October 8, 2011.


October 4, 2011
Governor Quinn Statement on Ford Jobs Announcement
CHICAGO – October 4, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding Ford Motor Company’s jobs announcement:


October 4, 2011
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on Retirement of U.S. Representative Jerry Costello
CHICAGO – October 4, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding today’s announcement of the retirement of U.S. Representative Jerry Costello (D-Ill.).


October 4, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset, Wednesday, October 5, 2011.
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 to Sunset, Wednesday, October 5, 2011.


October 3, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces PARC Investments to 22 Communities, Creating 300 Jobs
$50 Million in Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Funding Will Help Local Communities Renovate and Build New Recreation Facilities
CHICAGO – October 3, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that 22 communities across the state will be able to renovate and repair recreation facilities and build new facilities with support from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. The Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) Grant Program is providing $50 million in targeted investments to eligible local governments for acquisition, development, construction, rehabilitation or other capital improvements to park and recreation facilities in Illinois. The public works projects are expected to create more than 300 jobs.

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