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November 29, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Wednesday, November 30, 2011 until Sunset, Friday, December 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 from Sunrise, Wednesday, November 30, 2011 until Sunset, Friday, December 2, 2011.

November 28, 2011
Statement From the Office of Governor Quinn on Budget Agreement
SPRINGFIELD – November 28, 2011. The Office of Governor Quinn today issued a statement after reaching an agreement on the Fiscal Year 2012 budget with legislative leaders.

November 28, 2011
IDOT Launches Diversity Web Site to Promote Business and Employment Opportunities
Web Site Strengthens Communication to Public, Supports IDOT Commitment to Diversity and Transparency
SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today unveiled a new diversity Internet site to boost communication of employment and contracting opportunities for prospective minority workers and minority-owned and women-owned firms in Illinois.

November 28, 2011
Chicago-area nonprofits share $141,000 in grants from Veterans Cash scratch-off lottery ticket sales
More than $9 million awarded since 2006
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today announces $141,069 in grants from the Illinois Lottery’s Veterans Cash scratch-off ticket sales. The funds will help three Chicago-area nonprofits deliver supportive programs to local veterans.

November 24, 2011
Governor Quinn Statement on Maggie Daley
CHICAGO – November 24, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding the passing of former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley.

November 23, 2011
Governor Quinn Appoints Director of Department of Children and Family Services
Richard Calica Brings Years of Leadership, Social Work Experience to DCFS
CHICAGO – November 23, 2011. Governor Quinn today announced the appointment of Richard Calica as director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) beginning Dec. 15. Calica is a lifelong social worker with extensive leadership experience in serving children and families throughout the state. A national authority in child welfare and licensed clinical social worker, Calica offers broad expertise in family preservation and support.

November 23, 2011
Shop smart this holiday season
CHICAGO – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday will bombard Illinois consumers with incentives and the temptation to spend beyond their budgets to find the perfect gifts for family and friends. This year, with many families facing reduced family incomes, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) reminds Illinois families that there are ways to make sure every family has a happy holiday season without the post-season debt hangover.

November 23, 2011
State Thanks Family Caregivers in Observance of Awareness Month
IL Dept on Aging Highlights the Family Caregiver Support Program
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., is thanking family caregivers for making an extra effort to provide special attention and assistance to their loved ones. Director Holton made the comments on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday in conjunction with the November National Family Caregivers Month observance.

November 22, 2011
Governor Quinn Encourages Consumers to Support Illinois’ Small Businesses this Holiday Season
Proclaims November 26 “Small Business Saturday”
CHICAGO – November 22, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed Saturday, Nov. 26 as "Small Business Saturday" in Illinois to encourage shoppers to support the more than 500,000 small businesses in our state. Consumers are encouraged to use the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, between "Black Friday" and “Cyber Monday” – traditionally two of the busiest shopping days of the year – to shop at small businesses around the state.

November 22, 2011
Governor Quinn Encourages Food Donations
Joins Volunteers at Greater Chicago Food Depository
CHICAGO – November 22, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today joined volunteers with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to encourage support of food pantries across Illinois this holiday season. According to Feeding Illinois, the state’s eight food banks serve approximately 1.4 million individuals per year with 42 percent being children.

November 22, 2011
IDOT Unveils Life-Saving Yellow Dot Program
Program Provides Emergency Responders with Crucial Medical Information to Help Crash Victims; Agencies Partner to Boost Awareness
CHICAGO- The Illinois Department of Transportation today unveiled the Illinois Yellow Dot program, a life-saving, traffic safety initiative that provides first responders with critical information to improve emergency care for persons involved in vehicle crashes. IDOT along with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois Department of Aging (IDOA) and county health departments across the state are working together to increase awareness of the voluntary, federally funded program, and provide distribution centers and information for interested residents.

November 22, 2011
IDVA Veterans’ Service Office now open in Charleston
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) has moved its Mattoon Veterans’ Service Office to a new location in Charleston. The office was relocated to the Illinois Department of Human Services Family Community Resource Center at 119 West State Street, Charleston, IL 61920.

November 22, 2011
IDVA Veterans Service Office now open in Harrisburg
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) has moved its Saline County Veterans Service Office to a new location in Harrisburg. The new location is housed in the Illinois Department of Employment Security offices located at 320 East Raymond, Harrisburg, IL 62946.

November 21, 2011
IDOT and Law Enforcement Agencies Partner to Boost Safety, Crack Down on Traffic Violators over Thanksgiving Weekend
State and Local Police to Conduct Hundreds of Enforcement Zones, Numerous Roadside Safety Checks
SPRINGFIELD- With heavy traffic expected over Thanksgiving weekend and to boost roadway safety, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today kicked off the Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization with Illinois State Police (ISP) and local law enforcement agencies statewide. By the end of the weekend, Illinois motorists could see over 1,700 safety belt enforcement zones and 40 roadside safety checks conducted by over 200 law enforcement agencies, all with a special focus on safety belt violations and impaired driving during nighttime hours.

November 21, 2011
IDVA to host ‘Helping Our Hometown Heroes’ veterans benefits fair December 2nd in North Riverside
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) will be hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans on Friday, December 2nd at the North Riverside Commons, 2401 West Des Plaines Avenue, North Riverside, Ill. The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.

November 21, 2011
State Officials Urge Residents To Follow Proper Cooking Safety During Thanksgiving Holiday
Turkey Fryers: A Safety Concern as Cause of Fire Incidents
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of the State Fire Marshal reminds residents to exercise caution and use basic safety practices during cooking as Thanksgiving holiday approaches. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Thanksgiving continues to be the leading day for home cooking fires in U.S. each year. Illinois ranked second only to Texas in the highest number of fires occurring on the Thanksgiving holiday, according to NFPA data from the past five years. One of the main causes of those fires points to the use of turkey deep fryers. While they are becoming a popular method for cooking the turkey, it continues to be a fire hazard if proper guidance is not followed.

November 21, 2011
Employment Security Closed Thanksgiving and Friday
Claimants Should Certify; Services Available on Internet; Banking Holiday Might Delay Payments
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) service centers will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, will resume Monday, Nov. 28. Although IDES offices will be closed, services will be available at www.ides.illinois.gov People still will be able to file for first-time unemployment benefits, certify for benefits which is necessary to receive payment, and switch that method of payment to direct deposit. Because Thursday is a federal banking holiday, the availability of some benefit payments might be delayed. The IDES does not determine federal banking holidays.

November 19, 2011
Governor Pat Quinn Proclaims Lance Corporal Joshua Misiewicz Day in Illinois
Honors La Grange Military Hero
CHICAGO – November 19, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed Lance Corporal Joshua Misiewicz Day in Illinois, in recognition of Lance Corporal Misiewicz’s exemplary service in the United States Marine Corps.

November 18, 2011
IDOT, ISP and Tollway Kick Start “Ice and Snow -Take It Slow” Campaign
Agencies Announce Winter Preparations and Urge Motorists to Reduce Speed, Buckle Up and Don’t Crowd the Plow
CHICAGO - Illinois transportation and law enforcement officials today stressed safety by urging motorists to prepare for unfavorable winter driving conditions. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois Tollway and the Illinois State Police (ISP) have partnered to roll out the state’s frontline winter crews and ensure that emergency equipment is ready for the upcoming snow and ice season.

November 18, 2011
State Economic Development Agency Announces Expansion of Magnum Steel Works
Coal Mining Equipment Company Expected to Create and Retain 150 Illinois Jobs Over Four Years
MT. VERNON – Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Assistant Director Dan Seals today joined local officials to announce that coal mining equipment manufacturer Magnum Steel Works, Inc. is investing more than $13 million over four years to expand its current Mt. Vernon facility, nearly quadrupling it in size. As part of its investment package, the company will strengthen southern Illinois’ economy by creating and retaining 52 Illinois jobs over two years via the company’s initial $4 million investment. Magnum Steel Works expects to invest an additional $9 million over the next four years, bringing the company’s total investment to $13 million. The total expansion project is expected to create and retain more than 150 Illinois jobs over four years.

November 18, 2011
Illinois Adds 30,000 Jobs in October
As Expected, Unemployment Ticks Up to 10.1 Percent
CHICAGO – Illinois added +30,000 jobs in October and the unemployment rate inched up to 10.1 percent, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The data is seasonally adjusted. A simultaneous increase in jobs and the unemployment rate could suggest that more residents feel optimistic about finding work. As that optimism grows, more people re-energize their job search, which is reflected in a higher unemployment rate. Historically, the unemployment rate tends to creep upward at this time of year as weather conditions limit work opportunities. Also, individuals who were not looking for work, and therefore not counted in the unemployment rate, traditionally re-enter the workforce to seek temporary employment.

November 16, 2011
Illinois Hosts Summit to Promote Diversity in State Government Business
Officials showcase resources for doing business with the state
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn joined state officials today to promote equal economic opportunity programs available for businesses and to encourage diversity in state government contracting. More than 500 people attended the Illinois Department of Central Management Services’ (CMS) Business Diversity Summit, where Acting Director Malcolm Weems and experts from state government highlighted vendor certification processes and support services offered by CMS and other state and federal agencies. Officials discussed programs for small businesses, and businesses owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities, and underscored procurement rules regarding veterans’ preference in contracting and hiring at the state.

November 16, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Grants to Improve Energy Efficiency in Public Sector Facilities
Pilot Program Will Yield Public Sector Energy Savings; Create More Than 100 Green Jobs
CHICAGO – November 16, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced Illinois Energy Now grants to help more public sector entities – such as schools, parks and police – incorporate energy efficiency into their buildings and save money. Awarded through the Illinois Energy Now Public Sector Energy Efficiency Aggregation Program, the grants will provide an estimated $7.1 million in energy cost savings to public sector facilities, including schools, community colleges and local municipality buildings. The initiative will help create more than 100 green sector jobs.

November 15, 2011
Hunters Heading to the Field for Illinois Firearm Deer Season
Seven-Day Season is Nov. 18-20 and Dec. 1-4
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois’ most popular hunting season begins this Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20 as hunters head to the field for the opening weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season. The seven-day firearm hunt will conclude on December 1-4.

November 15, 2011
Gov. Quinn Announces $5 Million Grant for Hybrid Buses in Five Illinois Communities
Green Vehicles to Reduce Fuel Costs, Emissions and Noise Pollution
SPRINGFIELD – November 15, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has been awarded a $5 million federal grant to buy up to 10 hybrid buses for Illinois communities as part of the governor’s initiative to expand green transportation throughout the state. The buses are anticipated to be delivered in 2013 to the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District, the City of Galesburg, the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District and the River Valley Mass Transit District.

November 11, 2011
Governor Quinn Honors Illinois Veterans
Attends Memorial Ceremonies in Chicago, Rock Island and Marseilles
CHICAGO – November 11, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn celebrated Veterans Day by honoring Illinois Veterans and servicemembers at four memorial ceremonies across the state. Governor Quinn unveiled the Portrait of Soldier Memorial exhibit at Loyola University’s Water Tower Campus and in Moline. He also attended the City of Chicago Veterans Day event and the dedication of the Fallen Soldiers Tree Memorial at Illini State Park in Marsellies.

November 11, 2011
State Fire Marshal Commemorates National Elevator/Escalator Safety Week In Illinois
Safety Awareness Prevents Accidents
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn and the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal have proclaimed November 13-19, 2011 as the National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week in Illinois. The objective of this week is to create safety awareness among residents when riding elevators, escalators and moving walks. Governor Pat Quinn issued a special proclamation to motivate the public to be observant and cautious when using elevators, escalators or moving walks.

November 10, 2011
IEMA to Seek Input on State’s Homeland Security Strategy through Town Hall Meetings
First Meeting Set for Nov. 21 at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville
SPRINGFIELD – Representatives from first responder agencies, the education community, private businesses, the public and other groups and organizations in southwestern Illinois will provide input into development of the state’s new homeland security strategy during a town hall meeting Nov. 21 in Belleville. The meeting, which will be held from 1-4 p.m. at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, is the first of eight meetings that will be held around the state over the next several months.

November 10, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Successful Month of Illinois Veterans Job Fairs
More Than 500 Illinois Employers Participated in Month-Long Effort
SPRINGFIELD – November 10, 2011. In honor of Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11) Governor Quinn today announced a successful month of job fairs aimed at putting Illinois Veterans back to work. Hosted by the Governor’s Office and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), the fairs are a special statewide effort to help Veterans find employment and inform employers about tax credits that encourage business development. More than 500 Illinois employers have participated in this special series of job fairs.

November 10, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
Please lower the United States flags and the State flags at all buildings occupied by your agency’s personnel from: Sunrise, Saturday, November 12, 2011 until Sunset, Monday, November 14, 2011 on behalf of: Lance Corporal Nickolas Daniels United States Marine Corps Hometown: Elmwood Park, Illinois

November 10, 2011
Governor Quinn Applauds Passage of Legislation to Strengthen Unemployment Insurance Program
Bi-Partisan Reforms Will Save Businesses $400 Million, Encourage Growth
SPRINGFIELD – November 10, 2011. Governor Quinn today applauded the passage of bi-partisan legislation to strengthen the integrity of Illinois’ unemployment insurance program. The reforms – supported by numerous groups, including the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and the Illinois AFL-CIO – are expected to save Illinois businesses more than $400 million, provide 16 percent unemployment insurance tax reductions for companies that have not laid off workers, and identify and punish those that defraud the unemployment system.

November 9, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces $750,000 in Federal Funding to Build Manufacturing Plant
Federal Funding Will Support Economic Recovery Project in Centreville; Create 40 Permanent Full-Time Jobs
CENTREVILLE – November 9, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced $750,000 in federal “Ike” funding to the city of Centreville for the construction of a new manufacturing plant.

November 8, 2011
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to honor Woodstock resident as its ‘Veteran of the Month’
CHICAGO –The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) on Monday (November 14th) will honor Bob Gibson, a Woodstock resident and U.S. Navy veteran, as its November 2011 “Veteran of the Month” during a ceremony at 10 a.m. (CST) at Hearthstone Community Building, 840 N. Seminary Ave., in Woodstock, Ill.

November 7, 2011
Governor Quinn, RTA, Pace Launch Region’s First Bus on Shoulder Program
Pilot Project on Stevenson Expressway to Encourage Mass Transit Use, Improve Job Access, Ease Congestion and Offer Free Wi-Fi Service
CHICAGO – November 7, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn, joined by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Regional Transportation Authority and Pace officials, today announced the Nov. 14 launch of the region’s first Bus on Shoulder program, a two-year pilot project that allows Pace buses on the Stevenson Expressway’s inside shoulder during heavy congestion. The joint effort of IDOT, RTA and Pace, made possible by a $35 million commitment from Governor Quinn to improve the Stevenson Expressway, is designed to ease congestion, improve schedule reliability, and reduce harmful emissions while offering free Wi-Fi service, a first for transit riders in the Chicago area.

November 7, 2011
Governor Quinn Launches Operation Support Our Troops Care Package Drive
Campaign Encourages Support for Veterans and Military Families
CHICAGO – November 7, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today joined Operation Support Our Troops – America and MB Financial Bank to launch the “America has NOT Forgotten” awareness and support campaign in the days leading up to Veterans Day and the holiday season.

November 7, 2011
State hosts annual Memory Conference during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
IL Department on Aging holds a two day conference Nov. 7 & 8 in Springfield for families of Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers and professionals
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) today opened the 16th Annual Memory Loss Conference to address issues of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and related disorders. The two day conference is November 7 and 8, at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. Today’s agenda is geared toward care partners, friends and family of individuals with a memory loss disorder. Tomorrow’s agenda is for professionals in the areas of healthcare, aging, and caregiving.

November 7, 2011
IDNR Conservation Police Charge 5 Individuals in Deer Poaching Case
Largest buck valued at $25,000
Springfield, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Law Enforcement announced recent charges filed in Cook and Sangamon Counties against five men from Illinois and Michigan. The arrests came after a five month long deer poaching investigation. Illinois DNR Conservation Police conducted an investigation into a group of hunters who were taking several trophy-quality whitetail deer. After a thorough investigation with the assistance of Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, five hunters were charged with committing numerous Wildlife Code violations involving 31 whitetail deer. The largest buck, taken in Cook County, was a large non-typical deer scoring 213 5/8 inches and valued at $25,000.

November 7, 2011
IEMA Reminds Public of National Test of Emergency Alert System on Nov. 9
First-ever Nationwide Test Will Last Approximately 30 Seconds
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today reminded Illinois citizens that radio and TV stations throughout the state will be participating in a first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System at 1 p.m. CST on Wednesday. IEMA also noted that the federal government has shortened the length of the test to approximately 30 seconds instead of three minutes as originally planned.

November 4, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Major Expansion of Illinois’ Open Data Initiative
Addition of Federal Datasets Pushes Total Sets Available on Data.Illinois.gov to Nearly 5,000
CHICAGO – November 4, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a major expansion of the information available on Illinois’ open data portal, Data.Illinois.gov. The state recently received approval from the federal government to provide more than 4,700 additional datasets containing Illinois-related information collected by a number of federal agencies. This brings total datasets available through Data.Illinois.gov to nearly 5,000. Illinois’ open data portal is an initiative of Governor Quinn’s Illinois Innovation Council.

November 4, 2011
Illinois Hunters Asked to Report Sightings of Feral Swine
Population threatens wildlife and domestic livestock, damage to land, water and habitat
SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are enlisting the help of Illinois hunters in efforts to track feral swine and assist in slowing the population and expanding range of the invasive animals in the state. Feral swine – often referred to as feral hogs and wild pigs – are defined as free-ranging animals that are not under domestic livestock confinement. They are an invasive species competing with native wildlife for food resources and damaging soil through their rooting and feeding activities, increasing soil erosion and damaging crops, plants and water quality. Feral swine also are known to carry at least 30 diseases that pose serious implications for people, pets, wildlife and livestock.

November 4, 2011
IDVA to host ‘Helping Our Hometown Heroes’ veterans benefits and job fair November 9th in Mount Vernon
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits and job fair for veterans on Wednesday, November 9th at the Rolland R. Lewis Building, 800 South 27th Street, Mount Vernon, Ill. The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.

November 4, 2011
IDVA to host ‘Helping Our Hometown Heroes’ veterans benefits fair November 10th in Centralia
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans on Thursday, November 10th at the Kaskaskia College, 27210 College Road, Centralia, Ill. The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.

November 3, 2011
Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel Announce $1 Billion to Rebuild CTA’s Busiest Train Line
State Capital Investment to Create More Than 2,700 Jobs, Eliminate Slow Zones, Repair Tracks, Improve Stations on Red and Purple Lines
CHICAGO – November 3, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced a $646 million state capital investment grant to repair and rebuild the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line and improve the Purple Line. The Illinois Jobs Now! capital program investment will be combined with other state, local and federal funds for an overall commitment of $1 billion to create more than 2,700 jobs by overhauling a critical piece of the region’s transit system that accounts for nearly 40 percent of ridership on the CTA’s rail network.

November 2, 2011
AmeriCorps Funds Now Available from IDHS
Grants designed to improve, strengthen Illinois communities
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Serve Illinois Commission is looking for applicants interested in administering AmeriCorps funds. AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members serve their communities by improving education and healthcare, protecting public safety, safeguarding the environment, providing disaster relief and promoting civic engagement.

November 2, 2011
Governor Quinn’s Announces Agricultural Disaster Declaration Approved
Farmers in 77 Illinois Counties Will Receive Assistance
CHICAGO – November 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the Governor’s request for disaster aid to help Illinois farmers who suffered crop losses this year because of drought and excessive heat. Governor Quinn asked the USDA to designate 44 Illinois counties as natural disaster areas. The designation qualifies farmers in those counties and 33 contiguous counties for federal assistance that includes low-interest emergency loans.

November 2, 2011
Governor Quinn Opens New Research Facility at Illinois Institute of Technology
$7.2 Million State Investment in Incubator-South Facility will Accelerate Growth of Startup Companies in Illinois
CHICAGO – November 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by officials from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in opening a new research facility in IIT’s University Technology Park (UTP) that will provide space for more than 30 startup companies focusing on life sciences, biotech, engineering, materials and chemical research to take their innovations to the next level.

November 2, 2011
Governor Commends Budgeting for Results Commission on Reform Recommendations
First Budgeting for Results Report Complete
CHICAGO – November 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today commended members of the Budgeting for Results Commission for working together to confront the budget challenges facing Illinois. After months of analyzing how to most effectively reform the state’s spending process, commissioners have issued their first report to the Governor and General Assembly setting forth their recommendations on how to restore fiscal health to Illinois.

November 1, 2011
Liquor Control Commission October Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In October the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 145 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 38 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Seventy-four percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers. 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.

November 1, 2011
IEMA, National Weather Service Encourage Illinois Residents to Prepare for Winter Storms
Preparedness Kits for Home, Vehicle are Winter Necessities
SPRINGFIELD – On the heels of a crippling winter storm on the East Coast and just nine months after a blizzard and ice storm hammered most of Illinois, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) today encouraged Illinois residents to begin preparing for the cold, snow and ice that define winters in Illinois.

November 1, 2011
Governor Quinn Unveils New Veterans Cash Lottery Ticket
Proceeds Help Illinois Veterans; More Than $9.5 Million Raised Since 2006
CHICAGO – November 1, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today launched the Illinois Lottery’s 2011 Veterans Cash lottery game. All the proceeds from the sale of these tickets benefit Illinois Veterans. Proceeds from ticket sales help pay for medical care, post-traumatic stress disorder treatment, disability benefits, and housing assistance services for Illinois Veterans.

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