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February
2011


February 28, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Key Appointments
IEPA Director Doug Scott to Lead Commerce Commission, Manny Flores to Lead IDFPR Division of Banking
CHICAGO - February 28, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced several top appointments to his executive cabinet. Today’s actions are the next step in a series of appointments Governor Quinn will continue making throughout the first quarter of 2011 as he continues to fulfill his commitment to creating jobs, recovering our economy and making state government more efficient and accountable to the people of Illinois.


February 28, 2011
State Memorial Service Observes 20th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm
SPRINGFIELD – In honor of the 20th anniversary of the cease fire announcement of the Persian Gulf War, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) held a memorial service today at the Capitol Rotunda in Springfield for the 14 Illinois service members who lost their lives during Operation Desert Storm. Governor Pat Quinn issued a proclamation declaring Monday, February 28th, 2011 as Desert Storm Remembrance Day in Illinois and encouraged all Illinoisans to join the observance.


February 28, 2011
Illinois Products Expo To Feature Homemade Foods And Wines
13th annual event scheduled March 5-6 at Illinois State Fairgrounds
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Tasty, Illinois-made food products from more than 80 companies are on the menu for the 2011 Illinois Products Expo. And, best of all, samples are free! The 13th annual “Food and Cooking Extravaganza,” which also features products from state wineries and agribusinesses, will be held March 5-6 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.


February 28, 2011
Governor Quinn Requests Federal Assistance for February Winter Storm
Seeks Federal Reimbursement to Help Local Governments Recoup Many Storm-Related Expenses
SPRINGFIELD – February 28, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today sent a formal request to President Barack Obama asking that 60 counties be declared federal disaster areas, in order to help local governments recover from the major blizzard and winter storm that impacted much of Illinois in early February. State and local government expenses related to storm response and recovery are estimated to be more than $64 million.


February 25, 2011
IEMA, National Weather Service Urge People to Prepare for Severe Weather this Spring
Severe Weather Preparedness Week is Feb. 27 – March 5
SPRINGFIELD – While it may seem like winter will never end, spring-like weather is just around the corner. Unfortunately, the warmer temperatures of springtime will bring an increase in severe weather, such as tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding. With those hazards in mind, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) are joining forces to observe Severe Weather Preparedness Week Feb. 27 – March 5.


February 24, 2011
IDOT Secretary Announces Pothole Repair Operations on Illinois Roadways, Urges Caution
Recommends Motorists Slow Down, Be Alert for Road Crews
SPRINGFIELD–Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig today announced that road crews are out searching and repairing potholes on state highways to further improve highway safety. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) advises motorists to slow down and be on the lookout for maintenance workers as they patch potholes.


February 24, 2011
Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission Appoints New Executive Director
David C. Thomas, Attorney, Law Professor and Expert in Police Misconduct to Develop Procedures for Investigating Claims of Police Torture
CHICAGO – The Chair of the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission, retired Judge Patricia Brown Holmes, announced the appointment of David C. Thomas as Executive Director of the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission. The Commission was created to investigate claims of convicted persons that claim they were tortured into confessing to the crime for which they were convicted and that their confessions were used to obtain their convictions. Current priority is given to claims alleging torture by former Chicago Police Department detective and Commander Jon Burge or officers under his supervision.


February 23, 2011
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Honors Tuskegee Airmen as February 2011 “Veterans of the Month”
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today honored two World War II U.S. Army Air Force Veterans and members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen as February 2011 Veterans of the Month at a ceremony in Chicago. The Illinois Veteran of the Month award is a distinction that is given to military Veterans who give back to their community and continue to serve other Veterans. IDVA Assistant Director Sergio Estrada presented the award Robert Martin and Quintin Smith, both members of the Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, at the 6th District Police Station Community Room, 7808 S. Halsted St., Chicago.


February 23, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Crack Down on Organized Retail Crime
New Law Protects Illinois’ Retailers and Low-Income Communities
CHICAGO – February 23, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and representatives from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association to sign legislation that will strengthen the state’s efforts to combat organized retail crime.


February 23, 2011
State Successfully Sells $3.7 Billion of General Obligation Bonds to Fund Employee Pensions
Second Largest Bond Sale by State of Illinois
CHICAGO – The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget of the State of Illinois today is pleased to announce the successful sale of $3.7 Billion in taxable General Obligation Bonds at an average rate of 5.56% to be deposited into the Pension Contribution Fund. Funds from these bonds will reimburse or fund the State’s required deposit to its pension systems for fiscal year 2011. The bonds will have an 8 year final maturity with principal payments of $100 million due in 2014, $300 million in 2015, $600 million in 2016, and $900 million due annually from 2017 through 2019.


February 18, 2011
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on Charter High School in Chicago’s Pilsen Neighborhood
Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy Will Prepare Students for Health Science Careers, Create 160 Jobs
CHICAGO – February 18, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today broke ground on the Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, Chicago’s first charter high school dedicated to preparing students for health science careers. The project will create 160 jobs and is supported by $12 million through the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program.


February 18, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Partnership to Boost Sustainability in Illinois
Illinois Jobs Now! Funds Awarded to Build State-of-the-Art Electric Vehicle Charging Network in Chicagoland Area
CHICAGO – February 18, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced an initiative to boost the state’s sustainability efforts through the increased use of electric vehicles. Under the plan, the state will invest $1 million of Illinois Jobs Now! capital funding to install state-of-the-art electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure throughout the Chicagoland area.


February 16, 2011
Governor Quinn Delivers Budget Address
Illinois Working: Budget Stability, Creating Jobs for Today and Tomorrow
SPRINGFIELD – February 16, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today delivered his fiscal year 2012 budget address to the Illinois General Assembly, proposing “Illinois Working,” a plan for budget stability, jobs and economic growth. The Governor proposed a lean budget that spreads the burden across state government, while implementing investments and economies needed to ensure a better future.


February 16, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Creation of Illinois Innovation Council
Council will Focus on Increasing Innovation and Economic Growth
SPRINGFIELD – February 16, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn announced today during his budget address the creation of the Illinois Innovation Council, which will help ensure the state remains on the cutting-edge in the global economy. The council, which is chaired by Groupon Co-Founder Brad Keywell, is made up of key business executives across a variety of critical sectors, along with science, technology and university leaders.


February 15, 2011
State Reminds Consumers to Check Flood Insurance as Snow Melts and Before Spring Rains
Illinois Department of Insurance Urges Homeowners and Renters to Review Coverage Before Warmer Temperatures Hit
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance is reminding homeowners and renters to prepare for the possibility of a spring flood by checking existing homeowner and renter policy coverage and determining whether to add flood insurance.


February 15, 2011
IDOT Secretary Announces 2nd Consecutive Year Illinois Experienced Less Than 1,000 Roadway Fatalities
Data Confirms Historic Two-Year Mark Not Seen Since 1921
SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police (ISP) today announced that Illinois experienced fewer than 1,000 traffic fatalities in 2010 for the second straight year – reflecting record two-year lows for the state dating to 1921. Data from IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety shows Illinois experienced 911 fatalities from motor vehicle crashes in 2009. In 2010, preliminary numbers report 923 fatalities from motor vehicle crashes took place on Illinois roadways.


February 15, 2011
Illinois Population Up 3.3 Percent in 2010 Census
Illinois Remains 5th Largest State in Nation
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley today announced results of the 2010 census for the state of Illinois. According to the data, over 12.8 million (12,830,632) people live in Illinois, up 3.3 percent since 2000. The 2010 Census represented the most massive participation movement ever in the country with 74 percent of households voluntarily returning their census forms by mail. Illinois had a 76 percent participation rate, above the national average.


February 14, 2011
Liquor Control Commission January Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In January the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 125 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 21 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-three percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


February 14, 2011
Governor Quinn Names Director of Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Names Illinois State Police Director Jon Monken to Head State’s Disaster Preparedness Agency
CHICAGO – February 14, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today named Jonathon E. Monken as director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). Monken is a decorated military Veteran who since 2009 has been charged with protecting the public’s safety as director of the Illinois State Police (ISP).


February 14, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Reform Statewide Transit
Reforms Will Save Millions; Still Ensure Quality, Accessibility
CHICAGO – February 14, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today kicked off the week of the fiscal year 2012 budget address by signing Senate Bill 3778, which will save taxpayers millions annually by retooling the Seniors Ride Free program.


February 13, 2011
Governor Quinn Receives First P-20 Council Report
Report Offers Recommendations to Improve Academic Success of Illinois’ Students
CHICAGO – February 13, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today received the first set of recommendations from the Illinois P-20 Council. The council’s report was released to the Governor and the General Assembly, and it provides a number of suggestions aimed at improving student success in Illinois.


February 10, 2011
IEMA Encourages Families to Practice Emergency Plans
Blizzard a reminder of importance of emergency preparedness
SPRINGFIELD – Some emergencies, like last week’s blizzard, come with advance warning. Others, like a tornado or earthquake, may strike with little or no warning. Having a family emergency plan and periodically practicing that plan can ensure that everyone in your home is prepared whenever disaster strikes.


February 9, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Manufacturing Company to Expand in Illinois
State Incentive Package Allows Elmhurst-Based The Chamberlain Group to Create Up to 100 New Jobs
CHICAGO – February 9, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a more than $1 million state business investment package to allow The Chamberlain Group, Inc. to expand its operations and create jobs. The state’s investment will leverage more than $6 million in private investment and support the creation of 40 new jobs over the next two years, and potentially 100 jobs over the next four years.


February 9, 2011
Employment Security Offices Closed to Honor President Holidays on Feb. 11 and Feb. 21
Feb. 21 Banking Holiday Might Affect Payments
CHICAGO - The offices of the Illinois Department of Employment Security will be closed on Friday, Feb. 11 and Monday Feb. 21 in observance of state and federal holidays. Feb. 11 is a state holiday honoring President Abraham Lincoln. Feb. 21 is a federal and state holiday honoring George Washington. It also is referred to as Presidents’ Day. Offices will re-open Monday, Feb. 14 and Tuesday, Feb. 22, respectively. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


February 9, 2011
ISAC Challenges Illinois Families To Increase FAFSA Completion
Agency to sponsor and/or participate in more than 170 events statewide in February
CHICAGO—February has been designated Financial Aid Awareness Month (FAAM), and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is challenging Illinois students and families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early, seeking 800,000 completed applications in 2011, an increase of seven percent over last year.


February 7, 2011
Tax Amnesty Program Exceeds State Budget Goal
Generates More than $314 million in State Revenue
CHICAGO – February 7, 2011. More than 78,000 taxpayers sent payments to the Illinois Department of Revenue during the state’s tax amnesty program that concluded last November. The program exceeded its budgetary goal, adding $314 million to the general revenue fund for FY 2011.


February 7, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Second Round of Top Administration Appointments
Names Two Senior Advisors and Five Agency Heads to Continue Efforts to Boost Illinois’ Economic Recovery, Address State’s Fiscal Challenges
CHICAGO – February 7, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today named two senior members to his administration and re-appointed five members of his executive cabinet. Today’s actions are the second step in a series of appointments Governor Quinn will make over the first quarter of 2011 as he continues to fulfill his commitment to creating jobs, recovering our economy and making state government more efficient and accountable to the people of Illinois.


February 4, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Mitsubishi to Produce New Vehicle in Illinois
State Action Helps Save 1,200 Jobs; Leverages $45 Million Private Investment
NORMAL, IL – February 4, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a business investment package that is helping save at least 1,200 jobs at Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s (MMC) only North American plant in Normal. Governor Quinn proposed, helped to pass and signed legislation into law in December 2009 to expand the EDGE tax credit to benefit the auto industry. As a result of Illinois’ investment, Mitsubishi has decided to stay and expand in Illinois, and is investing $45 million to produce a new Outlander Sport Crossover Utility Vehicle beginning in 2012.


February 4, 2011
Governor Quinn, Mitsubishi Motors Announce Innovative Partnership to Promote Sustainability
State to Test Mitsubishi “i” Electric Vehicles in Its State Fleet
NORMAL, IL – February 4, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn and Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the advancement of electric vehicle and renewable energy technologies in Illinois. As part of the agreement, Illinois will receive a limited number of Mitsubishi Motors “i” battery electric vehicles (i MiEV) on a temporary basis to evaluate the new electric vehicle (EV) technology on the state’s fleet.


February 4, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Saturday, February 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 immediately until Sunset, Saturday, February 5, 2011.


February 4, 2011
Illinois Department of Insurance Announces Distribution of $18 Million to Illinois Funeral Directors
Distribution to benefit thousands of Illinois families who purchased pre-need contracts to pay for funeral services
CHICAGO–The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) announced today the distribution of $18 million to Illinois funeral directors in trust for affected client-families. Distribution of the $18 million brings closure to the nearly two-year effort by the Department and other State agencies to protect the more than 47,000 Illinois families who purchased “pre-need” contracts through IFDA-member funeral homes to pay for funeral or burial services.


February 4, 2011
Governor Quinn Salutes Illinois’ Public Safety Workers and National Guard Members
Efforts Aided More Than 4,000 Illinois Motorists Affected by Major Winter Storm, Maintained Critical State Services
SPRINGFIELD – February 4, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today thanked the first responders and Illinois National Guard members who assisted more than 4,000 motorists during this week’s major snowstorm. The state’s response effort was coordinated by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) from the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Springfield. Liaisons from the state’s key agencies worked around the clock from Monday afternoon through Thursday afternoon on response efforts.


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


February 3, 2011
IDOT Partners with State Police to Launch Impaired Driving Campaign for Super Bowl Weekend
Law Enforcement to Host Over 500 Roadside Safety Checks, Enforcement Zones
SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police (ISP) officials today launched the You Drink & Drive. You Lose campaign and announced their efforts to boost enforcement over Super Bowl weekend. As part of the mobilization, nearly 100 local police departments and county sheriff offices will host a combined total of over 500 roadside safety checks, safety belt enforcement zones and other details scheduled to take place this weekend.


February 3, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Completion of Illinois National Guard Snow Response Mission
More Than 500 Servicemembers Ensured Public Safety During Historic Winter Storm
SPRINGFIELD – February 3, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that more than 500 troops from the Illinois National Guard have completed their three-day mission with the Illinois State Police (ISP) to assist stranded motorists during this week’s historic winter storm.


February 2, 2011
State to Resume Full Operations on Thursday, Feb 3
Severe winter weather response continues
SPRINGFIELD – February 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that after implementation of the State’s Continuity of Operations / Continuity of Government Plan, regular state operations will resume tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 3. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP), the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) continue the response to winter weather across the state.


February 1, 2011
Governor Quinn Activates Illinois National Guard To Assist Stranded Motorists
Will Coordinate with Illinois State Police to Ensure Traveler Safety
SPRINGFIELD – February 1, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today activated more than 500 Illinois National Guard troops to assist stranded motorists on several interstate highways as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to prepare for a large winter storm approaching the state. The troops will be stationed at rest areas along interstate highways, including Interstate 70 and those north of I-70, and will coordinate with Illinois State Police (ISP) to ensure the safety of travelers stranded along the roads.


February 1, 2011
Governor Quinn Continues Implementation of Winter Storm Preparedness Plan
Continuity of Government Operations Plan to Ensure Continued Delivery of Essential Services During Winter Storm
SPRINGFIELD – February 1, 2011. Due to the severe winter storm and extremely hazardous conditions across Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn, in consultation with the Illinois State Police (ISP), Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS), has implemented the State’s Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Plans (COOP/COG). The inter- agency COOP/COG plans will ensure continued delivery of essential state services during severe winter weather conditions.

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