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2011


June 30, 2011
Illinois Transportation Department, Law Enforcement Officials Launch 4th of July Crackdown on DUI Offenders
Holiday Enforcement Mobilization Seeks to Enhance Safety, Remove Impaired Drivers and Ticket Unbelted Motorists
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies today are reminding motorists to drive sober or risk arrest this July 4th weekend. Law enforcement also reminded motorists to buckle up before driving or expect a safety belt citation to be issued. The You Drink & Drive. You Lose crackdown began as IDOT revealed data showing the overwhelming financial costs associated with driving under the influence (DUI).


June 30, 2011
IDNR Reminds Illinoisans to Let Professionals Handle Fireworks
Fireworks Show Sponsors Reminded to Check Credentials of Fireworks Vendors
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding organizations and individuals sponsoring fireworks displays in Illinois to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses and certificates issued by the IDNR prior to their fireworks show. The Illinois Explosives Act requires that anyone who purchases, possesses, uses, transfers, stores or disposes of explosives, including display fireworks, must have an explosives license and explosives storage certificate issued by the IDNR. Licensing and storage requirements administered by the IDNR do not apply to consumer or personal fireworks (classified as 1.4 explosives) such as roman candles, bottle rockets or firecrackers.


June 30, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset, Friday, July 1, 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, Friday, July 1, 2011.


June 30, 2011
Illinois State Fire Marshal warns consumers not to use banned fireworks this July 4th holiday
Enjoy those that are conducted by trained professionals
CHICAGO – The rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air make a great visual, but exploding fireworks in the hands of untrained professionals or children can be a recipe for bodily harm and death to users and spectators, according to the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM). OSFM recommends that the public celebrate July 4th by enjoying professional shows put on by trained individuals, as opposed to conducting makeshift displays using illegal fireworks.


June 30, 2011
IDHS’ GEAR UP/Steps AHEAD program to triple scholarship funding for low-income youth in 2011
Program also raises awareness of college options, costs and requirements
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) anticipates awarding post-secondary scholarships totaling approximately $1.25 million to more than 200 low-income high school graduates this summer through the GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)/Illinois Steps AHEAD (Attaining Higher Education through Academic Development) program. Last year, the program awarded approximately $386,000 to 61 students.


June 30, 2011
New Debit Cards to be Issued for Employment Benefits
Red MasterCard to Replace Blue Visa
CHICAGO - New debit cards were issued to individuals receiving unemployment insurance in Illinois and who are not already using direct deposit, the Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today. A new red Chase MasterCard will replace the blue Visa. The money on the blue Visa cannot be transferred to the red MasterCard. Therefore, individuals should spend the blue card’s balance to zero before the card expires. Individuals also can remove the money from the blue card inside any bank that accepts Visa. IDES issued new cards to all current card users, and benefits paid on July 1 and thereafter will be issued to the red card.


June 30, 2011
IDOT Announces Construction Lane Closures over 4th of July Weekend
Suspension of Road Work Aimed to Ease Congestion, Improve Traffic Flow and Safety
SPRINGFIELD - With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways over the 4th of July holiday weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road work will be suspended where possible for the weekend to reduce potential congestion and improve traffic flow. The advance notice of lane closures for the holiday weekend is designed to aid motorists’ travel plans and improve safety.


June 30, 2011
Governor Quinn Takes Budget Action
CHICAGO – June 30, 2011. In his office, Governor Pat Quinn today signed the fiscal year 2012 state budget and issued the following statement:


June 29, 2011
Governor Quinn Accepts National Honor for Job-Creation Efforts in Biotechnology
Named Biotechnology Industry Organization Governor of the Year; Group Commits to Hold Convention in Chicago in 2013, 2016
WASHINGTON D.C. - June 29, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today was named Governor of the Year by a leading nationwide biotechnology advocacy group in recognition of his efforts to create jobs by advancing the biotechnology industry in Illinois.


June 29, 2011
Deadlines Approaching For Twilight Parade And Open And Junior Livestock Entries
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Those interested in participating in the 25th annual Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade and Marching Band Competition must act soon; the deadline to enter is July 8, 2011.


June 29, 2011
Illinois Film Office Announces “Transformers 3” Brings in $24 Million to State
More than 400 People Hired During Production of Blockbuster Film
CHICAGO – As Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon premieres nationwide today, the Illinois Film Office (IFO) highlighted the strong economic impact the movie had on the state economy. The movie, which was partially filmed in Illinois last year, generated approximately $24 million in spending in the state and provided 400 jobs during production, in addition to extras that were hired as part of the film.


June 29, 2011
Illinois 2.0: Governor Quinn Launches New Social Media Websites
Governor Adds Twitter and Flickr to State Communications Toolbox
CHICAGO – June 29, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today launched official Twitter and Flickr pages to provide Illinois residents with yet another way to access and communicate with state government. Governor Quinn’s new social media sites will be regularly updated with the latest state news and videos, as well as the Governor’s own tweets (marked as “-GOV”). The Governor will also use Twitter to seek feedback and ideas from people throughout Illinois.


June 28, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Historic Overhaul of Illinois’ Workers’ Compensation System
Reforms Will Save Employers $500 Million, Protect Workers, and Modify Workers’ Compensation Commission
MELROSE PARK – June 28, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed House Bill 1698, a comprehensive overhaul of Illinois’ workers’ compensation system. The reforms – backed by numerous groups, including the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and the Illinois Retail Merchants’ Association – are expected to save Illinois businesses between $500 and $750 million dollars, while continuing protections for injured workers. The reform package also includes a major overhaul of Illinois’ troubled Workers’ Compensation Commission.


June 28, 2011
Statement from Governor Quinn on the Passing of Former First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan
CHICAGO – June 28, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn issued a statement on the passing of former Illinois first lady Lura Lynn Ryan, who passed away Monday at the age of 76.


June 28, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Federal Assistance Approved for Wabash County
Federal Disaster Declaration Will Help People, Businesses Recover from Storms and Flooding
SPRINGFIELD – June 28, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the federal government approved the state’s request for a federal disaster declaration to help people and businesses in Wabash County recover from recent flooding and severe storms. The declaration will allow people and businesses in Wabash County to apply for federal disaster assistance, including grants and low-interest loans.


June 28, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Wednesday, June 29, 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, Wednesday, June 29, 2011.


June 28, 2011
Conservation Police Step Up Boating Enforcement leading up to 4th of July Weekend
Also Participated in Operation Dry Water as Part of Nationwide Effort to Crack Down on Impaired Boaters
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police Officers (CPOs) will be out in full force this weekend on the look-out for boaters operating under the influence (OUI) of drugs or alcohol. Boaters can expect to see stepped up patrols and increased enforcement as CPOs protect Illinois waterways this coming holiday weekend.


June 28, 2011
Offices Closed July 4 to Observe Independence Day
Customers Should Certify; Services Available on Internet
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) offices will close Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Services will be available at the website. Claimants scheduled to certify for benefits should do so. Regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume Tuesday, July 5. Independence Day is celebrated as the Fourth of July. It honors the Declaration of Independence which summarily declared sovereignty from Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson drafted the document between June 11 and June 28, 1776. The expressed political philosophy of individual liberty was not new and had been advocated by many. This time, however, Jefferson presented the tenets as self-evident truths. The document presents a list of reasons, or grievances, against Great Britain’s King to explain why such a rebellious act was warranted.


June 27, 2011
New Development Welcomes Home Warren County Families Living on Limited Budget
New homes help residents live closer to work, save money on commute
MONMOUTH – A retiree raising her disabled grandson, Janice Painter has found something she never thought possible: a new two-bedroom rental home she can afford on her limited income. “Moving into a new home that I can decorate my way,” said Painter. “Our new home is close to medical care yet far enough away to enjoy the peace of living on the outskirts of town.”


June 27, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Traffic Safety Measures
New Laws Will Boost State’s Efforts to Increase Seatbelt Use and Prevent Traffic Fatalities
CHICAGO – June 27, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by law enforcement officers, public safety officials and a bipartisan group of lawmakers to sign two traffic safety measures as families throughout the state prepare for the July 4th holiday weekend.


June 24, 2011
Kankakee County Families Realizing Dreams at New Affordable Housing Development
New development allows families to rent-to-own homes
PEMBROKE TOWNSHIP – A mother raising two sons and working toward a nursing degree, 34-year-old Nicole Brewer has found stability and security in a new single-family home that she can afford to rent on her part-time salary. “It’s great to live in a brand new home so close to where I work,” said Brewer, who works at a Pembroke Township health clinic. “I dreamed of living in a brand new home that I could one day own.”


June 23, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces $100 Million Capital Funding for Local Transportation Projects
Annual Local Capital Investment Will Repair Infrastructure, Create Jobs
CHICAGO – June 23, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $100 million capital investment to address local transportation needs and put people to work throughout Illinois. The $100 million in Illinois Jobs Now! funding will be distributed to local officials to repair municipal, township and county infrastructure, and improve public safety.


June 22, 2011
Governor Quinn Statement on Capital Bill Passage
SPRINGFIELD – June 22, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding the passage of the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program re-authorization.


June 22, 2011
IDVA’s Veterans’ Service Office in Taylorville is moving to new location
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is relocating its Veterans’ Service Office in Taylorville. Beginning at 12 noon today (June 22nd), the office at 105 East Main Cross will be closed. It is scheduled to re-open on Monday, June 27th in its new location at 1100 North Cheney, also in Taylorville.


June 21, 2011
Governor Quinn Kicks-Off Illinois Export Week
Reaffirms Commitment to Doubling State’s Exports by 2015; Presents 2011 Illinois Export Awards
CHICAGO – June 21, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today reaffirmed his commitment to doubling Illinois’ exports by 2015 during an address to kick off Illinois Export Week, a five-day event that helps Illinois businesses expand into the global marketplace. The Governor also presented the 2011 Illinois Export Awards.


June 21, 2011
Governor Quinn Launches State Open Data Website
Data Portal Increases Access to Information; Establishes Platform for Creative Uses
CHICAGO – June 21, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the launch of a state website designed to provide open access to state data and greater transparency in state government. The platform is the second initiative of the Governor’s Illinois Innovation Council.


June 21, 2011
Illinois Department of Insurance Reminds Consumers to Review Auto Insurance Coverage Before Accidents Occur
Department Urging Motorists to be Aware of Basic Insurance Coverage Before Accidents Occur
CHICAGO – At the time of a car accident, too many motorists are not fully aware of what type of coverage their insurance provides. The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) is reminding consumers to review auto insurance policies and is providing helpful steps to take in the event of such an emergency.


June 21, 2011
Federal Disaster Assistance to Help Unemployed
Residents in 14 Southern Illinois Counties Might be Eligible
CHICAGO – Individuals and business owners out of work as a direct result of severe rain storms and flooding in April and May might be eligible for federal disaster relief funds, the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced today.


June 20, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Increase in Visitors, Economic Impact of Illinois Tourism in 2010
Visitors to state increase by 5 percent, generating $29.3 billion for economy
CHICAGO – June 20, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois’ tourism industry generated $29.3 billion in revenue in 2010, an increase of more than $2.2 billion as visitor spending continued to provide a strong economic impact for the state, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs.


June 20, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Wednesday, June 22, 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, Wednesday, June 22, 2011.


June 20, 2011
Youth Take On 2011 Ag Career Challenge to Promote Jobs in the State's Top Sector
Galva chapter takes first place during state’s annual FFA convention
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Farm Bureau today recognized the winners of the 2011 Ag Career Challenge. The challenge called upon Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters from across the state to create multimedia communications programs promoting modern careers in agriculture. Six teams met at the 2011 Illinois FFA Convention in Springfield last week to present their final projects in front of their peers and a panel of judges.


June 17, 2011
Governor Quinn Proclaims Homeownership Month
Quinn highlights statewide mortgage loan, foreclosure prevention efforts
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed June as Homeownership Month in Illinois. Quinn issued the proclamation to raise awareness about state-sponsored affordable homeownership programs and foreclosure prevention assistance available across Illinois to meet the needs of residents in this economy.


June 17, 2011
IEMA, NWS Observe Lightning Safety Awareness Week, Remind People, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors”
Lightning Strike Victim Shares Story to Help Others Stay Safe
SPRINGFIELD – “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors” is a catchy slogan used by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) to remind people to take cover when a thunderstorm approaches. But for one lightning-strike survivor, the phrase is important advice that everyone should heed.


June 17, 2011
IDVA to host “Helping Our Hometown Heroes” veterans benefits fair June 24th in Berwyn
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans on Friday, June 24th at the Berwyn VFW Hall (1529 South Harlem Avenue). The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.


June 16, 2011
Illinois Department of Insurance Reminding Consumers to Review Flood Insurance Policies
Department Urges Homeowners and Renters to Ensure Appropriate Coverage for Floods
CHICAGO–As record floods and other natural disasters strike communities across the country, the Illinois Department of Insurance is reminding Illinois homeowners and renters to review insurance coverage to determine if flood insurance is required.


June 16, 2011
Illinois Receives $3.4 Million Bonus for Effective Stewardship of Taxpayer Dollars
State Recognized for Accuracy in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The state of Illinois was awarded a $3.4 million bonus for its effective administration of the Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program (SNAP), USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today. Illinois was recognized for its accuracy rate of 98.3 percent, which ranked fourth in the nation, and having the third most improved accuracy rate in the country.


June 16, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Key Appointment
Malcolm Weems to Lead Department of Central Management Services
CHICAGO – June 16, 2011. Governor Quinn today appointed Malcolm Weems as director of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS). 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.


June 16, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Ban Self-Promotion on State-Funded Billboards
Senate Bill 1344 Prevents State Elected Officials from Putting Their Names or Likenesses on Billboards or Electronic Signs
CHICAGO – June 16, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that would prevent state officials from putting their name or likeness on billboards or electronic signs paid for with taxpayer dollars.


June 16, 2011
Construction to Start on New Affordable Apartments for Kendall County Seniors
Construction on Oswego development to create 114 jobs
OSWEGO – Dozens of Kendall County seniors living on a limited budget will have new affordable housing opportunities in spring 2012. Construction is set to start on the 60-unit Diamond Senior Apartments of Oswego as a result of the investment of the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), the state’s housing finance agency. IHDA financed $1.6 million in federal housing tax credits on behalf of the administration of Governor Pat Quinn to build the apartments. The development also will provide a boost to the local economy by creating an estimated 114 quality jobs, including construction jobs.


June 16, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Federal Unemployment Aid for Flood-Affected Counties in Southern Illinois
Aid will help individuals unable to work due to historic flooding
CHICAGO –June 16, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Federal government approved his request for Disaster Unemployment Assistance for the residents of 14 Southern Illinois counties impacted by severe flooding during the spring. The assistance is available to people who live or work in Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Lawrence, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, White and Williamson counties, who were unable to work because of the disaster.


June 16, 2011
Employers Boost Payrolls by +8,200 in May
Illinois Adds +107,700 Since Recovery Began, Outpaces Nation
CHICAGO – As expected, the Illinois seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May increased +0.2 points to 8.9 percent. The increase follows 15 months of declining unemployment rates and was expected because slight up-and-down movements in the rate and the number of jobs created naturally occur in an economic recovery, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.


June 16, 2011
State Economic Director Announces $48 Million in Federal Funding for Public Infrastructure Improvements
Program Will Support Long-Term Disaster Recovery Projects in 85 Communities Impacted by 2008 Storms
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley today announced that 85 communities throughout the state are receiving funding from the federal “IKE” Disaster Recovery Program to assist with water and sewer improvements and other critical public infrastructure needs. The $48 million in grants will support long term recovery efforts within Illinois communities that were substantially impacted by storms in 2008 that caused devastation and flooding throughout much of the Midwest.


June 16, 2011
Illinois Department of Insurance Reminding Consumers to Review Flood Insurance Policies
Department Urges Homeowners and Renters to Ensure Appropriate Coverage for Floods
CHICAGO–June 16, 2011. As record floods and other natural disasters strike communities across the country, the Illinois Department of Insurance is reminding Illinois homeowners and renters to review insurance coverage to determine if flood insurance is required. “Heavy rains and flooding can cause severe damage and devastate families,” said Jack Messmore, Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance. “Since flood insurance coverage is not included in standard homeowner or renter policies and do not take effect for 30 days, consumers should learn about the limits and benefits of an insurance policy well before any damage may occur.”


June 14, 2011
USDA Loans, Grants Can Defray Cost for Radon Mitigation in Rural Low-Income Homes
IEMA Encourages People to See If They Qualify
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) strongly encourages everyone in Illinois to test their home for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas known to cause lung cancer. Thousands of people have tested their homes, and nearly 40 percent were found to have high levels of radon. Those levels can be reduced by installing a radon mitigation system for around $800-1,200. But for people with fixed or lower incomes the cost may prevent them from fixing the problem.


June 14, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Thursday, June 16, 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, Thursday, June 16, 2011.


June 13, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Historic Education Reforms
Nationally-Recognized Reforms Emphasize Teacher Performance, Strengthen School Administrator Standards
CHICAGO – June 13, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed landmark education reforms, which have garnered national attention for provisions that facilitate longer school days and stronger standards for teachers. The landmark reforms, sponsored by Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) and Rep. Linda Chapa La Via (D-Chicago), passed the General Assembly after months of collaboration between Governor’s Office, legislators, education groups and teachers unions.


June 13, 2011
Governor Quinn and OSFM remind parents to promote fire safety to children heading off to college this fall
Proclamations highlight fire safety measures
SPRINGFIELD – Parents of college-bound children are reminded to promote fire safety and awareness as they complete fall 2011 housing contracts in the coming days and weeks. To help jumpstart the discussion, Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed September as Campus Fire Safety Month and September 22, 2011 as the “LOOK UP! Pay It Forward” Day in Illinois.


June 10, 2011
Governor Quinn Statement on United Airlines Jobs Announcement
CHICAGO – June 10, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding United Airlines’ announcement that it is bringing 1,300 jobs to Chicago.


June 10, 2011
ICJIA Announces $260,000 grant to create Illinois Center of Excellence in Mental Health and Justice
New training and resource center will help maximize court and community resources to address mentally ill offenders
CHICAGO—Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) Executive Director Jack Cutrone today announced a $260,000 federal Justice Assistance Grant to Winnebago County for the creation of the Illinois Center of Excellence in Mental Health and Justice. Based in Rockford and serving all Illinois counties, the center will promote, coordinate, and provide training to communities looking to implement jail diversion programs and specialty courts for mentally ill and/or substance-abusing offenders, and offenders who are military veterans.


June 10, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Federal Assistance Approved for Local Governments in 21 Southern Illinois Counties
Federal Declaration Will Help Local Governments Recover Costs Related to Floods
CHICAGO – June 10, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that his request for federal assistance to help local governments in 21 Southern Illinois counties recover from major flooding and severe storms has been approved. The federal declaration means state and local governments can seek reimbursement for 75 percent of their eligible expenses related to flooding and storms that hit the region in late April and early May.


June 9, 2011
Affordable Apartments for Will County Seniors Open
New Shorewood development demonstrates strength of federal stimulus funds
SHOREWOOD – The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) today celebrated the opening of apartments that will help dozens of seniors live affordably in the Will County community. The 51 new apartments of Shorewood Horizon Senior Living Community will ensure seniors in the Village of Shorewood have access to safe, decent and affordable housing. Construction created an estimated 42 quality jobs.


June 8, 2011
State Cemetery Board Urges Passage of Legislation to Address Implementation of Cemetery Oversight Act
Judge Patricia Brown Holmes Named to Cemetery Board
CHICAGO – The State’s Cemetery Oversight Board met earlier today and adopted a resolution urging immediate passage of SB 699 or substantially similar legislation to address concerns regarding the implementation of the Cemetery Oversight Act signed by Governor Quinn last year. The Board also today welcomed its newest member, Judge Patricia Brown Holmes, who is the court-appointed trustee for the Burr Oak Cemetery Trust.


June 7, 2011
Governor Quinn Names Gery Chico to Chair Illinois State Board of Education
Appoints Seasoned Education Professional to Oversee Landmark Reform of Education in Illinois
CHICAGO – June 7, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today named Gery Chico as the chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Today’s action is the latest in a series of appointments the Governor is making as he continues to fulfill his commitment to increasing efficiency and accountability in all areas of state government, fostering economic development and creating jobs today and in the future.


June 7, 2011
Liquor Control Commission May Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In May the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 174 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 44 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Seventy-five percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


June 7, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Wednesday, June 8, 2011 until Sunset, Friday, June 10, 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, June 8, 2011 until Sunset, Friday, June 10, 2011.


June 7, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces State Efforts to Address Rising Temperatures
Urges Illinoisans to take precautions, check on elderly
SPRINGFIELD – June 7, 2011. As temperatures rise, Governor Pat Quinn today announced services available to protect people from the near-record heat, and asked people across Illinois to look out for those most vulnerable to the high temperatures, including the elderly and children.


June 7, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Federal Assistance Approved for 14 Southern Illinois Counties
Federal Disaster Declaration Will Help People, Businesses Recover from Major Flooding
SPRINGFIELD – June 7 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the federal government approved his request for a federal disaster declaration to help people and businesses in 14 Southern Illinois counties recover from recent flooding and severe storms. Under the federal declaration, people and businesses in Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Lawrence, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, White and Williamson counties are now eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance.


June 6, 2011
Governor Quinn Requests Federal Assistance for Local Governments Affected by Flooding
Seeks Federal Reimbursement to Help Local Governments in Southern Illinois Recover Costs Related to Floods
CHICAGO – June 6 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today asked President Barack Obama for federal assistance to help local governments in 21 southern Illinois counties recover from major flooding and severe storms this spring. State and local government expenses related to the floods and storms are estimated at more than $20 million.


June 6, 2011
Simon: Water experts needed for Science Advisory Committee
Group to tackle river resource, management issues
ALTON – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is now accepting applications for the state’s Science Advisory Committee, which is expanding its battle against Asian carp and other potential threats to Illinois rivers, at no cost to Illinois taxpayers.


June 5, 2011
Statement from Governor Quinn on the Passing of Rep. Mark Beaubien
CHICAGO – June 5, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn issued a statement on the passing of state Rep. Mark H. Beaubien (R-Barrington Hills), who died today.


June 4, 2011
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Honors Decorated Freeport Army Veteran as June 2011 “Veteran of the Month”
FREEPORT – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today honored Maryna Misiewicz, a Freeport native and United States Army veteran, as June 2011 Veteran of the Month during a ceremony at Krape Park in Freeport.


June 3, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Key Appointments
Names Jay Rowell to Lead Department of Employment Security, Jack Messmore as Acting Director of Department of Insurance
CHICAGO – June 3, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced several top appointments to state agencies. Today’s actions are 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.


June 2, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Partnership with University of Illinois to Study 220-mph Rail Service
Partnership will Include Advisory Group to Study New Illinois High-Speed Rail Line
CHICAGO – June 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a partnership between the University of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation and a special advisory group to study the feasibility of 220-mph passenger rail service between Chicago, Urbana-Champaign and beyond. The study will complement the ongoing construction of a regional 110-mph network that will connect Chicago to 40 cities in the Midwest, while supporting Governor Quinn‘s vision to create jobs, enhance regional mobility and improve the environment by expanding passenger rail in Illinois.


June 2, 2011
Lt. Governor Simon celebrates first Illinois civil unions
Festivities mark milestone for couples across the state
CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon celebrated with 32 couples in Chicago’s Millennium Park today as they entered into the state’s first civil unions.


June 2, 2011
Memorial Day Weekend Enforcement at Illinois Parks, Waterways Result in More Than 1,500 Arrests and Warnings
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police officers arrested 12 boaters for operating under the influence and another eight motorists for driving under the influence as part of enforcement efforts during the recent Memorial Day holiday weekend on Illinois waterways and at state parks, recreation areas, fish and wildlife areas and other IDNR-managed sites.


June 2, 2011
IEMA Encourages People to Prepare for Possible Disasters While on Vacation
Offers tips for safe vacations
SPRINGFIELD – Summertime means vacation time for many people. Whether your plans will take you across the state or around the world, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) encourages people to include emergency preparedness in vacation planning. As part of IEMA’s 2011 Preparedness Campaign, the agency is highlighting vacation preparedness throughout June.


June 2, 2011
Illinois Department Of Agriculture To Offer Free Recycling Program For Agrichemical Containers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to save their empty agrichemical containers. The department announced today it has arranged to recycle them. Beginning in August, sites throughout the state will collect the containers and grind them into small plastic chips that will be used to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other useful products.

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