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2011


July 28, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Protect Illinois’ Student Athletes from Concussions
New Law Ensures Injured Student-Athletes Do Not Return to Play Without Medical Clearance and Increases Critical Head Injury Education
CHICAGO - JULY 28, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed comprehensive legislation that will help protect Illinois’ student-athletes from concussions and other brain injuries. The new law ensures that athletes who receive a concussion will not be allowed to return to play or practice until they are evaluated and receive written clearance from a licensed health professional. Additionally, the law ensures that student-athletes, their parents and their coaches are able to recognize the signs of a concussion.


July 28, 2011
Rules to Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation Adopted during Elder Abuse Awareness Month
SPRINGFIELD – State regulations designed to protect elders from financial exploitation took effect earlier today. They were approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules on July 12. The regulations are needed to implement legislation signed last summer by Governor Quinn that required the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) and Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to develop training standards to be used by employees of financial institutions who have direct contact with customers.


July 28, 2011
Deadline Approaching For 2011 Illinois State Fair Photo Contests And Talent Competition
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Time is running out to enter the Illinois State Fair Dog Photo Contest, Baby Photo Contest and Talent Competition. The deadline for each competition is Aug. 2, 2011. Entry forms for the contests are available in the Special Events Office, located in the Emmerson building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. They can also be obtained online at illinoisstatefair.info.


July 27, 2011
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs honors Crest Hill resident as ‘Veteran of the Month’
NEW LENOX –The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) this evening honored Lou Vargas, a Crest Hill resident and United States Army veteran, as its July 2011 “Veteran of the Month” during a ceremony at VFW Harry E. Anderson Post 9545, 323 Old Hickory Road in New Lenox, Ill.


July 27, 2011
Revenue Department Issues Year End Report
General Funds Met Estimates by Revenue Economists
SPRINGFIELD – Today, the Illinois Department of Revenue issued its monthly revenue report for June, 2011. Going forward, the Department will post an updated report every month, comparing estimates, actual revenue year-to-date, and revenue compared to the same month in the previous year.


July 27, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Increase Affordability of Cancer Treatments
New Law Requires Equal Insurance Coverage for Oral Chemotherapy
CHICAGO – July 27, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to ensure health insurance benefit equality between oral and injectable cancer drugs, allowing cancer patients more affordable treatment options and protecting them from significantly high out-of-pocket costs. House Bill 1825 requires private health insurance plans that provide coverage for oral and intravenous chemotherapy to cover both at the same benefit level.


July 27, 2011
Governor Pat Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Diversity in State Public Works Projects
New Law Will Benefit Minority-Owned, Female Businesses; Ensure Fairness in Minority and Female Employment on Public Works Projects
CHICAGO – July 27, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help ensure a fair state contract bidding process for minority- and women-owned businesses, and to advance minority and female employment in Illinois’ workforce.


July 27, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Simplify Truck Size and Weight Limits
Law Eases Burden on Illinois Businesses by Creating Uniform Rules for Overweight Trucks; Helps Reduce Diesel Emissions
QUINCY – July 27, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to simplify regulation of trucks travelling in Illinois, easing the regulatory burden faced by Illinois businesses while helping ensure the safety of Illinois’ roads.


July 27, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Law Creating River Edge Redevelopment Zone in Peoria
New Law Will Help Revitalize Peoria Riverfront, Preserve Historic Structures
PEORIA – July 27, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law to help redevelop and revitalize the area around the city of Peoria’s riverfront by allowing the area to be designated as a River Edge Redevelopment Zone. The law also creates an incentive to encourage restoration and preservation of historic structures located in River Edge Redevelopment Zones.


July 25, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Support Innovation in Illinois and Create Jobs
New Laws Will Boost Emerging Technologies and Create Illinois Jobs in Technology-Based Fields
CHICAGO – July 25, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to support the development of the technology industry in Illinois and create jobs. Senate Bill 107 strengthens Illinois’ position to attract technology-based businesses by boosting the state's investment in them. The new law was one of the Governor’s priorities during the spring legislative session, and it represents a major component of his aggressive agenda to support emerging technologies in Illinois, creating the jobs of today and tomorrow.


July 24, 2011
Statement from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Regarding the Passing of Retired Army Gen. John Shalikashvili
"There are heroes all around us in this life and Gen. John Shalikashvili was one of them. "Gen. Shalikashvili's story is a great immigrant story. Though he worked his way to the very pinnacle of the U.S. Army and made history as the first foreign-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he never forgot his roots in Illinois, continuing to serve on the Bradley University Board of Trustees."General Shalikashvili made us proud as Illinoisans and Americans. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones as they remember a great hero who left a mark on us all."


July 23, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Boost State’s Nuclear Safety Program
Investment Will Keep Illinois on the Cutting Edge of Nuclear Safety
SPRINGFIELD – July 23, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the signing of legislation that will bolster Illinois’ world-class nuclear safety program. The new law increases fees paid by Exelon to fund upgrades to remote monitoring systems at each reactor site, hire additional nuclear safety experts and update vital nuclear safety equipment.


July 22, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces New Laws to Strengthen Efforts to Prevent Substance Abuse in Illinois
New Laws Will Crack Down on “Bath Salt” Abuse, Improve Regulation of Controlled Substances and Update Drug Control Policies
CHICAGO – July 22, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn announced four new laws that will strengthen drug prevention efforts in Illinois. The bills crack down on drug abuse by attacking the growing problem of bath salt consumption, expanding the definition of drug-induced homicide, and adding additional compounds and synthetic substances to the Illinois Controlled Substances Act.


July 22, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Sunday, July 24, 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, Sunday, July 24, 2011.


July 22, 2011
Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
CHICAGO – July 22, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today granted 50 and denied 111 clemency petitions. This action marks another step in a series of clemency decisions aimed at eliminating a backlog of more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration.


July 21, 2011
Lt. Gov. Simon: College degrees lead to clean energy future
Wind energy programs on the rise as Illinois aims for higher graduation rates, green jobs and clean energy economy
CHICAGO – Speaking at a wind energy conference in Chicago today, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said that community colleges are playing a key role in preparing workers for green jobs of the future and keeping the state on track to meet its ambitious alternative energy goals.


July 21, 2011
Simon to Iowa: Make decision on rail funding
Calls on Iowa to accept funding, allow continuation of construction plan
ROCK ISLAND – While welcoming national and international visitors to the Rock Island Train Festival today, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon encouraged Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to finalize his state’s rail plan and move forward with design and construction of a Chicago to Iowa City rail connection.


July 21, 2011
National, State Unemployment 9.2 Percent in June
Illinois Adds Jobs in Manufacturing, Construction
CHICAGO – In step with the national rate, the Illinois seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 9.2 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The Illinois rate has been equal to or below the U.S. rate for nine consecutive months, and Illinois has reported declines in 15 of the past 17 months. Illinois’ three-month moving average increased +0.1 point to 8.9 percent.


July 21, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces New Laws to Fight Crime and Protect Illinois Residents
Legislation Increases Protections Against Violent and Sex Crimes, Tackles Gang Violence and Protects First Responders
CHICAGO – July 21, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a package of new laws to fight crime and protect residents across Illinois. The new laws will increase public safety by stopping anyone convicted of a sex crime from working in healthcare in Illinois, protecting law enforcement officers and those who tip off police to violent crimes, preventing anyone convicted of domestic battery from owning a gun, and ensuring that anyone convicted of first degree murder registers with the state upon their release from prison.


July 21, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Appointments to State Health Improvement Plan Council
Group Will Develop Strategies to Improve the Health of Illinois Residents
CHICAGO – July 21, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced 25 appointments to the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Implementation Coordination Council. Today’s action is the latest in a series of appointments the Governor is making as he continues to fulfill his commitment to improving the health of all Illinois residents. The interdisciplinary council is tasked with developing implementation strategies for the state’s SHIP. The SHIP council will work collaboratively with the Governor’s Health Care Reform Implementation Council to promote statewide improvements in public health.


July 20, 2011
Quinn Administration Spotlights Importance of Early Childhood Development
Child welfare leaders review early brain science research; goal is to ensure policies that promote healthy development of children
OAK LAWN – Governor Pat Quinn’s Office of Early Childhood Development today convened a high-level conference of researchers and policy makers to review state-of-the-art developments in the field of early childhood development. The goal of the conference, which is co-sponsored by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and made possible through the collaboration of Casey Family Programs, is to ensure that child welfare and other social service agencies in the state are taking into account groundbreaking research in the field and using all resources at their disposal to promote healthy development in children from birth onwards.


July 20, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces New Law That Will Expand School Choice in Illinois
New Law Will Improve Quality of Illinois’ Charter Schools and Empower Parents with More Choice
CHICAGO – July 20, 2011. As part of his agenda to give Illinois’ children more opportunities for a quality education in Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today announced the signing of legislation that will increase school choice for parents. Senate Bill 79 establishes an independent charter school commission that is dedicated to school reform and has the power to authorize and regulate charter schools throughout the state.


July 20, 2011
State Issues Safety Tips for Workers During Record Heat Wave
Illinois Department of Labor Reminding Workers, Employers About Risks of Working in High Temperatures
CHICAGO–As temperatures continue to rise across the Midwest, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) is reminding workers about the hazards of working in hot weather and how to prevent heat-related illnesses and injuries.


July 20, 2011
Lt. Governor Simon visits Pilsen summer school, urges future Class of 2025 to aim for college
CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon visited a third grade class in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood today, pledging to fight for the education reforms that will help them become the college Class of 2025.


July 20, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Appointments to Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board
Appointments Continue Implementation of Workers’ Compensation Reform Law
CHICAGO – July 20, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced 12 appointments to the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board. Today’s action continues implementation of the historic workers’ compensation reforms signed into law by the Governor last month. The Advisory Board will make recommendations on the appointment of arbitrators, among other duties.


July 19, 2011
New State Bowfishing Record Set During Successful Bowfishing Association of Illinois Director’s Shoot
Event Promotes Bowfishing, Targets Invasive Asian Carp on Illinois River
UTICA, IL – A new state-record bighead Asian carp was among nearly 12,000 fish taken by participants in the Bowfishing Association of Illinois’ second-annual Director’s Shoot on the Illinois River near Starved Rock State Park, July 16-17.


July 18, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Good Samaritans Performing CPR
New Law Updates Legal Protections for Citizens Helping in Emergencies
CHICAGO – July 18, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help protect good Samaritans who provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to a person having a heart attack or suffering cardiac arrest. Governor Quinn signed House Bill 1549, which amends the Good Samaritan Act in order to provide liability protection to individuals who are trained in CPR in accordance with either American Red Cross or American Heart Association standards.


July 17, 2011
Governor Quinn Urges Illinoisans to Protect Themselves During Heat Surge
State Agencies Encourage Preventive Action, Checking on Elderly
CHICAGO – July 17, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today encouraged Illinoisans to take preventive action during this extremely hot weather to stay safe, cool, and avoid heat-related illnesses. As sweltering summer temperatures grip the Midwest, various Illinois state agencies offer services and information to help ensure the health and safety of the public.


July 15, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Public-Private Partnership to Help Keep People in Their Homes
National Model Program Uses Federal Funds for Permanent Modifications
CHICAGO - July 15, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the creation of the Mortgage Resolution Fund (MRF) using $100 million of the state’s $445.7 million in Hardest Hit Fund dollars to purchase notes in the Chicago area. The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) board today approved the new program, which will enable these loans to be permanently modified to affordable levels.


July 15, 2011
Governor Quinn to Visit Israel
Educational Mission to Focus on Strengthening Relations, Innovation, Education and Environmental Issues
CHICAGO – July 15, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn will visit the State of Israel from July 19 through July 25, 2011 to further develop ties between Illinois and Israel. The week-long educational mission will include meetings with Israeli officials, visits to innovative businesses, the signing of a ‘Sister Lakes’ agreement, and witnessing the signing of a cooperation agreement between Israeli and Illinois universities.


July 15, 2011
Communities Encouraged to Apply for Governor’s Home Town Awards
Deadline for Entries is August 15
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois communities large and small are encouraged to submit their entries for the 29th annual Governor’s Home Town Awards (GHTA) competition. The GHTA recognizes those volunteers whose hard work and dedication greatly improve their communities. The deadline to submit applications for consideration is August 15.


July 14, 2011
Liquor Control Commission June Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In June the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 66 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 16 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.


July 14, 2011
Illinois Department of Human Services Celebrates 21st Anniversary of Historic Americans With Disabilities Act
Governor Quinn proclaims July 14 as Americans with Disabilities Act Day
CHICAGO – In honor of the 21st anniversary of the historic signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed July 14, 2011 as Americans with Disabilities Act Day in the state of Illinois. To celebrate, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) sponsored a special event showcasing Illinois’ commitment to ADA at the James R. Thomson Center in Chicago.


July 14, 2011
Illinois Department of Insurance Disciplinary Report for June 2011
CHICAGO—The Illinois Department of Insurance today issued the following disciplinary orders from Acting Director Jack Messmore:


July 14, 2011
Governor Quinn Receives Advisory Council Report on Elgin-O’Hare West Bypass
Panel Determines Project Necessary for Job Growth, Mobility
CHICAGO – July 14, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn announced today that the Elgin-O’Hare West Bypass advisory council has submitted its final report. The Governor created the council by Executive Order last fall to assist in the planning for extending the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway east and building the west bypass around O’Hare International Airport to connect Interstates 90 and 294, with space to accommodate mass transit. The council determined that the project will create more than 78,000 short-term and long-term jobs, maximize the potential of an expanded O’Hare International Airport and strengthen the economy throughout the Chicago region for decades to come.


July 14, 2011
Lt. Governor Simon visits Parkland College
Freshman orientation, tutoring aim to increase college completion
CHAMPAIGN – Seeking to increase college completion statewide, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon visited Parkland College today to learn how changes in freshmen orientation and tutoring may help more Champaign-area students earn degrees and certificates.


July 14, 2011
Lt. Governor Simon brings college tour to Lake Land
Learns about resources to increase retention and completion rates
MATTOON – Continuing her Complete College Tour, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon visited Lake Land College today to hear how the school is working to raise completion rates and connect students to the workforce.


July 13, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Advance Clean Energy Project, Create 1,500 Jobs
Leucadia Project Will Boost Regional Economy; Provide Long-Term Price Certainty to Consumers
CHICAGO – July 13, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will help create Illinois’ first coal gasification plant and substantially reduce carbon emissions, while creating 1,500 jobs and saving consumers more than $100 million over the next several years. The new law follows principles the Governor outlined in the spring legislative session requiring all energy projects to protect consumers, create jobs and safeguard our environment.


July 13, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Advance Innovative Education Practices
Law Supports Creation of Innovative Partnership School in Aurora to Advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education
AURORA – July 13, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will advance STEM learning in Illinois by allowing the creation of an innovative school that will offer specialized education opportunities. Senate Bill 621 supports the creation of a math and science partnership school operated by Aurora’s four school districts and Aurora University on campus. Joined by local middle school students attending summer science camp, Governor Quinn called for increased STEM learning opportunities in Illinois as a way to prepare students for 21st century jobs.


July 12, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Businesses Grow In Illinois
New Law Simplifies and Streamlines Environmental Permit Process to Help Illinois’ Employers Create More Jobs
CHICAGO – July 12, 2011. As part of his aggressive business agenda, Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will make it easier to open and expand a business in Illinois. House Bill 1297 will help employers create more jobs by streamlining the environmental permitting process in Illinois, establish a plan for long-term funding, and make the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) more efficient.


July 12, 2011
Governor Quinn: State Working with Communities Following Storm to Ensure Public Safety
State Prepared to Assist Communities in Recovery From Major Power Outage
CHICAGO – July 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today said state emergency management officials are coordinating with communities affected by Monday’s violent wind storm to ensure they have the resources needed for public safety.


July 12, 2011
Lt. Governor Simon recognizes Wetland Warriors
Declares July 12 Creal Springs School Day at rivers meeting
CYPRESS – A champion for safe, clean and accessible rivers, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, issued a declaration today marking July 12 as Creal Springs School Day in recognition of the junior high school students whose project in the Cache River Basin won the Disney Planet Challenge.


July 11, 2011
IDVA’s Veterans’ Service Office in Danville has moved to a new location
DANVILLE – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) has relocated its Veterans’ Service Office in Danville. The new office is now located at 407 North Franklin, Suite B, Danville, IL 61832.


July 11, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation Strengthening Access to Healthcare for Cancer Patients
New Laws Ensure Coverage for Trial-Related Medical Expenses, Extends ‘Ticket for the Cure’
CHICAGO – July 11, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed two pieces of legislation strengthening access to healthcare for cancer patients in Illinois. House Bill 1191 prohibits insurance companies from excluding coverage for related medical costs for patients participating in clinical cancer trials, and Senate Bill 1279, extends the “Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure” scratch-off lottery game until 2016.


July 11, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Efforts to Boost Development of South Suburban Cook County
Announces $6.6 Million “IKE” Funding to Revitalize Communities Throughout South Cook; Signs Laws to Support Economy
TINLEY PARK – July 11, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced $6.6 million in federal funding to increase affordable housing, stabilize communities and make infrastructure improvements in six south suburban Cook County communities. Awarded through the “IKE” Disaster Recovery Program, the funding will be used to purchase and rehab or demolish vacant or abandoned homes and to upgrade water-sewer lines and roads in the vicinity of the targeted housing projects.


July 11, 2011
Lt. Governor Simon: LINK use up at farmers markets
Markets and farmers in 21 counties now LINK accessible
BLOOMINGTON – Speaking to a local food summit at the Illinois Farm Bureau today, the state’s leading fresh food advocate Lt. Governor Sheila Simon released “promising” figures that show more low-income residents are accessing fresh food at farmers markets.


July 9, 2011
Governor Signs Legislation to Boost Electric Vehicle Usage in Illinois
Laws Will Help Car-Sharing Organizations to Purchase Electric Vehicles; Explore Ways to Increase Electric Vehicles Usage
CHICAGO – July 9, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed two bills into law that will encourage greater use of electric vehicles in Illinois. Together, these new laws will promote the use of energy efficient vehicles, help reduce emissions produced by gasoline-powered vehicles, and support the development of advanced electric vehicle technology.


July 8, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Prevent Violence Among Elementary Students
Three Education Bills Will Equip Youth with Anti-Violence Training and Help Students Struggling in Math and Reading
CHICAGO – July 8, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will help students across Illinois to learn about how to prevent violence and resolve conflicts peacefully. The Governor also signed bills into law that will help elementary school students who are struggling with math and reading by ensuring that they spend more classroom time on these vital subjects.


July 8, 2011
IL Dept on Aging Honors Elder Rights Advocates
Awardees Recognized During Elder Abuse Awareness Observance in IL
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) hosted the 25th Annual Elder Rights Conference this week in Chicago. The conference is held each year in July, Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month in Illinois. This year’s conference, July 6 - 8, marks the 25th year of hosting service providers, senior advocates and other professionals to focus on the rights of elders.


July 8, 2011
Illinois Department of Human Services Celebrates 21st Anniversary of Historic Americans With Disabilities Act
Governor to proclaim July 14 as Americans with Disabilities Act Day
CHICAGO – In honor of the 21st anniversary of the historic signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Governor Pat Quinn will proclaim July 14, 2011 Americans with Disabilities Act Day in the state of Illinois. To celebrate, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) will sponsor a special event showcasing Illinois’ commitment to ADA at the James R. Thomson Center in Chicago.


July 7, 2011
July 4th Weekend Enforcement at Illinois Parks and Waterways Results in More Than 1,200 Citations and Warnings
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police officers arrested 25 boaters for operating under the influence and another five motorists for driving under the influence as part of enforcement efforts during the recent 4th of July holiday weekend on Illinois waterways and at state parks, recreation areas, fish and wildlife areas and other IDNR-managed sites.


July 7, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Major Mass Transit Reform Legislation
Improvements Require Universal Fare System and Web-Based Tracking, Move Towards Free Wireless Internet and AEDs on Public Transportation
CHICAGO – July 7, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to reform mass transit in the Chicago region by creating a universal fare card for riders of the CTA, Metra and Pace, and taking the first step towards making free wireless internet available on buses and trains throughout the region. The new law also requires Metra to provide web-based, real-time train arrival information, and lays the groundwork for the installation of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on Metra passenger trains.


July 6, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Public Safety Legislation
New Law Will Help Protect Vulnerable Persons Utilize Emergency Services
ELMHURST – July 6, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will improve the safety and security of Illinois residents with cognitive-impairment, disabilities, and special needs. House Bill 1610 allows for the use of remotely-activated bracelet technology to contact emergency services during a missing persons incident.


July 6, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation Requiring Child Care Workers SUID, SIDS Prevention Training
Reforms Will Improve Infant and Newborn Safety Throughout Illinois
NAPERVILLE – July 6, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to increase the safety of infant and newborn children throughout Illinois. Under House Bill 2099, child care workers who care for newborns and infants will be required to complete regular training on how to prevent sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).


July 6, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Local Government Disclosure Expansion Law
Reforms Will Expand Counties’ Oversight of Local Government Units
WHEATON – July 6, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to increase the ability of counties to examine the activities of local government units and agencies under their control. Senate Bill 541 allows the county board of mid-size counties (populations greater than 300,000, but less than two million) to pass an ordinance that would require a unit of local government or an agency to provide certain categories of information to the County Board.


July 5, 2011
Federal Disaster Assistance to Help Unemployed
Wabash County Added to 14 Southern Illinois Counties
CHICAGO – Individuals and business owners out of work as a direct result of severe rain storms and flooding in April and May in Wabash County might be eligible for federal disaster relief funds, the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced today. Wabash County was added to a list of 14 Southern Illinois counties previously determined eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.


July 5, 2011
Governor Quinn Promotes Summer Jobs and Internship Program for Teens
Illinois Conservation Corps Provides Valuable Work and Life Experience to Young People Throughout Illinois
CHICAGO – July 5, 2011. As part of his jobs agenda, Governor Pat Quinn today promoted a summer internship and jobs initiative for more than 2,500 teens and young adults throughout Illinois. The Illinois Conservation Corps will provide opportunities at more than 100 not-for-profit conservation, recreation and education-focused employers, including state parks, park districts and nature centers.


July 4, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Election Reform Legislation
Governor’s Reforms Empower Citizens with more Access to Democratic Process
DES PLAINES – July 4, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed election reform legislation that will empower Illinois' residents with better access to democratic process. Senate Bill 1586 creates more opportunities to initiate referenda at the local and statewide levels, and simplifies the election code to make it more consistent and clear.


July 3, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Bills to Increase Protections for Veterans and Servicemembers
Bills Prevent Winter Heat Shutoff, Increase Driver’s License Renewal Period; Help Injured Veterans Access Needed Services
CHICAGO – July 3, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed three bills to provide more protections for Illinois’ servicemembers and help injured Veterans get the services they need. Together, the bills will make Illinois a more supportive place to live for servicemembers and veterans.


July 2, 2011
Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action
CHICAGO – July 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bill:


July 1, 2011
Governor Quinn Names Ann L. Schneider Acting Transportation Secretary
Thanks Retiring Secretary Gary Hannig for Overseeing State’s Largest Construction Season While Increasing Road Safety
CHICAGO – July 1, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn announced today the appointment of Ann L. Schneider as acting Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation. Schneider’s appointment follows the retirement of Gary Hannig, who served as Illinois’ Transportation Secretary since 2009 and oversaw the busiest construction season in state history. Schneider currently serves as the agency’s Chief of Operations.


July 1, 2011
IEMA Encourages Pet, Livestock Owners to Include Animals in Disaster Preparedness Plans
Plans, preparedness kits can keep pets, livestock safe during disasters
SPRINGFIELD – Developing a family disaster plan and assembling an emergency supply kit are two important steps for keeping your family safe when disasters occur. And if your family includes a pet or you own livestock, your emergency planning should include procedures and supplies to ensure their well-being during disasters. Throughout July, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will be working to increase awareness of pet and livestock preparedness as part of its 12 Month Preparedness Campaign.


July 1, 2011
State Kicks off Campaign to Protect Seniors From Abuse
IL Dept on Aging Urges People to “Break the Silence” and Report Suspected Incidents of Elder Abuse
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director Charles D. Johnson today kicked off Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, in Illinois. Elder abuse refers to a negligent act (physical, sexual, emotional, confinement, passive neglect, willful deprivation, or financial exploitation) by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult 60 years of age or older.


July 1, 2011
All Kids Health Insurance Reform Takes Effect Today
CHICAGO – The Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is reminding the public that as of July 1, an income limit of 300 percent of the federal poverty level takes effect for the All Kids children’s health insurance program. The limit was adopted as part of the landmark Medicaid reform legislation enacted in Illinois in January. Any child enrolled prior to June 30, regardless of the family’s income, will continue to receive coverage under All Kids until June 30, 2012, as long as their premiums are paid and they continue to meet all other requirements.

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