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2011


August 31, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces $30.5 Million for Community Health Centers Throughout Illinois
Capital Funds Will Help Improve Health Care Access in Underserved Communities, Create Jobs
CHICAGO – August 31, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced $30.5 million from the capital program to build and renovate 14 community health centers throughout Illinois. The Illinois Jobs Now! funding will help the state to improve health outcomes for medically underserved Illinoisans, reduce health care spending and save taxpayers money. The projects are expected to create around 215 jobs.


August 31, 2011
Governor Quinn Orders Illinois Guard to Vermont
Troops Will Be Sent to Assist in Flood Relief
SPRINGFIELD – August 31, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn has ordered Illinois National Guard helicopters and troops to state active duty to assist with Vermont flood relief operations after receiving a request for assistance from the state. Approximately 95 members of the Illinois National Guard are now in Rome, N.Y., and will maintain their base of operations in the state while their helicopters fly into Burlington, Vt. From Burlington, they will be dispatched to deliver food, water and medicine to several towns in Vermont that are isolated by flooding.


August 31, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Saturday, September 3, 2011 until Sunset, Monday, September 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, Saturday, September 3, 2011 until Sunset, Monday, September 5, 2011.


August 30, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Record Success of 2011 Illinois State Fair
Highlights Importance of Agri-Business in Economic Growth
SPRINGFIELD – August 30, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today highlighted the success of the record-breaking 2011 Illinois State Fair, “We’ve Got a Good Thing Growing.” Attendance increased by 10 percent this year, with 817,393 fairgoers visiting the 11-day event. In addition to offering families affordable entertainment, the fair showcases the best in Illinois agricultural products, from livestock to wine, produce and agricultural technology.


August 30, 2011
New Law Gives More Rights to Property Owners
“Purple Paint Law” gives landowners option of marking trees or posts to prevent trespassing
SPRINGFIELD, IL – A new law signed this week by Governor Pat Quinn allows Illinois landowners or lessees the option of using purple paint markings on trees or posts on their property as a “no trespassing” notice. The “Purple Paint Law” is designed as an alternative which Illinois landowners can use to protect their property from trespassing.


August 30, 2011
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on $34 Million MetroLINK Transit Facility
140,000 Square-Foot-Facility Will Create Jobs, Consolidate Vehicles and Fueling Stations, and Improve Efficiency
MOLINE – August 30, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn was joined by local officials today to break ground on a new MetroLINK Transit Maintenance Facility in Rock Island. The $34 million project will consolidate the agency’s administrative operations and maintenance functions, and it will serve as the cornerstone of a new riverfront development. This project continues Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve transportation and grow jobs in Illinois. MetroLINK estimates that the project will create 125 construction jobs.


August 30, 2011
IDES Offices Closed Sept. 5 to Observe Labor Day
Customers Should Certify; Services Available on Internet
CHICAGO - The offices of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. All services will be available on the IDES website. Claimants scheduled to certify for benefits that day are encouraged to use the Internet. TeleServe will be available. Regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume Tuesday, Sept. 6.


August 30, 2011
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on New Rockford Bridge, Creating 400 Jobs
Replacing Aging Structure Will Ease Congestion, Boost Local Economy
ROCKFORD – August 30, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn and local officials broke ground today on the Morgan Street bridge replacement project in Rockford. The $37 million project, which includes $9.3 million in state funding, will create 400 construction jobs, enhance safety, improve traffic flow and revitalize the area south of downtown Rockford.


August 30, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Creation of Muslim American Advisory Council
Names Members to New Council During Religious Observance
CHICAGO – August 30, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today named members to serve on the Muslim American Advisory Council, which will help ensure Muslim American participation in state government. Governor Quinn announced the new council during “Eid,” the close of the holy month of Ramadan.


August 29, 2011
Governor Quinn Secures SBA Disaster Assistance for July Storms and Flooding in Northwest Illinois
People, Businesses in Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Eligible to Apply for Low-Interest Loans
SPRINGFIELD – August 29, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the state’s request for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster declaration has been approved for several counties in Northwest Illinois that were hit by severe storms and flash flooding July 27-28. The declaration makes low-interest loans available to homeowners, renters and businesses in the primary counties of Jo Daviess and Stephenson, as well as the contiguous counties of Carroll, Ogle and Winnebago.


August 27, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Winner in Open Data App Development Contest
GoChicago Takes Advantage of Information at Data.Illinois.Gov
CHICAGO – August 27, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the GoChicago app has been named the state winner of the Apps For Metro Chicago contest, which was launched earlier this summer to engage Illinois’ high-tech entrepreneurial community with the goal of using public data to improve the lives of millions of Illinois residents.


August 27, 2011
Governor Quinn Sends IEMA, National Guard Assets to New York State to Help East Coast Hurricane Response
State Stands Ready to Help With Additional Assistance as Massive Hurricane Approaches East Coast
CHICAGO – August 27, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today deployed personnel from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Illinois National Guard to New York State to help with preparations for Hurricane Irene. Governor Quinn said Illinois stands ready to provide additional assistance to any East Coast states in the path of the massive storm.


August 26, 2011
IDOT and Illinois Law Enforcement Demonstration Shows Effects of Impaired Driving
Training Exercise Shows Success of Ignition Interlock Device, Personalizes Effects of 0.08 Blood Alcohol Level
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Division of Traffic Safety along with state and local law enforcement officials today used a controlled training exercise called a “wet lab” to demonstrate the negative effects of alcohol on driving. The demonstration is part of Illinois’ 2011 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Impaired Driving Crackdown that began August 19 and runs through Labor Day, September 5.


August 26, 2011
IDFPR.com Website Redesign Launches Monday
Site goes off-line at 5:00 pm Friday
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is launching a new and updated website on Monday, August 29. This will require our current website to go down and become unavailable beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2011. The new website will be launched as soon as possible after that time.


August 26, 2011
Governor Quinn Requests Federal Assistance to Speed Recovery from Flash Flooding in Northwest Illinois
Would Help Carroll, Jo Daviess and Stephenson Counties
CHICAGO – August 26, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today requested federal assistance to help people, businesses and local governments in Carroll, Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties recover from flash flooding in late July. In a letter to President Barack Obama, Governor Quinn requested federal assistance to help local governments in the three counties recoup 75 percent of their disaster-related expenses. Governor Quinn also requested assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help people and businesses in Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties that were affected by the 15 inches of rainfall.


August 26, 2011
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs honors Benton resident as its ‘Veteran of the Month’
DUQUOIN –The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) this Sunday (August 28th) will honor John Metzger, a Benton resident and United States Army veteran, as its August 2011 “Veteran of the Month” during a ceremony at the DuQuoin State Fair in DuQuoin, Ill. “John Metzger served his country with honor in Vietnam, and he continues to serve by helping veterans through his work with the VFW and American Legion,” said IDVA Director Erica Borggren. “His efforts have made a tremendous impact in his southern Illinois community and beyond.”


August 26, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Strengthen Rights for Consumers Denied or Dropped by Health Insurers
New Law Permits Independent Review of Health Insurance Rescissions and Denials for Pre-Existing Conditions
CHICAGO – August 26, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to strengthen the state’s Health Carrier External Review Act, which allows a consumer to appeal certain health insurance claim denials to independent review organizations approved by the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI). House Bill 224 ensures that Illinois law conforms to numerous minimum consumer protections required by federal law.


August 26, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Protect Consumers
New Laws Strengthen Repossession Regulation, Security Deposit Safeguards
CHICAGO - August 26, 2011. As part of his ongoing commitment to consumer protection, Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will enhance safeguards for borrowers and tenants. The new laws will give the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) increased oversight of entities that repossess collateral in the case of defaulted loans. They will also strengthen tenants’ rights to their security deposits after a change in property ownership.


August 25, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Electric Car Coming To Illinois This Fall
Early Introduction of Nissan LEAF Driven by State’s Targeted Green Investments
CHICAGO – August 25, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today joined representatives from Nissan to announce that its zero-emissions, all-electric LEAF will arrive early in Illinois, thanks to the Quinn administration’s targeted green state investments in car-charging technology and strong interest among Illinois consumers. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that Illinois continues its leadership in sustainability and the green economy while protecting consumers.


August 25, 2011
State Announces Start of Home Heating Assistance Enrollment
Seniors, People with Disabilities Can Apply for LIHEAP Program Beginning Sept. 1
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Office of Energy Assistance today announced that seniors and people with disabilities can begin applying for winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning Sept. 1.


August 24, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Three Bills to Protect Illinois’ Water Supplies
New Laws Will Reduce Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water, Allow Recycled Water to be Used for Non-Consumption Purposes
CHICAGO – August 24, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed three bills to improve Illinois environment and water systems. The Governor signed House Bills 2056 and 3090 to improve and enhance pharmaceutical collection and disposal programs, as well as House Bill 248, to allow recycled, treated wastewater to be used for non-consumption purposes, such as watering golf courses.


August 24, 2011
Simon, political reformers call for new ethics rules
Pledge to promote transparency with Inspector General
CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon and the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform today renewed their call for greater transparency and openness at all levels of Illinois government and said they look forward to working with Legislative Inspector General Thomas Homer to pass the next wave of ethics reform.


August 23, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Start of Construction on a Major Chicago Infrastructure Project
South Side Rail Crossing Project to Create More Than 1,200 Jobs; Provide Major Boost to Regional Economy
CHICAGO – August 23, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn highlighted the state’s ongoing efforts to improve Chicago’s infrastructure and create jobs by announcing the start of construction for a major rail grade separation project on the city’s South Side. The total $146 million project located at 130th Street, Torrence Avenue and the Norfolk Southern Railroad, is a cornerstone of the CREATE program. The construction phase is estimated to create more than 1,200 jobs and will improve safety at a critical railroad crossing.


August 23, 2011
Illinois Department of Human Rights Director Joins Chicago’s Mexican Consulate Officials and Latino Labor Leaders to Mark Labor Rights Week
IDHR Director Rocco Claps Highlights Enforcement of State Laws that Protect Employees from Discrimination in the Workplace
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Human Rights Director Rocco Claps joined the Consuls General of Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala to announce the upcoming Labor Rights Week. During this year’s Labor Rights Week, entitled “Women in the Workforce,” the Mexican Consulate will host a series of workshops and activities to inform the community about workers’ rights in Illinois. Director Claps discussed how to report discrimination in employment, including gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, discrimination based on disability and other bases.


August 23, 2011
State Labor Department Director, Consul General of Mexico and Latino Community Leaders Mark Labor Rights Week
Director Joe Costigan Highlights Enforcement of Laws Protecting Workers
CHICAGO–Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Joe Costigan today joined the Consuls General of Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala, Chicago, to publicize Labor Rights Week, organized by the Mexican Consulate to help Latino workers learn more about their rights and protections under state and federal labor laws. Director Costigan emphasized the need for strong enforcement of state labor laws that require workers to receive fair and timely pay.


August 23, 2011
Illinois Connects More than 100 Job Seekers with Good-Paying Jobs at Aon
Public/Private Partnership a Model for Putting People Back to Work
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and Aon Corporation (NYSE:AON) have come together to place more than 100 job seekers in good-paying jobs at the Chicago-based professional services firm. The collaboration highlights Governor Pat Quinn’s efforts to grow jobs and connect qualified job seekers with ready-to-hire employers.


August 23, 2011
Governor Quinn Takes Action to Protect Veterans and Support Military Families
Three New Laws Support Servicemembers and Their Families
SPRINGFIELD – August 21, 2011. As part of his ongoing commitment to servicemembers and their families, Governor Pat Quinn today signed three laws that will protect Veterans and support military families.


August 23, 2011
Simon to lead Classrooms First Commission
Team to study ways to cut bureaucracy, improve student opportunities
CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will lead a state commission charged with cutting school district administration costs and redirecting those tax dollars to students and classrooms, thanks to legislation signed today by Governor Quinn.


August 22, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Reduce Transportation Costs for Illinois Businesses
New Law Modifies Truck Weight Limits to Increase Efficiency on Short Trips
EAST ALTON – August 22, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help reduce fuel and equipment costs for trucking companies throughout Illinois. The new law allows the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to issue permits for loads that previously exceeded size and weight restrictions for travel on state highways if specific conditions are met.


August 22, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Increase Consumer Protections in Illinois
New Laws Aid Seniors, Protect Against Release of Personal Information
CHICAGO – August 22, 2011. As part of his ongoing commitment to consumer protection, Governor Pat Quinn today signed four pieces of legislation to strengthen safeguards for Illinois consumers. The new laws cover a range of consumer issues including: increasing penalties for financial exploitation of the elderly, protections for consumers in the event of car dealership bankruptcy and creating additional levels of security for personal and identity information.


August 22, 2011
IDVA to host ‘Helping Our Hometown Heroes’ veterans benefits fair August 28th at DuQuoin State Fair
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans on Sunday, August 28th in the Second Heat/Senior Center Building at the DuQuoin State Fair. The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.


August 22, 2011
Governor Quinn Convenes Budget Reform Commission
Group Will Recommend Steps to Implement Budgeting for Results; Bring Greater Accountability and Transparency to Budget Process
CHICAGO – August 22, 2011. In a key step in reforming the state’s budget process, a commission named by Governor Quinn held its first meeting Friday in Chicago to help guide the implementation of Budgeting for Results. Enacted last year by the General Assembly, Budgeting for Results (BFR) is a tool to help government agencies set priorities, meet goals, and deliver excellent services and achieve the best value possible to taxpayers.


August 22, 2011
State Revokes Licenses of Health Care Workers Convicted of Sex Crimes or Crimes against Patients
CHICAGO – Earlier today, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) revoked the licenses of 11 health care workers who have been convicted of sex offenses or violent crimes against their patients. These revocations are required by a new law signed by Governor Quinn last month. HB 1271 (Public Act 97-0156) provides that the professional license of any health care worker who has been convicted of a sex offense or of a violent crime against their patients is permanently revoked without a hearing and further provides that sex offenders cannot be licensed as health care workers in Illinois.


August 21, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Boost Public Safety in Illinois
Laws to Protect Tenants, Help Fight Drunk Driving and Sex Crimes
SPRINGFIELD – August 21, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today continued his push to increase public safety in Illinois by signing 12 new laws that will strengthen drunken driving enforcement, protect renters from theft, and help prosecutors get justice for victims of sex crimes.


August 20, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Increase Transparency in Chicago Public School Facility Planning
Law Will Bring More Accountability to School Planning While Ensuring Fair Treatment of Schools in Every Neighborhood
CHICAGO – August 20, 2011. As part of his agenda to ensure every child receives a quality education, Governor Pat Quinn today signed reform legislation to improve school facility planning and increase transparency and accountability in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Senate Bill 630 requires CPS to create a 10-year master facility plan to chart its future school repair and construction investments with the involvement of educators, parents and community members, and lay out decisions on school actions. This new law will help ensure that CPS provides fair and efficient use of available facilities-related resources to different schools’ transitions, closures, consolidations and new buildings.


August 20, 2011
Park Pentathlon Makes Debut At Illinois State Fair
Springfield, Ill - - The Illinois State Fair and the Illinois Association of Park Districts created a new, friendly competition called the Park Pentathlon held this morning on Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. “The Park Pentathlon is a fun, friendly competition,” said Amy Bliefnick, Illinois State Fair Manager. “It’s a great way to promote teamwork and show just how much fun people can have doing activities that can be found at their local park district.”


August 19, 2011
IDOT and Law Enforcement Launch Intensive Impaired Driving Crackdown
Message is Simple, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) have partnered with Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies across the state to kick off the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization, an intensive, two-week crackdown on impaired driving leading up to the Labor Day holiday. From August 19th through September 5th, the Illinois State Police join over 350 local police departments and county sheriff’s offices for the crackdown.


August 19, 2011
Governor Quinn Continues Push to Increase Accountability in Illinois Government
New Law Blocks CTA, Metra and Pace Employees from Receiving a Public Pension After Conviction of a Job-Related Felony
CHICAGO – August 19, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today continued his push to increase accountability in Illinois government by signing legislation to prohibit employees of Chicago-area transit agencies from receiving a pension if they are convicted of felony related to their work. This new law brings these transit agencies into line with other municipal governments and the state of Illinois, which already ban this practice.


August 18, 2011
IDHS Names Veteran Human Service Professional to Head the Division of Developmental Disabilities
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Secretary Michelle R. B. Saddler today announced the appointment of Kevin T. Casey as the new Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities. “I am pleased to announce the appointment of such an experienced public servant to lead the key division serving people with developmental disabilities,” said Saddler. “His knowledge and expertise in budgets, planning and administering state and federal regulations will be invaluable during these challenging economic times.”


August 18, 2011
IDOT and Partners Unveil National Work Zone Memorial Wall at Illinois State Fair
Organizations Highlight Prominent Traffic Safety Contributions, Commemorate Lives Lost in Work Zones
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police, American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), and the Associated General Contractors of Illinois today unveiled the National Work Zone Memorial Wall at the Illinois State Fair, to recognize the tragic loss of life in work zones and to stress the importance of increased awareness for motorist and worker safety. The memorial wall is a living tribute to the memory of the men, women and children who have died in work zones across the nation.


August 18, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Deter Crime and Improve Public Safety Throughout Illinois
New Laws Strengthen Local Efforts to Fight Drug Crime, Gang Violence
ELGIN – August 18, 2011. As part of his agenda to protect communities and strengthen law enforcement throughout Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to boost local efforts to fight drug dealing and prevent gang violence. House Bill 1258 allows law enforcement to recover funds spent during the course of a drug investigation, and House Bill 3033 will boost local governments’ efforts to attain federal grants for gang prevention and intervention.


August 18, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Care
Mental Health Parity, Regional Integrated Behavioral Health Networks among New Laws to Improve and Coordinate Behavioral Health Care
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – August 18, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed new laws designed to improve the quality of life for those needing behavioral health services and ensure equal access to necessary treatments. During a ceremony at the Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health, the Governor signed House Bill 1530, which requires insurance companies to provide parity in coverage for mental health and substance abuse disorders, and House Bill 2982, which will help the state build regional networks to improve behavioral health care throughout Illinois. The laws build upon Illinois’ efforts to ensure equal access to health care for Illinois residents and coordinate care to improve outcomes.


August 18, 2011
National Instability Causes Bump in Job Recovery
Manufacturing Jobs Up 4th Straight Month; 11,300 since Last Year
CHICAGO – The Illinois seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July increased to 9.5 percent as 24,900 fewer jobs were reported, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The data reflects uncertainty in consumer confidence and the volatility associated with data management. July is the third consecutive month to record an increase in the unemployment rate following 15 consecutive months of declines. Including the preliminary job loss, Illinois has added 28,900 jobs so far this year and 72,200 jobs since January 2010, when job growth returned to Illinois after 23 consecutive months of declines.


August 18, 2011
Walk Through History At The Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Fairgoers have the opportunity to discover some State Fair history as they enjoy this year’s Illinois State Fair. The Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation hopes to educate fairgoers about the history of the buildings and traditions of State Fairs past, through a walking tour. The foundation is a volunteer organization that works to preserve and promote awareness about the Illinois State Fair history.


August 18, 2011
Governor Quinn Creates Women’s Advisory Council
Will Focus on Strengthening Women’s Role in Illinois’ Economic Recovery
CHICAGO - August 18, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the creation of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Women, with the goal of strengthening the participation of women in Illinois’ economic recovery.


August 17, 2011
Chicago High School Students Join The World Of Horse Breeding
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The world of harness horse racing is ready to add a new breeder to its ranks. The newcomers to standardbred horse breeding are none other than the students of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Through the efforts of Dennis Pietranduono and Scott Nelson, this high school will begin raising standard bred horses on their 48-acre farm outside of Chicago.


August 16, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Create Environmental Justice Commission
Law Will Help Protect Communities from Undue Environmental Harm
CHICAGO – August 16, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation calling for an assessment of Illinois’ environmental laws and policies to ensure that no segment of the population will disproportionately bear the adverse environmental and health effects caused by pollution.


August 16, 2011
Working Bikes Cooperative to accept donations of old bicycles at IDNR Gate at Illinois State Fairgrounds
Organization repairs broken bicycles for donation to people in need
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will host a bicycle collection drive at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on behalf of the Working Bikes Cooperative, a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization that repairs, restores and recycles old bicycles for use by people in need in Illinois and around the world.


August 16, 2011
Recognition Wall To Be Erected On Illinois State Fairgrounds
Monument will pay tribute to those who have made the fair a premiere event, its patrons, vendors and exhibitors
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Fairgoers have a chance to etch their names into the Illinois State Fairgrounds and become a permanent part of the fair’s history. During a ground breaking ceremony today, the fair announced plans to construct a Recognition Wall that will honor those who have made the fair a premiere agricultural event. Prominently located inside the Main Gate on the east side of Main Street, the wall will display commemorative plaques that fair enthusiasts can purchase and inscribe to memorialize their support of the fair.


August 16, 2011
Governor Signs Legislation to Support Farmers and Home Producers on State Fair Agriculture Day
New Laws Promote Agriculture Tourism, Expand Homemade Food Sales and Ensure Consistent Regulation at Farmers’ Markets
CHICAGO – August 16, 2011. In honor of Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair, Governor Pat Quinn today signed three pieces of legislation to support Illinois’ agriculture industry and increase access to farmers’ markets for the growing cottage food industry. Senate Bill 840 allows certain homemade foods to be sold at Illinois farmers’ markets, and Senate Bill 1852 creates a task force to recommend statewide farmers’ market regulations. The Governor also signed House Bill 3244 requiring the state to develop a plan for increasing agriculture-related tourism opportunities in Illinois.


August 16, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Illinois Servicemembers from Predatory Lenders
Laws Caps Interest Rates on Predatory Short-Term Loans
SPRINGFIELD – August 16, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will help protect Illinois' men and women in uniform from predatory lenders. The new law caps interest rates on certain types of loans under the Illinois Payday Loan Reform Act (PLRA) for active-duty Illinois servicemembers and their families.


August 16, 2011
Sale Of Champions Breaks Three Records
Event raises $135,200 for junior producers and the state’s 4-H and FFA education programs
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Governor Pat Quinn proved to be a good “arm twister” at Tuesday evening’s Sale of Champion Illinois State Fair livestock and commodities. “I wish you could raise as much money for the state of Illinois as you have here tonight,” master of ceremonies Orion Samuelson said. With the encouragement of the governor, three records were broken. The first was for Sarah DeSchepper’s Grand Champion Wether. DeSchepper’s wether was auctioned off for $12,500, beating the previous record by $3,000.


August 15, 2011
The 2011 R.J. Vollmer Sustainable Agriculture Farmer Winner Named
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture Program is pleased to announce the 2011 “R.J. Vollmer Sustainable Agriculture Farmer of the Year”. This year’s recipient is Jack Erisman from Pana, Illinois in Christian County.


August 15, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Expand Emergency Access to Life-Saving Allergy Medicine for Children
Law Expands Options for Schools in Stocking, Administering Epi-Pens
CHICAGO – August 15, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to increase access to potentially life-saving medicine for children with severe allergies. House Bill 3294, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, allows schools to stock and utilize epinephrine auto-injectors (often known as ‘epi-pens’) in the case of life-threatening allergic reactions.


August 15, 2011
IDOT, Secretary of State and State Police Partner With Ford and Allstate to Launch 5th Year of “Operation Teen Safe Driving”
Student Program Contributes to 45 Percent Drop in Teen Motor Vehicle Fatalities
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today joined with the Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois State Police (ISP) and corporate sponsors to kick off the fifth year of the successful Operation Teen Safe Driving (OTSD) program. Illinois continues to lead the nation in this peer-led safe driving initiative implemented by IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety.


August 14, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Expand Illinois’ ‘Let Them Rest in Peace Act’
Law Protects Illinois Families’ Right to Grieve With Reverence and Dignity
SPRINGFIELD – August 14, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to protect the funerals of those who have given their lives for our country. The new law expands Illinois’ Let Them Rest in Peace law to prohibit protests within 300 feet of a funeral site and ensure that no protest can take place within 30 minutes before and after a funeral or memorial service.


August 14, 2011
Husband And Hog Calling Winners Crowned
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – For the winner of the 2011 Illinois State Fair’s Husband Calling Contest, it was a birthday present she had not wished for. Julie Willeford of Nilwood took first place by calling out to her husband, Timmy, that it was her birthday. Willeford said she had not thought to sign up for the contest until her friend suggested the idea.


August 14, 2011
The Illinois State Fair Offers Affordable Entertainment For The Entire Family
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois State Fair offers families food, fun and an affordable way to spend the day together. It has 14 stages of free entertainment this year. The acts include everything from music and magic to competitions and demonstrations.


August 13, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Bill Creating Commission to Research Disparity in the African-American Community
Commission Will Explore Inequalities Across a Wide Variety of Areas
CHICAGO – August 13, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed House Bill 1547, creating the Commission to End the Disparities Facing the African-American Community. The commission will research the disparities facing African-Americans in the areas of healthcare, health services, employment, education, criminal justice, housing, and other social and economic issues. Its findings will be reported to the General Assembly.


August 13, 2011
Dream Comes True For Sangamon County Teenager
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Hard work paid off for 18-year-old Austin Burris of Sherman Saturday evening when his crossbred was selected grand champion of the Illinois State Fair Junior Steer Show. “I was hoping I wouldn’t mess up,” Burris said. “I was excited to be champion. My dream came true.”


August 13, 2011
Illinois State Fair Junior Meat Goat And Barrow Shows Select Grand Champions
Winners will take part in Governor’s Sale of Champions on Ag Day
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A succession of wins, first for his class and then for his division, at the Illinois State Fair Junior Meat Goat Show brought Dylan Hummel and his wether, Kelly, into the Grand Champion drive. “I was just hoping I had him looking good,” the 12-year-old Hummel said as he waited for the judge to choose a winner.


August 13, 2011
Illinois Department Of Agriculture Tent Features Free Food And Cooking Demonstrations
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Twenty-two Illinois food companies are giving away free samples of their products in the Department of Agriculture Tent at the 2011 Illinois State Fair. “This is a great opportunity for Illinois food companies to introduce their products to thousands of potential customers and build name recognition,” Ag Tent organizer Larry Aldag said. “Marketing programs like this are important because food processing is one of Illinois’ leading manufacturing activities. Simply put, the more demand we create for Illinois food, the more jobs we create in our food industry.”


August 12, 2011
Governor Quinn Opens 2011 Illinois State Fair
“We’ve Got a Good Thing Growing” Fair Showcases Food, Entertainment, Illinois Produce and Livestock
SPRINGFIELD – August 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today officially opened the 2011 Illinois State Fair, “We’ve Got a Good Thing Growing.” Today’s ribbon cutting at the fairground’s main gate marks the start of the 10-day celebration that features food, racing, music, carnival rides and a wide variety of family-friendly activities.


August 12, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Increase Use of Recycled Materials in Road Projects
New Law Paves Way for IDOT to Use Asphalt Made From Recycled Shingles, Saves More Than $8 Million Annually
CHICAGO – August 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that continues his commitment to making state government greener and more efficient. The new law allows the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to begin using asphalt made from recycled roofing shingles. It also allows businesses to increase the amount of shingles used in asphalt production and requires IDOT to maximize the use of recycled materials in construction projects, saving the state more than $8 million annually.


August 12, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve College Graduation Rates
Sets Performance Standards for College and University Funding to Improve Accountability
MOLINE – August 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today furthered his goal of making education accessible and affordable for all Illinois students by signing legislation to reform how Illinois funds colleges and universities. House Bill 1503 will create performance standards for higher education institutions to increase accountability and improve student outcomes.


August 12, 2011
IDOT Unveils 2011-2012 Highway Map at Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD – Acting Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider today announced new state highway maps are available, and are being released at the 2011 Illinois State Fair. “IDOT understands the importance of providing the most up to date information to motorists and visitors who consistently utilize and rely upon Illinois roadways,” said Acting Secretary Schneider. “A state road map is a valuable resource we believe all drivers should have in their vehicle while traveling.”


August 12, 2011
Fun, Free and Informative Activities for Seniors and Their Families at the Illinois State Fair
“Senior Day” is August 15 when admission is free for those 60 years & older
SPRINGFIELD – Attendees 60 years of age and older will be admitted free to the State Fair on Monday August 15, for Senior Day. Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is hosting activities for seniors and their families during the Illinois State Fair, which runs August 12 – 21. The department has a lineup of special events in the senior center, which is in the air conditioned setting of the Illinois Building, located near the main gate of the fairgrounds.


August 12, 2011
Butter Cow To Be Sculpted Live The First Two Days Of The Illinois State Fair
A new twist on an old Illinois State Fair tradition
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The butter cow has been a main attraction at the Illinois State Fair since 1922, but it has always been completed before fairgoers arrive at the Dairy Building. This year, however, sculptor Sharon BuMann of Central Square, N.Y., intends to finish the famous cow live, while it is rotating on a platform in its refrigerated octagonal case.


August 11, 2011
Illinois State Fair Crowns First Grand Champions In Junior Livestock Show
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The second time was the charm for the showman of this year’s Illinois State Fair Grand Champion Poultry Trio. James Banas, 13, of the Saratoga 4-H Club and his Cornish Cross Trio took the purple, first place ribbon at today’s show. Last year, Banas had the Reserve Grand Champion Poultry Trio.


August 11, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Ease Congestion, Cut Transit Times on Stevenson Expressway
Will Benefit Drivers and Transit Riders by Allowing Buses on Shoulders
CHICAGO – August 11, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to allow the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and Pace to begin a pilot program to allow commuter buses to drive on the shoulders of the Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55) during rush hour congestion. The new law will reduce travel times through the busy I-55 corridor, improve the reliability of bus schedules and help the environment by encouraging more motorists to use mass transit.


August 11, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Trucking Industry Operate More Efficiently
Law Will Improve Access to Up-to-Date Truck Route Information
CHICAGO – August 11, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help the trucking industry operate more efficiently in Illinois. The new law requires local governments to provide the most up-to-date truck route information for the Illinois Department of Transportation to post online.


August 11, 2011
Illinois Warrior Assistance Program ready to help veterans cope with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries
Confidential online and toll-free access is available 24/7
SPRINGFIELD – Since the conflicts in the Middle East began nearly 10 years ago, thousands of veterans have returned to Illinois. Many of these men and women—plus others who will be returning in the coming months and years—suffer hidden injuries like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).


August 11, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation Expanding Infant Safe Havens
New Law Allows Parents to Relinquish Newborns to University and State Police
CHICAGO – August 11, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation increasing the facilities considered “safe havens” for parents seeking to safely give up their newborns. House Bill 106 expands the places where parents can legally relinquish newborn infants to include college or university police stations and any district headquarters of the Illinois State Police (ISP).


August 11, 2011
Apartments Featuring Affordable Rents for Families Open in Edgar County
Senator Durbin attends grand opening to demonstrate strength of federal housing stimulus funds
PARIS – As a teacher and a single parent raising a 5-year-old daughter, 27-year-old Stephanie Walker felt she could never find a quality apartment she could afford on her budget. Then, Maple Ridge Apartments in Paris finished construction.


August 10, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Increase Electronics Recycling in Illinois
Legislation Modernizes Illinois’ Recycling Laws
CHICAGO – August 10, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will take a major step to increase e-recycling in Illinois. The new law overhauls the state’s Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act by requiring more electronic products to be recycled, increasing recycling goals for Illinois’ manufacturers and strengthening penalties for those who do not follow the law.


August 10, 2011
Governor Quinn Taps Alexi Giannoulias to Lead Illinois’ Community Colleges
Former Treasurer to Advance Higher Education in Illinois
CHICAGO - August 10, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today appointed Alexi Giannoulias to serve as chairman of the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) as it works to increase graduation rates at the state’s community colleges and advance Illinois’ competitive edge in the global economy. Giannoulias will lead the non-paid, voluntary 11-member board, which governs the state’s 48 community colleges – the third-largest system in the country.


August 10, 2011
Department on Aging Reminds People to Nominate for the Senior Hall of Fame Awards
Nominations due August 24
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is reminding people about the fast approaching deadline to nominate seniors, ages 65 years and older, for the 2011 Illinois Senior Hall of Fame. Nomination forms must be postmarked or faxed by August 24, 2011 for consideration.


August 10, 2011
2011 Illinois State Fair Butter Cow To Be Unveiled (Sort Of)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Sculptor Sharon BuMann will unveil the 2011 Illinois State Fair Butter Cow, or at least the portion of it that is done, Thursday, Aug. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Dairy Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.


August 10, 2011
Illinois Youth Volunteers Will Serve As Grand Marshals Of The 2011 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Some exceptional young people from the Springfield area who volunteer their time to serve others have been selected as this year’s Twilight Parade Grand Marshals. The 2011 Grand Marshals were selected for their commitment to serving others through the Serve Illinois Commission, whose mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing traditional volunteer activities and supporting national service programs. Eight of the grand marshals are AmeriCorps members from the Springfield Urban League and serve as tutors and mentors for afterschool programs. The others are students from Springfield Public School District 186 who volunteer their time by serving food to the hungry at St. John’s Breadline and by working at the Springfield Ronald McDonald House.


August 10, 2011
Governor Quinn Declares Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson Counties State Disaster Areas
State Working with Local Officials to Gather Damage Information
CHICAGO – August 10, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today declared Carroll, Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties state disaster areas for widespread damage to homes, businesses and critical infrastructure caused by severe flash flooding on July 27.


August 10, 2011
Lt. Governor Simon tours John Wood Community College
Students achieve milestones, earn certificates while completing degree
QUINCY – In her effort to better educate the state’s workforce, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon visited John Wood Community College today to learn how two new “career ladder” programs may help Quincy-area students earn more associate’s degrees.


August 9, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Health of Illinois Residents
New Laws Will Increase Coverage of Preventative Care, Patients’ Right to Know
CHICAGO – August 9, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed four new laws designed to improve the health of residents throughout Illinois. The new laws will: require insurance coverage of diabetes management education programs; improve dental care for children; increase education on the importance of preventative cardiovascular screenings; and allow patients to access a vast online database of information regarding Illinois’ 46,565 physicians and surgeons.


August 9, 2011
IDVA to host “Helping Our Hometown Heroes” veterans benefits fair August 19th in Woodstock
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans on Friday, August 19th in Woodstock at the Woodstock Opera House (121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock, 60098). The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.


August 9, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Volunteer Drivers Who Transport Seniors
New Law Strengthens Transportation Options for Seniors
CHICAGO – AUGUST, 9, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to protect volunteer drivers from being denied auto coverage or paying extra for car insurance premiums simply because the driver is a volunteer driver. House Bill 1378 also prohibits insurers from imposing a surcharge on or increasing the rate for a vehicle policy solely due to the fact one or more of the vehicle’s drivers is a volunteer driver.


August 8, 2011
Governor Signs Law Banning Workers’ Compensation Benefits Following Serious Criminal Convictions
New Law Prevents Workers from Claiming Benefits after Felony, DUI Convictions
CHICAGO – AUGUST 8, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to prevent workers convicted of serious crimes from claiming workers’ compensation benefits for injuries resulting from those crimes. Senate Bill 1147 prohibits workers from receiving benefits or attorney fees for injuries sustained in the commission of forcible felony, aggravated DUI or reckless homicide.


August 7, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Advance Wind Energy in Illinois
New Laws Give State Additional Tools to Grow Green Economy
CHICAGO – August 7, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the signing of two bills into law that advance clean wind energy in Illinois. The new laws create a council to study offshore wind energy projects in Lake Michigan and clear the way for more wind energy projects throughout Illinois.


August 6, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Bill To Help Sex Trafficking Victims Rebuild Their Lives
New Law Will Give Victims of Sex Trafficking a Chance to Appeal Prostitution Convictions
CHICAGO – August 6, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a new law that will help victims of sex trafficking who have been charged with prostitution by giving them the opportunity to clear their names. The new law gives victims of sex trafficking a chance to remove their convictions through a court of law.


August 5, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces August 7 Purple Heart Day in Illinois
Annual Observance Will Honor and Remember Illinois Servicemembers Wounded or Killed in Action
CHICAGO – August 5, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation establishing Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day in Illinois. House Bill 1537 designates Aug. 7 as an annual day to honor and remember those in the military who have been wounded or killed in battle and honored with a Purple Heart. Since the legislation will not take effect until 2012, Governor Quinn also issued a proclamation to ensure that observance of Purple Heart Day will begin in 2011.


August 5, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Key Appointment
Army Veteran and Former Senior Staff Member for Gen. David H. Petraeus Erica Borggren Appointed Director of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
CHICAGO – August 5, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today appointed Erica Borggren as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. An Illinois native and Army Veteran, Borggren previously served as a senior staff member for Army Gen. David H. Petraeus. She replaces fellow Iraq war Veteran Dan Grant, who is leaving to pursue a post-graduate degree. Today’s action is the latest in a series of appointments the Governor is making as he continues to fulfill his commitment to serving Illinois’ Veterans.


August 5, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Establish New Medical District
Roseland Community Medical District Will Generate High-Tech Jobs
ROSELAND – August 5, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will help the far south side of Chicago attract high-tech and medical research investments by creating the Roseland Community Medical District.


August 5, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Boost Small Businesses Owned by Illinois Veterans
New Law Helps Small Businesses Participate in State Projects
TINLEY PARK – August 5, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to boost small businesses owned by Illinois Veterans. Under the new law, the state will set an annual goal of 3 percent of every state contract to be set aside for businesses owned by Veterans and service-disabled Veterans.


August 4, 2011
IDVA to host “Helping Our Hometown Heroes” veterans benefits fair August 10th in East St. Louis
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans on Wednesday, August 10th at Frank Holten State Park (4500 Pocket Road, East St. Louis, IL 62205). The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.


August 4, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Green Jobs
Law Will Boost State Partnerships with Colleges, Universities to Promote Green Industry
CHICAGO – August 4, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will further Illinois’ leadership in the green industry. The new law will help ensure even stronger collaboration between the state and colleges and universities on sustainability issues.


August 3, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Measure to Help Return Lost Pets to Their Families
New Law Requires Illinois Shelters to Take Additional Steps to Locate Owners of Lost Pets
CHICAGO – August 3, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that strengthens the rights of pet owners throughout Illinois and helps reunite lost animals with their owners. Senate Bill 1637, sponsored by Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) and Rep. David Reis (R-Olney), requires animal control centers to scan for implanted microchips twice and make other efforts to identify a lost animal’s owner within 24 hours of the animal being impounded.


August 3, 2011
Staff Honored for Helping Veterans Find Employment
CHICAGO – The Illinois American Legion has honored two associates at the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) for their efforts to help unemployed military Veterans return to work. Michael Ruffner, who works in the Woodstock office in McHenry County, and Tim Scarbrough, who works in the Murphysboro office in Jackson County, were honored. Each received an Employment Service Award. The honor recognizes individuals who excel in providing job counseling, testing and placement assistance to unemployed and underemployed Veterans.


August 3, 2011
State Notifies Seniors Eligible for Seniors Ride Free
Dept on Aging alerting those qualified through Circuit Breaker program
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is sending notifications to seniors who are eligible to receive free rides on public transit service. The department has mailed postcards that verify the senior is enrolled in the Circuit Breaker program and eligible under the Seniors Ride Free (or Disabled Ride Free) program for free rides on all fixed-route public bus and train systems, in Illinois. In February of this year, Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation that requires means testing for the Seniors Ride Free program. IDoA has been working with transit agencies across the state to help with the transition of new regulations for the program.


August 2, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs “Zach’s Law” for Movable Soccer Goal Safety
Law Requires Soccer Goals be Designed to Resist Tipping
CHICAGO – August 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed “Zach?s Law” requiring all movable soccer goals manufactured and sold in the state of Illinois to be tip-resistant. House Bill 1130, the Moveable Soccer Goal Safety Act, will also require organizations that own moveable soccer goals to create soccer goal safety and education policies.


August 2, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Illinois Homeowners
New Law Helps Protect Homeowners from Fraud After Natural Disasters
JOLIET – August 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that helps protect Illinois homeowners who are trying to recover following a natural disaster. He also signed a new law that ensures landlords are able to evict tenants who commit serious crimes on the rental property.


August 2, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Appointment
Michael Gelder Appointed Acting Director of the Department on Aging
CHICAGO – August 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of Michael Gelder as acting director of the Illinois Department on Aging. He replaces Charles Johnson, who recently retired.


August 2, 2011
Gov. Quinn Proclaims August as Breastfeeding Promotion Month
IDHS continues to raise awareness of breastfeeding benefits
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed the month of August as Breastfeeding Promotion Month in the state of Illinois. Breastfeeding Promotion Month is designed to increase public awareness of breastfeeding as the normal and expected way to feed all babies in Illinois.


August 2, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Fight Gun Violence
New Law Increases Penalties for Felons Caught with Guns
CHICAGO – August 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will help reduce gun violence in Illinois. Senate Bill 1589 will increase penalties for convicted felons who are found carrying guns.


August 2, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Advance Clean Energy Project in Southern Illinois
Power Holdings Project Will Provide Major Boost to Regional Economy and Create More Than 1,650 Jobs
MT. VERNON – August 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will help develop a state-of-the-art coal gasification facility in southern Illinois, creating 1,650 jobs and reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 90 percent. Following principles the Governor outlined in the spring legislative session, the new law will ensure consumer protections, create jobs and safeguard the environment.


August 1, 2011
Lt. Governor Simon voices support for Illinois DREAM Act
CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon expressed support for the Illinois DREAM Act today while joining with Governor Pat Quinn as he signed the historic legislation into law. As the state’s point person on education reform, Simon supports the Illinois DREAM Act and the educational opportunities it brings to the students of the state.


August 1, 2011
Governor Quinn Signs Illinois DREAM Act
Landmark Law Increases Higher Education Opportunities for Children of Immigrants
CHICAGO – August 1, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed historic legislation to increase education opportunities to children of immigrants in Illinois. The Illinois DREAM Act creates a privately-funded scholarship program for high school graduates from immigrant families who wish to attend college.


August 1, 2011
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on New Shipping Facility in Joliet Intermodal Park
APL Shipping Terminal Will Boost Illinois’ Status as Inland Port of the Nation
JOLIET – August 1, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today joined global transportation and logistics leader APL to break ground on a new terminal at the Joliet intermodal facility, which is expected to create 150 construction jobs and help expand Illinois’ transportation and distribution capacity. The new facility is part of a larger development that will bring 27,000 jobs to the state and strengthen Illinois’ position as the nation’s inland port.


August 1, 2011
“Legal Helpers” Fined $314,000 for Unlicensed Debt Settlement Operation
CHICAGO – Legal Helpers, a Chicago based debt settlement firm, was ordered to Cease and Desist its unlicensed business today by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). The Department also issued a fine of $314,000 – $1,000 for each of the 314 clients it has identified thus far. This is the first disciplinary action taken since the Debt Settlement Act took effect last August.

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