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September
2011


September 30, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Grants
Federally-Funded Grants will Boost Public Safety Throughout Illinois by Supporting 90 Rural and Small Town Fire Departments
CHICAGO – September 30, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that 90 Illinois communities will benefit from more than $677,000 in federal grants to rural fire protection districts and fire departments. The Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program is a federally-funded program that provides matching funds to aid fire departments in the purchase of new equipment and training.


September 30, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Capital Funding for Green Jobs Training Program
Urban Weatherization Program will Provide Training for Home Energy Auditors, Job Opportunities in Urban Communities
CHICAGO – September 28, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced $1.6 million in capital funding to kick-off the first phase a multi-year green jobs training program. The Urban Weatherization Initiative (UWI) is an innovative program that will help create jobs in urban communities while increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy costs to homeowners.


September 30, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Saturday, October 1, 2011 to Sunset, Monday, October 3, 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, October 1, 2011 to Sunset, Monday, October 3, 2011.


September 30, 2011
IEMA to Highlight Importance of Volunteers in Disaster Response during October
Community Emergency Response Teams from 12 Communities to Participate in Prairie State Challenge Saturday in Glenview
SPRINGFIELD – Nearly 150 volunteer responders will put their emergency response skills to the test Saturday in Glenview during the second annual Prairie State Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Challenge, hosted by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). The event kicks off IEMA’s month-long focus on the importance of volunteers in disasters.


September 30, 2011
Governor Makes Acting Appointments at Illinois Departments of Public Health, Children & Family Services
Thanks Outgoing IDPH Director Dr. Arnold for His Years of Service
CHICAGO – September 30, 2011. Governor Quinn today appointed Dr. Craig Conover as acting director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Jean Ortega-Piron as acting director of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Dr. Conover replaces Dr. Damon Arnold, who is leaving IDPH to create a Master's of Public Health degree program at Chicago State University.


September 29, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces $24 Million Federal Grant to Create Healthier Communities
Affordable Care Act Funding Will Help Promote Healthy Living, Control Health Care Spending in Communities across Illinois
CHICAGO – September 29, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Illinois a $24 million grant to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and control health care spending. The award, $4.8 million per year over five years, was made through a highly competitive national application process for Community Transformation Grants, an initiative of the Affordable Care Act.


September 29, 2011
IDHS Launches Public Awareness Campaign to Help People with Disabilities Find Employment
Billboards Will Feature Customer Success Stories
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is launching a new aspect of its public awareness campaign to help people with disabilities enter the workforce. A billboard campaign will officially begin October 1 and reach every region of the state.


September 29, 2011
IDOT, ISBE Asks Kids to “Hike it, Bike it” on International Walk to School Day
SPRINGFIELD – To support a healthy lifestyle for children and encourage green transportation practices, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Board of Education are urging schools across the state to participate in International Walk to School Day on Oct. 5. The event, which started as a community demonstration in Chicago and grew into a worldwide effort, will be celebrating its 15th year.


September 29, 2011
Quinn Administration Announces New Jobs at FedEx Packaging Facility Grand Opening
New Facility Expected to Create More than 450 Jobs; State Investment Package to Bolster Private Investment
GRAYSLAKE – September 29, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the opening of a new FedEx facility in Grayslake that would result in the creation of more than 450 new jobs, including managers, clerical staff, maintenance workers, drivers and more. Local officials, FedEx representatives and Assistant Director of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Dan Seals gathered today to officially open the facility, which was supported by the state with an estimated $500,000 business investment package to strengthen the company’s $38 million private investment.


September 29, 2011
Illinois’ Top Military Officer Receives Prestigious Polish Army Medal
Illinois Adjutant General William Enyart Honored With Polish Army’s Highest Award to a Foreign Officer
WARSAW, Poland – September 29, 2011. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s top military officer, Maj. Gen. William L. Enyart, the Adjutant General of Illinois, received the Polish Army Medal during an official visit to Poland last week. U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Thomas Lamont accompanied Enyart to the ceremony, which included a military parade, a performance by a Polish Army band, and a “dress and review” march in which 100 Polish soldiers saluted and honored the officer.


September 28, 2011
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs honors Wheaton resident as its ‘Veteran of the Month’
CHICAGO –The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) this Thursday (September 29th) will honor Ken McNatt, a Wheaton resident and U.S. Naval Reserves veteran, as its September 2011 “Veteran of the Month” during a ceremony at the Milton Township offices in Wheaton, Ill.


September 28, 2011
Rosh Hashanah
At sundown this Wednesday evening, the Jewish community will commemorate the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year...


September 27, 2011
Quinn Administration Announces Agreement with Taiwan to Sell Illinois Grain
Illinois’ Grain Industry Could See Boost of As Much As $575 Million
SPRINGFIELD – September 27, 2011. As Governor Pat Quinn continues his efforts to increase Asian investment in Illinois, officials from the Quinn administration today announced a major agricultural trade agreement with Taiwan. Representatives from the Department of Agriculture hosted members of a Taiwanese trade delegation in Springfield as part of a goodwill mission designed to further a long-standing trade relationship.


September 27, 2011
IDVA to host ‘Helping Our Hometown Heroes’ veterans benefits fair October 7th in Sterling
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans on Friday, October 7th at the Northland Mall at 2900 E Lincolnway in Sterling, Ill. The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.


September 27, 2011
New licenses available for professional hair braiders
CHICAGO – Earlier this month, compromise legislation took effect creating a new category of licenses for hair braiders in Illinois. Under the new law, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) will begin issuing licenses to professionals who braid the hair of their clients. People wishing to enter the profession as licensed hair braiders will be able to obtain a license with 300 hours of classroom and practical experience. Under prior law, a full cosmetology license and 1500 hours of training was required if a hair braider sought a license.


September 26, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Wednesday, September 28, 2011.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Wednesday, September 28, 2011.


September 26, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Japanese Manufacturer Investing $35 Million to Expand Illinois Facility
Continues Business and Economic Trade Mission throughout Asia
SPRINGFIELD – September 26, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Japanese manufacturer Sakae Riken Kogyo Co. is investing $35 million to expand its Peru facility and create 25 new Illinois jobs. Today’s announcement is one of several business and economic partnerships the Governor has announced during his trade mission throughout Asia, and builds upon his aggressive goal of doubling exports by 2014.


September 25, 2011
Quinn Administration Honors Families of Fallen Illinois Heroes with Gold Star Mother’s Day Ceremony
Mothers of fallen soldiers honored with Gold Star Banners
CHICAGO – Gold Star Banners were presented today to 10 Illinois mothers whose sons died in combat while serving their country in the Global War on Terror. More than 70 Illinois Gold Star families, who lost family members on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, attended the ceremony at Chicago’s Cultural Center.


September 22, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Agreement to Enhance Illinois’ Biotech Industry
Furthers Efforts to Build on Illinois’ Global Competitiveness, Create Jobs
SHANGHAI, CHINA – September 22, 2011. During his economic and business trade mission throughout China, Governor Pat Quinn today announced the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC), an Illinois-based association that represents leading research universities and technology companies, iBIO, an Illinois-based life sciences industry association, and China-based Shanghai Bio Pharmaceutics Association (SBIA) to increase economic opportunities for both regions in the bio-technology field.


September 22, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Major Trade Partnerships Between Illinois and China
Announces Business and Education Agreements to Further Expand Partnerships, Trade and Investment Between Illinois and China
SHANGHAI, CHINA – September 22, 2011. Continuing his trade mission in China, Governor Pat Quinn today visited Shanghai where he announced major steps to build upon Illinois’ role as a leading competitor in the global marketplace. While in Shanghai the Governor took part in several economic development and education agreements that will help pave the way for continued trade and innovation between Illinois and China.


September 22, 2011
Governor Quinn’s Request for Agricultural Disaster Declaration Approved
Declaration Will Assist Farmers in 73 Illinois Counties Who Suffered Crop Losses from Severe Flooding Earlier this Year
SPRINGFIELD – September 22, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced federal disaster assistance is available to help Illinois farmers who suffered crop losses due to flooding this year.


September 22, 2011
IDOT, State Police, AAA and Evenflo Announce Seat Check Saturday as Part of National Child Passenger Safety Week
More Than 80 Free Child Seat Checks Planned Across the State
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), State Police, AAA, Evenflo and St. John’s Hospital today announced Seat Check Saturday and called on all parents and caregivers to ensure children are properly restrained in correctly installed child safety seats when traveling on Illinois roadways. On Saturday, September 24, over 80 free child safety seat checks will take place in Illinois providing parents with hands-on training from 682 certified child passenger safety (CPS) technicians. The press conference and seat checks are part of Illinois’ strategic efforts to raise awareness and boost safety during the National Child Passenger Safety Week campaign.


September 22, 2011
The Office of Illinois State Fire Marshal Promotes Fire Safety Campaign for College Students
Students encouraged to “Look Up” to make sure smoke detectors are in working order and properly installed in housing
SPRINGFIELD – As thousands of college students are heading out to different campuses across the state, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal is reminding parents and students to keep fire safety awareness in their list of priorities, even after they completed their fall 2011 housing contracts. To build awareness about campus fire safety, Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed September as Campus Fire Safety Month and September 22, 2011 as the “LOOK UP! Pay It Forward” Day in Illinois.


September 22, 2011
Target Hunger Now! Program Features Asian Carp
Expansion event highlights tasty ways to help feed Illinois families and manage Asian carp threat
CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and partner Feeding Illinois are hosting hundreds of children, adults and families who will experience how delicious Asian carp can be when prepared simply and correctly during an event at Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory High School in Chicago this afternoon. The event is the first ‘Target Hunger Now!’ program to showcase Asian carp throughout Illinois.


September 21, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Centers Opening to Sell More Illinois Products in China
American Goods Centers to Open This Fall in Beijing, Shanghai
SHANGHAI – September 21, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn continued his trade mission in China by visiting Shanghai where he announced Illinois exports will soon be more readily available to Chinese consumers. The Governor attended a reception hosted by the American Goods Center to announce plans to open centers in both Shanghai and Beijing this fall.


September 21, 2011
New Housing Opens for Families with Special Needs
Model Public-Private Development Supported by Federal Funds
ROCK ISLAND, IL – A new housing development opened today in Rock Island that will provide affordable and quality apartments for persons with special needs so they can live in a community setting. Mary Kenney, executive director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), which financed the project, joined officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Rock Island Housing Authority to celebrate the opening of Cascade Garden. The construction of Cascade Garden created nearly 30 jobs, and produced 70 quality affordable rental homes for families with at least one family member with special needs.


September 19, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces Major Illinois-China Business Investments
Agreements Continue Illinois’ Global Leadership; Support Governor’s aggressive goal of doubling exports by 2014
BEIJING, CHINA – September 19, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn visited Beijing today during his business and economic trade mission in China, where he announced two business agreements that further strengthen the relationship between Illinois and China. The agreements involving Illinois-based ADM and Xinjiang Goldwind Science and Technology Co., LTD (Goldwind) advance Governor Quinn’s aggressive goal of doubling Illinois exports by 2014.


September 19, 2011
State Economic Director Announces Nearly $4.6 Million in Federal Funding for Infrastructure Improvements on Chicago’s South Side
Federal Funding Will Support Economic Recovery Project in Pullman Park Community
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley today highlighted $4.6 million in federal funding to make infrastructure improvements in Pullman Park, located on Chicago’s south side. Awarded through the “Ike” Disaster Recovery Program, the funding will be used to make repairs to road and sewer infrastructure leading up to the Pullman Park retail site currently under development, to be anchored by a Walmart supercenter.


September 18, 2011
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of Sen. Charles Percy
CHICAGO – September 19, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn released a statement on the passing of former U.S. Senator Charles H. Percy, who served the people of Illinois from 1967 to 1985.


September 16, 2011
Tree Killing Beetle Found In Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A destructive pest that feasts on ash trees has been confirmed in two new Illinois counties. The emerald ash borer (EAB) recently was discovered just north of Salem in Marion County and at the Green Creek Rest Area on Interstate 57 in Effingham County. The beetle now has been confirmed in 20 counties in Illinois, with the latest detections being the first time the insect has been located in southern Illinois.


September 16, 2011
IDHS Commends Illinois’ 2.7 Million Volunteers
State’s volunteers contributed $8.46 billion in service in 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Illinois Department of Human Service’s Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today thanked the 2.7 million Illinoisans that made a difference through volunteerism last year.


September 16, 2011
State Releases Key Health Benefits Exchange Planning Reports
Reports Project State-Based Health Benefits Exchange will Dramatically Expand Coverage, Reduce Number of Uninsured
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance today released reports commissioned by the State of Illinois to aid in the process of establishing a state-based health insurance exchange (Exchange) in Illinois. Under federal health care reform – the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – health care exchanges are being developed in states across the country to help more Americans access and select health insurance. A health care exchange is competitive health care marketplace intended to provide greater choice, control, and cost predictability for health insurance coverage for consumers and businesses.


September 15, 2011
Governor Quinn to Lead Trade Mission to China
Trip Will Focus on Exports, Foreign Direct Investment, Education and Supporting Emerging Technologies
CHICAGO – September 15, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn will travel to the People’s Republic of China tomorrow in an effort to increase economic opportunities between Illinois and China. The Governor will arrive in China Sept. 17 for an eight-day trade mission designed to strengthen Illinois’ exports and foreign direct investment. With Illinois already leading the Midwest in exports and foreign direct investment, the trade mission will build on the state’s prior successes as part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs in Illinois.


September 15, 2011
Governor Quinn Announces $345 MillionMortgage Assistance Program in Illinois
“Illinois Hardest Hit” Program Leverages Federal Dollars to Help Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure
CHICAGO – September 15, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a program to help approximately 15,000 Illinois homeowners threatened by foreclosure. The Illinois Hardest Hit program utilizes $345 million in federal funds to support working families having trouble making mortgage payments due to unemployment or under-employment.


September 15, 2011
Governor Quinn Opens Innovative Charter School on Chicago’s Southwest Side
UNO’s “Soccer Academy Elementary School” Will Relieve Overcrowding, Provide More School Options
CHICAGO – September 15, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today continued his commitment to improving education in Illinois by joining students, parents, advocates and community leaders to open the United Neighborhood Organization’s (UNO) newest charter school on Chicago’s West Side. The state provided a $27 million Illinois Jobs Now! capital investment to build UNO’s Soccer Academy Elementary School, which employed nearly 400 workers during construction and is now creating 42 full- and part-time permanent jobs.


September 15, 2011
Stagnant National Growth Squeezes Illinois Labor Market
Unemployment at 9.9 Percent; 3,100 Jobs Added in August
CHICAGO – The Illinois seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August increased to 9.9 percent, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Illinois added +3,100 jobs in August, while nationally there was zero job growth because reductions in government employment offset private sector gains. The national unemployment rate for August was unchanged at 9.1 percent. Most private economists agree that the recovery from the national recession will continue, but at a more gradual pace in the second half of the year.


September 14, 2011
Lt. Gov. Simon re-launches Science Advisory Committee
Water experts, Simon will work to reduce flood damages, other potential threats
EAST ALTON – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced the re-launch of the Science Advisory Committee today at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) field station located along the banks of the Mississippi River. The expert panel will assist Simon in her efforts to protect Illinois’ rivers from potential threats and reduce flood damages.


September 14, 2011
Simon joins SWIC in signing sustainability compact
College celebrates green achievements; pledges to do more
BELLEVILLE – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon joined Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) President Georgia Costello today in signing an Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact acknowledging SWIC’s current sustainability efforts and the college’s pledge to achieve more.


September 14, 2011
ILETSB announces establishment of new police academy and research institute at WIU
The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (Board) voted to establish a new residential Police Academy and Research Institute at Western Illinois University in Macomb. The vote took place at the Board’s quarterly meeting held in Chicago on September 8, 2011. The Board also voted to expand the current police academy located at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville (SWIC) to residential status. The Board also certifies the following police academies: the Chicago Police Academy, the Illinois State Police Academy, the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Academy, the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of DuPage, and the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois.


September 14, 2011
State Aging Department Urges Seniors to Get Flu Shots in Observance of Healthy Aging Month
One vaccine will protect against all strains of flu this season
SPRINGFIELD – In observance of September as Healthy Aging Month, the Illinois Department on Aging is urging seniors to prepare themselves for the upcoming flu season by getting their flu shot. Seniors are at increased risk for the flu, especially those who have certain chronic health conditions, so they should make getting a flu vaccine a priority.


September 13, 2011
IHDA Develops Affordable Homes in Central Illinois
Model Public-Private Development Supported by Federal Funds
NORMAL, IL – Life is more affordable for Anna Jean and Donald Winn thanks to the new Cottage Apartments development in Normal. The couple loves their new apartment, which offers affordable rents and allows them to save money on gas because it is close to their church, grocery store and favorite produce market.


September 13, 2011
Illinois receives federal grant to provide substance abuse treatment programs for adult and juvenile inmates
CHICAGO—Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) Executive Director Jack Cutrone announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice awarded Illinois a $694,370 federal Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) grant. The grant will fund residential, jail-based, and after¬care drug treatment programs in a correctional setting.


September 13, 2011
Governor Quinn: Illinois Film Industry Boosting State Economy
Blockbuster Productions Like Superman ‘Man of Steel’ Put Illinois on Pace for Another Record Year
CHICAGO – September 13, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today visited the production set of the new Superman movie Man of Steel to highlight the impact the film industry is having on the Illinois economy. Illinois’ film industry saw a record $161 million in spending in 2010, a 54 percent increase from 2009, and resulted in more than 8,000 job hires. Approximately 550 people in Illinois are being hired for Man of Steel alone.


September 13, 2011
Lt. Governor Simon: Say “No” to Rate Hikes
Simon, AARP urge lawmakers to support SB1652 veto
CARBONDALE – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon joined AARP volunteers at a senior center today to urge the Illinois General Assembly to protect consumers from huge utility rate hikes.


September 12, 2011
Governor Quinn Vetoes Senate Bill 1652
Action Stops State’s Electric Utilities from Imposing Billions in Rate Hikes Following Summer of Major Service Disruptions
CHICAGO – September 12, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Attorney General Lisa Madigan and advocates from across the state to fulfill his pledge to protect Illinois consumers from massive electric rate hikes. The Governor today vetoed Senate Bill 1652, which would have allowed Illinois’ utility companies to impose billions of dollars in automatic rate hikes every year for the next decade, while eroding more than a century of consumer protections.


September 11, 2011
Governor Quinn Honors Fallen Heroes on Tenth Anniversary of September 11, 2011
Unveils Portrait of a Soldier Memorial Exhibit, Encourages Remembrance and Service
CHICAGO – September 11, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today joined Gold Star families to honor the sacrifices that Illinois servicemembers have made in the global war against terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001. Governor Quinn unveiled the Portrait of a Soldier Memorial exhibit this morning at DePaul University in Chicago.


September 10, 2011
Governor Quinn Encourages Residents to Support Illinois Military Family Relief Fund
Almost $13 million Distributed To Illinois Military Families; 25,000 Applications Granted in Eight Year History
CHICAGO – September 10, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today called on Illinois residents to donate to the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund. To date, the fund has distributed almost $13 million to Illinois military families to assist with the financial burden at home when a loved one is deployed overseas.


September 10, 2011
Governor Quinn Honors September 11th Anniversary, Announces Grants to Service Organizations
Grants to Support 1,100 AmeriCorps Members
CHICAGO – September 10, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn announced today that 32 organizations in Illinois have received AmeriCorps grants from the Serve Illinois Commission. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Governor has proclaimed Sept. 11, 2011 as a day of service and remembrance. The announcement of grants to support more than 1,100 AmeriCorps members is part of the Governor’s call for citizens all across Illinois to commit to community service.


September 9, 2011
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset on Sunday, September 11, 2011
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset on Sunday, September 11, 2011.


September 9, 2011
Illinois Department of Insurance Disciplinary Report for July and August 2011
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance announced today the following disciplinary orders: • Gerald S. Adelman, Northbrook, IL - Stipulation and Consent Order, effective April 27, 2011. Mr. Adelman is licensed to sell life, fire, health, casualty and variable insurance. The Stipulation and Consent Order, which includes a $10,000 civil forfeiture and corrective orders, alleges that Mr. Adelman filed a complaint with the Department regarding 67 insurance policies that he falsely claimed to be the owner of at the time the complaint was filed.


September 9, 2011
Illinois Film Office Announces “Contagion” Brings in $12.5 Million to State
More than 250 People Hired During Production of Blockbuster Film
CHICAGO – As the film Contagion premieres nationwide today, the Illinois Film Office (IFO) highlighted the strong economic impact the movie has had on the state economy. The movie, partially filmed in Illinois, generated approximately $12.5 million in spending in the state and generated roughly 250 jobs during production, as well as jobs for extras.


September 8, 2011
Governor Quinn Statement on President’s Announcement of the American Jobs Act
CHICAGO – September 8, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement following President Obama’s announcement of the American Jobs Act:


September 7, 2011
State's Economic Development Director Announces More Than $5 Million in Federal Grants to Help Illinois Businesses Go Green, Create Jobs
Investments in Green Economy will Create and Retain Nearly 200 Jobs
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley today announced more than $5 million in federal stimulus funds to help Illinois businesses purchase equipment and retool to expand into the green sector and create jobs.


September 6, 2011
Liquor Control Commission August Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In August the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 108 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 24 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Seventy-eight percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


September 2, 2011
State Fire Marshal Issues Important Consumer Warning About Gel Fire Pots
Product Can Be Dangerous; Extreme Caution Urged
CHICAGO - The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today issued a statewide consumer alert to warn residents of potential fire and explosion hazards surrounding the recreational use of alcohol-fueled gel fire pots. While the product is designed as a household decoration or outdoor patio fixture, OSFM’s fire safety and prevention officials are concerned about increased dangers associated with the use of this flammable consumer product.


September 2, 2011
Illinois National Guard Finishes Vermont Relief Efforts
Mission Complete, Troops Heading Home
SPRINGFIELD – September 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Illinois Army National Guard members assisting with Vermont flood relief operations have completed their mission and are heading home. Earlier this week Governor Quinn ordered Illinois National Guard helicopters and troops to active duty in Vermont after receiving a request for assistance from the state.


September 2, 2011
Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
CHICAGO – September 2, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today granted 74 and denied 99 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.


September 1, 2011
IDOT and Law Enforcement Dedicate Roadside Safety Checks to Victims of Impaired Driving
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Ramps Up for Labor Day Weekend
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Police today announced plans to increase impaired driving enforcement efforts over Labor Day weekend, and dedicated the weekend’s roadside safety checks to victims of impaired driving. Motorists are strongly encouraged to drive sober and buckle up this Labor Day weekend as the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign heads into the final stretch. State officials were joined by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) who issued a stark reminder that Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a crime that has devastating effects.


September 1, 2011
Nearly $525,000 in Veterans Cash lottery proceeds awarded to schools, groups to support Illinois veterans
Scratch-off ticket responsible for about $9 million in funds since 2006
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today announced $524,925 in grants from Veterans’ Cash scratch-off lottery ticket sales to help nine colleges and non-profits deliver rehabilitative programs and other services for Illinois’ veterans. Championed by now-Governor Pat Quinn in 2006, Veterans Cash has funded programs for veterans throughout Illinois. All proceeds from ticket sales are deposited into the Illinois Veterans Assistance Fund, making it the first Illinois Lottery ticket for which 100 percent of the net proceeds are dedicated to support Illinois veterans.


September 1, 2011
IEMA Launches ‘Illinois Homeland Security Vision 2020’ to Guide Emergency Preparedness, Response Planning
State will seek input from local official, citizens, community groups and organizations throughout Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 just days away, Illinois’ homeland security officials today launched an initiative that will help shape the state’s homeland security preparedness and response policies into the next decade. As part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to public safety and the state’s observance of National Preparedness Month, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) announced ‘Illinois Homeland Security Vision 2020,’ a statewide, grass-root effort to engage Illinois’ residents and organizations in development of the state’s strategy for dealing with current and emerging threats and risks and response to disasters.


September 1, 2011
IDVA to host ‘Helping Our Hometown Heroes’ veterans benefits fair September 16th in Lawrenceville
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans on Friday, September 16th at the Lawrenceville VFW Ambraw Post 2244 at 511 12th Street in Lawrenceville, Ill. The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.

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