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January
2012


January 31, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces First Investments from State’s New Venture Capital Fund
Invest Illinois Venture Fund Providing Access to Capital for Young, High-Growth Companies to Create Jobs and Grow the Economy
CHICAGO – January 31, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the first investments from the state’s new venture capital fund to support two Illinois start-up businesses, Buzz Referrals, Inc. and AuraSense Therapeutics. The Invest Illinois Venture Fund (IIVF) is a new venture capital program that is part of the $78 million Advantage Illinois program launched by Governor Quinn last October. The program supports young, innovative Illinois companies that show high growth potential, can demonstrate their place in the market and already have other investors.


January 27, 2012
Governor Quinn Proposes Raising Illinois’ Dropout Age to 18
Answers President Obama’s Education Call to Action
CHICAGO – January 27, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced his support for raising the minimum attendance age of students in Illinois schools to age 18. As part of his ongoing commitment to reform education in Illinois, Governor Quinn will propose legislation to the General Assembly during the annual State of the State address next week to achieve this goal this year. By answering President Barack Obama’s State of the Union call for states to encourage students to complete their high school education by age 18, the governor is taking another step to improve education in Illinois.


January 27, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Key Appointment
Andrew Boron to Lead Department of Insurance
CHICAGO – January 27, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a top appointment to his executive cabinet by naming Andrew Boron as director of the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI). Today’s action is the latest in a series of appointments Governor Quinn will make as he continues to fulfill his commitment to creating jobs, economic development and increasing efficiency and accountability in all areas of state government.


January 27, 2012
Effective this week, IDVA’s Veterans’ Service Office in Lawrenceville has moved to a new location
SPRINGFIELD – Earlier this week, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) relocated its Lawrenceville Veterans’ Service Office from the Illinois Department of Employment Security office to the Lawrenceville City Hall, 700 East State Street, Lawrenceville, IL 62439. The new location will continue to be staffed by Veterans Service Officer (VSO) Ken Ferguson, who can be reached at (618) 943-6189. Office hours will be maintained from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.


January 27, 2012
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from sunrise, Friday January 27 until sunset, Sunday January 29,2012.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn’s Office to fly the United States and Illinois flags at State occupied buildings at half-staff from sunrise, Friday January 27 until sunset, Sunday January 29,2012.


January 27, 2012
Illinois to host Lt. Governors’ conference
Half-million dollars projected in economic impact
CHICAGO – The nation’s “seconds-in-command” will convene in Chicago this summer at a conference expected to generate more than a half-million dollars in economic activity for the state.


January 26, 2012
Governor Quinn Appoints Additional Workers’ Compensation Arbitrators
Appointments Continue Overhaul of System Following Last Year’s Reforms
CHICAGO – January 26, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of three additional arbitrators to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) to review workplace injury claims. The arbitrators will join the 27 arbitrators the Governor appointed in 2011, all of whom were appointed following a rigorous vetting process by the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board and the Office of the Governor. The appointments were part of a package of comprehensive reforms to the workers’ compensation system that the Governor signed into law last year.


January 25, 2012
Responsible Parents Help Ensure a Safer Super Bowl Sunday
DECATUR – Later today, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will kick off a week of educational activities in central Illinois that will highlight the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s new parental responsibility program. The program, launched in time for New Year’s Eve, provides Illinois parents with the tools they need to reduce the incidence of underage and binge drinking. Over fifty organizations and elected officials from across the state have signed on to this effort.


January 25, 2012
Lt. Governor Simon: LINK can grow local food economy
Sales have increased 69 percent in last year
SPRINGFIELD – During an address to downtown Springfield business owners this evening, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will advocate for connecting farmers markets with low-income residents across Illinois.


January 24, 2012
Lt. Governor Simon Statement on State of the Union
CARBONDALE – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon pledged to work with President Obama and Illinois schools to send more students into the workforce with college credentials that qualify them for in-demand jobs.


January 24, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces $21.7 Million Award to Create “Safe Routes to School”
Program Supports Safety Instruction, Infrastructure Development and Encourages Alternative Modes of Transportation
SPRINGFIELD – January 24, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced $21.7 million in Illinois Safe Routes to School grants to schools and communities across the state. The federally-funded program is designed to enable and encourage children to walk and bike to school safely.


January 24, 2012
Governor Quinn Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address
CHICAGO – January 24, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding President Barack Obama’s fourth State of the Union Address.


January 24, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Federal Funding to Improve Nursing Home Safety
Funding Will Support Landmark Nursing Home Reforms
CHICAGO – January 24, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced $110 million in additional federal funding for enhanced safety, increased staffing and quality standards in nursing homes. Federal authorities approved a federal Medicaid funding match that will allow the state to fully implement the reforms designed to protect frail older adults and persons with disabilities living in long term care facilities. Today’s announcement is the next in a series of steps to improve quality of care at Illinois nursing homes stemming from the work of the Governor’s Nursing Home Safety Task Force.


January 24, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Overhaul School Performance Reporting
New School Report Cards to Help Parents and Communities Measure Performance
CHICAGO – January 24, 2012. As part of his ongoing commitment to reform education in Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will give parents and communities more information about their schools’ performance than ever before. The new law makes changes to school report cards, and report cards for school districts, in an effort to continue improving the state’s primary and secondary education system. This law was the result of ongoing work by the Governor’s P-20 Council, which was formed in 2009 to work with teachers, administrators and other stakeholders to improve education in Illinois.


January 24, 2012
Quinn Administration Launches ‘Innovations Project’ To Improve Health Care Results
Coordinated Care Innovations Project will Transform How State Provides Healthcare to Low Income Illinoisans
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) have put out a call for health care providers to collaborate to develop innovative approaches to coordinating care for Illinois’ Medicaid recipients, focusing on improved preventive and follow-up treatments. The “Innovations Project” stems from last year’s Medicaid reforms and is part of the administration’s commitment to moving Illinois towards a health care system that provides incentives for improved health outcomes. Yesterday, HFS published a formal solicitation that gives providers until the end of May to submit detailed proposals to participate in the “Care Coordination Innovations Project,” under which Illinois will begin a shift toward moving at least 50 percent of its clients into coordinated care programs by 2015. This shift is a key feature of the state’s bi-partisan Medicaid Reform legislation that was signed into law by Governor Quinn. State officials anticipate that this


January 23, 2012
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to honor Springfield resident as its ‘Veteran of the Month’
SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) next week will honor Terry Vance, a Springfield resident and U.S. Army veteran, as its January 2012 “Veteran of the Month” during a ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. (CST) next Tuesday (January 31, 2012) at VFW Post 755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Road in Springfield.


January 23, 2012
Statement from Governor Quinn Regarding Senator Mark Kirk
CHICAGO – January 23, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding Senator Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke this weekend.


January 20, 2012
Unemployment Drops; State Adds 52,600 Jobs in 2011
Illinois Up +95,900 Jobs Since Recovery Began
CHICAGO – The December unemployment rate fell to 9.8 percent and the state shed 4,100 jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The data is seasonally adjusted. The unemployment rate averaged 9.4 percent in 2011, down 0.9 percentage points from 2010.


January 19, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Active Community Care Transition Plan
Rebalancing Plan Will Increase Community Care Options for People with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Conditions
SPRINGFIELD – January 19, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a plan to rebalance the state’s approach to care for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions. Called the Active Community Care Transition (ACCT) plan, the initiative will increase the number of people with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions living in community care settings across Illinois. Under the first phase of the plan, residents of Jacksonville Developmental Center (JDC) in Jacksonville, IL and patients of Tinley Park Mental Health Center (MHC) in Tinley Park, IL will be transitioned to community settings and the facilities eventually closed.


January 19, 2012
Illinois Tollway And Illinois Department of Transportation Leaders Named "Women Of The Year" By Women's Transportation Seminar Chicago
Award Recognizes Women Who Are Outstanding Role Models in Transportation
CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Tollway and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur and Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider have been selected as “Women of the Year” by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Greater Chicago Chapter. The award recognizes Lafleur and Schneider for their leadership and outstanding contributions to the Chicago-area transportation industry. It also takes into account their contributions to the advancement of women and minorities through programs or opportunities in transportation.


January 19, 2012
The Office Of The State Fire Marshal Urges Citizens To Identify Signs Of The End Of Life For Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Unique Beeps of a Dead CO – Sign to Take Action
SPRINGFIELD – As a new year has started, the Office of the State Fire Marshal warns residents across the state to pay special attention to the distinct signals sent by carbon monoxide alarms when their life has expired. Frequently, people may believe that a beep coming out of their CO means it’s time for a battery change, when in fact it means that the device needs to be replaced.


January 19, 2012
Illinois Deer Harvest Totals 181,411 During 2011-12 Seasons
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 181,411 deer during all 2011-12 seasons. Illinois deer seasons closed last weekend as hunters concluded the Archery Deer Season and the last segments of the Late-Winter and Special Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) deer hunting seasons on Jan. 15. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons of 181,411 compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 182,270 in 2010-11. During this year’s deer seasons, hunters took 49.2 percent does and 50.8 percent males. Illinois’ record deer harvest occurred in the 2005-06 season, when 201,209 deer were taken. For a historical perspective (in ten-year increments), the 2001-02 total Illinois deer harvest was 152,768; 1991-92 was 101,418; and, 1981-82 was 22,570.


January 19, 2012
Lt. Gov. Simon to colleges: Focus on the finish
Math, transparency key to increasing completion rates
CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today urged education leaders to adopt a reform package that aims to increase the number of Illinois community college students who graduate within three years of enrollment.


January 18, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Nearly $19 Million in Federal Funding for Local Infrastructure Projects
Community Development Assistance Grants Will Support Needed Improvements in 59 Small, Rural Communities Statewide
SPRINGFIELD – January 18, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced nearly $19 million in federal funding to address the infrastructure needs of 59 small and rural communities throughout Illinois. Awarded through the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP), the funding will be used to make improvements to water and sewer lines, including replacing water mains, upgrading storm water systems and repairing sewer lines.


January 17, 2012
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, January 19, 2012 until Sunset, Saturday, January, 21, 2012.
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, Thursday, January 19, 2012 until Sunset, Saturday, January, 21, 2012.


January 17, 2012
Governor Quinn Opens $18 Million "Building One" on Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus and Announces New Funding
Hundreds More Jobs to Result from Administration's Announcement of $38 Million in Capital Funding for Phase II of Moline Campus Expansion
MOLINE – January 17, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today joined local officials at Western Illinois University (WIU) to open the $18.4 million "Building One" at the school’s Riverfront Campus in Moline, a facility that will house the university’s undergraduate programs in the Quad Cities. In his third visit to the campus since the project was announced, Governor Quinn also announced the release of an additional $38 million in state capital funds for the next phase of the Moline campus expansion that will create hundreds of jobs and triple university enrollment when complete. The Governor stood alongside WIU President Jack Thomas to open the new building and announce additional funding.


January 17, 2012
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 until Sunset, Friday, January, 20, 2012.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 until Sunset, Friday, January, 20, 2012.


January 17, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces 100 New Jobs at Excel Foundry & Machine
State Investment will Help Company Expand Operations, Boost North Central Illinois Economy
PEKIN – January 17, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Excel Foundry & Machine, a company located in Pekin, Illinois, plans to expand operations and create 100 new jobs over the next two years. The state’s investment will help Excel, a manufacturer of bronze parts for the mining industry, expand its global footprint and boost economic development in North Central Illinois.


January 17, 2012
Businesses Qualify for $67 Million in Tax Credits
IDES Fills Job Openings and Helps Those Looking for Work
CHICAGO - Illinois businesses qualified for $67 million in income tax credits after hiring individuals covered through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today. The federal incentive reduces an employer’s cost of doing business while helping those most in need gain valuable work experience. IDES administers the federal program.


January 17, 2012
More than 152,000 Illinois Residents Planning to Participate in Multi-State Earthquake Drill
IEMA encourages participation in The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on Feb. 7
SPRINGFIELD – More than 152,000 Illinois residents have already registered to participate in a multi-state earthquake drill, and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging even more groups and individuals to join in the second annual “Great Central U.S. ShakeOut” on Feb. 7.


January 17, 2012
IDVA Veterans Cash grant helps to deliver ‘freedom beneath the waves’ for disabled Illinois veterans
Funding gives injured veterans access to life-changing adaptive scuba diving program
CHICAGO – Since 2006, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) has awarded nearly $10 million to help Illinois nonprofits deliver supportive programs to local veterans. One of those organizations is Downers Grove-based Diveheart, which received a $75,000 grant in the fourth-quarter last year (FY 11) to help disabled veterans overcome often debilitating physical barriers through weightlessness afforded by snorkeling and scuba diving.


January 17, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces $3 Million Investment in Rockford's New Multi-Modal Station
New Rockford Station and Chicago-Rockford-Dubuque Rail Corridor Expected to Support Nearly 700 Jobs
ROCKFORD – January 17, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $3 million investment to develop a new multi-modal station in Rockford just south of the downtown area. The Illinois Jobs Now! capital plan funding to design and engineer the new facility is in addition to the $60 million allocated to construct the Chicago-Rockford-Dubuque rail corridor. The two projects together are expected to support nearly 700 jobs, and bring rail access back to a part of the state that has not seen service in 30 years.


January 17, 2012
Lt. Governor Simon unveils citizen members of military base committee
Volunteers advocate for military families, stronger economic ties
SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon appointed seven citizen members to a state committee that advocates for the retention and reuse of military bases. This group of volunteer appointees will join the committee for the first time on Wednesday at the committee’s quarterly meeting.


January 13, 2012
IEMA Working with Federal Officials to Identify, Secure Contaminated Tissue Box Holders
Items Pose No Immediate Health Risk
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today announced it is coordinating with federal officials and Bed, Bath and Beyond to identify and secure decorative tissue box holders that are contaminated with low-levels of cobalt-60, a radioactive material. While the holders present no immediate health risk, IEMA is working with federal officials to prevent unnecessary radiation exposure by anyone who comes in contact with them. The contaminated items are in the Dual Ridge Boutique product line, model number DR9M. They were manufactured at a facility in India and shipped to a Bed, Bath and Beyond distribution site in New Jersey. The items were shipped to the company’s stores in 20 states, including at least two stores in the Chicago area; one at 1800 N. Clyborne Street in Chicago and the other at 3232 Lake Avenue in Wilmette.


January 13, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Web Portal for Environmental Permitting Process
Illinois EPA Permitting Process is Now Faster and More Transparent
Governor Pat Quinn announced a new Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) online portal that will make the environmental permitting process more user-friendly by eliminating red tape for businesses in Illinois. It also increases transparency in the process by allowing applicants and other interested parties to track the progress of the Agency’s decision-making process. The portal is a result of Public Act 97-0094, which Governor Quinn signed last July.


January 13, 2012
Governor Quinn Urges Illinoisans to Participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
“Serve Illinois” Website Offers More than 100,000 Volunteer Opportunities
CHICAGO- January 14, 2011 Governor Pat Quinn today joined the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Serve Illinois Commission in encouraging Illinoisans to take part in the Dr/ Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service this Monday, January 16. The theme of the service day is “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”


January 12, 2012
State Economic Development Director Announces New Tools to Increase Distribution of Local Food
Investments in Local Agriculture Sector Part of Multi-Faceted Economic Development Approach to Strengthen Illinois Economy, Create Jobs for Future
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley this morning addressed the annual Illinois Specialty Growers Association conference in Springfield. At the conference, Dir. Ribley highlighted ways the state is working to increase markets for local foods.


January 12, 2012
IDNR Seeks Applicants for Conservation Police Officers
CPO Trainee Exam Scheduled for February 6-9, 2012
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is seeking applicants for the position of Conservation Police Officer Trainee. The department plans to hire 15 new Illinois Conservation Police recruits to begin the academy in June. Applicant testing is scheduled for February 6-9 through the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) Examining and Counseling Division. Interested applicants should submit a CMS100 employment application to CMS, which can be found online at www.work.illinois.gov. Applicants should also review the hiring information contained on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, “Law Enforcement” website at www.dnr.illinois.gov , click on “law enforcement” and then “career opportunities”.


January 12, 2012
IDES Offices Closed in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
Customers Should Certify; Services Available on Internet
CHICAGO - The offices of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Offices will re-open Tuesday. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dr. King was born Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Ga. The civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. on April 4, 1968. Four days later, legislation was introduced in Congress to make his birthday a national holiday, but was not enacted into law until 1983. Ten years earlier, in 1973, Illinois was among the first states in the Union to honor King with a state holiday.


January 12, 2012
State Seeks Nominations for Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards
Awards Honor Illinoisans for Exemplary Community Service
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is now accepting nominations for the Third Annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize the importance of volunteerism and community service in the state of Illinois. “Illinois is fortunate to have thousands of volunteers who unselfishly donate their time and talents to help others,” said Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Michelle R. B. Saddler. “These awards allow us the opportunity to thank and honor those people that have made a positive change in our communities.”


January 12, 2012
Radon Professionals, Health Officials in Springfield Thursday for IEMA Radon Networking Day
Former State Rep. Dan Reitz Recognized for Supporting Radon Legislation
SPRINGFIELD – Public health officials, contractors, extension educators and others who deal with radon public education, measurement or reduction are in Springfield Thursday for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s (IEMA) 9th Annual Radon Networking Day. The day-long event offers presentations on research into the radioactive gas found in nearly 40 percent of Illinois homes, as well as discussions on how to increase public awareness of radon hazards. During the conference IEMA will recognize retired state Representative Dan Reitz as the recipient of the Illinois Excellence in Radon Award for his support of radon legislation. As a member of the Illinois General Assembly, Reitz, of Steeleville, sponsored several key radon legislative initiatives, including the Radon Awareness Act, which requires home sellers to provide buyers with information about radon hazards. Reitz also sponsored amendments to the Radon Industry Licensing Act and a law that encourages radon testing in all


January 12, 2012
Lt. Governor Simon encourages displaced workers to use JobLink
Response to new round of layoffs at Scott Air Force base
SPRINGFIELD – An advocate for Illinois’ defense communities, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said she is disappointed in a new round of layoffs at Scott Air Force Base, but she encouraged the affected civilians to use a state jobs database to find new employment.


January 11, 2012
Semi-monthly Veterans’ Service Office is moving to new Paris location, effective Jan. 11th
SPRINGFIELD – Effective today (Jan. 11th), the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is relocating its semi-monthly Paris Veterans’ Service Office from the American Legion facility to a new location in Paris. The office was relocated to the Edgar County Farm Service Agency at 11759 Illinois Highway 1, Paris, IL 61944.


January 11, 2012
State Successfully Sells General Obligation Bonds for Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program
Illinois Receives Lowest Rate in Recent State History on Tax Exempt Capital Bonds
CHICAGO–The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget today is pleased to announce the State successfully has sold $525 million of tax exempt General Obligation Bonds and $275 million of taxable General Obligation Bonds. The bond sale provides funding for the Illinois Jobs Now! Capital plan, which was signed into law by Governor Quinn to help revive the state’s ailing economy by creating and retaining more than 439,000 jobs over six years.


January 10, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Boost Tax Relief for Working Families
Increase to Earned Income Tax Credit and Personal Exemption to Help Working Families and Stimulate Local Economies
CHICAGO – January 10, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed major legislation to increase tax relief for working families across Illinois. Senate Bill 400 doubles the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) over two years, saving low-income workers an extra $105 million per year. The new law also benefits all Illinois taxpayers by improving the value of the personal exemption and indexing it to inflation. Throughout the fall veto session, Governor Quinn insisted that tax relief for working families be part of the package.


January 10, 2012
Illinois Department of Insurance Disciplinary Report for November 2011
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance announced today the following disciplinary orders: • Sherri Ellen Granat, Oak Lawn - Stipulation and Consent Order issued regarding the insurance producer license effective October 17, 2011. Ms. Granat has been licensed to sell casualty and fire insurance since February 6, 2009. The Stipulation and Consent Order, which includes a $1,000 civil forfeiture and corrective orders, alleges that Ms. Granat engaged in untrustworthy behavior with an insurance consumer. • Paul R. Schultz, Vernon Hills - Stipulation and Consent Order issued regarding the insurance producer license effective October 21, 2011. Mr. Schultz has been licensed since August 5, 1986 to sell life, health, casualty, and fire insurance. The Stipulation and Consent Order, which includes a $2,000 civil forfeiture and corrective orders, alleges that Mr. Schultz misrepresented a consumer’s information on an application to the insurer for automobile insurance.


January 10, 2012
State Commerce Director Announces Capital Funding for Second Round of Green Jobs Training Grants
Urban Weatherization Program will Provide Training for 685 Weather Specialist Jobs in Urban Communities
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley today announced $3,398,444 in capital funding to ten organizations that will train nearly 700 weatherization specialists across the state as part of the second phase of the Urban Weatherization Initiative (UWI). UWI is the nation's first state-funded weatherization program and one of the largest job creation initiatives to date for urban communities in Illinois. Governor Quinn kicked-off the first phase the multi-year green jobs training program last September by announcing the first round of funding for home energy audit training with national certification.


January 9, 2012
Quinn and Durbin Announce $7.7 Million Investment to Help Illinois Communities Recover From Storms
CHICAGO – January 9, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and today announced a more than $7.7 million investment in Illinois communities to help cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by storms last year. Today’s funding is provided through the Department of Transportation’s Emergency Relief program which funds the repair and reconstruction of federal highways and roads that have suffered serious damage as a result of natural disasters and other outside factors.


January 6, 2012
Governor Quinn Launches New Year’s Challenge: “Walk Across Illinois”
Encourages Illinoisans to Walk 167 Miles in One Year for Better Health
CHICAGO – January 6, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the “Walk Across Illinois Challenge,” an initiative to help improve the health and wellness of Illinois residents. The Governor walked 167 miles across Illinois 10 years ago to advocate on behalf of decent healthcare for all people. Today the Governor called on state residents to walk 167 miles during 2012 to improve their own health.


January 6, 2012
State Employment Security Department Signs Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve
Recognizes Importance of Guard, Reserve in Nation’s Defense
SPRINGFIELD –Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Director Jay Rowell today signed an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support at the Department’s Springfield headquarters. The statement reaffirms the critical role that Guard and Reserve soldiers serve in securing our nation’s freedom.


January 5, 2012
Lt. Gov. Simon strums banjo at Old Town School grand opening
State supported expansion of renowned music school
CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will strum her banjo this weekend on a Chicago stage built, in part, through state grants. Simon will join the Hoyle Brothers on Saturday night during the grand-opening preview of a $16.5 million education and performance venue at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Lincoln Square.


January 4, 2012
Governor Quinn Highlights South African Trade Efforts
Rev. Jesse Jackson to Represent Illinois at 100th Anniversary of African National Congress
CHICAGO – January 4, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that as part of his efforts to grow the economy and boost exports, Illinois-based civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson will represent the state at the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa next week.


January 4, 2012
IEMA Offers Emergency Preparedness Tips for People with Functional and Access Needs
Agency Kicks Off 2012 Preparedness Campaign
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today kicked off its 2012 Preparedness Campaign by focusing on emergency preparedness for people with functional and access needs. The agency will highlight a different preparedness topic each month throughout 2012 as part of an annual campaign to increase disaster preparedness in Illinois.


January 3, 2012
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Thursday, January 5, 2012.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Quinn's Office that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Thursday, January 5, 2012.

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