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November 30, 2012
Newly Reconstructed Wacker Drive Opens for Traffic
Modernized Wacker and Congress Interchange are Now Safer and More Efficient for Vehicles and Pedestrians
CHICAGO – November 30, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn was joined today by U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to celebrate the opening of the newly reconstructed Wacker Drive and Congress Parkway Interchange, a major thoroughfare for Chicago commuters through the heart of downtown. The historic project will dramatically benefit motorists and pedestrians through less congestion, easier navigation and faster, safer travel enabled by state-of-the-art engineering and technology.

November 30, 2012
Governor Quinn Launches Annual Holiday Card Drive for Wounded Troops
Encourages Children of Illinois to Support Our Veterans and Servicemembers at Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
CHICAGO – November 30, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by local schoolchildren to light the state of Illinois’ annual Christmas tree and launch the Illinois Heroes holiday card drive. Joined by Gold Star families, Governor Quinn encouraged families throughout Illinois to honor our heroes by making holiday cards for servicemembers at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany and in military hospitals across Illinois. Governor Quinn will personally deliver the cards during a visit to troops at LRMC later this year.

November 30, 2012
Team Led by Argonne National Lab Selected as DOE’s Advanced Battery and Energy Storage Hub
Energy Department Announces Team to Receive up to $120 Million Over 5 Years
CHICAGO – November 30, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn was joined today by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to announce that a multi-partner team led by Argonne National Laboratory has been selected for an award of up to $120 million over five years to establish a new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub. The Hub, to be known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), will combine the R&D firepower of five DOE national laboratories, five universities, and four private firms in an effort aimed at achieving revolutionary advances in battery performance. Advancing next generation battery and energy storage technologies for electric and hybrid cars and the electricity grid are a critical part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil and lower energy costs for U.S. consumers.

November 30, 2012
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on the Passing of Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage
COLLINSVILLE – November 30, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passing of Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage, 32, of Highland who was killed in the line of duty earlier this week.

November 29, 2012
College Illinois! ® Prepaid Tuition: A Better Holiday Gift than the LeapFrog®
Illinois parents, grandparents encouraged to invest in tuition savings plans this holiday season before 2013 rate increase
CHICAGO, Ill.—The LeapFrog® might be the hot stocking stuffer, but savvy Illinois parents and grandparents are picking up a something much more valuable for their kids and grandkids this holiday season. Thanks to the newly reopened College Illinois! program, parents can buy their children a gift that never goes out of style--prepaid college tuition plans that allow families to secure lower tuition rates years in advance.

November 29, 2012
1099G Tax Form Available Electronically
Speeds Tax Preparation, Saves Money, Environmentally Friendly
CHICAGO - Individuals who collected unemployment insurance in 2012 can take control of their tax preparation and request the 1099G form electronically, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said today. Accessing the form electronically speeds tax preparation, reduces cost for the IDES and provides better customer service.

November 29, 2012
Governor Quinn Honors Volunteers with Hometown Awards
30th Annual Ceremony Recognizes Community Volunteers; F.R.E.S.H. Teaching Garden Takes Governor’s Cup
SPRINGFIELD – November 29, 2012. The 30th annual Governor’s Hometown Awards were given to 30 outstanding volunteer groups from across the state during a ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Springfield today. The awards recognize volunteers for their work in improving their communities.

November 29, 2012
Lt. Gov. Simon, Sen. Kotowski announce ethics reform
New disclosure forms to close loopholes, expose conflicts of interest
SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon joined State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) today to introduce ethics reform legislation that will overhaul the much-maligned financial disclosure forms filed by tens of thousands of public servants each year.

November 29, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Successful Community Transition for Jacksonville Developmental Center Residents
Historic Milestone for Improving the Lives of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Mental health Challenges in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – November 29, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the remaining residents at the Jacksonville Developmental Center (JDC) have transitioned to community care. The moves are part of the governor’s rebalancing initiative to increase community care options for people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges while reducing the number of outdated institutions in Illinois.

November 28, 2012
Illinois Department Of Agriculture Encourages Public To "Buy Local"
Agency to hold “25 Days of Christmas Contest” to raise awareness of Illinois food products
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To increase awareness about Illinois food products this holiday season, the Illinois Department of Agriculture will sponsor a 25 Days of Christmas Contest beginning Dec. 1. One winner will be selected randomly each day from the department’s Facebook and Twitter fans and will receive the Illinois food product(s) featured that day.

November 28, 2012
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs honors retired legislator as ‘Veteran of the Month’ for November
SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) has honored Ronald Stephens, a Greenville resident and US Army veteran, as its November 2012 “Veteran of the Month.”

November 28, 2012
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, November 29, 2012 until Sunset, Saturday, December 1, 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, November 29, 2012 until Sunset, Saturday, December 1, 2012.

November 28, 2012
Lt. Governor Simon supports licenses for all eligible Illinois drivers
SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today issued the following statement regarding legislation to allow every qualified Illinois resident to obtain a driver’s license. Simon urged the legislature to take action on this item during veto session.

November 27, 2012
Illinois Donates Hundreds of Surplus Computers to Veterans’ Support Organizations
Nation’s First Joint Computer Donation Program to Help Veterans Access Job Training, Employment
SPRINGFIELD – State officials announced today that Illinois will donate 400 surplus computers to veterans’ organizations to help provide veterans with greater access to online training and other internet-based employment assistance. The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) Director Malcolm Weems and Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Director Erica Borggren highlighted the benefits of the program to veterans in Illinois.

November 27, 2012
Certified Livestock Manager Training Workshops Scheduled
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Workshops have been scheduled to provide Illinois livestock producers the manure management training they need to meet the requirements of the state’s Livestock Management Facilities Act. The Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops will be held in eight locations throughout the state beginning Dec. 11, 2012. While a general curriculum is offered, several workshops are tailored specifically for either swine or beef and dairy production. Producers should register for the session that best fits their schedule and interests.

November 27, 2012
IDOT Reports 63 Percent Decline in Motor Vehicle Fatalities Over Thanksgiving Weekend
Agency Credits Safety Improvement to Awareness Efforts, Law Enforcement and Motorist Cooperation
SPRINGFIELD –After launching a new “Drive to Survive” media and enforcement campaign last week, Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced a 63 percent decline in motor vehicle crash fatalities over the heavily traveled Thanksgiving weekend. Provisional data from Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) crash information unit reported three motor vehicle fatalities and two crashes during the four-day holiday weekend, compared to eight fatalities and seven crashes during the same time period in 2011. The agency also highlighted their effective partnership and traffic safety campaign with law enforcement, favorable road conditions over the weekend and continued motorist compliance with state laws.

November 27, 2012
Governor Quinn’s Public Awareness Drive Unveils Salman Khan Video on Illinois Pension Problem
Legendary “explainer” helps enlighten Illinoisans about pension squeeze
CHICAGO – November 27, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn’s new web campaign to educate Illinoisans about the pension squeeze was bolstered today by legendary “explainer” Salman Khan, who unveiled two videos to explain pensions in general and specifically lay out the Illinois pension crisis. Earlier this month, Governor Quinn met with Salman Khan in the governor’s Chicago office, and Khan agreed to create an explainer video on Illinois’ pension problem.

November 26, 2012
Governor Quinn Orders Special Election for 2nd Congressional District
Sets Primary Election on February 26 to Coincide with Existing Primary; Proposes April 9 General Election, Requiring a Change in Statute
CHICAGO – November 26, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today set a special election to fill a vacancy in the 2nd Congressional District seat, which had been held by Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. from 1995 until his resignation last week. The governor’s writs of election (attached) set a special primary to be held on February 26, 2013 to coincide with existing local primary elections. To comply with current state law, the governor’s writs of election also set a general election date of March 19, 2013. However, Governor Quinn is working with the General Assembly to move the general election date to April 9, 2013, the same day as already-scheduled local general elections, which will require a change in statute.

November 23, 2012
Governor Quinn Encourages Consumers to Support Illinois’ Small Businesses this Holiday Season
Proclaims November 24 “Small Business Saturday”
CHICAGO – November 23, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today encouraged shoppers to use the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, to support Illinois’ more than 1.1 million small businesses. Nationally, the Saturday between "Black Friday" and “Cyber Monday” – traditionally two of the busiest shopping days of the year – is recognized as Small Business Saturday where consumers around the country are encouraged to shop at small businesses. In recognition of the effort, Governor Quinn today proclaimed Saturday, Nov. 24 as "Small Business Saturday" in Illinois.

November 22, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces High-Speed Rail Service for Thanksgiving Travelers on Chicago-St. Louis Corridor
110-MPH Rail Segment Starts in Time for Peak Holiday Season, Marks Major Milestone for Illinois’ Rail Network
SPRINGFIELD – November 22, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider and Amtrak officials today announced that 110-mph rail service has started on a 15-mile segment of the Chicago-St. Louis corridor, just in time for the heavily-traveled Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Today’s announcement is a major step towards the establishment of a high-speed rail network in Illinois, one of Governor Quinn’s key priorities as he works to modernize the state’s infrastructure.

November 21, 2012
Governor Quinn Reminds Thanksgiving Travelers to Think of Safety First
Police will be Out in Force Across Illinois to Keep Roads Safe, Cracking Down on Impaired Drivers and Enforcing Seat Belt Laws
CHICAGO – November 21, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today reminded Thanksgiving holiday travelers to think of safety first while traveling on the state’s busy roadways this weekend. Millions of drivers are expected on state highways over this Thanksgiving holiday and Illinois transportation and law enforcement officials are mounting a statewide crackdown to bust impaired drivers and make sure drivers and passengers are buckling up on every trip.

November 21, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Commerce Director
Pollet to Lead Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
CHICAGO – Wednesday, November 21, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn announced the appointment of Adam Pollet as acting director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), effective Monday.

November 21, 2012
Governor Quinn Celebrates Thanksgiving by Helping Those in Need
Governor Volunteers at Greater Chicago Food Depository to Prepare Holiday Meals
CHICAGO – November 21, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today visited the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help volunteers prepare holiday meals and emphasize the importance of supporting Illinois’ food banks this holiday season and throughout the year. The state’s eight food banks help provide nutritious meals to food to families in need. According to Feeding Illinois, there are currently more than 1.9 million people across the state who do not have access to nutritious food.

November 21, 2012
Department on Aging Thanks Caregivers during the Month Long Observance and Kick off of Holiday Season
Urges families to find out about available resources to support caregivers
SPRINGFIELD - In observance of November as National Family Caregivers Month, Illinois Department on Aging Director John K Holton, Ph.D., thanks family caregivers for their support of family members who need assistance.

November 21, 2012
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn Regarding the Resignation of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.
CHICAGO – November 21, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn issued the following statement regarding Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s resignation:

November 21, 2012
Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
CHICAGO – November 21, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today granted 81 and denied 88 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.

November 20, 2012
Veterans Cash lottery ticket delivers support programs to Illinois veterans with grants to six non-profits
Instant ticket responsible for more than $205,000 in grants this quarter
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today announced $205,637.43 in grants from Veterans’ Cash scratch-off lottery ticket sales to help six non-profits deliver specialized programs and services to the Illinois veteran community.

November 20, 2012
Department of Insurance Announces Multi-State Settlement with Bankers Life and Casualty Company
Illinois participated in multi-state effort to protect consumers and will share part of a $3 million penalty against the insurance company
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today announced an agreement has been reached with Bankers Life and Casualty Company (Bankers) as part of a multi-million dollar settlement with several states. Under the settlement, Bankers agreed to pay $3,200,000 to states that are a party to the settlement. Illinois will receive $391,566 under the settlement.

November 20, 2012
IDOT Launches “Drive to Survive” Campaign for Thanksgiving Travel
Partners with Law Enforcement to Focus on Unbuckled, Impaired Drivers
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) launched its “Drive to Survive” campaign today and partnered with law enforcement across the state to kick off an end-of-the-year push to drive down the number of motor vehicle crash fatalities. The Illinois State Police (ISP) and nearly 300 law enforcement agencies statewide will be out in force boosting traffic safety through additional seat belt and DUI enforcement efforts during Thanksgiving weekend, one of the heaviest travel times of the year.

November 20, 2012
IDOT Suspends Non-Emergency Road Work to Improve Traffic Flow for Thanksgiving Weekend
Agency Details Lane Closures to Aid Motorists’ Travel Plans
SPRINGFIELD - With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that non-emergency road work will be suspended where possible to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. IDOT also provided advance notice of lane closures that will be in place for the holiday weekend to aid motorists’ travel plans and boost safety.

November 20, 2012
Governor Quinn and President Cullerton Call for Driver’s Licenses for All Illinois Motorists
250,000 Unlicensed Illinois Drivers Pose Preventable Danger; Increased Insurance Costs for All Drivers
CHICAGO- November 20, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) today were joined by state and local leaders and the Illinois Highway Safety Coalition (HSC) to announce their support of efforts to ensure that every Illinois motorist is properly licensed to drive. Because they do not have a driver’s license, an estimated 250,000 immigrant motorists are on Illinois roads today that have not passed a driving test. By removing this barrier through responsible legislation, to be introduced by President Cullerton in the coming weeks, Illinois roads will be safer and more immigrants will be able to become stronger contributors to the economy.

November 20, 2012
Illinois Firearm Deer First-Season Harvest Totals Over 72,000 Deer
Increase of more than 5,000 over last year’s first weekend
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today reported that hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 72,111 deer during the opening weekend of the 2012 Illinois Firearm Deer Season, Nov. 16-18. The second portion of the firearm season will be Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

November 20, 2012
Lt. Governor Simon, EMS Task Force make recommendations to improve emergency medical services
Increased access to education would improve provider training
SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon joined state Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) and state Rep. Lisa Dugan (D-Bradley) today to issue recommendations that will help improve rural emergency medical services. The recommendations were generated after 17 hearings of the Illinois House of Representatives’ Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Task Force were held last year.

November 19, 2012
Governor Quinn, Secretary LaHood Announce Landmark Railcar Manufacturing Contract for Illinois-Based Nippon Sharyo
$352 Million, Multi-State Procurement to Bring Next Generation Passenger High-Speed Rail Cars to Midwest and California
ROCHELLE – November 19, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Ann L. Schneider and leaders from Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA) to announce that Illinois-based Nippon Sharyo has been awarded a $352 million contract from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The contract will allow Nippon Sharyo, a railcar manufacturing company which Governor Quinn recruited to Illinois, to build 130 passenger railcars that will be delivered throughout the Midwest and California starting in 2015. Today’s announcement will put people back to work and advance the governor’s efforts to build a 21st century rail system in Illinois.

November 19, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Completion of Major Bridge Replacement Project
$27 Million Bridge over the Rock River Created More Than 350 Jobs; Improves Traffic Safety and Recreation in Rock Falls – Sterling
ROCK FALLS – November 19, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn, joined by Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider, state legislators and local officials, today cut the ribbon on a major new bridge on Illinois 40 between Sterling and Rock Falls. The $27 million project included funding from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program and created or supported nearly 350 jobs. The replacement bridge over the Rock River is the primary connection between the two towns and sees an average of 26,000 vehicles each day.

November 19, 2012
State Officials Remind Residents To Practice Safe Cooking Measures During Thanksgiving Holiday
Turkey Fryers: A Potential Hazard for Serious Accidents and Fires
SPRINGFIELD – As millions of families across the state prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional feast, the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) reminds residents to exercise safety while cooking, especially when using turkey fryers. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Thanksgiving continues to be the leading day for home cooking fires in U.S., more than any other day of the year.

November 18, 2012
Governor Quinn Launches Internet Campaign "Thanks in Advance" for Pension Reform
On behalf of children caught in pension squeeze, effort will “educate and activate” Illinois citizens about $96 billion problem
CHICAGO – November 18, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today launched an Internet grassroots campaign to increase public awareness about the need for pension reform in Illinois. Relaying a message from the next generation to today’s leaders, the "Thanks in Advance" public awareness campaign is designed to educate citizens about the "squeeze" caused by skyrocketing pension costs, and activate them to advocate for pension reform using tech tools like Facebook, Twitter and email.

November 17, 2012
New Lake County Development Features Affordable Apartments for Seniors
Grayslake housing features affordable rents, supportive housing units to help seniors live independently in the community
GRAYSLAKE – When her rent doubled earlier this year, June McCoy worried she would have to leave the Lake County community that has become her home. “I’m in my 80s, independent, active and wanted to stay in the Lake County community that I love. But my rent doubled while my Social Security remained flat. The interest from my savings dropped dramatically,” McCoy said. With the opening of the Lakefront Residences of Grayslake, McCoy has an affordable place to live so she can continue to remain active in the community.

November 16, 2012
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Monday, November 19, 2012 until Sunset, Wednesday, November 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, Monday, November 19, 2012 until Sunset, Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

November 16, 2012
Department on Aging hosts annual Memory Loss Conference during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
Two day conference Nov. 16 & 17 in Springfield targets families of Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers and professionals
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) today opened the 17th Annual Memory Loss Conference to address issues of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and related disorders. The two day conference is November 16 and 17, at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. Today’s agenda is geared toward professionals in the areas of healthcare, aging, and caregiving. Tomorrow’s agenda is for the general public, especially care partners, friends and family of individuals with a memory loss disorder. The two day conference is held in conjunction during the national observance of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

November 16, 2012
IDOT, Law Enforcement and Illinois Tollway Launch “Ice and Snow - Take It Slow” Campaign
Agencies Announce Winter Preparations and Urge Motorists to Slow Down, Buckle Up, Drive Sober, and Don’t Text and Drive
CHICAGO - Illinois transportation and law enforcement officials today stressed safety and urged motorists to prepare for unfavorable driving conditions this winter season. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois Tollway and the Illinois State Police (ISP) have partnered to roll out the state’s frontline winter crews and ensure that emergency equipment is ready for the upcoming snow and ice season.

November 16, 2012
Illinois Adds 4,800 Jobs and Rate Holds at 8.8 Percent
CHICAGO – Illinois added +4,800 jobs in October and the unemployment rate held at 8.8 percent for the second consecutive month, 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. One year ago, the October unemployment rate was 10 percent.

November 16, 2012
Department of Insurance Announces Multi-Million Dollar Settlement with John Hancock Life Insurance Co.
Illinois participated in multi-state effort to examine payment of Life Insurance Benefits
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today announced an agreement has been reached with John Hancock Life Insurance Company) as part of a multi-million dollar settlement with several states. Under the settlement, John Hancock agreed to change business practices related to the payment of life insurance benefits and also agreed to pay $13,300,000 to states that are a party to the settlement.

November 16, 2012
DHS names Director of Rehabilitation Services
David Hanson to head state’s lead agency serving people with physical disabilities
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler today announced the appointment of David K. Hanson of Chicago as the Director of the IDHS Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS). Hanson has more than 20 years of experience in government and most recently directed the Workforce Institute at the City Colleges of Chicago.

November 15, 2012
Governor Quinn Highlights Clean Water Initiative
Addresses Business and Environmental Leaders at?2012 American Water Summit
ROSEMONT – November 15, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today highlighted his recently announced $1 billion Illinois Clean Water Initiative in an address to the 2012 American Water Summit. The 3rd annual summit is being held in Illinois for the first time with nearly 400 senior management officials from public and private utilities, municipal, state and federal governments, equipment suppliers, new technology companies, investors, and non-governmental organizations with the goal of promoting solutions to the country’s critical water infrastructure needs for the 21st century. This initiative is part of the governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive economic growth while purifying and preserving this critical natural resource.

November 15, 2012
Employment Security Closed Thanksgiving and Friday
Claimants Should Certify; Services Available on Internet Banking Holiday Might Delay Payments
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) service centers will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, will resume Monday, Nov. 26. Although IDES offices will be closed, services will be available at www.ides.illinois.gov People still will be able to file for first-time unemployment benefits, certify for benefits which is necessary to receive payment, and switch that method of payment to direct deposit. Because Thursday is a federal banking holiday, the availability of some benefit payments might be delayed. The IDES does not determine federal banking holidays.

November 15, 2012
Illinois Approves Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Chicago-St. Louis High-Speed Rail Corridor
Illinois Approves Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Chicago-St. Louis High-Speed Rail Corridor
SPRINGFIELD –November 15, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have signed and issued the Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the full build-out of the Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail corridor. The EIS advances the identification of preferred alternatives, including the Rock Island Corridor as the recommended route between Joliet and Chicago and a Tier 2 project-level evaluation for the Springfield Rail Improvement Project, which recommended a consolidated train route along 10th Street through Springfield. The document will now be available to the public and a potential Record of Decision could be issued at the end of December.

November 14, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Durata Therapeutics Moves to Illinois
Biotech Start-Up Relocates from New Jersey, Plans to Create Up to 100 Jobs, Cites Talent Pool as Draw
CHICAGO—November 14, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn announced today that biopharmaceutical company Durata Therapeutics is moving its global headquarters to Illinois from New Jersey. The drug development company’s relocation to 200 S. Wacker Dr. in downtown Chicago is expected to create up to 100 new jobs in the next three years and bolster Illinois’ expanding biotechnology industry. Governor Quinn has worked diligently to advance the biotechnology industry in Illinois.

November 14, 2012
Governor Quinn and Leader Tom Cross Mark Diabetes Awareness Day in Illinois
Free Diabetes Screenings Available Across Illinois
CHICAGO – November 14, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn and House Minority Leader Tom Cross today joined advocates from the Illinois Diabetes Policy Coalition (IDPC) to mark the first Diabetes Awareness Day in Illinois. Illinois residents can take advantage of free diabetes screenings available across the state today, and a list of locations can be viewed at www.ildpc.org. Diabetes Awareness Day in Illinois is the result of a new law signed this summer by the governor to increase public awareness of diabetes.

November 14, 2012
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to Host Veteran Small Business Summit in Rockford
‘Mission: Veterans 2 Entrepreneurs’ to connect veteran-owned businesses with government and non-profits on November 20th
CHICAGO – If you are an Illinois Veteran who owns your own business or possesses the skills and determination to start one, then the upcoming “Mission: Veterans 2 Entrepreneurs” event on Tuesday, November 20th in Rockford, Ill., is for you. This is a great opportunity for veterans to learn about procurement opportunities with the State of Illinois, plus other federal and local government agencies. In addition, many not-for-profit organizations and local government agencies that provide assistance to small business owners will be in attendance, including the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Illinois Small Business Set Aside Program, Illinois Business Enterprise Program (BEP), Rockford Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Small Business Administration, Rockford Economic Development Council, and the Capital Development Board.

November 14, 2012
Affordable Green Homes for Metro East Families Celebrate Grand Opening
State housing agency financed homes powered by solar and wind energy
JERSEYVILLE – For residents like maintenance worker John Boyd, Lexington Farms Subdivision’s wind and solar power yields utility bill savings to make living more affordable.

November 14, 2012
IEMA Encourages Participation in Earthquake Drill
More than 86,000 in Illinois Already Registered for 3rd Annual “Great Central U.S. ShakeOut” on Feb. 7
SPRINGFIELD – At 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2013, millions of people in the Central United States will seek shelter under their desks, kitchen tables and other sturdy objects as part of the third annual “Great Central U.S. ShakeOut” earthquake drill. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging people to register for the multi-state drill. More than 86,000 Illinois residents have registered to date.

November 14, 2012
Liquor Control Commission October Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In October the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 204 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 62 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Seventy percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.

November 14, 2012
Illinois Firearm Deer Season Opens This Weekend
Seven-Day Season is Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 29-Dec. 2
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters in Illinois head to the field this week for the state’s busiest and most popular hunting season – the Illinois Firearm Deer Season – which begins Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 18. The seven-day firearm hunt will conclude November 29 through December 2.

November 13, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces New Health Clinic
Illinois Jobs Now! Project Supported 200 Jobs; Will Strengthen Healthcare for Vulnerable, Low-Income and Medicaid Patients at Mount Sinai
CHICAGO - November 13, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today joined with community and healthcare leaders to announce the newly renovated Mount Sinai Hospital Health Clinic. This $7 million Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction project created or supported almost 200 jobs and will allow Mount Sinai Hospital to relocate its specialty clinics into one space.

November 13, 2012
Life-Long Career Readiness Begins in School
Tools to Help Students, Teachers and Adults Available; November is Career-Readiness Month
CHICAGO – Educational attainment is the best precursor to employability and life-long learning. That is why the Illinois Department of Employment Security provides several programs for students, teachers and adults that build, step-by-step, education and training plans to achieve job readiness and a living wage.

November 12, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces New Financing to Help More Military Families Afford Homeownership
Illinois Jobs Now! Financing to Help Additional 500 Families Buy a Home through “Welcome Home Heroes” Program
WESTCHESTER – November 12, 2012. In honor of Veterans Day, Governor Pat Quinn announced the investment of an additional $5 million to the Welcome Home Heroes homebuyer financing package to make homeownership more affordable for more military families. This new Illinois Jobs Now! capital funding will allow an additional 500 military families to access a $10,000 forgivable grant toward the purchase of a new home, as well as a mortgage tax credit worth up to $20,000 over the life of the loan.

November 11, 2012
Governor Quinn Salutes Illinois' Fallen Heroes on Veterans Day
Unveils “Portrait of a Soldier” Exhibit in Chicago, Burbank, Pittsfield
CHICAGO – November 11, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today unveiled the “Portrait of a Soldier” traveling exhibit now on display in the Family Pavilion at Chicago’s Navy Pier. This riveting collection by Mattoon artist Cameron Schilling features nearly 300 hand-drawn portraits of each Illinois servicemember killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

November 10, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Winners of the 2012 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards
Awards Recognize Illinois Businesses and Colleges That Promote Green Innovation
OAK BROOK – November 10, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn Friday announced the winners of the 2012 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards, which recognize college campuses and businesses throughout Illinois that demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the environment through sustainable practices. Since 1987, the awards have been administered on behalf of the Governor by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois, a leader in environmental and energy research. This is the first year campuses have been considered for an award.

November 9, 2012
Governor Quinn Launches “Illinois Joining Forces” Veterans Support Partnership
Kicks off Operation Support Our Troops Care Package Drive
CHICAGO- November 9, 2012. Just days before Veterans Day, Governor Pat Quinn was joined today by Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Borggren, Maj. Gen. Dennis L. Celletti, acting Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, and more than 250 veterans service leaders to launch Illinois Joining Forces (IJF), a new statewide public-private partnership that will improve support for servicemembers, Veterans, and their families.

November 9, 2012
Illinois Names Eight Healthcare Plans to Care for Medicaid and Medicare Clients
Project will provide coordinated care for “dual eligibles” Goal is to improve healthcare outcomes and control costs
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) today named eight health plans that were chosen to partner with the state as it moves the majority of people covered by Medicaid to systems of coordinated care. Today’s announcement involves the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative ((MMAI), a groundbreaking joint effort with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under which Illinois is aiming to be one of the first states in the nation to reform the way care is delivered to clients eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid Services.

November 9, 2012
Governor Quinn Sending 54 Law Enforcement Officers to Assist New Jersey
Illinois State Police, Local Law Enforcement to Deploy on Saturday
SPRINGFIELD – November 9, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced 54 law enforcement officers will be deployed to New Jersey on Saturday to help local law enforcement agencies deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and this week’s Nor’easter. The group includes 29 officers from the Illinois State Police (ISP) and 25 officers from law enforcement agencies in Central Illinois.

November 9, 2012
Lt. Gov. Simon, Sen. Toi Hutchinson meet with Southern Illinois women’s advocates
Community leaders share ways to stop sexual, domestic violence
CARBONDALE – Two Statehouse champions for women’s rights toured the Women’s Center in Carbondale today to thank advocates for their work in passing a strip club surcharge bill this year, and to learn about other resources needed to prevent and respond to domestic and sexual violence.

November 8, 2012
IDES Offices Closed Nov. 12 to Observe Veterans Day
Customers Should Certify; Services Available on Internet
CHICAGO - The offices of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will close Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. All services will be available on the IDES website. Regular office hours of 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, will resume Tuesday, Nov. 13.

November 7, 2012
Governor Quinn kicks off ‘Veterans Cash’ Lottery ticket
Proceeds Benefit Illinois Veterans; More Than $10 Million Raised Since 2006
CHICAGO- November 7, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today kicked off a statewide launch of the newest Veterans Cash instant lottery ticket at The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, a nonprofit organization located in Chicago’s Illinois Medical District that provides educational services, occupational therapy and employment counseling to low vision or visually impaired Veterans.

November 5, 2012
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Tuesday, November 6, 2012 until Sunset, Thursday, November 8, 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, Tuesday, November 6, 2012 until Sunset, Thursday, November 8, 2012.

November 5, 2012
Governor Quinn Deploys More Illinois Responders to Assist New York in Hurricane Sandy Response
Eight-member Incident Management Team Will Help NY State
SPRINGFIELD – November 5, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the deployment of an eight-member Incident Management Team (IMT) to New York State to assist with emergency response and recovery efforts. The team will be deployed to Long Island for 14 days.

November 2, 2012
Hurricane Sandy Prompts IDOT to Permit Heavy Loads on State Roads
Temporary Measure Boosts Emergency Response, Relief to Eastern U.S.
SPRINGFIELD – To assist with emergency relief after Hurricane Sandy, Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider authorized the movement of heavy loads up to 14 feet in width and 100 feet in length on state routes, including interstates. The hurricane has ravaged sections of the Eastern United States, and this action will improve operations and allow emergency responders and relief providers to quickly and efficiently transport materials as part of the massive clean-up efforts.

November 2, 2012
The Illinois Office Of The State Fire Marshal Reminds Residents To Change Smoke Alarm Batteries This Weekend As Clocks Are Set Back
“Fall Back” on the Habit of Changing Smoke Alarm Batteries to Save Lives
SPRINGFIELD – As winter approaches, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is reminding people to change their smoke alarm batteries when they set their clocks back to standard time this Sunday, November 4th. Residents are urged to do this when the time changes twice each year to ensure that smoke alarms are always working properly.

November 1, 2012
IEMA, National Weather Service Encourage People to Prepare for Winter Weather
November is Winter Storm Preparedness Month in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – While the winter of 2011-12 brought warmer temperatures and little snow, history shows that is more the exception than the rule for Illinois winters. Freezing temperatures, snow and ice are the norm for most winters in the state, and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) are encouraging people to begin preparing now for those hazards.

November 1, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Executive Appointments
Manny Flores to Lead Department of Financial and Professional Regulation; Humanitarian Merri Dee Named to Human Rights Commission
CHICAGO – November 1, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced Manny Flores as Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and former journalist and philanthropist Merri Dee to the Illinois Human Rights Commission. The governor also announced a number of other executive appointments to various boards and commissions that will continue his commitment to making state government more accountable, transparent and effective.

November 1, 2012
Governor Quinn Directs Illinois Team to Assist New York in Hurricane Sandy Response
Will Assist in New York City Emergency Operations Center
SPRINGFIELD – November 1, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the deployment of 13 local emergency managers and two Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s (IEMA) employees to New York City to help emergency management officials coordinate recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The responders will assist with operations and logistics in the city’s emergency operations center. The duration of the deployment is two weeks, with responders set to return to Illinois on Nov. 16.

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