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March
2012


March 30, 2012
Governor Quinn Encourages Attendance at First Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network Event
Berwyn Event to Connect Families Facing Foreclosure with Resources to Help Keep Their Homes
CHICAGO – March 30, 2012. As part of his commitment to affordable housing and foreclosure prevention, Governor Pat Quinn today encouraged Illinois families facing foreclosure to attend the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network’s first “Keep Your Home, Illinois” workshop. Held Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Berwyn, the workshop will connect struggling homeowners with in-person assistance, resources and knowledge to help them keep their homes.


March 30, 2012
Illinois Arts Council Announces Poetry Out Loud State Champion
From a competitive field of nearly 6,000 students from across the state, Carolyn Muller, a senior from Champaign Central High School in Champaign, received the title of 2012 Poetry Out Loud Illinois State Champion at the statewide competition hosted by the Springfield Area Arts Council in Springfield, on Thursday, March 29, 2012. Muller recited “Infelix” by Adah Isaacs Menken, “Dirge Without Music” by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and “Ovation” by Carol Muske-Dukes. Springfield Southeast High School junior Charday Crawford won first runner-up, reciting “a song in the front yard” by Gwendolyn Brooks, “A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns, and “Conversation” for Robert Lowell by Ai. Ms. Muller will advance to the national competition to be held in Washington, D.C., in mid-May.


March 29, 2012
Governor Pat Quinn Rolls Out Nation’s Largest Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Network
350Green and 7-Eleven help drivers re-charge vehicles in under 30 minutes at Illinois Tollway Oases
SCHILLER PARK – March 29, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn and representatives from the Illinois Tollway, 350Green LLC and 7-Eleven, Inc. today announced the availability of the nation’s largest network of fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) stations. As part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to increasing sustainability across Illinois, the initiative will support the use of electric vehicles and create jobs in sustainable transportation. Motorists can charge an electric vehicle in under 30 minutes using the current fast-chargers at 7-Eleven sites at four Tollway Oasis locations, and will soon be able to charge vehicles at all seven Tollway Oases.


March 29, 2012
Simon: Restore funding to Metro East crisis center
Advocates back strip club surcharge to restore critical funding, protect jobs
EAST ST. LOUIS – Advocating for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon visited an East St. Louis crisis center on Thursday afternoon to support legislation that would restore funding to sexual assault prevention agencies.


March 28, 2012
Governor Quinn Applauds Hiring Our Heroes Career Expo
Illinois Partners with U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Put More Veterans to Work
CHICAGO – March 28, 2012. Governor Quinn today attended a Hiring Our Heroes job fair and praised the event as a key tool to help Veterans return to work and showcase tax incentives available to businesses who choose to hire our returning heroes. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Department of Employment Security were the principal sponsors of the second annual Chicago event.


March 28, 2012
Statement From Governor Pat Quinn on Senate Passage Of Hiring Veterans Tax Credit
SPRINGFIELD – March 28, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding the Illinois Senate passing Senate Bill 3241, which would raise Illinois’ Hiring Veterans Tax Credit to $5,000, up from $1,200.


March 27, 2012
Simon-supported math bill approved by Senate committee
Statewide curriculum aims to increase college completion
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois middle and high schools could use a state recommended math curriculum come 2013, if a bill that passed a state Senate committee today with Lt. Governor Sheila Simon’s support is adopted.


March 27, 2012
Lt. Gov Simon: Illinois Main Street open for business
SPRINGFIELD – Ambassador to the Illinois Main Street Program, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced today that the program will begin accepting applications next month from communities interested in joining.


March 26, 2012
President Bill Clinton to Speak at Opening Dinner of the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Chicago
World Summit Host Committee announces high-profile moderators for the three-day peacemaking event this April
CHICAGO—The Chicago World Summit Host Committee today announced that President Bill Clinton will take part in the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Chicago this April 23 – 25. President Clinton, a long-time champion of human rights initiatives and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will keynote the opening night dinner on Monday, April 23 at The Field Museum in Chicago.


March 26, 2012
Governor Quinn Addresses Illinois Association of Realtors
Emphasizes Administration’s Commitment to Affordable Housing and Sustainable Homeownership
SPRINGFIELD – March 26, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today addressed the Illinois Association of Realtors Conference in Springfield. March is Affordable Housing Month, and the Governor’s remarks emphasized his administration’s commitment to creating affordable homeownership opportunities and foreclosure assistance programs.


March 26, 2012
New report finds modest gains in Illinois, America’s college attainment rates
Experts highlight bright spots while calling for redesign of America’s higher education system
WASHINGTON – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon joined education experts in the nation’s capitol today to announce the findings of a new report that shows Illinois and the nation must do significantly more to ensure gains in higher education attainment. Experts gathered at the Rayburn House Office Building to announce the report’s findings, highlight what is working and discuss how a stronger sense of urgency is needed to better position America for success in the knowledge economy.


March 26, 2012
Illinois Products Expo Sets Attendance And Sales Records
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The 2012 Illinois Products Expo was a record-breaker. The two-day show, which featured food, wine and agricultural products from 77 Illinois companies, attracted 7,718 consumers, shattering the former record of 6,566*. Those who attended brought their wallets as well as their appetites. Participating companies reported record sales of $130,000, 13 percent more than the previous high of $115,000.


March 23, 2012
Department of Human Rights Hosts Tuskegee Airman Beverly Dunjill
Former IDHR staffer Dunjill to attend lunch and host Showing of Documentary “The Tuskegee Airmen”
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) was proud to host a discussion and film screening today with Beverly Dunjill, a member of the renowned Tuskegee Airmen of World War II fame who also is a former employee of the human rights agency. Dunjill participated in Q & A with agency staffers and the public and introduced a screening of the documentary film, “The Tuskegee Airmen.” “Beverly Dunjill, like all of his brethren in the Tuskegee Airmen, is a true American hero and it was an honor to be joined by him today,” said IDHR Director Rocco Claps. “The Department of Human Rights is proud that we can call him one of our own. He defended our nation in time of war at great personal risk, and then in peacetime, he devoted himself to the cause of human rights. To have him join us today and share his experiences is tremendously inspiring to all of us.”


March 22, 2012
Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program Accepting Applications
Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program Providing $15 Million in Grant Funding
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Public museums in Illinois can receive funding assistance to improve museum facilities and develop new exhibits through the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), which administers the program, is again accepting applications from qualifying public museums. The deadline to apply is 12:00 pm (noon) on Monday, May 7, 2012. In 2010, The Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program granted $15 million to over 50 museums for projects ranging from expanded facilities to exhibits and infrastructure improvements. Funding for the program comes from the state’s “Illinois Jobs Now!” capital program.


March 22, 2012
Fraud Sentencing Emphasizes Prevention Efforts
Do Not Pay Someone to File a Benefit Claim
CHICAGO - A federal appeals court has upheld the 96-month prison sentence imposed upon a Chicago woman who defrauded the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) of more than $700,000. Jay Rowell, the Director of IDES, said the ruling sends a strong message that the state takes seriously fraud prosecutions and there are significant consequences for individuals who cheat the program.


March 22, 2012
Illinois Adds 130,700 Private Sector Jobs Since Recovery
Unemployment Drops to 9.1 Percent, Sixth Consecutive Decline
CHICAGO – The Illinois unemployment rate fell for the sixth consecutive month in February, dropping -0.3 to 9.1 percent, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Illinois employers added +6,500 jobs during the month. The data is seasonally adjusted. “February’s jobs number is another positive sign in Illinois’ economic recovery. Illinois continues its steady economic growth fueled by monthly increases in job creation and falling unemployment rates,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “Our recovery is built upon consistent progress that can be seen month to month.”


March 22, 2012
Governor Quinn Secures SBA Disaster Assistance for Tornado Recovery
People, Businesses in Nine Southern Illinois Counties Eligible to Apply for Low-Interest Loans
SPRINGFIELD – March 22, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the state’s request for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster declaration has been approved for nine counties in Southern Illinois that were hit by deadly tornadoes and severe storms on Feb 29.


March 21, 2012
Governor Quinn, Cook County President Preckwinkle and Mayor Emanuel Announce First-Ever Converged Data Site
Through innovative collaboration, merged data will lead to better services, access to vital information and further innovation
March 21, 2012 – Chicago, IL – Governor Pat Quinn, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and Mayor Rahm Emanuel today unveiled www.MetroChicagoData.org, the nation’s first “convergence cloud” site that brings public data from the City of Chicago, Cook County and the State of Illinois into a single open portal to help increase service efficiencies, access to vital information and new innovation.


March 21, 2012
Enhanced Rules to be Eligible for Unemployment Benefits
Recent Filers Risk Benefits if They Refuse Training, Skills Exam
CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today new federal rules for individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits. The enhanced rules require individuals to comply with measures to ensure that they are updating their jobs skills and looking for work. Those who do not comply risk losing their weekly unemployment insurance benefit payment. The federal government included the enhanced requirements when it passed the latest benefit extension. In-person interviews with IDES staff will be required for workers transitioning from the state Regular Benefit program to the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program. Interviews also will be required for those transitioning from the first round of federal benefits to the second if they had not previously been interviewed. These mandates are in addition to job-training services and interviews IDES already requires. The interviews will ensure individuals are aware of skills assessment and jo


March 21, 2012
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to honor Chicago woman as its March ‘Veteran of the Month’
CHICAGO –The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) will honor later this month Iris M. Feliciano, a life-long Chicagoan and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, at its March 2012 “Veteran of the Month” during a Women’s Veterans Program presented by the Student Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The program will begin at 12 noon (CDT) on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Berwyn VFW Post 2378, 1529 South Harlem Avenue, Berwyn, Ill. 60402. “Miss Feliciano not only served her country as a Marine, she continues to dedicate her time and efforts to fellow veterans,” said IDVA Director Erica Borggren. “As a first-generation college graduate and an individual so clearly committed to service, Iris provides a wonderful example and assistance to returning student veterans at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU).”


March 21, 2012
Governor Quinn Visits Belgium to Boost Jobs, Exports
Trip to Support Illinois Tourism, Trade and Business Investment
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – March 21, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today departed on an economic and jobs trip to Brussels, Belgium where he will seek to expand Illinois trade, tourism and business opportunities. In addition to participating in several events organized by NATO in advance of this spring’s summit in Chicago, the Governor will address a trade conference sponsored by the European Union (EU) to strengthen ties between Illinois and Europe. He will also host a business roundtable with current Belgium businesses that invest in Illinois, potential investors, and business leaders and associations.


March 21, 2012
Governor Quinn Statement on House Passage of General Assembly Scholarship Repeal
SPRINGFIELD – March 21, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding the Illinois House of Representatives passing House Bill 3810, which would abolish the troubled General Assembly Scholarship program.


March 21, 2012
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn On FEMA’s Denial of State’s Appeal for Federal Assistance for Southern Illinois Tornado
SPRINGFIELD - March 21, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding FEMA’s denial of the state’s appeal for federal assistance to help people affected by the Feb. 29 tornado.


March 21, 2012
IDNR Examining Illinois Deer Management Program
Modifications possible in hunting regulations and CWD control efforts
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is examining its deer management program to determine if modifications are needed to hunting seasons and regulations – and to the effort focused in select northern Illinois counties to reduce the deer population and limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in the Illinois deer herd. The review of Illinois’ deer management program is a follow up to implementation of a series of recommendations made in 2008 by the state’s Joint Legislative Task Force on Deer Population Control. Among the task force recommendations was a statewide 14% reduction in the deer herd (as indicated by the rate of deer/vehicle accidents), with specific county goals identified. IDNR expanded the Late-Winter Deer Season and made available additional permits in some counties beginning in 2009 to encourage hunters to harvest additional surplus deer. The statewide accident rate is very close to the identified goal, although some counties st


March 20, 2012
Simon to meet with Vice President Biden
National conference coming to Chicago this summer
WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden will meet with Lt. Governor Sheila Simon and her peers Wednesday during a three-day National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) meeting in Washington D.C., four months before the association celebrates its 50th anniversary in Chicago.


March 19, 2012
Illinois, Simon selected as Lumina Foundation Partners
Top education network aids Illinois college completion reforms
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois is moving toward its college completion goal thanks to a new partnership between Lt. Governor Sheila Simon and a leading education foundation, the lieutenant governor’s office announced today.


March 19, 2012
Galesburg Firefighter to Receive State Valor Award Early
Captain Derek W. Perry to receive one of the State’s highest honors before National Guard deployment
GALESBURG - Representatives of the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and the Illinois Fire Fighter Medal of Honor Committee will visit the Galesburg Fire Department to award Captain Derek W. Perry with the State of Illinois Firefighter Medal of Valor. The award presentation will be presented to Captain Perry in advance of the State Firefighter Memorial and Medal of Honor Ceremony scheduled for May 10th due to Captain Perry’s upcoming National Guard unit deployment. On the evening of June 29, 2011, Captain Derek W. Perry of the Galesburg Fire Department responded to a residential fire within his district. Through heavy smoke he searched the upstairs of the residence, finding an adult victim and saving her life. Because he clearly demonstrated courage and dedication in the face of danger, Captain Perry is slated to receive the Medal of Valor at the Firefighter’s Medal of Honor Ceremony in Springfield on May 10th.


March 19, 2012
Nearly $478,000 in Veterans Cash lottery proceeds awarded to 10 groups to support Illinois veterans
Instant ticket responsible for more than $9 million in funds since 2006
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today announced $477,752 in grants from Veterans’ Cash scratch-off lottery ticket sales to help 10 non-profits deliver specialized programs and services for Illinois’ veterans. “The Veterans Cash lottery ticket offers much more than big payouts for the game’s players,” said IDVA Director Erica Borggren. “It also offers much-needed funding to strengthen local and statewide programs that assist veterans struggling with accessibility, healthcare, homelessness, and mental health issues.”


March 18, 2012
Governor Quinn Teams with US Cultural Ambassador Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Support STEM Education
Governor and Basketball Great Join Business Leaders for Community Discussion about Education
CHICAGO – March 18, 2012. With March Madness in full swing, Governor Pat Quinn today teamed up with the NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer and U.S. Global Cultural Ambassador Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to encourage children to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning in Illinois. Studies show STEM education helps close the achievement gap and better prepares students for success in college and their careers, which are key parts of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve education in Illinois. Abdul-Jabbar, a New York Times best-selling author, co-wrote the children’s book “What Color is my World? - The Lost History of African American Inventors” which promotes STEM innovation and learning among children.


March 16, 2012
Governor Quinn: State Will Submit Appeal to FEMA Friday Morning
Continues Effort to Secure Federal Assistance for Tornado-Ravaged Counties in Southern Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – March 16, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today said his office will submit an appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Friday morning asking the agency to reconsider its denial of the state’s request for federal disaster assistance for five Southern Illinois counties affected by deadly tornadoes on Feb. 29. Governor Quinn said the appeal will include additional information on damages to homes as well as socioeconomic information that will illustrate why recovery will be difficult, if not impossible, for many people without federal assistance.


March 16, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Key Appointment
Ann McCabe to Join Illinois Commerce Commission
CHICAGO – March 16, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced his appointment of Ann McCabe to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). 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.


March 15, 2012
IDOT, State and Local Law Enforcement Announce Plans for St. Patrick’s Day
Seat Belt, Impaired Driving Enforcement Stepped up to Boost Roadway Safety
CHICAGO – As St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will soon be under way, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Police (ISP) are partnering with more than 150 law enforcement agencies statewide to boost traffic safety through their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket mobilizations. The partnership and campaign will remind motorists to act responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day by buckling up and designating a sober driver before the parties begin.


March 15, 2012
Liquor Control Commission February Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In February the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 134 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 35 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Seventy-four percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers. This report is a result of ongoing undercover and cooperative law enforcement operations conducted by Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) agents and local law enforcement officials and volunteers from high schools and colleges. The teams randomly visit liquor stores, restaurants and bars in communities around the state to check for ongoing compliance with state laws mandating that no liquor is sold to minors under the age of 21. ILCC agents also work with local and state law enforcement agents to focus on communities with a high incidence of underage liquor sales.


March 15, 2012
New American Sign Language Videos will Help Deaf, Hard of Hearing Prepare for Disasters
IEMA, Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission Partner to Make Disaster Preparedness Information Accessible
SPRINGFIELD – Information about how to prepare for emergencies is now more accessible for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC) today announced a new series of videos that explains disaster preparedness measures using American Sign Language (ASL) and is fully captioned. The 11-segment video series covers such topics as how to make a household emergency plan, building an emergency supply kit, planning for evacuations and sheltering in place, and emergency planning for people with disabilities and functional needs. The videos are based on an emergency planning brochure developed by the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF).


March 15, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Expanded Translation Services on State Employment Website
Initiative Increases Access to Services for Job Seekers and Employers
CHICAGO – March 15, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced enhanced language translation services at the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s (IDES) website. The initiative makes information more accessible to individuals and businesses, helping them accomplish their goals more quickly.


March 15, 2012
Governor Quinn Proclaims DePaul Women’s Basketball Day in Illinois
WHEREAS, the contributions of collegiate sport in the national community foster a sense of inspiration and pride within our schools, our towns, our states and the country; and,


March 14, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces First Start-Ups of New Digital Technology Center
New ‘1871’ Tech Center will Provide Resources to Foster and Launch Digital Start-up Companies
CHICAGO – March 14, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the first 15 digital start-up companies and new entrepreneurs that will be housed at “1871,” the new digital technology center located at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Designed to help launch and grow early-stage tech start-ups, the new 50,000 square foot tech center will have the capacity to house up to 400 individuals or more than 100 start-ups when it opens on May 2. The space will gather start-ups together, creating a community of mentors, partners, peers, developers and investors to spark innovation and create good-paying jobs.


March 14, 2012
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Commission to End Hunger and Share Our Strength Launch Illinois No Kid Hungry Campaign
Partnership Aiming to End Childhood Hunger and Connect Kids to Child Nutrition Programs Delivers on Recommendation Outlined in Illinois Commission to End Hunger Report
CHICAGO - March 14, 2012. – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and a diverse group of corporate, nonprofit and government leaders joined Share Our Strength® and the Illinois Commission to End Hunger at Parker Elementary Community Academy in Chicago to release the Commission’s report and kick off the Illinois No Kid Hungry® campaign. With Chicago Sky Center Ruth Riley and elementary students in attendance, the partners unveiled recommendations and a plan to connect Illinois kids to nutritious meals where they live, learn and play.


March 13, 2012
State Successfully Sells General Obligation Bonds for Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program
CHICAGO–The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget today is pleased to announce the State’s successful sale of $575 million tax exempt General Obligation Bonds. The bond sale provides funding for the Illinois Jobs Now! Capital plan which was signed into law by Governor Quinn and is helping to repair roads, schools and bridges while creating and retaining more than 439,000 jobs over six years. The state received $2.3 billion dollars in orders from more than 70 institutional purchasers or over 4 times the amount of bonds offered for the negotiated sale. This demand allowed the state to increase the amount of bonds sold from $500 million to $575 million while simultaneously achieving an interest rate of 4.19%.


March 13, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces $31.6 Million for City Colleges of Chicago
Capital Funding to Finance High-Technology Center at Olive-Harvey College
CHICAGO – March 13, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman to announce $31.6 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program for a new Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) Center at Olive-Harvey College. The facility will be the first comprehensive TDL education center in the state and supports Governor Quinn’s commitment to growing high-tech jobs. The facility will prepare students for work in transportation logistics and other high-tech careers such as automotive technology, applied engineering and avionics.


March 12, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces New NBC Production Coming to Chicago
Syndicated Daily Show “Steve Harvey” to be Produced in Chicago, Creating Jobs and Boosting Tourism
CHICAGO – March 12, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a new NBC production will be filmed in downtown Chicago. The new daily show, “Steve Harvey,” will be produced at NBC 5 studios and is expected to create around 100 jobs. NBCUniversal estimates that the show could bring approximately 35,000 audience members and visitors to Chicago each year.


March 12, 2012
Lt. Gov. Simon names Dr. Norm Walzer Rural Illinois Champion
SPRINGFIELD – As chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon has awarded Dr. Norm Walzer, 68, of DeKalb, the Rural Illinois Champion Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to raising awareness of the challenges rural citizens face.


March 12, 2012
Simon wants state hearing on Starved Rock sand mine
Asks LaSalle County Board to initiate hearing, promote public input
SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is advocating for more transparency and public input as a proposal to open a sand mine on 300 acres of farm land adjacent to Starved Rock State Park moves ahead.


March 12, 2012
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn
On State’s Efforts to Secure Federal Assistance for Harrisburg Tornado
SPRINGFIELD - March 12, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the state’s efforts to secure federal assistance for people affected by the Feb. 29 tornado.


March 11, 2012
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of Roger Walker Jr.
CHICAGO – March 11, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement regarding the passing of former Illinois Department of Corrections director Roger Walker Jr..


March 11, 2012
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn On FEMA Denial of State Disaster Assistance Request
SPRINGFIELD - March 11, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding FEMA’s denial of the state’s request for federal assistance for people and businesses in Southern Illinois that were impacted by the Feb. 29 tornado.


March 9, 2012
Simon advocates for Rockford women’s center
Touts strip club surcharge to restore critical funding, protect jobs
ROCKFORD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon visited a Rockford crisis center on Friday morning to advocate for legislation that would restore funding to sexual assault prevention agencies.


March 9, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Federal Approval of Illinois Coastal Management Program
Federal Funding Will Support Investments in Preservation, Enhancement of Coastal Resources
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at a signing ceremony celebrating approval of the Illinois Coastal Management Program (ICMP). Today’s signing makes Illinois one of 34 states and U.S. territories providing management of coastal resources for sustainable development and protection of natural resources on more than 95,000 miles of ocean and Great Lakes shorelines.


March 9, 2012
State Energy Office Announces Illinois Energy Now Trade Ally Program
New Program will Support Energy Efficiency in Illinois; Website will Help Increase Number of Trade Ally Partnerships
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) State Energy Office today announced the Illinois Energy Now Trade Ally Program to further energy efficiency efforts in Illinois. The new Trade Ally program will help forge partnerships between trade allies and their public sector clients to provide more energy efficient building solutions that will result in increased energy savings in schools, municipality buildings and government facilities. Trade allies are general contractors, lighting contractors, HVAC contractors, engineers, architects, energy service companies, and energy-saving product wholesalers, distributors and retailers who are trained on the Illinois Energy Now (IEN) program to deliver more energy efficient building solutions to their public sector clients.


March 9, 2012
Governor Quinn Proclaims AmeriCorps Week in Illinois
Commends Volunteers for “Getting Things Done”
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed March 10-18, 2012 as AmeriCorps Week in Illinois. AmeriCorps provides opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. "AmeriCorps volunteers dedicate themselves to service and making a difference throughout the great state of Illinois," said Governor Quinn. "On behalf of the people of our state, I thank AmeriCorps members and its alumni for their service and applaud them for their hard work and continued commitment to strengthening neighborhoods and communities every week of the year."


March 8, 2012
SWIC part-time Veterans’ Service Office re-opened March 6th; Belleville Main Street office hours unchanged
SPRINGFIELD – Effective March 6th, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) has re-opened its part-time Veterans’ Service Office, which is located on the campus of Southwestern Illinois College at 2500 Carlyle Ave. in Belleville. This part-time office is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the 1st Tuesday of each month. The office is staffed by Veterans Service Officer (VSO) Michelle Bess, who can be reached at (618) 222-5226. A full-time Veterans’ Service Office, located at 4519 W. Main Street in Belleville, will continue to provide daily office hours. This office is open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. This office is staffed by VSO Michael McGovern, who can be reached at (618) 233-5140, and Michelle Bess, who can be reached at (618) 233-8445.


March 8, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces $1 Million to Support Expansion of Chicago Rockford Airport
Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Funding to Help Create Jobs
ROCKFORD – March 8, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today continued his efforts to support economic growth and the aviation industry by announcing $1 million to help expand parking capabilities at the Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD). RFD is a United States Customs Port of Entry and a Foreign Trade Zone that is currently ranked among the top 25 U.S. cargo airports.


March 7, 2012
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, March 8, 2012 until Sunset, Saturday, March 10, 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, March 8, 2012 until Sunset, Saturday, March 10, 2012.


March 7, 2012
Governor Quinn Requests Federal Assistance for Five Southern Illinois Counties
Federal Disaster Declaration Would Help People, Businesses Recover from Tornadoes, Severe Storms
SPRINGFIELD – March 7, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today asked President Barack Obama to declare five Southern Illinois counties major disaster areas to help people and businesses recover from devastating tornadoes and severe storms that struck the area Feb. 29. Counties requested include Gallatin, Randolph, Saline, Union and Williamson.


March 6, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Agreement to Create 1,450 Jobs and Boost Wind Manufacturing in Illinois
Supports Commitment to Renewable Energy, Job Creation
CHICAGO – March 6, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced an agreement between Rock Island Clean Line LLC and Flora, Illinois-based Southwire Company that will support wind turbine and transmission manufacturing in Illinois and create 1,450 union construction jobs under a project labor agreement in Illinois over a three-year construction period. The agreement supports Governor Quinn’s commitment to growing the renewable energy sector in Illinois and continues Illinois’ leadership in the green economy. The governor announced the agreement after delivering the keynote address at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Regional Wind Energy Summit held today in Chicago.


March 6, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Appointments to Illinois Medical District Commission
New Appointees to Bring Fresh Leadership to Vital Economic Engine
CHICAGO – March 6, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today continued his efforts to grow our economy by announcing four new appointments to the Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC), which oversees the largest urban medical district in the country. Jennifer Woodard, James Clewlow, Meredith O’Connor and Blake Sercye will join the board that also includes two appointees designated by the mayor of Chicago and one designated by the president of the Cook County Board.


March 6, 2012
Lt. Governor Simon supports rape crisis fund
Strip club surcharge passes Senate committee
SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon testified in support of legislation that passed 8-0 out of a Senate committee today that would fund rape crisis centers through an entrance fee at strip clubs.


March 5, 2012
Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel Announce Appointees to McCormick Place Board
Eight Appointees Will Guide Organization as it Fosters Convention Business and Economic Development Throughout the City and State
CHICAGO – March 5, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today their eight appointments for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) Board. The Governor and the Mayor are each allotted four appointments under state law.


March 5, 2012
Governor Quinn Pursues Economic Development Opportunities in Canada
First Visit by Governor in 15 Years Will Help Promote Illinois Trade, Business and Tourism
TORONTO – March 5, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn is in Canada today on an economic development visit where he is promoting Illinois’ trade and business opportunities, as well as tourism and life sciences industries. This is the first trade-oriented visit by an Illinois governor to Canada in over a decade and builds upon Governor Quinn’s commitment to strengthening relationships with Illinois’ key trading partners.


March 5, 2012
State Honors Occupational Safety and Health Safety Administrator with Governor’s Award
Department Recognizes Former Administrator of Region V Michael Connors at Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety and Health (DIOSH) Day in Peoria
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) today recognized Michael Connors for his contributions towards ensuring the health and safety of Illinois workers for nearly four decades. The first Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Award was presented to Mr. Connors on Feb. 29 at the Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety and Health (DIOSH) Day in Peoria.


March 5, 2012
IEMA, FEMA and SBA Begin Tornado Damage Assessments in Southern Illinois
Teams will document damage to homes, businesses
SPRINGFIELD – Staff from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) arrived in Southern Illinois today to begin documenting damage to homes and businesses from tornadoes that hit the area Feb. 29. Information gathered during the damage assessment will be used by the state of Illinois to support a request for federal assistance to help affected residents.


March 1, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Among Top 10 States for Corporate Locations in National Survey
Illinois Gains Over Last Year’s Ranking
CHICAGO – March 1, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the state of Illinois and Chicago have been named among the top 10 locations for new and expanded corporate facilities. Illinois ranked seventh among states, an improvement over last year’s eighth place ranking, and Chicago second in the metropolitan areas category in the annual analysis by Site Selection magazine, one of the nation’s premier corporate real estate and economic development publications.


March 1, 2012
Over 2 Million Taxpayers Have Already E-Filed
$377.4 million in refunds paid
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Revenue announced that electronic filing of individual tax returns is up more than 10.5 percent over last year, with 2.040 million tax returns filed on-line so far this year. The Department expects that electronic refunds due to on-line filers will be paid in about a week. Electronic filing and requesting direct deposit of refund payments reduces processing costs, provides better service for taxpayers and ensures quicker processing of refund payments. Working families and senior citizens can seek help from hundreds of volunteer tax assistance centers across the state that will help them file their taxes electronically. A list is available at tax.illinois.gov


March 1, 2012
Illinois Adds 3,800 Jobs in January
122,900 Private Sector Jobs Added Since Recovery Began
CHICAGO – Illinois added 3,800 jobs in January and the unemployment rate fell -0.3 to 9.4 percent, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). This is the fifth consecutive monthly decline and the largest decline since September 1992. The data is seasonally adjusted. “January adds another month in the long-term trend of putting people back to work,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “Adding private sector jobs in 21 of the past 25 months and recording the largest monthly decrease in the unemployment rate in nearly 20 years is progress that people can see.”


March 1, 2012
Governor Quinn Requests FEMA Help with Tornado Damage Assessments in Southern IL
Documentation Will Support Request for Federal Assistance
SPRINGFIELD – March 1, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist with damage assessments in several Southern Illinois counties devastated by tornadoes and severe storms early Wednesday morning. The assessments, which will begin on Monday, will provide the documentation necessary to support a request for federal assistance.


March 1, 2012
Illinois Filmmakers Encouraged to Enter Work in State’s Short Film Competition
Fifth Year for Illinois Film Office Shortcuts Competition
CHICAGO – Illinois filmmakers who are looking for the next big break are invited to enter their work in the 2012 Shortcuts competition which kicks off today. In its fifth year, Shortcuts is a statewide short film competition sponsored by the Illinois Film Office and designed to encourage growth in Illinois’ film industry. In order to take part in the contest entrants must be Illinois residents over the age of 18 or students over the age of 18 who attend Illinois colleges and universities. The winner will receive a cash prize and the winning film will be screened during the Chicago International Film Festival this fall.

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