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June
2012


June 30, 2012
Governor Quinn Takes Budget Action
Cuts Spending; Reforms Medicaid; Pays Bills
CHICAGO ¬– June 30, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today reduced the budget he received Friday from the General Assembly by $57 million. After a careful review of the budget bills, the Governor enacted a $33.7 billion balanced budget. This budget cuts discretionary spending by $1.4 billion from fiscal year 2012, pays $1.3 billion of old bills, closes and consolidates 57 facilities, and restructures the state’s Medicaid program while preserving the state’s vital services. Governor Quinn also cut his own office budget by nine percent.


June 29, 2012
IDES Offices Closed July 4 to Observe Independence Day
Customers Should Certify; Services Available on Internet
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. All services will be available on the website. Claimants scheduled to certify for benefits should do so. Regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume Thursday, July 5. Independence Day is celebrated on the Fourth of July. It honors the Declaration of Independence which summarily declared sovereignty from Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson drafted the document between June 11 and June 28, 1776. The expressed political philosophy of individual liberty was not new and had been advocated by many. This time, however, Jefferson presented the tenets as self-evident truths. The document presents a list of reasons, or grievances, against Great Britain’s King to explain why such a rebellious act was warranted.


June 29, 2012
Low water, hot weather, make conditions ripe for fish kills in Illinois rivers, streams and ponds
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The anticipated long stretch of hot, dry weather and low water levels in Illinois will set the stage for fish kills this summer in water bodies from small ponds to large backwater lakes along large rivers in the state. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is already responding to reports of summer fish kills from private pond owners and is anticipating more calls in the coming weeks. Summer fish kills are reported almost every year and most are caused by low oxygen levels in the water. As temperatures rise and less rain falls, the water levels and oxygen levels drop in ponds, lakes, rivers and streams resulting in increased stresses on fish. Algal blooms are also typical and further deplete oxygen levels in bodies of water.


June 29, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation Reducing Legislators’ Compensation
Law instates furlough days, prohibits cost-of-living adjustments
CHICAGO – June 29, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law to help close Illinois’ budget deficit by reducing state legislators' compensation. HB 3188 will instate furlough days and prohibit cost of living adjustments for legislators. Governor Quinn cut his own budget by nine percent this year. This is the fourth consecutive year the Illinois General Assembly has voted to cut its own salaries.


June 29, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Strengthen State Recovery Efforts in Harrisburg and Support Economic Growth
New Law Creates Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption to Provide Property Tax Relief to Families Hit by Tornado
CHICAGO – June 29, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed two new laws to strengthen state recovery efforts in Harrisburg and support economic growth in Southern Illinois. House Bill 4242 creates a new Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption, which will provide much-needed tax relief for families who are rebuilding their homes after a wide-spread natural disaster. The new law is designed to aid families by allowing them to apply for a property tax exemption that is equal to the current value of their homes minus the value of the home when the disaster occurred.


June 29, 2012
Governor Quinn Statement on Passage of Federal Transportation Bill
CHICAGO – June 29, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the passage of the federal transportation bill.


June 29, 2012
Simon: State should make school district mergers easier, more affordable
Classrooms First recommendations promote consolidation and shared services to redirect millions from back-office operations to students
SPRINGFIELD – The Classrooms First Commission has submitted a final report to Governor Quinn and the General Assembly with 23 recommendations to spur school district consolidation and streamline school district operations, with the goal of redirecting $1 billion to classrooms from administration spending, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced today.


June 29, 2012
Lt. Governor Simon launches virtual legal clinic for domestic violence survivors
Success in Peoria paves way for Jacksonville, statewide expansion
PEORIA – During a visit to a Peoria women’s shelter today, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced a new pilot program that is connecting survivors of domestic violence with free legal experts using webcams and a high speed Internet connection.


June 28, 2012
State Announces Plans to Provide $8.6 M for Springfield High-Speed Rail Corridor
Federal Railroad Administration Releases Draft Environmental Impact Statements
SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today was joined by officials from the City of Springfield to announce a planned $8.6 million commitment toward the Phase II engineering studies on high-speed rail service on a consolidated 10th Street corridor through Springfield, should that be the chosen corridor in the Record of Decision. The planned commitment coincides with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)’s approval to release Draft Environmental Impact Statements (DEIS) on future enhancements to the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed route currently under construction. IDOT is committed to helping the City of Springfield identify and secure other revenue sources to help pay for construction as the project moves forward.


June 28, 2012
Office Of The State Fire Marshal Offers Grant To Train Young People For Fire Fighting Careers
Grant approved by Governor Pat Quinn will benefit more than 300 Students
CHAMPAIGN –The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today announced a special grant to be awarded to the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) to support training for young people exploring fire fighting careers. The $65,000 grant approved by Governor Pat Quinn will help fund the 2013 Explorer-Cadet “Hands on Training School” and one-day Fire Service Youth Skills Training Events to be held throughout the state.


June 28, 2012
Twilight Parade To March Aug. 9
Entry deadline is Friday, July 6
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Each year the Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade marches proudly through Springfield to mark the unofficial start of the ten-day annual showcase of Illinois agriculture. Those interested in participating in this year’s parade and Marching Band Competition must act soon; the deadline to enter is July 6. All entries must complete an application to participate. The application includes a description and drawing or photograph of the proposed entry. A committee then will screen the applications and select parade entrants based upon their entertainment value and conformance to the theme of the fair, which this year is “Family Fun for Everyone.”


June 28, 2012
Statement from Lt. Governor Simon on Supreme Court decision
CHICAGO – June 28, 2012. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act.


June 28, 2012
Governor Quinn Urges Residents to Stay Safe During Extreme Temperatures
Temperatures to Rise Over 100 Degrees; Governor Encourages Visits to Cooling Centers, Wellness Checks
CHICAGO – June 28, 2012. With temperatures around Illinois expected to rise above 100 degrees, Governor Pat Quinn today urged Illinois residents to take precautions to stay safe and cool. The Governor also encouraged residents to visit cooling centers and to check on family members and neighbors who are vulnerable to hot weather, including the elderly and children.


June 28, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Strengthen Healthcare and Safety in Illinois
Laws Help Small Businesses Offer Health Insurance to Employees, Encourage CPR/AED Instruction, and Promote Breastfeeding
CHICAGO ¬– June 28, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today visited the new Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital to sign three laws that will help more working families acquire insurance and stay healthy throughout their lives. These measures, all passed unanimously by the General Assembly, will help small businesses save money and provide employee health insurance; allow for CPR/AED training for middle school students; and require Illinois hospitals to promote breastfeeding.


June 28, 2012
Governor Quinn Statement on Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act
CHICAGO ¬– June 28, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today released a statement hailing today’s decision of the United States Supreme Court to uphold the federal Affordable Care Act.


June 27, 2012
100,000 Jobs Mission in Chicago Seeks Veterans
IDES and IDVA Partner to Put Veterans to Work; Pre-Registration is Encouraged for Best Service, Results
CHICAGO – With a goal of hiring at least 100,000 Veterans by 2020, a coalition of more than 60 companies, government agencies and Veteran groups will be hosting a huge hiring event in Chicago July 12 for military Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses.


June 27, 2012
IDOT, Law Enforcement Agencies Announce Drunk-Driving Crackdown Through 4th of July Holiday
Enforcement Checks Are Designed to Curb Impaired Driving, Enhance Seat Belt Usage
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies around the state today reminded motorists to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” this weekend and through Independence Day.


June 27, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Protect Young People, College Students from Abuse
Law Requires Athletic Coaches, University Staff to Report Abuse
CHICAGO - June 27, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law that will help further protect children and young people from sex abuse and child abuse. House Bill 3887 requires coaches and university employees to report cases of abuse. The legislation was introduced to prevent a sex abuse scandal in Illinois similar to what occurred at Penn State University.


June 27, 2012
HUD and the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) Work to Gain Equal Access for LGBT Americans – One Home at a Time
Ed note: This piece was co-authored by HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity John Trasviña and Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights Rocco Claps. When President Obama proclaimed June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, he “called upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.” On a daily basis, Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity and the Illinois Department of Human Rights under Governor Quinn’s administration collaborate to make those aspirations reality in Illinois by working to eliminate housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.


June 27, 2012
2013 Dodge Darts Head to Dealerships Across Midwest
Production at Belvidere Plant Adds Third Shift, Creates 1,800 Jobs
CHICAGO – June 27, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by executives of Chrysler Group LLC to unveil the new 2013 Dodge Dart, just off its Illinois production line. Nearly 300 car dealers from across the Midwest drove the new Dart straight into dealerships today during a “drive-away” event held at Soldier Field. Governor Quinn test drove the Dart with Dodge CEO Reid Bigland.


June 26, 2012
Deadlines Approaching For 2012 Illinois State Fair Competitions
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The time has come to submit entries for the many competitions that will be held during the 2012 Illinois State Fair Aug. 9-19. The fair offers more than 8,700 competitive events to choose from, ranging from livestock and culinary contests to amateur art and talent competitions.


June 26, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Illinois Military Family Licensing Act with First Lady Michelle Obama
Law to Support Military Families Looking for Jobs; Illinois 23rd State to Grant Expedited Professional Licenses to Servicemembers and their Spouses
CHICAGO – June 26, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn was joined today by First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama as he signed the Illinois Military Family Licensing Act to support military families as they seek employment. The new law will help servicemembers and their spouses obtain the professional licenses they need to continue working after the family relocates to Illinois for military service. Today’s action is the latest Governor Quinn has taken in his long history of supporting military members and their families in Illinois.


June 25, 2012
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Tuesday, June 26, 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, Tuesday, June 26, 2012.


June 25, 2012
Illinois Department of Insurance Disciplinary Report for May 2012
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Insurance today announced the following disciplinary orders: John Towey, Romeoville - Insurance producer license application denial effective April 23, 2012. Mr. Towey’s application for a non resident license was denied as a result of an investigation which revealed he had been convicted of a felony (Burglary Case) in 1990. Michael E. Simmons, Minneapolis, MN - Limited lines producer license application denial effective May 3, 2012. Mr. Simmon’s application for a limited lines insurance producer license was denied as a result of an investigation which revealed he had been convicted of a felony (Criminal Sexual Conduct) in 1993. Neil R. Fried, Plainfield - Limited lines producer license application denial effective May 10, 2012. Mr. Fried’s application for a limited lines insurance producer license was denied as a result of an investigation which revealed he had been convicted of a felony (Theft by Deception) in 2010.


June 25, 2012
Illinois State Fire Marshal Urges Residents To Use Precaution When Grilling
Outdoor Grills Represent a High Risk for Injuries and Fires
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is reminding residents about the potential dangers of outdoor grills. As grilling season has arrived, it is important for outdoor cooks to inspect their grills to ensure that all parts are functioning properly before use. “The summer season is time to enjoy outdoor activities, which for many residents may include cooking on an outdoor grill,” said State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis. “We want to ensure that those individuals are aware of the safety hazards before grilling, and take proper precautions.”


June 25, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Strengthen Education in Illinois
Laws Improve Math Curriculum and Educator Certifications; Reduces Bureaucracy to Focus Resources in Classroom
CHICAGO - June 25, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed four new laws to strengthen education in Illinois. SB 3244 will help students in Illinois excel in the classroom by implementing a stronger mathematics curriculum. The Governor also signed laws that adjust the timelines for alternative teaching certification and general administrative endorsements, as well as increase the efficiency of regional education offices across the state. Today’s ceremony took place at National Louis University.


June 23, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Over $12 Million for Parks and Open Space in Illinois
Projects Will Create Park Space and Jobs
CHICAGO – June 23, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced $12.3 million to help communities build and improve parks. The Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grant program (OSLAD) increases green space and provides more opportunities for outdoor recreation. The 42 projects announced today are expected to create more than 200 jobs statewide.


June 22, 2012
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Saturday, June 23, 2012 until Sunset, Monday, June 25, 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, Saturday, June 23, 2012 until Sunset, Monday, June 25, 2012.


June 22, 2012
Seniors Urged to Apply for Circuit Breaker Grant by June 30; Program ends July 1
Visit www.cbrx.il.gov or call Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., is reminding Illinois seniors about their last chance to get approved for Circuit Breaker property tax grants before the program ends July 1. The Circuit Breaker program provides grants to eligible seniors and persons with disabilities to help them reduce the costs of property taxes, license plate renewals and rides on public transit. After June 30, property tax grants will no longer be available. The General Assembly did not appropriate funds for Circuit Break property tax grants for fiscal year 2013. The department mailed more than 120,000 letters notifying people if they apply for Circuit Breaker on or after July 1, only the license plate discount, Seniors Ride Free and Disabled Ride Free benefits will continue to be processed. The property tax grant and Illinois Cares Rx pharmaceutical assistance are no longer available.


June 22, 2012
Governor Quinn Attends USS Illinois Naming Ceremony
Next-generation Navy vessel to be named after Illinois
CHICAGO ¬– June 22, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today joined Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus at the anchor of USS Chicago on Navy Pier for the ship naming ceremony in honor of USS Illinois, one of the Navy’s newest vessels. The first modern Navy vessel to be named after the state, USS Illinois will join the fleet in 2015.


June 22, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Improve Public Safety and Criminal Justice in Illinois
New Laws Will Crack Down on Crime; Continue to Manage Prison Population and Encourage Positive Behavior
CHICAGO ¬– June 22, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed several new laws that together will improve public safety and criminal justice in Illinois. Senate Bill 2621 increases accountability in the state’s prison system by setting new guidelines that strengthen the Department of Corrections’ (DOC) ability to manage the state’s prison population. Forty-six other states have adopted similar laws, which also encourage non-violent offenders to pursue positive rehabilitation strategies.


June 21, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Preserve Health Care Benefits for State Retirees
Senate Bill 1313 a Step in Restoring Fiscal Stability to Illinois
CHICAGO – June 21, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law to help ensure that state of Illinois retirees will continue to receive access to quality health care, while also lowering the cost to taxpayers. Illinois currently offers free health insurance to retirees after 20 years or more of service, at a time when no other state offers a healthcare benefit of this size.


June 21, 2012
Liquor Control Commission May Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In May the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 114 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 24 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Seventy-nine 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.


June 21, 2012
IEMA, National Weather Service Remind People, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors”
Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 24-30
SPRINGFIELD – No matter where you live or travel in Illinois, it’s easy to find a seemingly endless array of outdoor activities during the summer months. Whether your plans call for catching a baseball game, hitting the links or attending an outdoor festival or fair, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) want you and your family to stay safe when lightning threatens your summer fun. The two agencies are reminding people, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors,” as part of national Lightning Safety Awareness Week June 24-30.


June 20, 2012
Lt. Governor Simon declares “Title IX Day” with Chicago Sky coach, players
Sky’s honorary Title IX team highlights impact of 40-year-old legislation
CHICAGO – Joined by Chicago’s professional women’s basketball coach and gold-medal players, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon declared today “Title IX Day” in Illinois in honor of the legislation’s 40th anniversary and its impact on women and girls throughout the country.


June 20, 2012
Illinois State Fair Mega Passes Now On Sale
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Attention: fearless fairgoers. Illinois State Fair Mega Passes are now available for purchase. A Mega Pass is a ticket for an unlimited number of rides in Adventure Village and the Carnival Midway all ten days of the fair plus Preview Night. It does not, however, include admission to the fair or rides on the Tram, Giant Slide and Sky Glide. The passes are being sold in the Emmerson Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in the Mega Pass Office. They can be purchased for $55 until July 16, at which time the price will increase to $65. The Mega Pass Office accepts cash and credit cards, but not personal checks.


June 19, 2012
Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Emanuel Announce Reed Exhibitions Will Return to Chicago with Two Major Shows
Deal Between IATSE and IBEW Paves Way for Two New Shows and One Recommitment That Will Bring $56 Million in Estimated Direct Expenditures
CHICAGO – June 19, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that Reed Exhibitions will bring three shows to Chicago, the first major signings after a new union agreement that will make Chicago a much more attractive destination for trade shows and conventions. This is the latest in a series of advancements as part of an ongoing effort by the Governor and the Mayor to address issues surrounding work rules at McCormick Place and Navy Pier.


June 19, 2012
Governor Quinn and Senator Durbin Announce $10.4 Million TIGER Grant for Rail Improvements
Combined $370 million package to fund 15 new CREATE projects and support 3,300 jobs; Railroads increase overall commitment to $325 million
CHICAGO – June 19, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the State of Illinois a $10.4 million grant from the fourth round of the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER IV) program. The TIGER grant will complete a $370 million funding package of 15 local projects in the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) program. The projects include new track and signal systems that will ease freight, Amtrak, and Metra congestion, and support 3,300 jobs throughout the six-county Chicagoland area.


June 19, 2012
Cemetery Licensing to Begin
License Applications available July 1
CHICAGO – The regulations needed to implement the last piece of the Cemetery Oversight Act were recently adopted by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The new rules reflect changes in the Act adopted late last year by the General Assembly. Under the new rules, all cemeteries must obtain a license to operate a cemetery in Illinois or register as being fully or partially exempt from the Act. The law has already created a Consumer Bill of Rights that requires cemeteries to provide a standardized price list to consumers and to enter into signed contracts with consumers who purchase burial rights. Since 2011 Illinois cemeteries have been entering burial data into a statewide data base. To date, over 67,000 burials have been entered into the database. “These rules strike a balance between protecting Illinois families who bury loved ones in our cemeteries and the economic stability of both large and small cemeteries,” said Brent E. Adams, Secretary of Financial


June 18, 2012
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs honors DeKalb man as its June 2012 ‘Veteran of the Month’
DEKALB –The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today honored Steven Kreitzer, a DeKalb resident and U.S. Army veteran, at its June 2012 “Veteran of the Month.” “Steven Kreitzer is an exceptional veteran who continues to devote his time, energy and creativity to serving fellow veterans and their families,” said IDVA Director Erica Borggren. “He is an outstanding role model—for veterans and civilians alike—and we proudly salute him for his accomplishments at Northern Illinois University and in the greater DeKalb region.”


June 18, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Increase Transparency of Pension Systems
New Law Improves Pension Systems; State Actuary Will Oversee Certification
CHICAGO - June 18, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law that will increase oversight of the state’s pension systems. Senate Bill 179 creates the position of a state actuary to oversee the five state-funded pension systems to help increase transparency of the systems. After signing the new law, Governor Quinn continued his call for bold pension reform that eliminates the unfunded liability.


June 18, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces State Efforts to Keep Residents Safe During High Temperatures
Urges Illinoisans to take precautions, check on elderly
CHICAGO – June 18, 2012. With hot weather forecasted across Illinois this week, Governor Pat Quinn today announced services available throughout the state to protect people from the heat. The Governor also encouraged residents to check on family members and neighbors who are vulnerable to hot weather, including the elderly and children.


June 15, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Support Public Safety Officers Raising Donations for Charity
Illinois Becomes 6th State in Nation to Adopt Law
LOMBARD - June 15, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law that makes it easier for public safety officers to raise money for charity. The new law ensures that counties or municipalities allow police officers and firefighters to collect charitable donations from motorists as they work along the roadside. The Governor signed the law at the Associated Firefighters of Illinois’ (AFFI) 39th Biennial Convention in Lombard, making Illinois the sixth state in the nation to enact such a law.


June 15, 2012
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Sunday, June 17, 2012 until Sunset, Tuesday, June 19, 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, Sunday, June 17, 2012 until Sunset, Tuesday, June 19, 2012.


June 15, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Expansion of Forte Automation Systems in Illinois
Manufacturer of Medical Devices Chooses Illinois for Expansion of Operations
MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. - June 15, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn was joined by executives of Forte Automation Systems, Inc. today to announce the manufacturer’s plans to expand operations in Illinois. As part of Governor Quinn’s efforts to grow business, the company chose to expand in Illinois and expects to create more than 70 Illinois jobs in the coming years.


June 15, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Strengthen Mail Carrier Safety
New Law Increases Penalties for Crimes Against Mail Carriers
ROCKFORD ¬– June 15, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law that will protect postal workers and letter carriers by allowing judges to consider harsher penalties for violent crimes against employees of the United States Postal Service. The Governor signed the law at Illinois State Association of Letter Carriers’ annual convention in Rockford.


June 15, 2012
Governor Quinn Statement on President Obama’s Bold Action on Immigration
CHICAGO ­– June 15, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today applauded President Obama for his action to end the deportation of young, law-abiding immigrants and allow them the opportunity to join our democracy:


June 14, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Save Medicaid
Restructuring Package Stabilizes Medicaid and Preserves Care for Most Vulnerable
CHICAGO – June 14, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law a package of reforms that will rescue the state’s Medicaid system from the brink of collapse and make the program sustainable for the future, one of his top priorities this legislative session.


June 14, 2012
Governor Quinn Proclaims Larry “The Flag Man” Eckhardt Day
WHEREAS, throughout our nation’s history, America’s men and women in uniform have demonstrated bravery and courage in the face of danger; and,


June 14, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces New Jobs From Opening of North Bay Produce, Inc. Warehouse in Illinois
Global Distribution Company Chooses Illinois for Expansion; Will Create Approximately 90 Jobs
MASCOUTAH, Ill. – June 14, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today joined executives from North Bay Produce, Inc. in opening the international company’s new refrigerated warehouse at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah. As part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to boosting Illinois’ economy, the company announced it will create 10-15 permanent and 80 seasonal jobs once the facility is fully operational.


June 14, 2012
Unemployment Falls Ninth Consecutive Month to 8.6 Percent
CHICAGO – The unemployment rate fell for the ninth consecutive month to reach 8.6 percent in May, 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 last time the May rate was below 8.6 percent was February 2009 when it was 8.5 percent. Illinois non-farm payroll employment edged lower by 1,800 jobs. “Job gains early in the year followed by a temporary soft-patch in hiring in the spring and summer is to be expected given emerging trends in the national and state economy.” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “These long-term trends also show an economy that is improving despite up-and-down movement in the monthly job report.”


June 14, 2012
Governor Quinn, Senator Durbin Announce Nearly $15 Million in Federal Workforce Innovation Grants
Illinois agencies garner nearly $12 million to support innovative workforce development efforts
CHICAGO – June 14, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois received nearly $15 million in federal Workforce Innovation Funds from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), in partnership with the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), received nearly $12 million to implement their innovative workforce development initiatives and the Chicago Workforce Investment Council received $3 million. The funds are part of $146.9 million in Workforce Innovation Fund grants to develop and expand innovative strategies to help Americans return to work. Maintaining a top-notch workforce is critical to ensuring that Illinois remains attractive to growing businesses.


June 13, 2012
Department of Insurance Receives More than $3 Million in AIG Settlement for Misreporting Workers Compensation Premiums
Illinois’ share is part of a $100 million penalty against the insurance giant
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Insurance Director Andrew Boron today announced Illinois has received $3,760,657 as a result of a multi-state settlement agreement with American International Group, Inc., (AIG) for incorrect reporting of workers compensation premiums. A multi state investigation examined whether AIG violated premium reporting rules governing workers compensation insurance. “AIG is accused of systematically reporting more than two billion dollars of workers compensation premium as other lines of insurance,” said Director Boron. “I am pleased the investigation has resulted in millions of dollars in unpaid taxes owed to Illinois and that AIG will change its reporting practices concerning workers compensation premium.”


June 13, 2012
IL Dept on Aging calls for attention & action against Elder Abuse in Observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
On June 15 wear purple as a reminder elder abuse should never be ignored
SPRINGFIELD – In observance of Friday’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., is asking people to wear the color purple. The national observance is marked by wearing purple on June 15 as a way to show that you care about ending elder abuse and neglect. “There are more than two million older adults in Illinois referring to people older than 60. And according to statistics, as the age increases the occurrence of abuse increases,” said Director Holton. “Last year, there were almost 11,000 reports of elder abuse in Illinois. We’ve seen the number of elder abuse reports increase over the years which is a testament to growing awareness. I encourage everyone to wear the color purple on June 15 and show the world you want an end to elder abuse.”


June 12, 2012
Statement from Governor Quinn Congratulating Graduates
CHICAGO – June 12, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today served as the commencement speaker at Isabelle O'Keeffe Elementary School's eighth-grade graduation.


June 12, 2012
Illinois Department Of Corrections Launches Sustainability Initiative
Program Designed to Promote Efficiency and Conservation of Resources
Springfield, IL- The Illinois Department of Corrections has launched its first Sustainability Initiative, a plan to build a culture of conservation within the agency to empower staff and offenders to be better stewards of natural resources. “The Department recognizes the important environmental and economic benefits in becoming more sustainable,” said Illinois Department of Corrections Director Salvador “Tony” Godinez. “We are dedicated to using common sense solutions and innovation to define our approach in implementing sustainable practices in our daily operations.”


June 12, 2012
Governor Pat Quinn Statement on Philip Corboy
CHICAGO ¬– June 12, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement regarding prominent Chicago attorney Philip Corboy, who passed away earlier this morning.


June 11, 2012
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs honors College of DuPage with Governor’s Award
CHICAGO – Going above and beyond basic veterans’ services while fostering a veteran-friendly atmosphere, the College of DuPage (COD) has been chosen as the spring 2012 winner of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) announced today. “On behalf of Governor Pat Quinn, we applaud the exemplary efforts of the College of DuPage on behalf of its student veterans,” said IDVA Director Erica Borggren. “Moving from the military back into civilian life and college can present many challenges for veterans, and COD’s leadership has demonstrated a lasting, tangible commitment to helping veterans overcome these challenges.”


June 11, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Fight Street Gang Crime
Law to Reduce Violence by Allowing Law Enforcement to Prosecute Gang Leaders for Crimes They Order
CHICAGO – June 11, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a tough new law to fight gang crime and reduce violence in Illinois. The new law empowers law enforcement with the ability to prosecute street gang leaders for the criminal acts of their organizations. Joining the governor was Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and local lawmakers.


June 8, 2012
Effective June 26th, IDVA’s Veterans’ Service Office in Freeport is moving to new location at DHS facility
SPRINGFIELD – Effective Tuesday, June 26th, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Veterans’ Service Office will move its Freeport office from 223 W. Stephenson Drive to a new Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) facility located at 1631 S. Galena. The new location will continue to be staffed by Veterans Service Officers (VSO) Jessica Holm, who can be reached at (815) 233-5092 and the office fax number is (815) 233-5263. Office hours will be maintained daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


June 8, 2012
Steve Miller Band To Play Final Show At 2012 Illinois State Fair
Tickets go on sale Saturday, the day the Grandstand Box Office opens
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Steve Miller Band has been booked to perform at the 2012 Illinois State Fair. The classic rock group will take the Grandstand stage Sunday, Aug. 19, filling the lone open date in the 2012 concert line-up. The band, known for its blues-rock sound, has sold more than 30 million records during an illustrious career spanning more than 40 years. Its first smash hit, “The Joker,” shot to #1 on the charts in 1973 and was followed by such rock standards as “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Jungle Love,” “Swingtown” and “Abracadabra.”


June 7, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Retirement of Illinois National Guard Commander
SPRINGFIELD – June 7, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Maj. Gen. William L. Enyart, the 37th Adjutant General of the State of Illinois and Commander of the Illinois National Guard, has retired from military service and resigned as the Director of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs effective immediately.


June 6, 2012
Economic Growth Strong Enough to Close Second Temporary Unemployment Insurance Program
Long-Term Unemployed Should Visit IllinoisJobLink.com
CHICAGO – A federally funded unemployment insurance program called Emergency Unemployment Compensation Tier 4 (EUC4) will end on June 23, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today. The program ends because specific economic improvements identified by Congress have been achieved. As a result, EUC4 will not be available to individuals who complete EUC3 after June 23. Most individuals who collected through EUC3 received benefits for 73 weeks. Those who qualified for EUC 4 as of June 23 can continue to collect under the program. EUC4 generally lasts six weeks. The Extended Benefit program, which provided 20 weeks of benefits for those who qualified and who completed EUC4, ended May 12 after unemployment rates fell below the levels they reached in the previous three years.


June 6, 2012
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Friday, June 8, 2012 until Sunset, Sunday, June 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, Friday, June 8, 2012 until Sunset, Sunday, June 10, 2012.


June 6, 2012
IEMA Highlights Outdoor Event Safety in June
Event Organizers, Participants Should Monitor Weather, Know Where to Seek Shelter during Severe Weather
SPRINGFIELD – Fairs, concerts, street festivals and sporting events are just some of the hundreds of outdoor events that will take place this summer throughout Illinois. While event organizers and participants hope good weather will prevail during the event, planning for the possibility of severe weather is important for ensuring everyone’s safety. Throughout June, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging outdoor event organizers and people attending those events to be prepared for the unexpected.


June 4, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces 150 New Jobs at Astellas’ Headquarters for the Americas in Illinois
Japanese Pharmaceutical Company Expands in Glenview
GLENVIEW, Ill. – June 4, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today joined Astellas executives and more than 1,000 employees to open the company’s new corporate headquarters for the Americas in Glenview. Astellas is investing about $140 million in Illinois as part of its expansion, which will create 150 new high-tech jobs. As part of his agenda to boost job growth across Illinois, the governor personally met with the corporation's leadership while on a trade mission last year to Japan and China.


June 4, 2012
The Illinois Products Farmers' Market To "Get Physical"
Public invited to participate in “Zumba at the Market”
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to promote wellness and physical activity, the Illinois Department of Agriculture is sponsoring several fitness activities throughout the 2012 season of the Illinois Products Farmers’ Market. The activities begin this week with “Zumba at the Market.” Local radio personalities Amy Meneghetti of WQQL and Liz Willis of WYMG challenge participants of all ages to participate in a free zumba class on Thursday, June 7, from 5:30-6:00 p.m. on Grandstand Ave. Advance registration is not required. Prizes will be awarded to participants in the best, retro, work-out attire, the person who brings the most participants and the most enthusiastic participant. All participants will receive a market tote bag and bottled water courtesy of Springfield Clinic.

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