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July 31, 2012
Lottery Warns Consumers to by Wary of ‘Ever-Present’ Lottery Scams
SPRINGFIELD, IL—Lottery officials today warned consumers to be on guard for ever- present Lottery scams that ultimately solicit funds from innocent consumers duped into believing they have won a large Lottery prize. Officials said a Chicago woman contacted the Illinois Lottery late last week about a $26 million foreign lottery prize she was told via email she had won, only to learn it was a scam and the $7,000 she had paid to scammers would likely never be returned.

July 30, 2012
IllinoisJobLink.com Links Qualified Workers with Hiring Employers
Internet Job Board Part of IDES’ No-Cost HR Recruitment Services
ROCKFORD – Rockford area businesses today joined Jay Rowell, the director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), to praise an employment website tool that links qualified job applicants with businesses that are ready to hire. The no-cost HR recruitment tool is part of IDES’ mission to be the state’s employment office for Illinois businesses and workers. “The path to re-employment goes through IllinoisJobLink.com. Today, businesses across our state seek to fill more than 120,000 positions,” Rowell said. “Here, in and around Boone and Winnebago counties, there are nearly 13,000 available jobs. In my mind, that means there are 13,000 reasons to be optimistic.”

July 30, 2012
State to kick off “Summer BASSET Olympics”
Deadline to register for responsible beverage service classes extended
CHICAGO—As people throughout the world gather to watch the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, many Illinois liquor establishment owners and employees will be competing in their own must-see event – the 2012 Summer BASSET Olympics! To date, nearly 800 people in Illinois’ hospitality industry have registered for BASSET (Beverage Alcohol Seller/Server Education & Training) classes being held throughout the state over the next two weeks.

July 30, 2012
Governor Quinn Calls Special Session on Pension Reform
WHEREAS, on January 10, 2011, I took the Constitutional oath of office to become Governor of the State of Illinois, solemnly swearing to uphold both the Illinois Constitution and the Constitution of the United States, and promising to “faithfully discharge the duties of the office of Governor to the best of my abilities”; and

July 29, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Fresh Food Fund
New Program Will Help Increase Access to Fresh Food in Underserved Areas Statewide
CHICAGO – July 29, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the Illinois Fresh Food Fund to increase the availability of fresh food in Illinois communities and neighborhoods. Under this new public-private partnership based on best practices in other states, the Illinois Fresh Food Fund will provide financing to independent grocery store operators and developers to create full-service grocery stores in underserved areas throughout the state.

July 28, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs New Laws To Protect Illinois Seniors
CHICAGO - July 28, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today continued his commitment to protecting Illinois seniors by signing several new laws to protect senior citizens in Illinois. The new laws will promote safety, increase oversight and accountability for caregivers and help authorities identify and respond to reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation.

July 27, 2012
Serve Illinois Seeks Input on Volunteer Plan
Listening sessions aimed at developing a new State Service Plan
SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is hosting a series of listening sessions throughout the state to seek community input on Illinois’ State Service Plan, the state’s blueprint for encouraging and supporting community service. The commission will hold six listening sessions – including two online webinars – to assist in updating a three-year-plan to increase participation in community service.

July 27, 2012
State Fair Museum Names Ten Illinoisan Of The Day Winners For 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation has named its ten winners of the Illinoisan of the Day award for 2012. They will be honored at noon on the Farm Bureau stage under the Commodities Pavilion each day of the fair, which runs August 10-19. Yearly the museum foundation seeks nominations of Prairie State residents who volunteer in their communities, work to brighten lives of their neighbors and represent the best of Illinois citizenship. Winners were announced at the foundation’s annual fund-raiser, the Corndog Kick-Off, held on the fairgrounds in Springfield.

July 27, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Increase Opportunity for Asian-Americans
New Employment Advisory Council to Promote More Diversity in State Government
CHICAGO – July 27, 2012. As part of his ongoing efforts to promote diversity in state government, Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law creating the Asian-American Employment Plan Advisory Council. The council will focus on ways to encourage and assist Asian-Americans seeking employment in state government. The governor was joined by numerous legislators, community leaders and representatives from the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community and the Asian American Policy Network.

July 27, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Michael McCotter as Special Investigator of the DHS Office of the Inspector General
McCotter to overhaul investigations of abuse and neglect cases; Governor also names Acting Inspector General
CHICAGO – July 27, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of Michael McCotter as Special Investigator of the Office of the Inspector General of the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). McCotter, a 40-year law enforcement veteran, will be charged with reforming the investigative operations of the Inspector General’s office. Governor Quinn also named Daniel Dyslin as Acting Inspector General for DHS until a permanent replacement is named. Today’s actions follow an executive order issued by the governor earlier this month to strengthen protections for adults with disabilities.

July 26, 2012
Governor Quinn Fights to Save Jobs in Freeport
Stands with Workers to Urge Congress to Bring Jobs Home and Protect 170 Illinois Jobs Slated to Move to China
FREEPORT – July 26, 2012. As part of his commitment to protect Illinois jobs, Governor Pat Quinn today stood with workers at Sensata Technologies in Freeport, Ill. to urge Congress to pass the Bring Jobs Home Act. Following the National Governor's Association conference, Governor Quinn wrote a letter signed by governors of 11 other states to Congressional leadership supporting passage of the act, which encourages companies to hire American workers. Sensata, an international company that manufactures auto sensors and employs around 170 men and women in Freeport, recently announced plans to close the plant and move the jobs overseas.

July 26, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Strengthen Environmental Protections
New laws ensure efficient recycling, waste management and plumbing practices; protect ecosystems
RIVERWOODS – July 26, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed four new laws strengthening environmental protections in Illinois. The new laws protect ecosystems while also taking steps to ensure the state has sound recycling, waste management and plumbing practices. Today’s action is the governor’s latest to safeguard the environment.

July 26, 2012
Simon releases findings of rural listening tour
Will form basis of a strategic plan for Rural Affairs Council
MOLINE – More than half of participants at a series of rural listening posts held across Illinois this year said they expect their quality of life to improve in the next five years and cited job creation, education funding and access to affordable healthcare as the top issues facing their communities, Lt. Governor Simon said today.

July 25, 2012
Website Improvements Help Workers, Businesses
Year-long Effort Succeeds to Streamline Services, Fight Waste
CHICAGO - More businesses are able to access tax incentive information and individuals can better manage their job search and employment benefits following a concerted, year-long effort to revamp the on-line experience at the Illinois Department of Employment Security, officials said today. "Our concerted effort to make our customers' web experience more intuitive and interactive is succeeding. More businesses are using the tools to improve their bottom line and search for their next new hire. More individuals are managing their employment benefits on-line while searching for their next opportunity," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "These enhancements are designed to help improve the economy by making it easier for businesses to succeed and for workers to find meaningful employment while we continue to fight waste, fraud and abuse."

July 25, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs New Consumer Protection Laws
Laws Protect Residents from Risky Home Loans and “Debtor’s Prison”
CHICAGO – July 25, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn continued his long history of fighting for consumers today by signing two new laws to help Illinois residents avoid risky home loans and protect those who are in debt from being unfairly sent to jail. The new laws increase protections for families from High Risk Home Loans and Refund Anticipation Loans and also establish stringent new guidelines before a borrower can be sent to jail following non-payment of debt.

July 25, 2012
Simon: 22 more counties declared disaster areas
Drought impact varies on Mississippi River navigation
MOLINE – Before chairing a meeting of the Mississippi River Coordinating Council, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced that 22 additional counties have been declared federal disaster areas, and she urged the federal government to issue a disaster declaration for the rest of state due to significant crop losses suffered during one of the hottest and driest summers on record.

July 25, 2012
Millers First Insurance Company Agrees to Rehabilitation
Policyholders Will Continue to Receive Payments for Claims and Policies Continue in Force During Rehabilitation Period
CHICAGO - An Agreed Order of Rehabilitation by the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, has been entered against Millers First Insurance Company (“Millers First”) with the consent of its Board of Directors. During the time that Millers First is in rehabilitation, the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director, as Rehabilitator, will continue the payment of policyholder claims and policies will remain in force until the expiration of their term. On June 22, 2012, the Board of Directors consented to start rehabilitation proceedings and the entry of an Order of Rehabilitation. DOI Director Andrew Boron asked for the entry of an Agreed Order of Rehabilitation in his Verified Complaint filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The rehabilitation became effective July 24, 2012.

July 24, 2012
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, July 26, 2012 until Sunset, Saturday, July 28, 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, July 26, 2012 until Sunset, Saturday, July 28, 2012.

July 24, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Help Fight Drug Crime and Strengthen Public Safety
New Laws to Support Law Enforcement and Protect Court Officers
CHICAGO – July 24, 2012. As part of his ongoing efforts to increase public safety in Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today signed two new laws that will help law enforcement crack down on drug crime and protect members of the justice system. The governor signed the new laws at the Illinois State Police Forensics Labs in Chicago and was joined by members of Illinois’ law enforcement community who support the new laws, including the Illinois State Police, the Chicago Police Department, and numerous state’s attorneys.

July 24, 2012
Simon: Link card users see local food choices double
50 farmers’ markets in Illinois to receive federal grant funds
CARBONDALE – Thanks to a federal grant, the number of farmers’ markets in Illinois that accept Link, debit and credit cards could double, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, a local food advocate and chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, announced today.

July 23, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Laws To Reduce Disability Parking Abuse
New Laws Increase Penalties for Unauthorized Use of Handicap Placards
CHICAGO – July 23, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed two new laws that will crack down on unauthorized use of handicap parking placards. The laws will help those with a disability find parking and help municipalities crack down on abuse that raises costs for taxpayers. The governor was joined by legislators, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and disability advocates from across Illinois.

July 23, 2012
Entry Deadline Approaching For Photo And Amateur Talent Contests
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The 2012 Illinois State Fair is quickly approaching, as is the deadline to enter the Baby Photo Contest, Dog Photo Contest and Amateur Talent Contest. Pictures and entries must be delivered or postmarked by Aug. 1, 2012. All entry forms are available in the Special Events office located in the Emmerson Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds or online at illinoisstatefair.info

July 23, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Record Number of Visitors, Tourism Spending in Illinois for 2011
Visitors to the State Rise 10 Percent, Generating Record $31.8 Billion in Revenue
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Illinois tourism industry generated a record $31.8 billion in 2011, up 8.4 percent from a year ago. The increase of nearly $2.5 billion was fueled by a record increase in leisure travel. The robust results mark the industry’s return to pre-recession levels and emphasize the critical role tourism plays in fueling Illinois’ economic growth, creating jobs and providing additional revenue to the state. “With our world-class cultural attractions and destinations, it is no surprise that travel to Illinois continues to increase year after year,” Governor Quinn said. “I am committed to showing the world that Illinois why Illinois is a great place to visit, and welcoming even more visitors to our state.”

July 23, 2012
Illinois Lottery FY12 Sales Top $2.67 Billion
Transfers to Good Causes Exceed $708 Million; Final Profit Analysis Awaits Audit
Springfield, IL – Illinois Lottery sales topped $2.67 billion during the fiscal year that ended June 30, in which the Lottery transferred a record $708.6 million to good causes: $639.8 million to public schools, and $68.8 million to roads, bridges, and to fund causes through the sale of special instant games like the fight against breast cancer and Illinois veterans’ assistance. A key to increased sales, according to the Lottery’s new Superintendent, was the Lottery and its private manager, Northstar Lottery Group, moving decisively to change its brand image in Illinois. “Research indicates that most adults in Illinois support the idea of the Lottery, but a much smaller percentage actually play,” said Lottery Supt. Michael Jones. “We also learned during an advertising review that we have work to do to make the lottery relevant to a larger segment of the population.”

July 22, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Pro-Environment Law to Ban New or Expanded Landfills in Cook County
Law Further Protects Environment by Broadening Existing City Ban to Cover Entire County
CHICAGO – July 22, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law to further protect the environment by preventing both new landfills from being built and existing landfills from expanding in Cook County. The city of Chicago has maintained a similar ban since 1983 and the new law, which has strong environmental group support, broadens the existing ban to cover the entire county. The law is designed to protect Cook County, which is densely populated, from air and water contaminants.

July 20, 2012
Governor Quinn Encourages Attendance at Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network Event
O’Fallon Event to Connect Families Facing Foreclosure with Resources to Help Keep Their Homes
O’FALLON, IL – 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 “Keep Your Home, Illinois” workshop. Held Saturday, July 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in O’Fallon, the workshop will connect struggling homeowners with in-person assistance, resources and knowledge to help them keep their homes. “Helping families stay in their homes is essential to strengthen our communities and our economic recovery,” Governor Quinn said. “The Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network connects families facing foreclosure with the most current information and free housing counseling to help them navigate their options.”

July 20, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Improve Road Safety
“Julie’s Law” Among New Measures to Reduce Speeding and Distracted Driving
FRANKFORT – July 20, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed four new laws to improve road safety across Illinois by reducing speeding and distracted driving. The governor was joined by legislators, community leaders and families of crash victims to enact Julie’s Law, named after a Chicago-area crash victim, and several additional laws that restrict cell phone usage in school and construction zones. Today’s action is the latest by Governor Quinn to increase safety on Illinois roads and highways.

July 20, 2012
Honoring The Victims Of The Tragedy In Aurora, Colorado
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from The President of the United States of America that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Wednesday, July 25, 2012.

July 19, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Opening of Nippon Sharyo U.S. Headquarters and Manufacturing Facility in Illinois
Japanese Train Car Manufacturer Creates At Least 250 New Jobs and Invests $50M in Rochelle, IL
ROCHELLE, Ill. – July 19, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn was joined by Nippon Sharyo executives today to open the company’s new U.S. headquarters and passenger railcar production facility in Rochelle, Illinois. Japanese train car manufacturer Nippon Sharyo is investing $50 million and creating at least 250 new jobs in Rochelle, which will help the company increase its competitiveness by moving closer to its U.S. customers and suppliers. Today’s announcement is a result of Governor Quinn’s efforts to bring new business to Illinois.

July 19, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Increase Transparency
New Law Improves Access to Public Meeting Information
WHEATON – July 19, 2012. As part of his ongoing efforts to increase government accountability and transparency, Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to strengthen the Illinois Open Meetings Act. The governor was joined at the ceremony, held in the DuPage County building council chambers, by local legislators and DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin. Governor Quinn is committed to restoring integrity to Illinois government.

July 18, 2012
Simon sponsors education resolution at Lt. Governors’ conference
Proposal encourages states to advance higher education attainment
CHICAGO – A champion of education, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today urged fellow lieutenant governors to make high school graduation and college degree completion a higher priority in their states.

July 18, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Increase Protections for Consumers
New Laws Protect Consumers from False Charges, Help them Resolve Billing and Credit Issues and Increase Utility Choice
CHICAGO - July 18, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today continued his long history of fighting for consumers by signing four new laws that will increase protections for consumers. The new laws ban false phone charges known as “cramming,” lower utility costs for consumers and help them resolve billing and credit issues to improve their credit scores. The governor was joined by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, legislators and members of the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), the consumer rights watchdog group founded by Governor Quinn 30 years ago.

July 17, 2012
Simon welcomes nation’s lieutenant governors to Illinois
Conference to promote Illinois tourism, spotlight education and veterans issues
CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will host the nation’s lieutenant governors in Chicago this week as the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) convenes its 50th annual conference in Illinois.

July 17, 2012
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs honors DePaul law student as ‘Veteran of the Month’ for July
CHICAGO –The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) has honored Daniel Sylvester, a DePaul University law student and U.S. Army veteran, at its July 2012 “Veteran of the Month.” Sylvester was honored during a ceremony Monday evening at the law offices of Holland & Knight in Chicago. The Illinois Veteran of the Month award is a distinction bestowed upon military veterans who continue to serve their communities after leaving the military.

July 17, 2012
Governor Quinn Launches Production of Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in Normal
Company Moves Production of New Crossover from Japan to Normal; Keeps 1,200 Jobs in Illinois
NORMAL, Ill. – July 17, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today joined executives with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) to launch production of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in the U.S. market. Mitsubishi has invested $45 million to retool its Normal, Ill. facility to begin production of the new Outlander Sport Crossover Utility Vehicle, which was previously produced in Japan. Mitsubishi’s expansion in Illinois follows Chrysler’s growth from 200 jobs in 2009 to more than 4,000 jobs this summer and Ford’s addition of a third shift of workers in Chicago.

July 17, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Raise Diabetes Awareness in Illinois
Law Designates Every Nov. 14th as "Diabetes Awareness Day" to Increase Diabetes Education and Prevention
PLAINFIELD – July, 17, 2012. As part of his ongoing efforts to improve health and wellness in Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law to raise awareness of diabetes. Under the new law, every Nov. 14 will be “Diabetes Awareness Day” in the state of Illinois. November is American Diabetes Month, and more than 800,000 Illinois residents are living with the disease, double the number 20 years ago.

July 16, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Help Crime Victims and Their Families
New Measures Strengthen Crime Victims' Rights and Streamlines Victim Compensation
CHICAGO - July 16, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by legislators, community leaders and crime victims as he signed three new laws to increase assistance for crime victims and their families. The measures signed today will strengthen crime victims' rights, ensure that victims know their rights under Illinois law, and simplify the process for awarding victim compensation in Illinois. The governor signed the legislation to help crime victims as part of his commitment to increase public safety in Illinois.

July 16, 2012
Governor Quinn Expands Drought Relief Effort
Offers Ongoing Assistance to Affected Farmers and Communities
MT. VERNON – July 16, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced state assistance available to farmers and residents in drought impacted areas after meeting with farmers and viewing crop damage resulting from persistent, widespread drought conditions in Southern Illinois. Joined by Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Bob Flider, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Acting Director David Vaught and Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller, the governor called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to grant a disaster designation to a total of 33 Illinois counties, up from the 26 determined eligible for emergency support by the USDA last week.

July 16, 2012
Happy Hollow To Offer Free Family Entertainment
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After years of being referred to as The Jungle, Happy Hollow is regaining its former name. Happy Hollow is located just inside the Main Gate behind the Illinois Building and will offer “Family Fun for Everyone” daily from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. during the 2012 Illinois State Fair.

July 16, 2012
License Applications Now Available for Canine Handlers
SPRINGFIELD – Rules to implement legislation mandating that canine handlers be licensed by the State have taken effect. The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation began accepting applications from qualified canine handlers today. To qualify for a canine handler authorization card or canine trainer authorization card, an applicant must be at least 18 years old, posses a valid private detective license, private security contractor license or a permanent employee registration card (PERC) and work for a licensed private detective agency or private security contractor agency.

July 14, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Increase Fiscal Responsibility at State Universities
New Law Will Limit Use of Expensive Search Firms and Require Universities to Further Improve Hiring Practices
CHICAGO – July 14, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law to increase fiscal responsibility at state universities in Illinois by limiting their use of search firms. This law will help ensure that universities capitalize on existing resources instead of automatically hiring search firms, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is the latest action taken by Governor Quinn to protect taxpayer money and ensure efficiency at our public universities.

July 13, 2012
Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
CHICAGO – July 13, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today granted 43 and denied 102 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.

July 13, 2012
Governor Quinn Names Kelly Kraft Director of Communications
Kraft to Oversee State Communication Operations; Mica Matsoff to Serve as a Senior Advisor
CHICAGO – July 13, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Kelly Kraft will serve as his Director of Communications, effective on Monday. Kraft has served as the Assistant Director and Communications Director of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget (GOMB). Mica Matsoff will become Senior Advisor to the Governor. As communications director, Kraft will work closely with Brooke Anderson, who continues to serve as Press Secretary to the Governor.

July 12, 2012
Governor Quinn Calls for 100,000 Veterans to be Hired in Illinois by 2020
Governor Champions New Illinois Hiring Veterans Tax Credit to Help Returning Servicemembers Find Jobs
CHICAGO - July 12, 2012. Three days after signing the Hiring Veterans Tax Credit to help veterans find employment in Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today called on employers throughout Illinois to hire 100,000 Veterans by 2020. The Governor was joined by a coalition of more than 60 companies, government agencies and Veterans’ groups for the 100,000 Jobs Mission hiring event at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s forum. The Hiring Veterans Tax Credit, which Governor Quinn called for in his 2012 State of the State address, is designed to help more Illinois Veterans find employment after returning from military service. The measure provides a significant additional tax credit of up to $5,000 for every unemployed Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan an Illinois company hires, which helps businesses employ Veterans who have sacrificed so much in serving our state and our country.

July 12, 2012
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on Newest Innovative School on Chicago’s Southwest Side
UNO’s Soccer Academy High School to Relieve Overcrowding, Offer More School Options
CHICAGO - July 12, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today continued his commitment to improving education in Illinois by joining students, parents, advocates and community leaders to break ground on the United Neighborhood Organization’s (UNO) newest school on Chicago’s Southwest Side. The state is providing an $18 million Illinois Jobs Now! capital investment to help build UNO’s Soccer Academy High School and a $1 million Brownfields loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help clean up the construction site by removing hazardous waste and petroleum contamination. The project is expected to create 200 construction jobs and 70 full- and part-time permanent jobs.

July 11, 2012
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Brings Asian Carp to the Taste of Chicago
Public invited to learn about efforts to control invasive species in the Great Lakes; Free carp sliders available while supplies last
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is teaming up with the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Feeding Illinois and Illinois American Water to build understanding of how a vibrant local market for Asian carp contributes to managing the population of this invasive species. On Wednesday, July 11, beginning at noon, Taste of Chicago guests will be able to sample this healthy, tasty fish free of charge near the Taste entrance at Congress Parkway, while at the same time learning about efforts to protect the Great Lakes.

July 11, 2012
IL Department on Aging Hosts its Annual Elder Rights Conference & Awards
Conference & Awards coincides with Elder Abuse Awareness Campaign in IL
SCHAUMBURG – Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., today opened the 26th Annual Elder Rights Conference, at the Chicago Marriott Schaumburg. Each year IDoA hosts the conference that gathers advocates, service providers, and other professionals to share information and learn the latest on the topic of elder rights. The conference, which runs through Friday, July 13, serves as official kickoff of the State’s annual campaign to raise awareness about elder abuse and prevention. During the opening session of the conference, Director Holton shared a proclamation by Governor Pat Quinn that July is Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.

July 11, 2012
Governor Quinn Abolishes Political Scholarships in Illinois
New Law Ends General Assembly Tuition Waiver Program Plagued by Abuse
CHICAGO – July 11, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law abolishing the century-old political scholarship program in Illinois, one of his ethics reform goals since taking office. The Governor proposed to abolish this troubled program in 2009, 2010 and in 2011, and worked with the General Assembly to get it done this spring. Governor Quinn is committed to increasing college scholarships to students with merit who are in true financial need as well as restoring integrity to state government.

July 10, 2012
IEMA Awards $4 Million in Grants to Support Local Emergency Management Agencies
Grants will help 120 cities, counties prepare for emergencies
SPRINGFIELD – Grants totaling $4 million awarded by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will help 120 city and county emergency management agencies throughout Illinois support local disaster preparedness and response efforts. “When a natural disaster strikes, communities across Illinois must be prepared to respond immediately," Governor Pat Quinn said. "We are committed to doing everything we can to make sure communities have the tools they need to be ready to respond to natural disasters as soon as possible.”

July 10, 2012
Illinois Launches New Benefit Fraud Prevention Tool
Cross Matching, Other Initiatives to Save $200 Million Annually
CHICAGO – Individuals collecting unemployment insurance will be matched against inmate lists from Illinois’ county jails and state prisons in the latest effort to protect taxpayers, prevent fraud and abuse, and help the economy, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today. “Cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse is a top priority,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “This is an important step in our ongoing effort to ensure that only those who earned benefits receive benefits. By bringing greater fiscal integrity to unemployment benefits, we can reduce taxes on businesses which will help to further encourage job growth.”

July 10, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Bill Authorizing $1.6 Billion for Next Phase of Illinois Jobs Now!
Announces $211 million from Illinois Jobs Now! for 15 CREATE projects; Additional $93.8 million for City of Chicago road & bridge projects; Next Phase to Create Nearly 20,000 Jobs
BELLWOOD – July 10, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law to begin the next phase of his historic Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, which will create jobs, strengthen our transportation system and support economic growth across Illinois. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider, local officials and labor representatives joined the governor as he signed House Bill 4568, authorizing the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to proceed with $1.6 billion worth of road, rail and transit projects across Illinois.

July 10, 2012
Governor Quinn Announces Start of LIHEAP Summer Cooling Program
Assistance Available to Help Low-Income Residents Pay Electric Bills
CHICAGO – July 10, 2012. In an effort to provide relief to residents facing high energy bills in the wake of the recent heat wave, Governor Pat Quinn today announced that applications will be accepted for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning July 11. Through LIHEAP, utility bill payments are made on behalf of households with incomes of up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level.

July 9, 2012
Last Chance To Purchase Discounted Mega Passes For The 2012 Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Fairgoers must act now to purchase a carnival ride Mega Pass at the discounted price of $55. After Saturday, July 14, the price will increase to $65. A Mega Pass is a ticket for an unlimited number of rides on the Adventure Village and Carnival Midway attractions all 11 days of the Illinois State Fair. It does not, however, include admission to the fair or rides on the Tram, Giant Slide and Sky Glide.

July 9, 2012
ILETSB announces Intergovernmental Agreement with the University of Illinois
The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board announced Monday it has entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the University of Illinois to continue operations of the Police Training Institute located in Champaign. The parties have enjoyed a working relationship since 1967 when the board first certified PTI as one of its law enforcement basic training academies. The new and expanded arrangement establishes PTI as a training and research institute – with the board and the university jointly guiding academic research on numerous law enforcement and criminal justice topics.

July 9, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Increase Hiring of Veterans and Grow Jobs in Illinois
Governor's Initiative to Increase Hiring Veterans Tax Credit; Provides Property Tax Relief for Spouses of Fallen Heroes
CHICAGO - July 9, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law that will help more Illinois Veterans find employment following their service to our country, an important measure he proposed during his State of the State address in February.

July 8, 2012
IDOT Launches Digital Safety Campaign on Roadways to Reduce Traffic-Related Fatalities
Agency Encourages Public Awareness to Help Curtail Crash Frequency
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today kicked off a statewide digital message board campaign to help reduce roadway fatalities occurring this year. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will rotate four key traffic safety messages daily starting Monday, July 9, in conjunction with a social media and internet page presence. As of July 5, provisional crash data reports 479 fatalities have taken place on Illinois roadways this year, as compared to 418 during the same timeframe last year.

July 6, 2012
Governor Quinn Issues Executive Order to Strengthen Protections of Adults with Disabilities Around Illinois
Governor's Action to Ensure Safety of Adults with Disabilities in Domestic Settings
CHICAGO - July 6, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today issued an executive order to strengthen protections for adults who have disabilities. The Governor’s action today will ensure that potential cases of abuse and neglect of adults with disabilities who live in domestic settings will be investigated and referred to the appropriate authorities.

July 5, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation Strengthening the Criminal Justice System
New law makes fleeing more difficult for offenders
CHICAGO – July 5, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that strengthens Illinois’ criminal justice system. Senate Bill 2520 closes a loophole in the Illinois Criminal Code, thereby making it more difficult for fugitives to flee a municipality, county, state, country, or other defined jurisdiction. Today’s action by Governor Quinn is his latest to crack down on crime and increase public safety.

July 5, 2012
Governor Quinn Urges Residents to Stay Safe During Record High Temperatures
Temperatures to Rise Over 100 Degrees; Governor Encourages Visits to Cooling Centers, Wellness Checks
CHICAGO – July 5, 2012. With temperatures throughout Illinois at historic highs and surpassing 100 degrees for several days this week, Governor Pat Quinn again 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.

July 5, 2012
Lt. Gov. Simon: Last chance to apply for wireless grants
Federal dollars will pay for free wireless Link, debit machines
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois farmers’ markets have through noon on July 9 to apply for a federal grant that will pay for wireless machines that accept debit, credit and Link cards, local food advocate Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said today.

July 4, 2012
Governor Quinn Celebrates Independence Day by Enacting Laws for Veterans
New Laws Will Help Illinois Veterans Better Access, Jobs, Healthcare
DES PLAINES – July 4, 2012. Governor Quinn today celebrated our nation’s 236th birthday and the more than 800,000 Illinois Veterans by signing new laws to improve the quality of life for Veterans. Building on his longstanding commitment to Veterans and military families, Governor Pat Quinn signed three new laws that will improve access to jobs, benefits and state programs for servicemembers.

July 3, 2012
Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company and American Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Company Agree to Being Placed into Rehabilitation
Illinois Policyholders Will Continue to Receive Payments for Claims During Rehabilitation Period
CHICAGO–An Agreed Order of Rehabilitation has been entered against Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company (Lumbermens) and American Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Company (American Manufacturers) with the consent of their Boards of Directors by the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. During the time that Lumbermens and American Manufacturers are in rehabilitation, the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director, as Rehabilitator, will continue the payment of policyholder claims. On June 26, 2012, the Board of Directors of both Lumbermens, the lead company of the Lumbermens Mutual Group (LMG) and American Manufacturers consented to start rehabilitation proceedings and the entry of an Order of Rehabilitation. DOI Director Andrew Boron asked for the entry of an Agreed Order of Rehabilitation in his Verified Complaint filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The rehabilitation became effective July 2, 2012.

July 3, 2012
Liquor Control Commission June Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In June the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 71 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 17 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Seventy-six 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.

July 3, 2012
July Is Senior Celebration Month At The Illinois Products Farmers' Market
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Products Farmers’ Market has proclaimed July “Senior Celebration Month.” Through a collaboration of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Springfield Clinic and AARP, activities designed to appeal to senior citizens have been planned throughout the month, including health screenings, musical entertainment, special senior discounts and Illinois Products Bingo.

July 2, 2012
IEMA Encourages Businesses to Prepare for Disasters
Planning Can Protect Employees and Customers, Help Businesses Recover Following Disasters
SPRINGFIELD – Many people have assembled emergency supply kits and developed family communications plans to ensure their homes are prepared for a disaster. But disasters can strike at any time, day or night, when people are working, shopping or visiting a business. That’s why it’s important for businesses to have a disaster preparedness plan that addresses worker and customer safety and business continuity. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is highlighting business preparedness throughout July as part of its 12 month preparedness campaign.

July 1, 2012
Governor Quinn Signs Law Banning Possession and Sale of Shark Fins in Illinois
Law Will Help Protect Dwindling Shark Populations Worldwide
CHICAGO - July 1, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law that bans the sale, trade, or distribution of shark fins in Illinois. The practice of harvesting shark fins, most commonly for shark fin soup and Asian cuisine, usually results in the shark’s death. As part of Governor Quinn’s efforts to stop animal cruelty and preserve natural resources in Illinois, this new law will help end the killing of sharks for their fins and prevent the collapse of shark populations worldwide.

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