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2013


January 31, 2013
IDOT, Law Enforcement Officials Remind Motorists to Drive Safely, Responsibly on Super Bowl Sunday
Driving Drunk is a No-Win Situation; Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk
CHICAGO –Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider, along with the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies today reminded motorists to be sure and designate a sober driver, especially with the upcoming Super Bowl weekend when friends and families will gather to watch the big game Sunday February 3.


January 30, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces $50 Million for Local Transportation Improvement Projects
Investment Will Fund 54 Community Projects, Including Bike Paths, Walking Trails, Beautification and Support More Than 400 Jobs
CHICAGO – January 30, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider today announced a nearly $50 million investment in community transportation projects throughout Illinois. The latest round of funding through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) will support more than 400 jobs through 54 projects, including bike paths, walking trails, historic preservation and streetscape beautification projects in communities across Illinois. The ITEP is a federally-funded, competitive program that encourages transportation-related enhancement projects in a variety of categories.


January 30, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Ranked Fourth State Nationally in Green Building Survey
New Study Lauds Governor’s Commitment to Sustainability Across Illinois
CHICAGO – January 30, 2013. Governor Quinn today announced that Illinois has become a national leader in “green building,” according to a study released by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), which ranked the state fourth out of 50 states in new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications. The group cited the governor’s commitment to making Illinois a healthier place to live, play, work and grow.


January 30, 2013
Tax Season Opens Today
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Revenue today announced that it will start accepting and processing tax returns filed electronically. Once their federal tax returns have been completed, Illinois taxpayers have several options for filing their State returns. WebFile, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s online filing system at tax.illinos.gov, walks taxpayers through all of the options for credits and deductions and is available free to all Illinois tax filers.


January 29, 2013
Governor Quinn Partners with DHL and Pizzas 4 Patriots to Serve Up a Slice of Home for the Superbowl
21,000 Chicago-Style Pizzas to be Shipped to Overseas Servicemembers
CHICAGO – January 29, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today partnered with leaders from DHL and Pizzas 4 Patriots to send 21,000 Chicago-style deep dish pizzas to servicemembers just in time for Super Bowl Sunday. That’s enough pizza to feed every soldier stationed in Afghanistan and Kuwait.


January 29, 2013
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s Decision
CHICAGO – January 29, 2013. On behalf of everyone in his home state of Illinois, I congratulate Ray LaHood today for his outstanding service to our nation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Standing alongside President Barack Obama, Secretary LaHood helped lead our nation through one of the most challenging times in history. Throughout his long career of service to the people of our state and nation, Ray LaHood has combined an unmatched ethic of public service with a strong vision to ensure our nation’s prosperity in the 21st Century.


January 29, 2013
Statement from Governor Quinn on President Barack Obama’s Plan for Immigration Reform
CHICAGO – January 29, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today welcomed the call by President Barack Obama to take immediate action on immigration reform in America:


January 28, 2013
Spanish, Polish, Translations Added to Unemployment Insurance Applications and Illinoisjoblink.com
CHICAGO – Electronic applications for unemployment insurance benefits and illinoisjoblink.com now are available in Spanish and Polish, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said today. Electronic unemployment insurance applications at www.ides.illinois.gov are preferred to paper applications for accuracy and efficiency. Illinoisjoblink.com is a free help-wanted job board featuring more than 100,000 job openings and 70,000 resumes. IDES staff also provides no-cost HR-recruitment services to Illinois businesses.


January 27, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Historic Traffic Safety Legislation
Law Will Allow All Motorists to Be Properly Licensed and Insured
CHICAGO – January 27, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by legislators, community leaders and public safety advocates to sign into law a bill that will help ensure every Illinois motorist is properly licensed to drive. An estimated 250,000 immigrant motorists are on Illinois roads today, and these unlicensed drivers present a serious, but preventable safety risk to all Illinois drivers. Governor Quinn was an early supporter of this key legislation, which is part of his agenda to improve traffic safety in Illinois and lead the nation in welcoming and including our immigrant population.


January 25, 2013
New Radon Website Feature Provides More Information about Radon in Illinois
Test results from 118,477 homes find more than 40 percent with high radon levels
SPRINGFIELD – Radon tests from 118,447 homes across Illinois found 41 percent had radon levels above the recommended level for taking action. Information on home radon tests conducted by professional radon measurement contractors from 2003 – 2011 is now readily available on the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s (IEMA) radon website (www.radon.illinois.gov).


January 25, 2013
Governor Quinn Urges Working Families to Apply for Newly-Increased Earned Income Tax Credit
Launches EITC.Illinois.Gov to Help More People Get More of Their Money Back Through Awareness and Preparation Assistance
CHICAGO – January 25, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by numerous community organizations to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his successful push for major tax relief for working families across Illinois. Governor Quinn fought for and signed legislation in 2012 that doubles the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) over the next two years, which is expected to save working families an extra $105 million a year. The same legislation also benefits all taxpayers by improving the value of the personal exemption by indexing it to inflation. Today’s event is part of the governor’s effort to drive economic growth and support working families across Illinois.


January 24, 2013
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Honors Meosha Thomas as Veteran of the Month
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) honors Meosha M. Thomas, a Chicago resident and U.S. Navy veteran, as the Veteran of the Month for January 2013. Thomas was honored today during a ceremony at the Washburne Culinary Institute on the Kennedy-King College Campus, Chicago, Ill. The Veteran of the Month award is presented to veterans who continue to serve their communities after leaving the military and make a real difference in the lives of others.


January 24, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Major Law to Keep Illinois Children Safe
“Erin’s Law” Helps Prevent Child Sexual Assault and Abuse, Empowers Victims
CHICAGO – January 24, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law requiring schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades pre-K through 12. Known as Erin’s Law, House Bill 6913 will help give victims a voice and prevent future incidents of sexual assault and abuse. Today’s action is the latest by Governor Quinn to ensure Illinois children are as protected from harm as possible.


January 24, 2013
U.S. Department of Transportation Gives Final Approval for Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project
‘Move Illinois’ Project will Reduce Traffic Congestion, Create 65,000 New Jobs by 2040
CHICAGO – January 24, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois Tollway today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved the final agreement that will allow the Illinois Tollway to construct the Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project. This sign off completes the last step in the federal review and approval process.


January 24, 2013
Football Fans Encouraged To "Buy Local" As They Celebrate Game Day
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture invites football fans to celebrate game day with Illinois products. To get the party started, the department will sponsor a promotion on its Facebook and Twitter pages Feb. 1-3. Each day one lucky person selected from among the agency’s Facebook friends and Twitter followers will score free Illinois products.


January 23, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces $9 Million Capital Investment in Airports Across Illinois
Program Will Create Hundreds of Jobs, Improve 19 Airports and Increase Public Safety
CHICAGO - January 23, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced a $9 million investment that will create hundreds of construction jobs while improving 19 airports across the state. Illinois’ State-Local Airport Improvement Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 will rehabilitate aging infrastructure, improve accessibility for travelers and businesses and maximize economic development opportunities at Illinois airports from Cairo to Moline. The program is funded by $7.3 million from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program and a local match of $1.6 million.


January 23, 2013
IDES Director Jay Rowell Statement Following Federal Indictment Of 32 Defendants for $874,000 in Unemployment Insurance Fraud
CHICAGO – Jay Rowell, Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), issued the following statement today after acting U.S. Attorney Gary S. Shapiro’s office announced criminal charges alleging unemployment insurance fraud. The IDES identified the suspects, brought the case to federal prosecutors and provided detailed analysis critical to the investigation and subsequent charges.


January 23, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Appointments to Metro East Police District Commission
Commission Will Crack Down on Street Crime and Corruption in Four Metro East Communities
CHICAGO – January 23, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today announced seven appointments to the Metro East Police District Commission, which was created last August to crack down on street crime and corruption in four Metro East communities. Today’s action is the latest by the Governor to improve public safety in Illinois.


January 22, 2013
Eastern Illinois University Receives Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education
Springfield – Going above and beyond basic veterans’ services while fostering a veteran-friendly atmosphere, Eastern Illinois University (EIU) has been chosen as the Fall 2012 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) announced today.


January 22, 2013
Governor Quinn Convenes School Safety Summit
More than 50 Education, Public Safety, Mental Health and Law Enforcement Officials Meet to Seek Ways to Further Safeguard Illinois Schools
SPRINGFIELD – January 22, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today convened top experts from across the state for a summit to develop short and long-term actions to further safeguard schools in Illinois. The governor brought together the group of more than 50 representatives from the fields of education, public safety, mental health and law enforcement following last month’s deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Today’s meeting is part of the governor's ongoing commitment to ensuring safe schools in Illinois.


January 18, 2013
Governor Quinn Appoints Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to University of Illinois Board of Trustees
Joins Other Appointees to Boards of Trustees at University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University
CHICAGO – January 18, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today announced several appointments to the boards of two of Illinois’ top universities. Among today’s appointees is former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, whose work prosecuting governmental corruption has protected the public interest. The governor also re-appointed several members to both the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University boards of trustees. Today’s announcement is part of the governor’s commitment to strengthen higher education in Illinois.


January 18, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Gigabit Internet Partnership with City of Evanston and Northwestern University
Strategic $1 Million State Investment Will Help Northwestern University and Area Businesses to Build Innovation Corridor, Create Jobs
EVANSTON – January 18, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn was joined today by leaders from the city of Evanston and Northwestern University to announce a $1 million state investment to help the city become an Illinois Gigabit Community, bringing ultra-high speed Internet to one of the nation’s top universities and the surrounding area, home to more than 160 start-ups. This gigabit service will be crucial to developing an economic innovation corridor that will attract entrepreneurs who create jobs as they grow the next generation of world-changing companies.


January 18, 2013
Governor Quinn Urges Illinoisans to Participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
“Serve Illinois” Website Offers More than 100,000 Volunteer Opportunities
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Serve Illinois Commission in encouraging Illinoisans to take part in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 21. This year’s theme is “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”


January 18, 2013
Toby Keith Tickets To Go On Sale
Special VIP ticket for the Grandstand track being offered for the first time
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Tickets for the Toby Keith concert at the 2013 Illinois State Fair will go on sale Saturday, Feb. 9. When they do, concertgoers, for the first time, will have the option to buy a special, VIP pass for the Grandstand track. The new “VIPit” ticket includes a guaranteed, prime viewing location close to the stage. Holders will be escorted to this area, which is being called the “Pit,” 30 minutes prior to the opening of all other general admission gates. However, only one thousand will be sold for each show.


January 18, 2013
IEMA, American Lung Association Announce Radon Video, Poster Contests
Annual contests promote awareness of radon health risks
SPRINGFIELD – As part of Radon Action Month during January, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALA-IL) today announced two opportunities for Illinois students to use their creativity to help increase awareness of radon’s health hazard. High school students can compete for prizes by producing creative 60-second YouTube videos about radon for the fourth annual Illinois High School Radon Video Contest. Students ages 9-14 can use their artistic abilities to create posters depicting the radon message in the annual Illinois Radon Poster Contest.


January 17, 2013
December Unemployment Unchanged at 8.7 Percent
Private Sector Job Growth Up 167,000 During the Recovery
CHICAGO – The December 2012 unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.7 percent, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The data is seasonally adjusted. One year ago, the December rate was 9.7 percent. Total payrolls decreased -7,600 in December 2012, nearly one-third of which were temporary layoffs with return-to-work dates in January, 2013.


January 16, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces First Chicago Project Out of $1 Billion Illinois Clean Water Initiative
$15 Million to Upgrade Chicago Water Pipelines and Mains
CHICAGO – January 16, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Director John Kim, Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) Executive Director Chris Meister, and labor union leaders to announce the award of a low-interest, long-term $15 million loan to the city of Chicago to replace about seven miles of drinking water pipeline.


January 16, 2013
Statement from Governor Quinn Regarding President Obama’s Strong Action to Protect Our Children
CHICAGO – January 16, 2013. After participating in a call with the White House, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and governors across the nation, Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement regarding President Barack Obama’s public safety plan:


January 16, 2013
Simon to new U.S. Reps: Join Defense Communities Caucus
GRANITE CITY – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is calling on Illinois’ newest Congressional members to join the federal Defense Communities Caucus, a group tasked with protecting military installations and surrounding communities nationwide. Simon’s call came as she convened the state’s military base retention committee at Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) today.


January 16, 2013
Simon issues statement regarding President Obama’s gun control proposals
CARBONDALE – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s proposals to increase gun safety.


January 16, 2013
IDOA Launches "Where Fresh Is" Campaign To Promote Illinois Produce
Free point-of-sale materials available to grocery stores and farmers’ markets
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is ready to begin a new branding campaign to market Illinois produce and grow the economy. The department today announced it now is accepting applications from Illinois grocery stores and Illinois farmers’ markets for free, point-of-sale materials that can help consumers identify and purchase locally-grown fruits and vegetables.


January 15, 2013
Governor Quinn Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Calling for Increased Diversity in Hiring
Holds First Annual Inclusion Summit to Emphasize Importance of a Diverse, Equal Opportunity Workplace
CHICAGO – January 15, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by business leaders from across Illinois for a Diversity and Inclusion Summit. Held on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the summit underscored the importance of equal economic opportunity and diversity in hiring. Since taking office in 2009, Governor Quinn has made promoting diversity in hiring and equal economic opportunity in Illinois a priority. The governor has assembled a diverse cabinet and senior staff, to ensure that Illinois’ government reflects the rich diversity of its residents.


January 14, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Summit Entertainment’s “Divergent” Set to Film in Illinois
Movie Will Bring 1,000 Jobs and More than $30 million in Local Spending; Marks First Feature Film for Chicago’s Newest Soundstage Cinespace
CHICAGO – January 14, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment’s Divergent, the filmed adaptation of the novel by Chicagoan Veronica Roth, will begin filming in Illinois this April. The movie production is expected to bring 1,000 jobs and more than $30 million in spending to Illinois. It is the first major Hollywood film for Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, the soundstage Governor Pat Quinn worked to attract to Illinois.


January 14, 2013
Governor Quinn Encourages Protection Against Flu Epidemic Sweeping Illinois and the Nation
Reminds Public It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot
CHICAGO – January 14, 2013. With Illinois and the nation facing a severe flu season and hospitals treating a surge of patients, Governor Pat Quinn and public health officials today urged the public to obtain a vaccination shot, the best protection against the seasonal flu.


January 14, 2013
Seniors warned about a scam to get cash
Dept on Aging offers clues that someone may be victim of financial exploitation
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., is warning seniors about an attempt to scam seniors and steal their money. IDoA is acting to alert Illinois seniors based on a report by Springfield Police that two elderly females fell victim to the scam. In two recent cases, a man reportedly called and told the victim he works at their bank. He got the victims to share information from their bank statements and told them he believed a bank employee was stealing from their account. He asked for their help to catch the person. The man convinced the victims to make cash withdrawals from their accounts then meet with him to give him the cash. The man got away with almost seven thousand dollars.


January 14, 2013
Illinois Department of Transportation Receives State’s Highest Environmental Award
IDOT Sustainability Efforts Recognized with Green Government Honor
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider announced today that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) received a Green Government Award from the Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council, recognizing the department’s achievements in the fields of education and outreach, transportation and efficiency and conservation. The award was presented during the Annual Sustainable Symposium recently held in Springfield.


January 14, 2013
IDES Offices Closed in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
Customers Should Certify; Services Available on Internet; Banking Holiday Might Delay Payments
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) offices will close Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Regular office hours of 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. will resume Tuesday.


January 11, 2013
Tax Filing Season Opens January 30
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Revenue announced today that Illinois will follow federal guidelines recently announced by the IRS. Tax filing season for individual taxpayers will open on January 30, 2013.


January 10, 2013
Liquor Control Commission December Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In December the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 149 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 37 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Seventy-five percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


January 10, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Capital Investments in Public Museums across Illinois
Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program Investing $15 Million to Develop New Exhibits, Improve Museum Facilities and Create Jobs
CHICAGO – January 10, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that public museums across Illinois will receive $15 million in state capital investments to improve facilities and develop new exhibits while creating more than 370 jobs. Supported by Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, the investments will help give the millions of people who visit Illinois’ public museums each year a better understanding of Illinois’ culture, history and natural heritage.


January 9, 2013
Simon congratulates members of 98th General Assembly
SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today attended the inauguration ceremony for members of the Illinois House of Representatives and issued the following statement congratulating all new members of the Illinois General Assembly sworn in today.


January 8, 2013
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn Regarding Senate Bill 957
SPRINGFIELD – January 8, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement commending the Illinois State House of Representatives for passing traffic safety legislation that will reduce the financial burden on all drivers:


January 8, 2013
Lt. Governor Simon applauds House passage of licenses for all eligible Illinois drivers
SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today issued the following statement regarding the House’s 65-46 passage of Senate Bill 957, a bill which would allow every qualified Illinois resident to apply for a driver’s license.


January 7, 2013
Illinois Transportation Secretary Announces Three Key Traffic Safety Laws for 2013
SPRINGFIELD - Three important pieces of legislation supported by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) aimed at reducing cell phone use while driving and clearing lanes of traffic immediately following crashes are now in effect as of January 1, 2013.


January 4, 2013
State Seeks Nominations for Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards
Winners will be honored at a special ceremony at the Executive Mansion
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service are accepting nominations for the 4th Annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers through a statewide award program to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. For the first time, businesses that support service will also be recognized.


January 4, 2013
Governor, DuPage County Chairman and GOP Leaders Continue Pension Reform Push
Governor Meets with Suburban Leaders and Strengthens Bipartisan Support for Comprehensive Action
WHEATON – January 4, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and several Republican legislators to strengthen the push for comprehensive pension reform by Jan. 9, the end of the current legislative session. The governor met with suburban leaders and discussed the urgent need for action by the General Assembly. Today's event strengthened bipartisan support for comprehensive pension reform.


January 4, 2013
IEMA Offers Tips for Protecting Homes, Businesses from Natural Hazards
Preparedness Campaign Highlights Hazard Mitigation in January
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois is susceptible to several types of natural hazards, including floods, tornadoes, snow and ice storms, droughts, even earthquakes. While it’s impossible to avoid such events, there are several steps communities and people can take to prevent injuries or deaths and reduce property losses.


January 4, 2013
Cook County Court Imposes Record Penalty For Violation Of Underground Storage Tank Laws
Closed Gas Station in Chicago Heights Posed a Potential Risk of Disaster
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) announced today that a Cook County Circuit Court Judge imposed a record $386,000 default judgment order against Redevelopment Enterprises, Incorporated which owns a closed gas station in Chicago Heights, Illinois. The company ignored an administrative order issued by the State Fire Marshal in 2011 to remove three 37-year old underground petroleum storage tanks from the property, according to court records. The tanks posed a risk to public safety due to the potential for explosion and environmental contamination to soil and water.


January 3, 2013
“Modern Family” actor dons bow tie for marriage equality
Simon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson urge January passage of gay marriage bill
SPRINGFIELD – Building on Lt. Governor Sheila Simon’s efforts to support equal rights and marriage equality, advocates from Simon’s office welcomed Jesse Tyler Ferguson of ABC’s hit comedy “Modern Family” to Springfield today to lobby in support of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.


January 3, 2013
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on U.S. Senator Mark Kirk’s Return to Capitol Hill Today
SPRINGFIELD – January 3, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding U.S. Senator Mark Kirk’s return to Capitol Hill after suffering a major stroke early last year:


January 3, 2013
New Year Resolution: Getting Your Insurance Coverage in Order for 2013
Department of Insurance says it’s a good idea to review your insurance coverage
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron suggests starting off the new year by reviewing your insurance coverage. The department shares some tips provided by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to help review.


January 2, 2013
Simon and “Modern Family” actor call for marriage equality
Lt. Governor, Jesse Tyler Ferguson launch Bow Tie Lobby Day, urge January passage of marriage equality bill
CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson of ABC’s hit comedy “Modern Family,” and marriage equality advocates urged supporters across the state today to make their voices heard on Illinois’ marriage equality bill.


January 2, 2013
HFS and DHS Launch Enhanced Eligibility Verification Project
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) today announced the launch of a project authorized under the State’s recent Medicaid reform act to provide enhanced annual eligibility screening of clients’ income and residency to ensure that they remain eligible for services.


January 2, 2013
Statement from Governor Quinn Regarding the Fiscal Cliff and the Urgent Need for Pension Reform
CHICAGO – January 2, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Congress’ bipartisan action to avoid the fiscal cliff and the urgent need for pension reform in Illinois before Jan. 9:


January 2, 2013
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn Regarding Legislation to Ban Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines
SPRINGFIELD – January 2, 2013. Governor Quinn issued the following statement on today's vote by the Illinois Senate Public Health Committee to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois.


January 2, 2013
Emergency Unemployment Insurance Continues
EUC Claimants Should Certify for Benefits; IDES Still Faces Budget Cuts
CHICAGO – The federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation insurance program will continue through December 2013, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said today. Congress this week extended the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program as part of the on going fiscal cliff negotiations. As such, Illinois workers collecting EUC should continue to certify for benefits. Congress did not add new weeks to the federal unemployment insurance program. Therefore, individuals who exhausted EUC are not eligible for additional unemployment insurance benefits.


January 2, 2013
HFS and DHS Launch Enhanced Eligibility Verification Project
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) today announced the launch of a project authorized under the State’s recent Medicaid reform act to provide enhanced annual eligibility screening of clients’ income and residency to ensure that they remain eligible for services.


January 2, 2013
MAP Task Force Submits Report to General Assembly
Concludes that access to college for low-income students should remain MAP’s primary goal. Report cautions that the successful program is stretched in its ability to provide sufficient grant aid to all students who are eligible to receive it.
(Springfield) - In a report delivered to the General Assembly on Monday, the Monetary Award Program (MAP) Task Force cautioned that increased demand for the successful program, coupled with rapidly increasing tuition and fees and flat program appropriations, have stretched MAP’s ability to provide sufficient grant aid to all students who are eligible to receive it.


January 2, 2013
New Law Requires Radon Testing in Day Care Centers
January is Radon Action Month
SPRINGFIELD – Parents of children in day care will be better informed about levels of radon in their child’s facility under a new law that took effect Jan. 1, 2013. Licensed day care centers and day care homes are now required to test for the radioactive gas, and beginning Jan. 1, 2014, day care centers will need to show proof the facility has been tested for radon within the last three years as part of the initial application or license renewal process.

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