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March
2013


March 29, 2013
Governor Quinn Statement on Passing of Illinois State Trooper James Sauter
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the crash last night that claimed the life of Illinois State Police Trooper James Sauter.


March 29, 2013
Governor Quinn Hosts Illinois’ First Women Business Owner Symposium
Encourages Women Entrepreneurs to Use Available State Resources to Grow Their Businesses
CHICAGO – Coinciding with Women’s History Month, Governor Pat Quinn today hosted Illinois’ first Women Business Owners Symposium (WBOS) at the UIC Forum in Chicago. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to encourage entrepreneurship that will drive economic growth and create jobs in Illinois. More than 1,200 women registered for today’s free, daylong symposium where state officials and business leaders discussed the many resources Illinois offers to help businesses grow and thrive.


March 29, 2013
Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today granted 87 and denied 135 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.


March 29, 2013
Governor Quinn Welcomes Additional $1.6 Million Federal Assistance for Harrisburg Tornado Recovery
Federal Assistance Will Build on Quinn Administration’s $12 Million Aid Package that Followed February 2012 Storm
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding Senator Richard Durbin’s announcement of $1.6 million in federal disaster relief funds for the February 29, 2012 Harrisburg tornado:


March 28, 2013
Governor Quinn Praises State Employees for Discovering and Reporting Fraud Scheme
Capital Development Board Staff Vigilance Resulted in Successful Prosecution of Contractor Who Violated State Law
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the investigation of the former president of a Peoria area construction firm who pled guilty to fraud in a scheme to obtain millions in taxpayer-funded state contracts. The fraud was discovered and reported by employees of the state’s Capital Development Board, which oversees all non-road, state-funded construction projects. Governor Quinn has made restoring integrity to Illinois government a top priority.


March 28, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces New Manufacturing Jobs
Strategic State Investment Will Create 35 New Jobs at Cortina Tool & Molding
FRANKLIN PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that 35 new jobs will be created at Cortina Tool and Molding Company thanks to a state initiative that will give the company access to capital to grow and expand. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda of creating jobs and driving Illinois’ economy forward.


March 28, 2013
Governor Quinn Launches Blue Waters Supercomputer at University of Illinois
State Invested $60 Million to House Largest and Fastest Supercomputer on Any University Campus
URBANA-CHAMPAIGN – Governor Pat Quinn today joined the National Science Foundation, officials from the University of Illinois and other state and business leaders to launch the Blue Waters Supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Today’s announcement comes as part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive the Illinois economy forward and ensure that the state’s universities are at the forefront of 21st century science. The largest and fastest supercomputer on any university campus in the world, Blue Waters will offer unprecedented capability for advanced science and engineering applications.


March 28, 2013
Illinois Filmmakers Encouraged to Enter Work in State’s Short Film Competition
Sixth Year for Illinois Film Office Shortcuts Competition
CHICAGO – Illinois filmmakers who are looking for the next big break are invited to enter their work in the 2013 Shortcuts competition which kicks off today. In its sixth year, Shortcuts is a statewide short film competition sponsored by the Illinois Film Office and designed to encourage growth in Illinois’ film industry. In order to take part in the contest entrants must be Illinois residents over the age of 18 or students over the age of 18 who attend Illinois colleges and universities. The winner will receive a cash prize and the winning film will be screened during the Chicago International Film Festival this fall.


March 28, 2013
The Illinois State Fire Marshal Encourages Child Safety
Poison Prevention and Playground Safety: Key Strategies to Keep Children Safe
SPRINGFIELD – The State Fire Marshal (OSFM) urges families to exercise caution in order to prevent small children from reaching hazardous items kept at home that present a risk of poisoning or other serious incidents. OSFM seeks to educate the public on how to store both over the counter and prescription medicines, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, plants, and other toxic or potentially poisonous products.


March 27, 2013
COEUR SELECTS CHICAGO AS GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS
Coeur to Move HQ to Chicago; Bringing 100 Jobs to the Downtown Area; Company Will Add 60 Positions in the Coming Year
Officials from Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation (NYSE: CDE, TSX:CDM) today joined Governor Pat Quinn’s administration and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to announce that Coeur will move its corporate headquarters to downtown Chicago.


March 27, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces $750,000 Investment in Pilot Program to Increase Medical Job Training
New Start, Inc. to Offer Nurse Assistant Training Throughout Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by state and local leaders to announce a $750,000 grant that will increase opportunities for workers in Illinois to receive job training in the growing field of health care. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and strengthen Illinois’ health care system. In partnership with the National Latino Education Institute, the state’s investment in New Start, Inc. will provide Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training in Latino communities across Illinois.


March 27, 2013
More Than 150 Veterans Hired at Jobs Event
Illinoisjoblink.com Links Job Seekers and Employers; IDVA, IDES and U.S. Chamber Partner to Put Veterans to Work
CHICAGO - More than 150 Veterans received job offers at the recent Hire Our Heroes Veteran hiring event in Chicago. The success illustrates how public-private efforts that involve the state’s hiring tool, Illinoisjoblink.com, can link employers with qualified applicants to further support the Illinois economy. Key to this year’s success was IDES’ innovative pre-registration and outreach effort. IDES leveraged its illinoisjoblink.com help-wanted hiring website to feature 63 businesses with 415 job openings. IDES called 21,000 Veterans to gather resumes. IDES then matched the skills in those Veteran resumes with the skills businesses were looking for in their job openings. IDES then worked with businesses to identify Veterans to interview at the event. This model built the foundation for 577 on-site interviews and 152 job offers.


March 27, 2013
With Monetary Award Program Funds Exhausted Federal Pell Grants Still Available
Illinois college students already eligible for over $1.1 billion in Pell Grants for the 2013-2014 academic year
DEERFIELD - In just the first three months of 2013 Illinois students filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) have already qualified for nearly $1.1 billion in federal Pell Grants to help pay for their postsecondary education during the 2013-2014 academic year.


March 27, 2013
IDOT Introduces “Gear Up - Ride Smart” Motorcycle Safety Campaign
Campaign to Encourage Use of Proper Riding Safety Gear; Warns Against Drunk Driving
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today kicked off the “Gear Up-Ride Smart” motorcycle safety campaign in partnership with the Illinois State Police (ISP), Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) and A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education (ABATE). The campaign promotes safe motorcycle riding through continued training and use of proper gear and reminds all motorcyclists to get licensed, get proper training, and keep motorcycle equipment well maintained. “Gear Up – Ride Smart” also warns against riding after drinking.


March 25, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces $486 Million Spring Construction Program for Roads and Bridges
Investment Will Put Thousands to Work Across Illinois With One of the Largest Spring Construction Programs in State History
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced $486 million in road and bridge projects that will be started this spring - one of the largest early-season construction programs in the state’s history. Today’s announcement is part of the governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward by investing in our transportation systems. Joined by Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider, Governor Quinn today released a list of nearly 200 road and bridge projects across the state that will begin in the coming weeks.


March 25, 2013
130 Families Pre-Qualified for Affordable Mortgage Products at State of Illinois Homebuyer Expo
Event furthers state’s efforts to spur a housing market rebound and economic recovery
CHICAGO – Approximately 130 families who attended the first-ever State of Illinois Homebuyer Expo over the weekend are now on the path to homeownership. After pre-qualifying for safe and affordable mortgage products featuring thousands of dollars in down payment and closing cost assistance, the next step for these families is to find their dream home.


March 23, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Progress on Delivering Affordable Health Care for All in Illinois
Directs Public Health Director to Lead Healthcare Jobs Review as Illinois and Nation Mark Third Anniversary of Affordable Care Act
CHICAGO – As Illinois moves forward implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to increase access to quality healthcare, Governor Pat Quinn today tapped the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health to lead a workgroup that will recommend steps the state needs to take to fill thousands of new health care jobs created by the ACA. Today's announcement, on the third anniversary of the President’s signing of the ACA into law, is part of Governor Quinn's commitment to improve the health of the people of Illinois. The workgroup will help ensure Illinois reaps the full benefits of the landmark legislation.


March 23, 2013
Governor Quinn Encourages Participation in Earth Hour 2013
From Eiffel Tower to James R. Thompson Center, World’s Largest Grassroots Campaign Promotes Sustainable Practices
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today urged families and businesses across the state to participate in Earth Hour 2013 by turning off their lights for one hour tonight. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to ensuring Illinois remains a national leader in sustainability. The governor today ordered lights to be extinguished at several state facilities, including the James R. Thompson Center, Michael A. Bilandic Building, the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Chicago headquarters, and Central Management Services regional facilities in Springfield, Peoria, Rockford, Carbondale and Marion.


March 22, 2013
Governor Quinn Launches Sister Rivers/Lakes Website to Celebrate World Water Day 2013
Illinois Partners with Six Nations to Share Best Practices, Stimulate Exports and Promote Tourism
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today unveiled a website highlighting the Illinois Sister Rivers/Lakes Initiative today in honor of United Nations World Water Day 2013, whose theme is “International Year of Water Cooperation.” The website is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to protecting our natural resources and driving Illinois’ economy forward. This is the 20th Anniversary of World Water Day, which highlights sustainable management of freshwater resources. Illinois has built partnerships with officials in six nations to share creative solutions to common problems, such as run-off, silt and invasive species.


March 22, 2013
Award-Winning Singer And Songwriter John Mayer To Entertain At Illinois State Fair
American Idol Phillip Phillips to open the Aug. 11 show
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Acclaimed blues rock musician John Mayer will perform at the 2013 Illinois State Fair. The seven-time Grammy Award winner will take the Grandstand stage Sunday, Aug. 11 as the headline act for a concert that also will feature Phillip Phillips, the reigning American Idol champion.


March 22, 2013
Classrooms First legislation overwhelmingly passes House of Representatives
CARBONDALE – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon applauded the House of Representatives for passing Classrooms First Commission legislation that will make it easier for school districts to voluntarily consolidate. House Bill 2267, sponsored by Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria), passed with a strong vote of 106-3 and now moves to the Senate for consideration.


March 21, 2013
Governor Quinn Expands Innovative Program to Help Working Families, Rebuild Communities
Illinois Building Blocks Program Provides $10,000 in Assistance to Buyers of Vacant Homes in 15 Hard-Hit Communities
CHICAGO – As part of the “Year of Homeownership” in Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today announced the expansion of Illinois Building Blocks, an innovative program that creates affordable homeownership opportunities for buyers of vacant homes and helps revitalize communities. Homebuyers in 10 additional municipalities may qualify for $10,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance as part of the Illinois Building Blocks program. The program is now available in 15 Illinois communities. Today’s announcement is part of the governor’s commitment to strengthen communities across Illinois.


March 21, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois to Lead Multi-State High-Speed Rail Locomotive Purchase
Federal Railroad Administration Names Illinois to Lead National Procurement of 35 Next-Generation Locomotives
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn announced today that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has named Illinois to lead the multi-state procurement of next-generation locomotives for high-speed rail. With the consent of the partnering states, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will lead the effort to procure at least 35 next-generation diesel locomotives for high-speed passenger trains on behalf of five states – Illinois, California, Michigan, Missouri and Washington. Today’s announcement is part of the governor’s commitment to bring Illinois’ and our nation’s transportation systems into the 21st century.


March 21, 2013
Illinois Adds 12,400 Jobs in February
Job Growth Encourages More People to Look for Work
CHICAGO – Illinois added 12,400 jobs in February, continuing a three-year pattern of job growth that has intensified in the past seven months. Job growth has encouraged more people to look for work, especially those who gave up during the recession. Their re-entry into the labor force pushed the February unemployment rate to 9.5 percent, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data is seasonally adjusted.


March 21, 2013
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn Regarding Pension Reform Progress
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today gave the following statement:


March 20, 2013
Illini Student Veteran to be Honored as Veteran of the Month for March 2013
Chicago - The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs will honor Savoy resident and University of Illinois - Urbana student Elizabeth Ambros, a U.S. Navy veteran, as the Illinois Veteran of the Month for March 2013 on Monday, March 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Illini Union, University of Illinois, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana, Illinois.


March 20, 2013
Illinois’ 2013 Spring Trout Fishing Season Opens April 6
Rainbow Trout stocked at more than 40 locations through out Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The 2013 spring trout fishing season in Illinois will begin at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller announced today.


March 19, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Best Contract for Taxpayers in Illinois History
Three-year Agreement Ratified by Union After Longest Negotiation in History
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today praised the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31 members’ approval of the new union contract covering some 35,000 state employees. Negotiations took more than 15 months and the agreement was ratified by AFSCME members over the past two weeks. Today’s development is part of the governor’s commitment to restore fiscal stability to Illinois.


March 19, 2013
Governor Quinn Launches Illinois Creative Economy Initiative
CHICAGO - As part of his commitment to creating jobs and driving Illinois’ economy forward, Governor Quinn today launched the Illinois Creative Economy Initiative. The initiative will explore innovative strategies to grow the $2.7 billion creative economy in Illinois, which employs thousands of people and is a key driver of tourism to our state. The governor made today’s announcement at the Illinois Arts Alliance’s “Make Art Work” forum, where he highlighted the significant positive impact the arts have on Illinois’ economy.


March 19, 2013
New Law Prompts $7.3 Million from Businesses Late on Taxes that Fund Unemployment Benefits
CHICAGO – More than $7.3 million has been collected from 23 businesses because the state now can hold individuals personally liable for purposefully not paying the full amount of the payroll tax that funds unemployment insurance benefits, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said today. Holding individuals personally liable was part of reforms by Gov. Pat Quinn and overwhelmingly approved with bi-partisan support to fight waste, fraud and abuse in the state’s unemployment insurance program.


March 19, 2013
Governor Pat Quinn Statement on Court Dismissal of SB 1313 Lawsuits
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn issued the following statement regarding the Sangamon County Circuit Court’s dismissal of lawsuits pertaining to Senate Bill 1313, which will allow the state to proceed with enacting the law:


March 18, 2013
IL Lottery Announces Private Manager Owes State $20M for FY12 Net Income Shortfall
SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Lottery officials announced today that Northstar fell short of its net income target in FY2012 by only generating $757 million in net income according to the Private Management Agreement ("PMA"). This net income shortfall entitles the State to a $20 million payment from Northstar.


March 18, 2013
Chicago Lighthouse to Manage Licensing Call Center
New contract offering opportunity to provide jobs for underserved communities, persons with disabilities and veterans
CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) today announced its contract with Chicago Lighthouse to handle more than 160,000 expected calls every year to its offices across the state. Approximately 25% of the staff is totally blind with the remaining staff being visually impaired. The call center, located at Chicago Lighthouse's headquarters on Roosevelt Road, is currently employing 20 people trained to route callers to the agency's licensing or enforcement offices. IDFPR licenses and regulates more than one million professionals and businesses in Illinois.


March 18, 2013
Governor Quinn Encourages Solutions During National Youth Violence Prevention Week
Governor and Public Health Officials Stress the Critical Need to Prevent Youth Violence
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) director, legislators and other public health officials at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to kick-off National Youth Violence Prevention Week. The governor encouraged access to resources and non-violent conflict resolution as part of his agenda to increase public safety and protect Illinois’ youth.


March 18, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Federal Funding to Fight Flood Damage in Alexander County
Grants Will Fund Purchase, Demolition of 167 Flood-Prone Homes and Businesses, Elevation of Four Additional Homes
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced $8.7 million in federal funding to acquire and demolish 167 flood-prone homes and businesses in Alexander County. The funding was approved today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the state will provide nearly $3 million in capital funds to cover the required 25 percent local match. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to driving the region’s recovery forward. Shortly after the floods, Governor Quinn was successful in securing a federal disaster declaration, which provided important assistance for individuals, businesses and counties working to rebuild.


March 18, 2013
Veteran Hiring Event to Fill Jobs Across Illinois
IDVA, IDES and U.S. Chamber Partner to Put Veterans to Work; Pre-Registration is Encouraged for Best Service, Results
CHICAGO – One of the largest efforts to help Veterans find employment returns to Chicago on Thursday, March 21, 2013 for the Hire Our Heroes hiring event. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) are primary sponsors. The expo is from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Palmer House Hilton at 17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago.


March 18, 2013
Montgomery County Veterans’ Service Office Moves To Carlinville, Macoupin County
CHICAGO – For Illinois Veterans in and near Carlinville in Macoupin County, the trip to visit the Veteran Service Officers got a bit easier on March 13, 2013 with the relocation of the Litchfield VSO office to Carlinville. The Litchfield VSO office in Montgomery County relocated on Tuesday, March 11, 2013 due to changes in state office availability in Litchfield. The new Carlinville VSO office opened for business on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 201 McCasland Avenue, Suite #4, Carlinville, IL 62626 and is co-located with other State agencies.


March 15, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Hardest Hit Increasing Mortgage Assistance to $35,000 per Homeowner
$10,000 Increase Expected to Immediately Help 500 More Working Families Keep Their Homes; 7,000 Homeowners Helped So Far
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Illinois Housing Development Authority is increasing the mortgage assistance available through the Illinois Hardest Hit program to $35,000 per household across the state, effective April 1. The governor also announced that Illinois Hardest Hit has reached a milestone, having recently helped its 7,000th homeowner avoid foreclosure. Today's announcement will help an additional 500 working families keep their homes and is part of the governor's commitment to strengthen Illinois' communities.


March 14, 2013
Liquor Control Commission February Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In February the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 240 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 34 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-eight percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


March 14, 2013
IDOT, Illinois State Police and Local Law Enforcement to Increase Police Presence this St. Patrick’s Day
Enforcement To Be Stepped Up to Catch Drunk Drivers and Keep Roads Safe
CHICAGO – As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies urge motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel after drinking. This weekend, state and local law enforcement officials across Illinois will increase patrols to crack down on drunk drivers as part of the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over public safety campaign.


March 14, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces $420 Million Circle Interchange Reconstruction is Moving Forward
State Will Seek Federal Funds for Critical Project to Ease Congestion, Create Jobs and Improve Safety by Fixing Nation’s #1 Bottleneck
CHICAGO – Following approval today by a key planning group, Governor Pat Quinn has directed the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to accelerate a $420 million project that will reconstruct Chicago’s famed Circle Interchange, improving traffic flow in the most congested interchange in the nation. Today’s decision by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to include the project in the “GO TO 2040” long-term transportation plan allows IDOT to pursue federal funding for the landmark project that will create thousands of jobs. Today’s announcement is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive more economic growth.


March 13, 2013
Open Houses Scheduled To Explain 2013 Gypsy Moth Treatment Program
Presentations to cover treatments in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture will hold four open houses to explain its plans this year to treat parts of northern Illinois for the destructive gypsy moth. Presentations are scheduled March 18 in Montgomery, March 26 in Lemont, March 27 in Lisle and April 2 in Wheaton.


March 13, 2013
Funds Available for New School Turnaround Americorps Program
Grant designed to help low performing schools across Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Serve Illinois Commission today announced a new federal grant program to assist struggling schools across the state. The School Turnaround Americorps Program will provide funding to strengthen a number of Illinois’ lowest-performing schools.


March 12, 2013
Governor Quinn Launches Women-Owned Business Initiative to Support Economic Growth
Illinois’ First Women Business Owners Symposium on March 29
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn announced today that the state of Illinois is launching a new initiative to support the growth of women-owned businesses as a driving force in the Illinois economy. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will host the state’s first Women Business Owners Symposium (WBOS) at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on March 29, coinciding with Women’s History Month.


March 12, 2013
IDOA And Ag Industry Partner To Provide Web-Based Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Training
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Preventing accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia is a high priority for the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) and Illinois agricultural organizations. These accidents can not only result in the loss of valuable nitrogen fertilizer, but also cause injury to farmers and emergency responders.


March 11, 2013
IDNR Seeks Applicants for Potential Conservation Police Officers
CPO Trainee Exam Scheduled for April 1-4, 2013
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is seeking applicants for the position of Conservation Police Officer Trainee. While the Department is not yet hiring, it is offering this testing to develop an eligibility list of new Illinois Conservation Police recruits for 2013.


March 11, 2013
Illinois Arts Council Agency Announces Poetry Out Loud State Champion
From a competitive field of nearly 6,000 students from across the state, Rapheal Mathis, a senior from Plainfield East High School in Plainfield, received the title of 2013 Poetry Out Loud Illinois State Champion at the statewide competition hosted by the Springfield Area Arts Council in Springfield, on Friday, March 8, 2013. Mathis recited “Silence” by Thomas Hood, “Buick” by Karl Shapiro, and “The Gift” by Li-Young Lee. Cat Harmon, a senior from Auburn High School, Rockford, won first runner-up with recitations of “Ah! Why, Because the Dazzling Sun” by Emily Brontë, “I felt a Funeral in my Brain, (340)” by Emily Dickinson, and Rebecca Lindenberg’s “Carnival”. Mr. Mathis will advance to the national competition to be held in Washington, D.C., in mid-April. If Mr. Mathis is unable to attend, Ms. Harmon will represent Illinois at the national contest.


March 8, 2013
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Saturday, March 9, 2013 until Sunset, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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, March 9, 2013 until Sunset, Monday, March 11, 2013.


March 8, 2013
Hunters Plead Guilty to Illinois Deer Poaching Violations
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Seven men charged in Illinois deer poaching cases have entered guilty pleas, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Office of Law Enforcement announced today. The charges stemmed from investigations conducted by IDNR Conservation Police officers, along with law enforcement officers from Michigan, Indiana and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011.


March 8, 2013
Governor Quinn Proclaims AmeriCorps Week in Illinois
Commends Volunteers for “Getting Things Done”
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed March 9-17, 2013 as AmeriCorps Week in Illinois. This year’s AmeriCorps Week theme is “AmeriCorps Works.” "AmeriCorps volunteers dedicate themselves to service and making a difference throughout the great state of Illinois," Governor Quinn said. "On behalf of the people of Illinois, I thank AmeriCorps members and its alumni for their service and salute them for their hard work and continued commitment to strengthening our neighborhoods and communities."


March 8, 2013
JOURNEY
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Iconic American rock band JOURNEY has been added to the Grandstand entertainment line-up for Sunday, Aug. 18 at the Illinois State Fair. Tickets for the concert will go on sale Saturday, April 27 through Ticketmaster. Since the group's formation in 1973, Journey has earned 19 Top 40 singles, including classic rock staples such as “Wheel In The Sky,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Separate Ways” and its signature ballad “Open Arms,” and 25 gold and platinum albums. Its Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times platinum, awarding the band an elite diamond-certification. For more information, visit www.journeymusic.com.


March 8, 2013
Governor Quinn Issues Executive Order to Eliminate 75 Unnecessary State Boards and Commissions
CHICAGO – As part of his commitment to making Illinois government more efficient, Governor Pat Quinn today issued an executive order eliminating dozens of state boards and commissions. The Governor’s Office conducted an extensive review of the state’s existing 391 boards and commissions and found that a number of them were dormant, redundant or had completed their original mission.


March 8, 2013
The Office Of The State Fire Marshal Reminds Residents To Change Their Smoke Alarm Batteries As Time Is Set Forward
Sunday, March 10th: Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries
SPRINGFIELD –The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is reminding Illinois residents to change their smoke alarm batteries as clocks are set forward one hour on Sunday, March 10th. Bi-annual replacement of the device’s batteries is necessary to alert inhabitants in case of a fire emergency.


March 7, 2013
January Unemployment Rate at 9.0 Percent
Private Sector Growth Up 222,100 During Recovery
CHICAGO – More people resuming their job search and entering the workforce pushed the January 2013 unemployment rate to 9.0 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 rate was 9.1 percent. Employers added 7,100 jobs in January 2013.


March 7, 2013
Illinois Department Of Agriculture Requests Specialty Crop Grant Proposals
Funds will open new markets for fresh produce grown in the state
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) now is accepting applications for federal specialty crop grants. Funds for the program come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Farm Bill and are intended to strengthen the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crop industry. The department has not been notified of the exact amount of its award, but anticipates receiving about $600,000.


March 7, 2013
General Assembly Approves Medical Funding Measure
SPRINGFIELD – This afternoon the Illinois House of Representatives joined the Illinois Senate in passing SB 622, a measure that provides the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) the necessary resources to license and discipline physicians in Illinois, and to re-hire the 18 employees that were laid off in January.


March 6, 2013
Governor Quinn Delivers Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Address
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today delivered his fiscal year 2014 budget address to the Illinois General Assembly. A transcript of the governor’s remarks as prepared is below. For more information on the FY14 Illinois Budget, please visit Budget.Illinois.gov.


March 6, 2013
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs FY 2014 Budget
Chicago – Following Governor Pat Quinn’s FY 2014 Budget Speech to the Illinois Assembly today, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) released details on the proposed FY2014 budget for its operation.


March 5, 2013
Governor Quinn Statement on Passing of Dawn Clark Netsch
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Illinois comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch:


March 5, 2013
Five Sweepstakes Winners to Receive Vehicle Preparedness Kits
Sweepstakes Raises Awareness of Winter Storm Preparedness
SPRINGFIELD – As parts of Illinois brace for the third winter storm in as many weeks, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today announced five winners of ‘Winter Storm Preparedness Sweepstakes’ offered by IEMA and Grainger.


March 5, 2013
Honoring Dawn Clark Netsch
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
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, Wednesday, March 6, 2013.


March 4, 2013
IDOT Launches New Quinn Administration Drive To Boost Contracts For Minority-And Women-Owned Businesses
CHICAGO — As part of Governor Pat Quinn’s efforts to expand opportunities for minority contractors, Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider today announced a major initiative to boost participation of minority- and women-owned firms in state contracts.


March 4, 2013
Illinois Arts Council Agency Announces Poetry Out Loud State Final
16 Regional Winners Advance from 6,000 Participants in 54 Illinois High Schools Statewide
ILLINOIS -- The Illinois Arts Council Agency is pleased to announce Illinois’ 2012-2013 Poetry Out Loud State Final, featuring recitations by sixteen regional contest winners. The event will take place on Friday, March 8, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in Springfield’s Hoogland Center for the Arts. Attendance is free, open to the public, and accessible.


March 4, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Ranks #5 in Nation for Best Corporate Locations
Illinois Gains Over Last Year’s Ranking
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the state of Illinois has been ranked #5 in the nation for new and expanded corporate facilities. Illinois moved up two spots from last year’s seventh place ranking, according to the annual analysis by Site Selection magazine, one of the nation’s premier corporate real estate and economic development publications. In 2012, Illinois had 322 corporate facilities locate or expand in the state.


March 4, 2013
Governor Quinn Honors War Hero Casimir Pulaski
Polish-Born Freedom Fighter was “Father of the American Cavalry”
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn honored Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski today by laying a wreath at a mural honoring General Pulaski at the Polish Museum of America. Today marks the 266th anniversary of the Polish-born General’s birth.


March 4, 2013
Governor Quinn Mobilizes State Agencies Ahead of Major March Storm
Almost 800 IDOT and Tollway Snow Plows Will be Out in Full Force Across Northern Illinois; Drivers Urged to Exercise Extreme Caution
CHICAGO – With the most severe storm of the season predicted to hit parts of northern Illinois on Tuesday, Governor Pat Quinn today directed the state’s transportation and emergency services agencies to prepare for a major snow-fighting effort. The governor also warned motorists to think twice before heading out on the roadways and to use extreme caution if they must drive. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Tollway are prepared to deploy their full fleets of almost 800 snow plows in the northern part of the state, while Illinois State Police and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) are gearing up to provide assistance.


March 1, 2013
Governor Quinn Urges Working Families to Take Advantage of Free Tax Preparation
Nearly 30 sites offering free tax services across Chicago, suburbs
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – As the tax season gets into full swing, Governor Pat Quinn, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) are urging eligible Illinois families to take advantage of tax preparation assistance supported by the state. "We want to ensure Illinois families achieve the maximum savings on their taxes,” IDHS Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler said. “For many households, these benefits are critical to rising out of poverty and making the transition from dependency to self-sufficiency.”


March 1, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Investments to Continue Developing Millennium Reserve
More Than $6 Million in State and Local Partnership Investments to Help Create the Largest Open Space Project in the Country
CHICAGO – March 1, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today took another major step towards revitalizing Chicago’s Calumet region by announcing $6.8 million in state and local investments to continue developing the Millennium Reserve, a 140,000-acre project to create the largest open space area in the country. The governor also signed an Executive Order creating a steering committee made up of federal, state and local partners that will oversee the vision for the reserve. Making the Millennium Reserve a reality is part of the governor’s ongoing commitment to protecting Illinois’ natural resources, creating jobs and strengthening communities.


March 1, 2013
Illinois Department Of Agriculture Celebrates Weights And Measures Week
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is observing National Weights and Measures Week (March 1 -7) to recognize the efforts of its employees who work behind the scenes to make sure consumers get what they pay for.

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