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2013


June 29, 2013
Pension Debt Continues to Grow by Millions Daily in New Fiscal Year
Despite Quinn’s Honest Budgeting, Taxpayers will Continue to Pay a Costly Price of $5 Million a Day for Inaction on Pension Reform
CHICAGO - In advance of the new Fiscal Year 14 which starts Monday, July 1, the state of Illinois released its latest projection of the growth in the state's unfunded pension liability: $5 million a day. While Governor Pat Quinn’s honest fiscal policies – making the full statutory payment to the pension systems every year since taking office and enacting pension reform for new employees -- have slowed the acceleration of Illinois’ skyrocketing pension debt, the hole continues to deepen by millions of dollars every day the General Assembly fails to pass comprehensive pension reform.


June 28, 2013
Governor Quinn Proclaims Chicago Blackhawks Day in Illinois
State Celebrates 2013 Stanley Cup Champions
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed June 28, 2013 to be Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks Day in Illinois, in honor of the team’s recent Stanley Cup win and their outstanding season.


June 28, 2013
The Illinois Office Of The State Fire Marshal Urges Residents To Stay Away From Fireworks
Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) reminds residents about the undeniable dangers linked to the use of fireworks including sparklers and firecrackers, which burn at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. That temperature is hot enough to cause third degree burns. Any activity that involves the use of fireworks posts a potential risk for fires or incidents that could result in serious injuries.


June 28, 2013
New Program to Turn Vacant Homes into Affordable Homeownership Opportunities
Qualified low-income buyers of vacant homes may access up to $25,000 for acquisition and rehabilitation
CHICAGO – The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) today announced the launch of an innovative program that will target $6.6 million to help low- to moderate-income families afford homeownership, and return vacant homes to productive use in communities across Illinois. This is the latest effort announced as part of Governor Pat Quinn’s proclamation of 2013 as the Year of Homeownership, and will further his administration’s continued commitment to strengthen and stabilize communities.


June 27, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Winners of Illinois Open Technology Challenge
Unprecedented Release and Compilation of Municipal Government Data Fuels Competition to Develop Civic-Minded Apps
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn announced today the winning entries in the pilot competition of the Illinois Open Technology Challenge (ILOpenTech). A total of $60,000 was awarded to four winning teams of developers who created digital tools that utilize open government data for the benefit of Illinois residents and their communities.


June 27, 2013
IDNR Urges Public to Leave Fireworks Displays to Those Who Are Licensed and Trained
Fireworks Show Sponsors Reminded to Check Credentials of Fireworks Vendors
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding organizations and individuals sponsoring fireworks displays in Illinois to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses and certificates issued by the IDNR prior to their fireworks show. The Illinois Explosives Act requires that anyone who purchases, possesses, uses, transfers, stores or disposes of explosives, including display fireworks, must have an explosives license and explosives storage certificate issued by the IDNR. Licensing and storage requirements administered by the IDNR do not apply to consumer or personal fireworks (classified as 1.4 explosives) such as roman candles, bottle rockets or firecrackers.


June 27, 2013
New Affordable Apartments and Studios Cultivate Creativity for Kane County Artists
Elgin Artspace Lofts enables artists to live and work, and features thriving arts community in historic downtown
ELGIN – From retired pottery-making Roman Catholic nuns to artist couples and their children to 26-year-old filmmaker Timothy Voelker, artists of diverse backgrounds are finding a source of stability and creativity thanks to a new affordable housing development in Kane County. Elgin Artspace Lofts, a 55-unit mixed-use building designed for artists and their families to live and work, demonstrates Governor Pat Quinn’s commitment to create affordable housing opportunities for working families, and spur job creation with the construction of new multifamily rental housing.


June 27, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Three Bills to Fund State's Educational Priorities in Fiscal Year 2014
Without Pension Reform, State on Track to Spend More on Public Pensions than Education
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed three bills into law that will fund education in Illinois for the next fiscal year. Due to an unexpected $1.3 billion in revenue that was received in April, fiscal year 2014 education funding avoided even more painful cuts and mostly preserved funding at last year’s levels.


June 27, 2013
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on U.S. Senate’s Approval of Immigration Reform Legislation
CHICAGO –Governor Pat Quinn today released the below statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s vote to pass comprehensive national immigration reform.


June 26, 2013
Governor Pat Quinn Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Action on DOMA
Quinn: “1,100 new reasons to make marriage equality the law in Illinois”
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act.


June 26, 2013
Quinn Administration Sells $1.3 Billion in Bonds to Continue Illinois Jobs Now! Projects
Lack of Action on Pension Reform Costs Extra $130 Million That Could Have Been Invested in Other Projects
CHICAGO – The state of Illinois sold $1.3 billion in General Obligation Bonds Wednesday, part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Plan, to fund important capital projects around the state. The bond sale will ensure that work on many major projects continues, creating thousands of jobs and driving our economy forward. About $250 million will go toward redevelopment of the Red Line, Chicago’s oldest Rapid Transit line, which is relied on by 80,000 South Side commuters every day.


June 26, 2013
Lt. Governor Simon issues statement on Supreme Court decisions
CHICAGO – Following the United States Supreme Court’s historic decisions on civil liberties this morning, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon issued the following statement:


June 26, 2013
Governor Quinn and Serve Illinois Commission Announce $3.2 Million in Federal Grants for AmeriCorps Programs
Federal grant supports over 60 volunteer sites across Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Governor Quinn and his Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service today announced that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded $3.2 million to four Illinois AmeriCorps programs to better serve communities in the state.


June 26, 2013
New Crossfit Competition Coming To The Illinois State Fair
First “Battle for the Hill” scheduled Saturday, Aug. 10
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – CrossFit fanatics are invited to put together a team and get ready to compete at the 2013 Illinois State Fair! The first “Battle for the Hill,” a team-oriented CrossFit competition hosted by Capital City CrossFit of Springfield and ML CrossFit of Decatur, will take place Saturday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. in Happy Hollow.


June 25, 2013
Simon: Don’t double student loan rates
Organizes students to lobby against interest rate hike
CHICAGO – With interest rates on student loans set to double within a week, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is working with Illinois students to lobby Congress to take action. For the second year in a row, Simon is encouraging students across the state to urge Congress to stop interest rates from doubling on July 1.


June 25, 2013
Governor Quinn Statement on Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on the Voting Rights Act of 1965
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965:


June 25, 2013
Attention Fearless Fairgoers: Illinois State Fair Mega Passes Are Now On Sale!
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – If you love carnival rides, the Illinois State Fair has a special deal to consider. The Mega Pass is a ticket for an unlimited number of rides in Adventure Village and the Carnival Midway all ten days of the fair plus Preview Night. It can be purchased right now at the Mega Pass Office, which is located in the Emmerson Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, for $65. Beginning Monday, Aug. 5, however, the price will increase to $75.


June 25, 2013
Office Of The Illinois State Fire Marshal Encourages Residents To Exercise Caution During Outdoor Grilling Season
Outdoor Grills Could be a Potential Risk for Serious Injuries
SPRINGFIELD – As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) reminds residents to make grilling a fire safe activity. Outdoor cooks should follow basic steps such as inspecting their grills to ensure that all parts are functioning properly before use.


June 25, 2013
Massachusetts Governor to Make Good on Stanley Cup Wager with Governor Quinn
Stanley Cup Will Soon Arrive at Executive Mansion for Public Viewing
CHICAGO – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will make good on their Stanley Cup wager by volunteering at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Governor Quinn, a longtime Chicago Blackhawks fan, also announced that team owner Rocky Wirtz will bring the Stanley Cup to the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield later this summer for public viewing, just as he did when the Blackhawks won the cup in 2010.


June 24, 2013
Gov. Quinn and Indiana Gov. Pence Open Business Development Forum for Illiana Expressway
Event Connects Contractors and Investors with Economic Opportunities on Major Capital Construction Project
ROSEMONT – Governor Pat Quinn and Indiana Governor Mike Pence were joined by transportation officials today to open a business development forum in Rosemont for the Illiana Expressway. The project to build the Illiana Expressway, which will connect I-55 in Illinois with I-65 in Indiana, is expected to create 9,000 construction jobs. The forum, Partnering for Progress: Financing through Public-Private Partnerships, will introduce area, national and international contractors and investors to this critical capital project and provide information on its economic opportunities.


June 24, 2013
Department of Insurance Announces Multi-Million Dollar Settlement with TIAA-CREF
Illinois led multi-state effort to examine payment of Life Insurance Benefits
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today announced an agreement with Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America and TIAA-CREF Life Insurance Company (collectively, TIAA) as part of a multi-million dollar settlement with several states. Under the settlement, TIAA agreed to change business practices related to the payment of life insurance benefits and also agreed to pay $6,200,000 to states that are a party to the settlement.


June 23, 2013
Governor Quinn Launches Illinois Corporate/Start-Up Challenge
Pilot Program will Drive Innovation and Growth by Connecting Four Leading Illinois Corporations with Emerging Illinois Start-Ups
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today launched the Illinois Corporate/Start-Up Challenge, a program designed to connect the state’s emerging, innovative start-up businesses and major corporations, strengthening the connections between these critical components of the business community. The initiative is part of the governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


June 22, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Limit Elected Officials’ Compensation
New Law Requires Unpaid Furlough Days, Prohibits Cost of Living Adjustments
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law that limits compensation for many of Illinois’ elected officials. This action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to rein in the cost of government in Illinois, ensure accountability and return Illinois to sound financial footing.


June 20, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Illinois Families Stay in Their Homes
Illinois Homeowner Protection Act Extension Ensures Families Have a 90-Day Foreclosure Grace Period to get Back on Track
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law that will ensure struggling homeowners in Illinois have a grace period of up to 90 days before foreclosure - giving families extra time to get back on track and stay in their homes. The bill extends an existing law the governor first signed in 2009 and is part of his commitment to keeping Illinois families in their homes and driving our economy forward.


June 20, 2013
May Unemployment Rate Falls to 9.1 Percent
Employers Add 11,800 Private Sector Jobs in May
CHICAGO – The unemployment rate fell to 9.1 percent in May and Illinois businesses added 11,800 private sector jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).


June 20, 2013
IL Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services Reminds Primary Care Physicians to Sign Up for Enhanced Medicaid Rates By June 30
Under the Affordable Care Act, Qualified Primary Care Providers will Receive Enhanced Medicaid Rates until the end of 2014
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is reminding qualified primary care providers in the state’s Medicaid program to sign up online for enhanced Medicaid rates by June 30, 2013. As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), certain qualified primary care providers will receive enhanced payments from the federal government for certain Medicaid primary care services provided through the end of 2014.


June 20, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Federal Flood Disaster Aid Tops $100 Million
Nearly $17 Million in Low-Interest Loans Helping Residents Recover
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that more than $100 million in federal grants have been approved to help more than 38,000 residents whose homes and personal items were damaged or destroyed by the historic flooding in April. In addition, $16.6 million in low-interest loans have been approved to help individuals and businesses recover from the floods. Governor Quinn successfully secured the federal aid that made these grants and loans available to people in 33 flood-impacted counties.


June 19, 2013
Gov. Pat Quinn Sets July 9 for General Assembly to Act on Comprehensive Pension Reform
Conference Committee Convened
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today set Tuesday, July 9, as the deadline for legislators to act on comprehensive pension reform. Today’s announcement follows the General Assembly’s vote to establish a conference committee, an idea proposed by the governor last Friday to break the legislative gridlock. The governor proposed a conference committee to bridge the differences between the House and the Senate, and forge agreement on a comprehensive pension reform plan.


June 17, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Nation’s Strongest Regulations on Hydraulic Fracturing
Governor’s Key Legislative Priority Will Set National Standard for Environmental Protection While Unlocking Potential for Thousands of Jobs in Southern Illinois
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today signed Senate Bill 1715 – the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act - into law. The new law enacts the nation’s strongest environmental protections for hydraulic fracturing and has the potential to create thousands of jobs in Southern Illinois. Passage of this legislation was one of Governor Quinn’s top priorities this year, and the Quinn Administration helped negotiate and draft the legislation.


June 17, 2013
Round Lake Beach Woman Selected as Illinois Veteran of the Month
Chicago – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs will recognize Petty Officer 1st Class Lisabeth Ann Risley, U.S. Navy, retired, a prominent veteran leader with over 30 years of service to her community, county and to fellow veterans as the Illinois Veteran of the Month for June 2013.


June 17, 2013
Candidates For Illinois Commodity Board Elections Announced
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture today announced the candidates for three state commodity boards. Producers will vote July 2 to select members of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, the Illinois Soybean Program Operating Board and the Sheep and Wool Marketing Board.


June 14, 2013
IL Dept on Aging calls for action in observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15
The day serves as a preview of the State’s upcoming awareness campaign; To report suspected elder abuse, call 24-hour Elder Abuse Hotline at 866-800-1409
SPRINGFIELD – In recognition of tomorrow’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., encourages people to report suspected cases. Research shows that elder abuse is one of the biggest issues facing older adults. The national observance attempts to shine a light on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders.


June 13, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Federal Aid Approved for Local Governments in 15 Remaining Counties
Approval Marks Quinn Administration’s Success in Securing Federal Aid for 39 Counties Impacted by Historic April Flooding
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the Obama Administration has approved the state’s request for federal aid to help local governments in 15 additional counties recover from April’s historic flooding. Today’s announcement marks the Quinn Administration’s strong success in obtaining federal assistance for local governments in nearly all - 39 of 40 - counties impacted by the flooding. Since the historic flooding that began in mid-April, Governor Quinn has led an aggressive response and recovery effort for the people of Illinois who were impacted by severe flooding.


June 13, 2013
IDOT Expected to Seek Proposals in mid-July to Build High-Speed Locomotives
State Leads National Procurement of Approximately 35 Next-Generation Locomotives for Passenger Rail Service
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn announced today that significant progress in preparing the Request for Proposals (RFP) for release has been made for approximately 35 high-performance diesel-electric locomotives for Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Iowa in the Midwest, and for Washington and California on the West Coast. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is leading the multi-state locomotive procurement, as work continues on an aggressive schedule aimed at issuing the RFP in July.


June 11, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Stanley Cup Wager with Massachusetts Governor Patrick
Losing Governor To Volunteer at Food Bank in Winning Governor’s State
CHICAGO – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today announced the wager they have made on the outcome of the series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins for professional hockey’s top prize. Under the terms of the wager, the governor of the losing team’s state will volunteer at the food bank of the winning governor’s choice. If the Blackhawks win, Governor Patrick will volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. If the Bruins win, Governor Quinn will volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank.


June 10, 2013
Mike Kirkton Named New Illinois State Fair Horse Show Manager
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Mike Kirkton, a native of Morton, Ill., has been named the horse show manager for the Illinois State Fair. Kirkton replaces Jody VanNattan, who held the position for 37 years.


June 8, 2013
Governor Quinn Encourages Use of LINK Cards at Illinois Farmers Markets
Program Makes Nutritious Foods Available to Families Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today reminded working families across Illinois to take advantage of the LINK Up Illinois Double Value Coupon Program during Illinois’ farmers market season. Today’s reminder is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive the economy forward and increase the accessibility and affordability of healthy food options in Illinois.


June 7, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Honorary Street Naming for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
Joined by Alderman Pat Dowell to Welcome Governor Patrick Home to Third Ward
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Chicago Alderman Pat Dowell to announce an honorary street named for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, an Illinois native. The street - Wabash at the intersection of 53rd Street – is near where Governor Patrick grew up and has been unveiled as “Honorary Gov. Deval Patrick Ave.”


June 7, 2013
New Affordable Housing Developments to Serve Kane County Families and Seniors
Grand opening celebrates 148 new affordable units available at River Haven Place and Gardiner Place in East Dundee
EAST DUNDEE – The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), on behalf of Governor Pat Quinn, celebrated the grand opening of River Haven Place and Gardiner Place apartments – which will create an affordable housing campus serving families and seniors in Kane County. River Haven Place and Gardiner Place apartments stimulated the economy of East Dundee by creating nearly 300 construction and ongoing jobs, and will enable generations of families to live near each other in their home communities.


June 7, 2013
The Illinois Office Of The State Fire Marshal Celebrates 100 Years Of National Home Safety Month
This Year’s Theme: “Safety Starts With Me”
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OFSM) is making a special effort to remind the public about the importance of safety awareness during the month of June, which is National Home Safety Month. Families across the state are encouraged to prevent tragedies from occurring by taking the time to evaluate every fire safety feature in their homes. This year the nation celebrates 100 years of promoting home safety during the month of June, an initiative established to create a culture of safety awareness at home, in the work place, schools, daycare centers and senior housing facilities.


June 7, 2013
Governor Quinn Makes Executive Appointments
Fills Key Positions on Transit, Medical, Law Enforcement, and Developmental Disabilities Boards and Commissions
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today made a number of key appointments to the state’s boards and commissions. Today’s announcement continues the governor’s commitment to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.


June 6, 2013
Officials Reduce Federal Unemployment Benefits
Sequestration Lowers EUC Payments by 16.8 Percent State Benefits Do Not Change
CHICAGO – Weekly unemployment insurance benefits to the long-term unemployed will be reduced 16.8 percent as a result of federal sequestration’s across-the-board budget cuts, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reminded today. The reduction will be reflected in payments beginning June 10 for those collecting federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC). U.S. Department of Labor officials tell IDES the reductions will end September 30, the end of the federal fiscal year.


June 6, 2013
Illinois State Fair Box Office To Open
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Tickets for 2013 Illinois State Fair Grandstand concerts go on sale Monday, June 10, at the State Fair Box Office. The Box Office, which is located in the Grandstand on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, also will accept mail order ticket requests. Order forms are available on the Illinois State Fair website, www.illinoisstatefair.info, under the “Concerts & Entertainment” tab and should be sent to: Illinois State Fair Ticket Office, P.O. Box 19427, Springfield, IL, 62794-9427.


June 6, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Federal Aid Approved for Local Governments in 24 Counties
Aid Helps Local Governments Recover Costs Related to Floods
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the Obama Administration has approved the state’s request for federal aid to help local governments in 24 counties recover from recent flooding. The federal declaration means local governments in those counties can seek reimbursement for 75 percent of their eligible flood-related expenses. Counties included in today’s federal declaration include Adams, Bureau, Clark, Crawford, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McHenry, Mercer, Ogle, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Warren and Woodford.


June 6, 2013
Governor Quinn Statement on Moody's Downgrade
Legislators to Return to Springfield on June 19th
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn issued the below statement regarding Moody's downgrade from A2 to A3, the second time Illinois' credit rating has been downgraded this week.


June 5, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Appointment of Illinois Transportation Secretary to National Freight Advisory Committee
Secretary Ann L. Schneider One of Select Group Chosen from Across the Country Including Shippers, Organized Labor, Haulers, Government and Other Stakeholders
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has appointed Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider to the National Freight Advisory Committee. “I am very pleased that Illinois will be well represented on this important committee,” Governor Quinn said. “Secretary Schneider is representing Illinois and Midwest transportation interests as this influential panel designs a national freight policy that will serve and enhance the efficiency of regional and local highway, rail, airport, and inland waterway freight systems.”


June 5, 2013
Protect Your Home from Contractor Scams This Summer
SPRINGFIELD – There is always a possibility of severe weather during the summer months – weather that can and often does cause major damage to homes and businesses. Once the storm is over, Illinois homeowners are likely to face the arrival of unscrupulous contractors who seek to prey on desperate owners.


June 4, 2013
Governor Quinn Names New Chair for Illinois Board of Higher Education
Lindsay Anderson to Succeed Carrie Hightman
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Lindsay Anderson, a senior advisor for his administration, will succeed Carrie Hightman as chair of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). Anderson brings extensive legal and governmental experience, including the coordination and oversight of legislative agendas for state agencies such as the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Today’s announcement continues the governor’s commitment to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.


June 4, 2013
IDOT and ISP Partner for National Roadcheck Enforcement Program to Improve Commercial Vehicle Safety on Illinois Roadways
Roadside Truck and Bus Inspections Effort to be Conducted June 4-6
MARYVILLE - Starting today, the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Commercial Vehicle Safety Unit is partnering with Illinois State Police (ISP) for 72 hours of stepped-up roadside inspections of commercial trucks and buses as part of the National Roadcheck 2013 Enforcement Program. The program, which runs June 4-6, is the largest targeted enforcement campaign of its kind focusing on trucks and buses nationwide.


June 3, 2013
IEMA Encourages People to Prepare for Possible Disasters While on Vacation
Offers tips for safe vacations
SPRINGFIELD – Planning a vacation this summer? Whether your plans are for a weekend just hours from home or spending a few weeks in another state or country, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) recommends including emergency preparedness in your vacation planning. IEMA will promote vacation preparedness throughout the month of June as part of its 2013 preparedness campaign.


June 3, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces $73 Million in Federal Aid Helping Illinois Families Impacted by Floods
Federal Support Approved for More than 26,000 People to Date
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $73 million in federal aid has been approved to date to help more than 26,000 people and households affected by severe flooding in April. The assistance includes grants to help with disaster-related expenses such as temporary home rental, home repairs and replacement of damaged personal items. In addition, nearly $2 million in low-interest loans to people and businesses have been approved to help with recovery.


June 3, 2013
Governor Quinn Statement on Illinois Credit Downgrade
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today issued the following statement regarding Fitch’s downgrade of Illinois’ credit rating.


June 3, 2013
Mount Prospect Welcomes First Supportive Housing Development in Northwest Suburbs
Myers Place to help 39 of Cook County’s most vulnerable individuals live independently
MOUNT PROSPECT – For the first time in the northwest suburbs, a new supportive housing development will open its doors to provide people with disabilities or special needs with quality apartments that will enable them to find stability and live independently. The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), the state housing finance agency under Governor Pat Quinn, today joined local elected officials and other public-private partners to celebrate the opening of the 39-unit Myers Place in Mount Prospect.

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