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2013


July 31, 2013
Concert Time Changed For Grandstand Show At Illinois State Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois State Fair has announced that the start time of the Styx and REO Speedwagon with Head East concert on Saturday, Aug. 10 has changed. Due to the expected duration of the show, the start time is being moved up an hour to 7 p.m. Concertgoers should adjust their schedules accordingly.


July 31, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces $54.8 Million Investment in Chicago Area Colleges and Universities
Includes Nearly $4.8 Million to Columbia College Chicago for Major Campus Improvements; Grants to Create Thousands of Local Jobs
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $54.8 million in grants to colleges and universities in the Chicago area, including nearly $4.8 million for major improvements at Columbia College, the site of today’s announcement. The grants are part of $90 million included for this fiscal year in the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program to address the critical needs of the state’s private colleges and universities. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve higher education in Illinois while creating thousands of construction jobs.


July 31, 2013
State Kicks Off Adult Protection & Advocacy Conference by Focusing on Protecting Seniors from Financial Exploitation
Financial seminar highlights collaborative efforts to protect consumers
OAK BROOK - The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) today opened its Adult Protection & Advocacy Conference which runs through August 2, in Oak Brook. Formerly called the Elder Rights Conference, for the past 26 years IDoA has presented this three day meeting for service providers, advocates and other professionals to get information and learn the latest on the topic of elder rights. Changing the name of the conference coincides with IDoA extending its protective services to people with disabilities ages 18 to 59 who live in a domestic setting. During today’s agenda, stakeholders will present insight on education and protocols to help prevent financial abuse.


July 30, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Boost Minority-Owned Business Participation in State Construction Projects
New Law Authorizes Low-Interest Loans to Help Firms Get Funding They Need to Secure Bonding and Equipment Financing
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law that will establish a revolving loan program to increase minority- and female-owned business participation in state construction projects. Governor Quinn made this issue a priority in his 2013 State of the State address, and the new law is part of his agenda to make business opportunities available to everyone in Illinois and drive the state’s economy forward.


July 30, 2013
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Wednesday, July 31, 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, July 31, 2013.


July 30, 2013
Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board Developing Curriculum to Instruct Police Officers on Implementation of State’s New Concealed Carry Law
The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) today announced it is working to develop a curriculum that will help police officers understand the state’s new concealed carry law, enacted by the legislature on July 9, and provide instruction for how to interact with armed citizens in a manner that protects officers, members of the public and individuals licensed to carry firearms.


July 30, 2013
The Illinois Office Of The State Fire Marshal Promotes Public Awareness To Prevent Electrical Burn Incidents
Electrical Burns can be Prevented
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is educating the public on the importance of electrical safety in an effort to prevent home fires, electrical burns and other serious injuries. Electrical related injuries and burns may result in serious tissue, nerve or muscle damage.


July 30, 2013
Governor Quinn Statement on General Assembly Lawsuit to Restore Their Own Pay Before Enacting Pension Reform
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn issued the following statement regarding today’s filing of a lawsuit to restore pay for legislators. On July 10, 2013, following two years of legislative inertia on pension reform – the most critical job for the state – the Governor issued a line-item veto of House Bill 214 to suspend pay for legislators until they pass comprehensive pension reform. Under the Illinois Constitution, the Governor has the power to line-item veto any appropriation. The Governor is also not accepting his own salary.


July 29, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces $4.8 Million Investment in Peoria, Bloomington and Eureka Colleges and Universities
Includes $2.9 Million to Bradley University for New Labs and Classrooms
PEORIA – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $4.8 million in grants to Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington and Eureka College. The grants are part of $90 million set aside this fiscal year in the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program to address the critical needs of the state’s private colleges and universities. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve higher education in Illinois while creating thousands of construction jobs.


July 29, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces $3.1 Million Investment in Rock Island, Galesburg and Monmouth Colleges
Includes $1.3 Million to Augustana College for Major Campus Improvements
ROCK ISLAND – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $3.1 million in grants to Augustana College in Rock Island, Knox College in Galesburg and Monmouth College. The grants are part of $90 million set aside this fiscal year in the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program to address the critical needs of the state’s private colleges and universities. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve higher education in Illinois while creating thousands of construction jobs.


July 29, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Rockford Clean Water Projects to Create Nearly 190 Jobs
Illinois Clean Water Initiative Will Invest More Than $15 Million to Overhaul and Repair Local Area Sewer Systems
ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today awarded two low-interest loans to the Rock River Water Reclamation District (RRWRD), totaling more than $15 million to connect the Village Of Winnebago to the larger and better equipped RRWRD treatment plant. Today's investment will help the RRWRD complete significant upgrade and repair work that is needed to reduce area sewer backups. Funded through Governor Quinn’s $1 billion Illinois Clean Water Initiative (CWI), the projects will help meet the clean water needs of 240,000 area residents and create 188 direct and indirect jobs.


July 29, 2013
Governor Quinn Proclaims Dennis Farina Day in Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed July 29, 2013 to be Dennis Farina Day in Illinois in honor of his outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry and for his many years of public service.


July 28, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Student Athletes with Disabilities
New Law Prompted by Chicago Hornets Hockey Player Will Let School Districts Excuse Athletes with Disabilities from Physical Education Classes
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Chicago Hornets hockey player Tyler Woodworth to sign a new law that will help public school student-athletes with disabilities. Woodworth is the young athlete who prompted the legislation that will help students participating in organized adaptive athletics programs around the state. The action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have equal opportunities and empower people with disabilities.


July 27, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Allow Online Voter Registration
Illinois Becomes 18th State to Move Democratic Process into 21st Century and Allow Online Voter Registration, One of Quinn's 2013 Priorities
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation revising the Illinois Election Code to give residents the ability to register to vote online. First proposed by Governor Quinn during his 2013 State of the State address, Illinois is now the 18th state to allow online voter registration. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase participation in our democracy and ensure that every voice is heard in Illinois.


July 26, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces $3.5 Million Investment for STEM School at Aurora University
Funding Paves Way for Groundbreaking and School to Open in 2014-2015 School Year
AURORA – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $3.5 million capital investment to help build the John C. Dunham STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy at Aurora University. The investment will allow construction of the school to begin immediately and open for the 2014-2015 school year. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to prepare every child for success in college, career and beyond.


July 26, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Construction of Naperville Environmental Collection Center
State Investment Will Create Construction Jobs and Encourage More Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
NAPERVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $900,000 state investment to help the city of Naperville build a new environmental collection center where area residents can recycle everything from paper and plastic to fire extinguishers and prescription medications. The $1.18 million project will create construction jobs and encourage a more sustainable use of natural resources. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


July 25, 2013
Governor Quinn Pushes for More Asian Americans in State Workforce
Workshop at Harper College will help boost diversity in Illinois government
CHICAGO – The third in a series of workshops designed to boost the number of Asian Americans in the State workforce will be held at Harper College in Palatine next week. Hosted by the Governor’s Asian American Employment Plan Advisory Council, the free workshop will feature speakers from various state agencies who will describe what jobs are available, what qualifications are required and how to navigate the State’s online employment application system.


July 25, 2013
State’s Investment of Federal Tax Credits to Create and Preserve More Affordable Housing
Over 620 units will be created or preserved for seniors, working families and people with disabilities, and more than 930 jobs will be generated
STATEWIDE – Affordable housing for seniors, working families and people with disabilities is on the horizon for Illinois communities. As the state housing finance agency under Governor Pat Quinn, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Board recently approved the allocation of federal tax credits generating an estimated $62.2 million in private equity to create more than 620 new and refurbished affordable rental units and generate more than 930 jobs across Illinois.


July 25, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Clear South Suburban Airport for Take Off
New Airport will Create Thousands of Construction Jobs and Make Huge Economic Impact on Region
UNIVERSITY PARK – After years of working to make it a reality, Governor Pat Quinn today signed a law that will give the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) the power to build the South Suburban Airport. Located in Will County, this new global transportation hub will employ more than 11,000 construction workers to build the airport and 14,000 people when operational. The new law – which was applauded today by elected officials, labor, and community leaders – gives IDOT the power to enter into a public-private partnership for the development, construction and operation of the airport.


July 25, 2013
Statement from Governor Pat Quinn on Comptroller Topinka’s Announcement
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the below statement following Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s announcement. Earlier this month, Governor Quinn issued a line-item veto of House Bill 214 to suspend pay for state legislators until they break years of legislative inertia on comprehensive pension reform. Under the Illinois Constitution, the governor has the power to line-item veto any appropriation.


July 25, 2013
IDHR and Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing Unveil Fair Housing Webinar Series
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) and the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing today announced the release of a new Fair Housing Webinar series funded as a partnership project by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. The series of webinars covers major fair housing issues and is designed to educate stakeholders and the general public about fair housing law under federal law as well as the Illinois Human Rights Act.


July 24, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Nearly $190 Million in Federal Grants, Loans Aiding Flood Recovery
Deadline to Apply for Aid Extended to Aug. 8
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced nearly $190 million in federal grants and loans have been approved to date to help people and businesses in 35 counties recover after widespread flooding in April. In addition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today approved the state’s request for a 15-day extension of the registration deadline. People who suffered damage or loss between April 16 and May 5 now have until Aug. 8 to register for federal grants and loans.


July 23, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Protect Illinois Workers’ Paychecks
Laws Fight Questionable Practices that Misclassify Workers or Seek to Avoid Paying State Employment Taxes or Premiums
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed new laws that will help protect Illinois workers’ pay by fighting questionable business practices, particularly in the construction industry. The laws deal with the misclassification of workers and the attempts of employers to avoid paying state employment taxes and premiums. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to ensuring that all Illinois workers are treated fairly and receive the compensation they deserve.


July 23, 2013
Massachusetts Governor Makes Good on Stanley Cup Wager with Governor Quinn
Governor Deval Patrick Joins Governor Quinn to Volunteer at Greater Chicago Food Depository
CHICAGO – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has made good on their Stanley Cup wager by volunteering at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The two Governors made a wager on the outcome of the recent Chicago Blackhawks – Boston Bruins series for professional hockey’s top prize, and Governor Patrick paid his debt in full today by helping an organization that assists hundreds of thousands of Chicago residents in need.


July 23, 2013
Illinois Jobs Now! Investment to Create More Supportive Housing Across State
New round funds developers building housing for people with disabilities to live independently, and spurs job creation
CHICAGO – The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) today announced $35 million in Illinois Jobs Now! capital funding and other resources is now available to developers creating community-based supportive housing across the state. This third round of the state’s Permanent Supportive Housing Development Program continues Governor Pat Quinn’s commitment to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities or special needs by increasing opportunities that allow them to live independently in the community of their choice, and creating quality jobs.


July 22, 2013
Governor Quinn Enacts Largest Increase in Health Care Coverage in State History
Initiative Strengthens Health Care System and Brings More Than $12 Billion in New Federal Funding to Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that enacts a critical part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) by making Medicaid coverage available to all low-income adults in Illinois. Today’s action delivers on a major priority announced by Governor Quinn in his 2013 State of the State address and is part of his agenda to improve the health of the people of Illinois and increase access to quality health care.


July 22, 2013
EAB Discovered In New Illinois County
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A destructive pest responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America has been discovered for the first time in Whiteside County, the closest find to date in Illinois to the Iowa border. The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced today it has received confirmation that a beetle collected on the county fairgrounds in Morrison is an emerald ash borer (EAB). An alert forestry technician with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources spotted a distressed ash tree on the property and notified IDOA staff, who found a dead, adult beetle in its bark. The beetle was submitted to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, which confirmed it as EAB.


July 21, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Make Waterways Safer for Illinois Families
House Laws Crack Down on Boaters Who Drive Under the Influence of Alcohol
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued a stern warning to anyone who pilots a boat while under the influence of alcohol: if you’re drunk while operating a boat, you may lose your right to operate a car. Standing at Chicago’s new 31st Street marina and joined by the family of Tony Borcia – the 10-year old Libertyville boy killed last July by a drunk boater – Governor Quinn signed two bills to crack down on boating under the influence and strengthen other provisions of Illinois’ boating safety laws. Today’s action is part of the governor’s agenda to keep Illinois families safe.


July 20, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Ensure Responsible Treatment of Animals Across Illinois
House Bill 83 Protects Pets, Establishes Humane Guidelines for Dog Tethering
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law to help ensure that all dogs in Illinois are treated humanely when tethered outside. The new law is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to protect pets and ensure that all animals in Illinois are treated ethically and responsibly.


July 19, 2013
IL Dept on Aging seeking nominations for Senior Hall of Fame
Nomination deadline is August 19; Winners announced later this year
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., is urging people to nominate older adults for the 2013 Illinois Senior Hall of Fame awards. The annual award, established in 1994 by the General Assembly, recognizes residents of the state, ages 65 and older who excel in the categories of Community Service, Education, Performance/Graphic Arts and the Labor Force. Since its start, 87 people have been inducted into the Senior Hall of Fame.


July 19, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Major Progress Helping Families Stay in Their Homes Through Hardest Hit Program
Program Helps 9,000 Illinois Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure; Governor Urges Families in Need to Apply by Sept. 30 Deadline
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Department of the Treasury officials to announce the success of his Illinois Hardest Hit Program and urge homeowners to apply for up to $35,000 in mortgage payment assistance by Sept. 30 when the program ends. Since taking office in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, Governor Quinn has worked hard to keep Illinois families in their homes. In the last year, properties in foreclosure have dropped to 73,688, a nearly 29 percent decrease from last year, and the downward trend continues in Illinois.


July 19, 2013
Governor Quinn Reminds Residents to Take Special Precautions During Excessive Heat
More Than 100 State Cooling Centers Open Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Ahead of another day of extreme heat, Governor Pat Quinn is reminding Illinois residents to take special precautions and make use of the state’s cooling centers. Earlier this week, the Governor opened more than 100 cooling centers around Illinois in order to help those without air conditioning stay cool.


July 18, 2013
Illinois adds 9,000 Private Sector Jobs in June
Rate Ticks Up One-Tenth to 9.2 Percent
CHICAGO – Illinois added 9,000 private sector jobs in June and the unemployment rate inched upward to 9.2 percent, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Illinois added 57,700 private sector jobs compared to June 2012. The data is seasonally adjusted.


July 18, 2013
Illinois Receives $4.1 Million Bonus for Effective Stewardship of Taxpayer Dollars
IDHS Recognized for Accuracy in Food Assistance Program
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler today announced that the state was awarded a $4.1 million bonus for its effective administration of the Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program (SNAP). Illinois was recognized for its accuracy rate of 98.3 percent, which ranked sixth in the nation in fiscal year 2012.


July 18, 2013
IEMA Commemorates 20th Anniversary of 1993 Flood by Highlighting Flood Mitigation Efforts
Nearly 4,000 Flood-Prone Properties Purchased, Converted to Open Space
SPRINGFIELD – Twenty years ago, communities along the Mississippi River and many other rivers in the Midwest were dealing with the historic, months-long Great Flood of 1993. Despite heroic efforts by local officials and legions of volunteers, dozens of levees were breached, damaging or destroying thousands of homes, businesses and public properties.


July 18, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Boost Diabetes Awareness, Research and Reporting in Illinois
HB 1815 Creates Special License Plate to Raise Awareness and Funds for Diabetes Research; HB 2199 Requires Biennial Reporting by State Diabetes Commission to General Assembly
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law House Bill 1815, legislation that will create a special license plate designed to raise awareness for diabetes and raise funds for diabetes research. The governor signed the bill at the University of Chicago Medicine’s Kovler Diabetes Center’s 2nd Annual Celebrating Miracles & Milestones Family Forum and Professional Education Conference. The signing is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to improve the health of people across Illinois.


July 17, 2013
Governor Quinn Launches $475 Million Circle Interchange Construction Project
Work Will Create Thousands of Jobs Rebuilding Nation’s Most Congested Interchange, Reducing Traffic Delays by 50 Percent and Saving 1.6 Million Gallons of Gas
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today launched construction on the four-year, $475 million Circle Interchange construction project in Chicago, which will create thousands of construction jobs and improve the nation’s most congested interchange. The project will start with work on the Morgan Street Bridge and encompass the bridges, roadway and drainage systems for the Dan Ryan, Eisenhower, and Kennedy Expressways and the Congress Parkway that make up the interchange.


July 17, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Minority- and Female-Owned Businesses
New Law Will Help Firms Equally Compete for State Construction and Business Contracts
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law that will help minority- and female-owned businesses more fairly compete for state-funded construction and business contracts. The action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make business opportunities available to everyone in Illinois and to drive the state’s economy forward.


July 17, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces 44 Community Organizations to Drive Affordable Care Act Outreach and Enrollment
Health Insurance Marketplace Recruits Community Organizations Across Illinois to Educate the Public on Health Care Options
CHICAGO – Marking a critical new phase in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) across Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today announced $27 million in federal funds to 44 community organizations that will conduct outreach and education, and facilitate enrollment in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. Enrollment in the Marketplace will begin on Oct. 1. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to improve the health of the people of Illinois and increase access to quality health care.


July 17, 2013
Governor Quinn Opens More Than 100 Cooling Centers to Help Residents Beat the Heat
State Agencies Urge Safety During Record High Temperatures
CHICAGO – With hot weather expected for the remainder of the week, Governor Pat Quinn is urging residents to take advantage of the state’s cooling centers. The state has opened more than 100 cooling centers around Illinois, in order to help those without air conditioning find respite from the heat.


July 16, 2013
Liquor Control Commission June Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In June the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 55 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited five licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Ninety-one percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


July 16, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Employment First Act to Expand Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Governor Signs Legislation Making Employment of People with Disabilities a Priority on Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today signed the “Employment First Act,” a new law which requires Illinois state agencies to work together to make employment for people with disabilities a priority.


July 15, 2013
SIDES to Fight Fraud, Protect Taxpayers, Save Money
CHICAGO – A new internet exchange will make it easier and more efficient to protest unemployment insurance claims, identify potential fraud and protect the money used to pay unemployment benefits, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said today. The State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) allows employers to protest unemployment claims using a secured website and a nationally standardized format. This enhancement saves money, improves eligibility decisions and protects workers’ benefits.


July 15, 2013
Governor Quinn and Navistar Unveil New, State-of-the-Art Campus in Melrose Park
Investment Package, State Financing Supports 3,600 Jobs, Spurs $205 Million in Private Investment
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined Navistar International Corporation for the grand opening of its new Test and Development Center in Melrose Park. The international truck and diesel engine manufacturer renovated its existing Melrose Park facility into a state-of-the-art center to develop cutting-edge product solutions, creating an additional 200 construction jobs in Illinois. Today's announcement is part of the Governor's agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


July 15, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Final Preparations to Connect Illinois and Missouri on Mississippi River Bridge
Project Placement of Final Beam Anticipated; Project Created and Supported More than 3,400 Jobs with Diverse Workforce
BROOKLYN - Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider and other officials at the construction site of the newly-named Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge to get a progress report as preparations are made to place the final girder beam that will connect Illinois and Missouri. The project has created or supported more than 3,400 jobs within a record-breaking diverse workforce. The new bridge will provide congestion relief, improve safety and spur economic development across the region.


July 15, 2013
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on $10.6 Million Widening Project for I-57 near Marion
Illinois Jobs Now! Project Will Improve Key Southern Illinois Highway and Create Hundreds of Construction Jobs; $69 Million in Additional Projects Underway in Marion Area
MARION – Governor Pat Quinn today joined state and local officials to break ground on a $10.6 million I-57 widening project near Marion. The improvements between Marion and Johnston City will include adding a third traffic lane, replacing and widening the I-57 bridges over Lake Creek Branch and other associated work. The project is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward, and is in addition to $69 million in other road projects underway in the Marion area.


July 15, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Decatur Clean Water Projects to Create 160 Jobs
Illinois Clean Water Initiative Will Invest Nearly $13 Million to Rehabilitate and Modernize Decatur Sewer System and Wastewater Treatment Plant
DECATUR – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $13 million in low-interest loans to update the Decatur sewer system and wastewater treatment plant. Funded through Governor Quinn’s $1 billion Illinois Clean Water Initiative (CWI), the projects will help meet the clean water needs of nearly 90,000 are residents and create 160 direct and indirect jobs. This announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward and protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ water infrastructure.


July 12, 2013
Governor Quinn Tours Mud-to-Parks Site in Chicago
Innovative Project Turns Illinois River Silt into Chicago Lakefront Park
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited an old steel mill site to showcase the final phase of the innovative Mud-to-Parks program, which makes use of reclaimed topsoil dredged from the Illinois River to create a new park near Lake Michigan. Mud-to-Parks is a component of Governor Quinn’s Millennium Reserve Initiative to restore habitat, rehabilitate brownfields and create green space in Chicago’s South and Southeast Side and south suburbs.


July 12, 2013
Illinois State Fair To Host Five Food Contests; Deadline To Enter Fast Approaching
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Amateur bakers and chefs only have a few more days to enter their prize-winning recipes in the Illinois State Fair’s five cooking contests this year. The deadline to enter is Monday, July 15. The Gold Medal® Flour Scratch Bakers Challenge is a new competition. Using Gold Medal® flour, contestants are asked to create any kind of cookie as long as it is made from scratch. Judges will choose the winning recipes based upon their appearance, flavor and texture. First prize is $100. The award for second place is $50 and for third place, $25. Winners also will receive an award certificate, an apron and a bag of Gold Medal® flour.


July 12, 2013
Third Annual College Changes Everything Conference Draws 400
Lt. Governor and 2 Other Higher Education Advocates Receive CCE Champions Award
Tinley Park, IL – Approximately 400 participants attended the third annual statewide College Changes Everything Conference in support of Illinois’s efforts to reach Goal 2025, increasing the proportion of adults in Illinois with high quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. The annual event draws participants from throughout the state and across the country.


July 11, 2013
Governor Quinn’s Small Business Initiative Puts People to Work Across Illinois
Advantage Illinois Program Provides Critical Access to Capital for Businesses, Creates Almost 2,000 Jobs to Date
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the federally-funded Advantage Illinois program launched less than two years ago has helped scores of companies create nearly 2,000 jobs by providing Illinois entrepreneurs with the access to capital necessary to expand their businesses. Governor Quinn made the announcement at the corporate headquarters of AllCell Technologies LLC on Chicago’s Southwest Side, a small manufacturer in the green economy that has more than tripled its workforce since participating in the launch of the program in October 2011. Spurring job creation through access to capital is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive the Illinois economy forward.


July 10, 2013
Governor Quinn Suspends Pay to Illinois Representatives and Senators
After General Assembly Fails Yet Again to Pass Comprehensive Pension Reform, Governor Vetoes Out Legislative Salaries and Stipends
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today issued a line-item veto of House Bill 214 to suspend pay for Illinois state legislators. Since taking office, the governor has been pushing for comprehensive pension reform to resolve the state's worst-in-the-nation pension crisis. Today's action follows years of legislative inertia on pension reform, while the state’s unfunded pension debt grows by millions of dollars a day.


July 10, 2013
IEMA Launches Mobile Ready Illinois Website
Puts Emergency Preparedness Information at Your Fingertips
SPRINGFIELD – Emergency preparedness information is now even easier to find with a new mobile version of the Ready Illinois website launched recently by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). The mobile site (m.ready.illinois.gov) enables mobile device users to access information about emergency preparedness and recovery, weather and man-made hazards and updates on current disasters automatically through their smartphone or tablet.


July 10, 2013
Illinois Department of Human Services Celebrates 23rd Anniversary of Historic Americans With Disabilities Act
Governor proclaims July 16 as Americans with Disabilities Act Day
CHICAGO – In honor of the 23rd anniversary of the historic signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) will sponsor a special event showcasing Illinois’ continued commitment to persons with disabilities. The free event will be held Tuesday, July 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago.


July 9, 2013
Governor Pat Quinn Statement on Concealed Carry Override
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement after the Illinois General Assembly voted to override his amendatory veto of House Bill 183. As written, HB 183 is flawed and jeopardizes public safety with provisions that allow people to carry guns in establishments that serve alcohol, allow people to carry unlimited guns and unlimited high-capacity ammunition magazines, and prevent home-rule communities from enacting future bans on assault weapons.


July 8, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Fight Gang Crimes
New Laws Will Protect Gang Crime Witnesses and Require School Officials to Report Illegal Gang Activity
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed new laws that will help fight gang crimes and protect those who aid law enforcement in these efforts. Today’s actions are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.


July 8, 2013
Governor Quinn Announces Record-Breaking Statewide Tourism Numbers
Domestic Visitors to Illinois Rise 6 Percent to 99 Million, Generating $31 Billion for State’s Economy; Numbers Will Increase When International Visitor Numbers are Available
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois hosted more than 99 million domestic visitors in 2012, a 6.1 percent increase over the record 93.3 million U.S. residents who visited Illinois in 2011. This surge in tourism generated more than $31 billion for the state’s economy in 2012, and the numbers will be even higher when international visitor numbers are available later this summer. Increasing tourism and its resulting economic impact are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward.


July 8, 2013
Director Rowell Honored with Public Policy Award
by International Association of Workforce Professionals; $221 Million in Savings to Taxpayers
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jay Rowell today was honored by an international organization for his efforts to improve the Illinois workforce, increase business opportunity and protect taxpayer money by fighting against waste, fraud and abuse. The International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP) honored Rowell with the Public Policy Award at its International Educational Conference in Chicago. The organization started here 100 years ago with the understanding that unemployment is a social issue that is best addressed by ensuring that a trained workforce meets the evolving needs of business.


July 6, 2013
Governor Quinn Calls for Common-Sense Gun Laws That Protect Communities
Joins Community Walk Against Violence
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined local residents for a community walk on the south side of Chicago to discuss the importance of common-sense gun laws in Illinois, especially when it comes to concealed carry. Earlier this week Governor Quinn issued an amendatory veto of House Bill 183, legislation that would allow and regulate the carrying of concealed handguns in public places, to address several serious safety problems. The changes address several serious safety problems with the legislation and will make communities safer across the state.


July 5, 2013
Governor Quinn Calls for Common-Sense Gun Laws
Reminds Wrigleyville Crowd that Weapons and Alcohol Don’t Mix
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited the popular area surrounding Chicago’s Wrigley Field to discuss the importance of common-sense gun laws in Illinois, especially when it comes to concealed carry. Earlier this week Governor Quinn issued an amendatory veto of House Bill 183, legislation that would allow and regulate the carrying of concealed handguns in public places, to address several serious safety problems. One of the governor's critical changes to ensure public safety is to prohibit concealed weapons from public areas such as taverns and restaurants where alcohol is served.


July 5, 2013
Twilight Parade To Take Place August 8th
Entry deadline July 12th
SPRINGFIELD, Ill – The Illinois State Fair is quickly approaching and, as always, the fair will kick off with the Twilight Parade on Thursday, August 8th at 6 p.m. Those interested in participating in the 2013 Twilight Parade must act soon; the deadline to enter is July 12th. Parade applications are available on the main page of the state fair website at www.illinoisstatefair.info.


July 5, 2013
HFS Announces Breach of Private Information
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) announced today that a managed care contractor experienced a security incident that may have resulted in the disclosure of personal information of 3,133 clients of the agency, all of which are served in Cook County.


July 4, 2013
On Fourth of July Governor Quinn Signs New Laws Helping Servicemembers Find Employment
New Laws Honor Veterans and Servicemembers by Easing Process of Becoming Police Officers, State Troopers, EMTs and Commercial Vehicle Drivers; Recognizing Military Skills and Experience
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Governor Pat Quinn today celebrated the Fourth of July by signing a package of bills helping more members of the United States Armed Forces, Reserves and Illinois National Guard find employment as police officers, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and commercial vehicle drivers. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to support our Veterans and servicemembers. The new laws will utilize the experience, teamwork and discipline servicemembers gain on the front lines to help serve the public on the home front.


July 3, 2013
Honoring the Arizona Firefighters
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Friday, July 5, 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, Friday, July 5, 2013.


July 3, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Allow 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primary Elections
New Law Will Encourage More Young People to Participate in Illinois Elections
CHICAGO – On the eve of the 4th of July, Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will increase access to democracy across Illinois by giving 17-year-olds the ability to vote in primary elections if they are 18 years old by the general election date. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase participation in our democracy and ensure that every voice is heard in Illinois.


July 2, 2013
Governor Quinn Takes Amendatory Veto Action on Concealed Carry Legislation
Governor Uses Constitutional Authority to Address Serious Public Safety Issues
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took amendatory veto action on House Bill 183 – legislation that will allow and regulate the carrying of concealed handguns in public places. The governor’s amendatory veto makes critical changes to several provisions that pose significant safety risks, and strengthens the legislation to better protect the people of Illinois. Today's action is part of the governor's agenda to improve public safety in Illinois.


July 2, 2013
New Supportive Housing Serves Veterans in Revitalized Macon County Development
North Street Commons helps veterans at risk of homelessness to live independently and stabilizes neighborhoods in Decatur
DECATUR – This Fourth of July, veterans who are at risk of homelessness will have a safe and decent place to call home in Decatur. The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), the state housing finance agency under Governor Pat Quinn, today helped celebrate the grand opening of North Street Commons, an affordable development that achieved the dual goal of supporting veterans and stimulating Decatur neighborhoods.


July 2, 2013
State Kicks Off Campaign to Protect Seniors From Abuse
IL Dept on Aging’s Elder Abuse Awareness campaign coincides with extending protective services to some people with disabilities
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., today kicked off Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, in Illinois. Elder abuse refers to a negligent act (physical, sexual, emotional, confinement, passive neglect, willful deprivation, or financial exploitation) by a caregiver or another person known by the victim that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult 60 years of age or older. Each year in July the state observes a month long campaign to educate and raise awareness about elder abuse. Governor Pat Quinn issued a proclamation for Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.


July 1, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs New School Safety Law
Governor’s Public Safety Priority Requires School Districts to Include a Safety Drill for the Possibility of a Shooting Incident
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new law that requires all Illinois schools to hold active safety drills with local law enforcement to ensure they are as prepared as possible in the event of a shooting incident. Today's action is part of the governor's agenda to improve public safety in Illinois.


July 1, 2013
2013 College Changes Everything Conference July 11, 2013
Third Annual Event Draws 400 Registrants; Greg Darnieder, U.S. Secretary of Education’s Senior Adviser on the College Access Initiative to Keynote
Deerfield, IL – The third annual statewide College Changes Everything conference takes place July 11 at the Tinley Park Convention Center. The event draws participants from throughout the state and across the country in support of Illinois’s efforts to reach Goal 2025, increasing the proportion of adults in Illinois with high quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.


July 1, 2013
IEMA Urges Caution When Temperatures Rise
Hot weather can be deadly
SPRINGFIELD – Heat records are falling across the U.S. West and Southwest this week as a deadly heat wave scorches that portion of the country. While temperatures in Illinois aren’t expected to reach those extreme levels, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is urging people to recognize the dangers of extreme heat and stay safe during summer’s heat waves.


July 1, 2013
State Fair To Bring Back Cheer Classic
SPRINGFIELD, Ill – Grab your pom-poms and get your spirit fingers ready; The Illinois State Fair Cheer Classic is back! It has been years since a cheerleading competition has been at the State Fair but this year Capital Elite has been asked to help bring this great tradition to the fair once again! The Cheer Classic will take place on Saturday, August 17th in Happy Hollow. Rain date is August 18th, in the event of rain cancellation application fees will be refunded.


July 1, 2013
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Illinois’ Most Vulnerable Adults
Illinois Adopts Some of Nation’s Strongest Protections Against Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation of Adults with Disabilities
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn, who has led the charge to reform the state's system for protecting the elderly and adults with disabilities from abuse and neglect, today signed into law the Adult Protective Services Act. House Bill 948 includes some of the nation’s strongest safeguards to protect older adults and those with disabilities, and will ensure that every case of suspected abuse, neglect and financial exploitation is thoroughly investigated and promptly referred to law enforcement.


July 1, 2013
Governor Quinn Praises Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory Public-Private Partnership
Lab at Rock Island Arsenal Works With WIU and Private Industry to Develop Advanced Materials Manufacturing in the Quad Cities
ROCK ISLAND – Governor Pat Quinn today praised the public-private partnership at work at the Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory in Rock Island and encouraged others to follow their lead of innovative economic development and education. Governor Quinn toured the facility today on the grounds of the Rock Island Arsenal, where he saw a demonstration of their “additive manufacturing” concept at work. Today’s tour is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to move Illinois’ economy forward through partnerships and innovation.

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