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January
2014


January 31, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Additional Relief for Consumers During Propane Emergency
Encourages Residents to Report Suspected Price Gouging and Fraud to Attorney General Madigan
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a series of steps to provide additional relief for consumers during the ongoing propane emergency in Illinois. The actions, effective immediately, provide additional financial assistance to help families pay increased heating costs this winter, and address certain inspections which could slow down the delivery of propane to consumers. The Governor is also encouraging Illinois residents to report any suspected fraud that occur during this emergency to Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to helping keep Illinois residents warm and safe this winter.


January 31, 2014
Tax Season Opens Today
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Revenue today announced that it will start accepting and processing tax returns filed electronically. Once federal tax returns have been completed, Illinois taxpayers have several options for filing their State returns. MyTax Illinois, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s online filing system, walks taxpayers through all of the options for credits and deductions. This option is free and available to almost every Illinois taxpayer. It can be found at tax.illinois.gov.


January 31, 2014
State Regulators Offering Professional Exam in Chinese
A New Start for the Lunar New Year
CHICAGO – Today the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) announced that it would be offering cosmetology testing in simplified Chinese. Before becoming a licensed cosmetologist, passage of this test is mandatory. Offering the test in Chinese will give Chinese speaking Illinoisans an opportunity to begin their careers without the barriers of taking the test in another language.


January 31, 2014
IDOT Winter Crews Prepare for Snow, High Winds This Weekend
Motorists Should Beware of Blowing and Drifting Snow, Black Ice
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road conditions in Chicago and other areas of the state are expected to change with the anticipated snow and high winds this weekend. IDOT has winter weather crews across the state on standby and motorists should beware of slick and hazardous driving conditions in some areas across the state.


January 31, 2014
Governor Quinn, AT&T Announce 200 New Jobs Across Illinois
AT&T Adding New Technicians and Retail Workers in Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined AT&T Illinois to announce the communications company’s plans to create about 200 new jobs across Illinois. The jobs include retail staff and technicians. With unemployment at its lowest point in almost five years, today’s announcement is a part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create more jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


January 31, 2014
Governor Quinn Names Candice Jones as Director of Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
Jones Previously Served as Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today appointed Candice Jones as the director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ). Jones has most recently served as Associate Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget and replaces Arthur Bishop, who has been named to head the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people and children in every community across Illinois.


January 31, 2014
IEMA Encourages People to Prepare for Earthquakes during February
Interactive tools identify earthquake hazards in homes and schools, offer methods for reducing risks
SPRINGFIELD – During the winter of 1811-12, some of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in North America rocked the Central U.S., including parts of southern Illinois. The series of earthquakes were each estimated to be around magnitude 8.0, strong enough to ring church bells 1,000 miles away in Boston. While the affected area was largely rural at the time, a similar earthquake today would cause widespread devastation throughout the region.


January 31, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Safety Ahead of Expected Snowfall
Residents Should Use Extreme Caution and Travel Only if Necessary; Check on Neighbors
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced measures being taken by Illinois state agencies to prepare for the additional snowfall that is forecast for the next several days. He also urged residents to follow recommended winter safety procedures, including being careful when shoveling and checking on neighbors during the snowy weather. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to keeping all Illinois residents safe and warm this winter.


January 30, 2014
Flag Honors Mr. Vincent Petrella of the Illinois Tollway
Lower the United States and Illinois flags to half-staff from: Sunrise, Sunday, February 2, 2014 until Sunset, Tuesday, February 4, 2014


January 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Visits Rockford and Chicago Schools to Discuss Birth to Five Initiative
Early Childhood Education Proposal a Cornerstone of Governor’s Blueprint for Jobs & Economic Growth
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited Dennis Early Childhood Center in Rockford and Chicago’s Richard Edwards Center for Young Learners to discuss his Birth to Five Initiative, the cornerstone of his five-year blueprint for jobs and economic growth. The Governor’s Birth to Five Initiative will focus on three keys to a healthy child: universal prenatal care; access to early care and learning opportunities for every child; and strong parent support.


January 30, 2014
State Capital Funding Helps Create New Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities
Development generated jobs, and will add ground-floor retail to help economy and give residents job skill training
CHICAGO – People with disabilities or special needs will soon move into a new quality affordable housing development in Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood, where they will gain access to the supportive services and skills they need to live independently. Governor Pat Quinn’s administration invested $2.3 million in Illinois Jobs Now! state capital dollars to create 51 units of permanent supportive housing in Buffett Place, the former Diplomat Hotel, generating 150 local jobs.


January 30, 2014
IEMA Announces Availability of $25 Million in Grants to Enhance Security at Schools, Campuses
Public K-12, community colleges and universities can apply for grants
SPRINGFIELD – Public elementary and secondary school districts, community colleges and state universities can begin applying for grants to enhance security for their students and staff under a program announced today by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). Grants totaling $25 million will be awarded under the Illinois School Security Grant Program administered by IEMA.


January 30, 2014
IDOT Reminds Drivers to Stay Sober, Celebrate Safely this Super Bowl Sunday
Illinois State Police and Local Law Enforcement Step Up Enforcement to Arrest Drunk Drivers This Weekend
SPRINGFIELD - The Super Bowl is one of America’s most highly anticipated sports events, when friends and family gather in homes, bars and restaurants to enjoy the game and camaraderie. As Super Bowl Sunday approaches this weekend and football fans everywhere prepare for the game, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police and dozens of local police departments across Illinois will join forces to spread two life-saving messages - Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.


January 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Delivers 2014 State of the State Address
Introduces Five-Year Blueprint Centered on Jobs, Education and Fairness
SPRINGFIELD – Exactly five years after taking office during an unprecedented triple crisis of government corruption, economic collapse and financial instability, Governor Pat Quinn today delivered his 2014 State of the State, laying out a five-year blueprint for jobs and economic growth in Illinois. The Governor's blueprint calls for creating more jobs, making early childhood education a top priority and building an economy that works for everyone -with specific measures to get the job done.


January 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Tragic Monday Evening Accident on I-88
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the Monday evening accident on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Aurora that killed Tollway employee Vincent Petrella and seriously injured an Illinois State Trooper:


January 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Emergency Actions to Alleviate Heating Gas and Oil Emergency in Illinois
Steps Make it Easier and Faster to Transport Heating Fuels from Other States to Address Shortages in Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced emergency actions to alleviate the short supply and high prices of liquefied propane gas and heating oil in Illinois. The actions make it quicker and easier to transport these fuels from other states into Illinois. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of people in every community across Illinois.


January 27, 2014
Illinois residents urged to use state's warming centers, take precautions during dangerously low temperatures
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Governor Pat Quinn is urging residents to take advantage of the state’s warming centers as temperatures across the state dip to dangerous lows once again. More than 100 warming centers across Illinois are open to provide respite from the bitter cold. The warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state. IDHS warming centers are open to the public during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


January 27, 2014
IDOT Warns Motorists of Dangerous Driving Conditions and Advise Not to Travel in Northern Illinois
IDOT Crews Out in Full Force to Clear Snow and Ice
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road conditions are slick and dangerous in Northern Illinois, and motorists should only travel if absolutely necessary. Currently, the majority of roads in the Northern part of the state are snow and ice covered with wind gusts as high as 30 mph, creating whiteout conditions.


January 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces State Preparedness Measures Ahead of Winter Blast
Governor Urges Residents to Stay Inside, Safe and Warm Ahead of Expected Dangerous Cold; If Travel is Necessary, Drive with Extreme Caution
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced measures being taken by Illinois state agencies to prepare for the extreme cold and additional snowfall that is forecast for the next several days. He also urged residents to follow recommended winter safety procedures and to check on their neighbors during the bitter cold and snowy weather. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to keeping all Illinois residents safe and warm this winter.


January 24, 2014
Park and Recreational Facility Construction Grant Program Accepting Applications
$25 Million Available For Park and Recreation Projects Through Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will accept applications beginning Jan. 24 for the state's Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) Grant Program. The program will provide grants to eligible local governments for acquisition, development, construction, rehabilitation or other capital improvements to park and recreation facilities in Illinois.


January 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Names Arthur Bishop as Director of Department of Children and Family Services
Bishop Has Served as Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Since 2011; Previously Served at DCFS for More than a Decade
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today appointed Arthur Bishop as the director of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Bishop has led the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) as director since 2011 and previously served DCFS for more than a decade. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people and children in every community across Illinois.


January 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims January 30 as “Fred Korematsu Day” in Illinois
Illinois is 4th State to Honor Civil Rights Trailblazer
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed January 30 “Fred Korematsu Day” across Illinois to honor the civil rights activist whose challenge of the Japanese American internment in World War II became a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case. Illinois is the fourth state to recognize Korematsu, following Hawaii, California and Utah. It is the first such honorary day named for an Asian American in the United States.


January 23, 2014
State Expands Affordable Housing Options for Individuals and People with Disabilities in Oak Park
IHDA-allocated tax credits help finance Grove Apartments construction and boost local economy
OAK PARK – A vacant building in suburban Oak Park has been transformed into quality affordable rental housing to enable low-income individuals and people with disabilities to live near work. On behalf of Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) representatives today joined Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other public-private partners to celebrate the grand opening of Grove Apartments.


January 23, 2014
Deadline for Federal Tornado Aid Applications Extended to Feb. 3
To date, more than $16 million in grants, loans approved for tornado survivors
SPRINGFIELD – The deadline to apply for federal disaster aid for people affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes and severe storms has been extended to Feb. 3. The state requested the extension Wednesday to enable people affected by tornadoes in 15 federally designated counties to seek grants and loans to help with their recovery. The original registration deadline was Jan. 27.


January 23, 2014
Illinois Motorists Reminded to be Aware of Potentially Dangerous Travel Conditions During Winter Months
Reduce Speed, Reduce Traveling Distance and Beware of Black Ice
CHICAGO – Following the tragic multi-vehicle accident today on Interstate 94 near Michigan City, Indiana, The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is urging Illinois motorists to be cautious while traveling the roadways during the winter months. IDOT has winter weather crews across the state on standby for the anticipated snowfall expected this weekend. As snowfall moves in Friday night, conditions are expected to change and has the potential to cause slick and hazardous driving conditions.


January 22, 2014
Governor Quinn Partners with Pizzas 4 Patriots, DHL to Provide Servicemembers with a Slice of Home
10,000 Chicago-Style Pizzas to be Shipped to Overseas Servicemembers
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today partnered with leaders from DHL Express and Pizzas 4 Patriots to send 10,000 Chicago-style deep dish pizzas to servicemembers just in time for Super Bowl Sunday. Pizzas will be delivered to troops in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Oman.


January 22, 2014
IEMA Encourages People to Test Homes for Radon During Radon Action Month in January
Annual contests promotes awareness of radon health risks
SPRINGFIELD – As part of Radon Action Month in January, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today urged people throughout Illinois to test their homes for radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas that has been found in nearly 40 percent of Illinois homes tested.


January 22, 2014
New Sales Tax Allocation Rules Filed Today
Emergency rules effective immediately
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Revenue today filed emergency rules to comply with the Supreme Court’s decision in Hartney Fuel Oil Co. v. Hamer (11/21/13), and provide Illinois businesses necessary guidance about how they should allocate the local sales taxes they collect from their customers.


January 22, 2014
215,000 Jobs Openings On-Line in December
Median Earnings Between $10 and $48 an Hour
CHICAGO – Employers in December advertised online for more than 215,000 individual job openings, according to the Conference Board and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Ninety-two percent of the advertisements were for full-time work. The advertising reflects help-wanted activity for newly created and replacement positions. The actual number of openings exceeds 215,000 because some industries, such as construction, do not typically advertise online.


January 22, 2014
Kane County Man To Be Named Illinois Veteran of the Month
Geneva - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) recognized John Carr – a U.S. Army veteran, distinguished veteran leader, and the retired Supervisor for Kane County’s Veterans Assistance Commission – as the Illinois Veteran of the Month for January 2014 at a ceremony at in Geneva today.


January 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Record $358 Million Year for Film Industry
2013 Television Shows and Blockbusters Nearly Doubled Prior Year’s Mark
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited the set of the hit TV series Chicago Fire to announce that the Illinois film industry generated a record estimated $358 million in spending in 2013, resulting in more than 4,200 full-time equivalent jobs. The new record nearly doubled the previous record year of $184 million in 2012 and is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois' economy forward.


January 21, 2014
IDOT Winter Crews Tackle Snowy and Icy Conditions Statewide
More than 1,300 Trucks Out; Winter Crews Ready for Wednesday’s Anticipated Storm
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road conditions in some areas of the state are still snow and ice covered, making travel dangerous for motorists. Currently, more than 1,300 trucks are assigned to snow duty in impacted areas across the state, and nearly 1,440 employees are on the job to help ensure roads are clear and passable. Currently, all state-maintained roadways are open.


January 21, 2014
Federal Grants to Help IL Homeowners Afford Critical Repairs
$6.1 million in grants to stimulate economic activity
CHICAGO – A new round of $6.1 million in federal funds will help low-income homeowners, including seniors and persons with disabilities, afford the necessary repairs to stay in their homes. The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) today announced the Single-Family Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation (SFOOR) program will ensure 148 homeowners can keep up with necessary but costly repairs – and will keep communities strong by stabilizing neighborhoods and creating local economic activity.


January 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Hosts Private Higher Ed Diversity and Inclusion Forum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Governor Thanks Participating Schools for Working to Increase Diversity
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn hosted the state’s private colleges and universities today at a Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education Forum held on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday. The forum was held at the University of Chicago and sponsored by the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have the opportunity to follow their dreams and reach their full potential.


January 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Continues Push to Raise Minimum Wage to At Least $10 an Hour
Higher Minimum Wage Would Give Workers Increased Dignity and More Purchasing Power
CHICAGO – In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Governor Pat Quinn today continued his drive to increase the minimum wage in Illinois to at least $10. While visiting a church on the South Side of Chicago, the Governor cited an increased minimum wage as a key weapon in the “War on Poverty” along with the Earned Income Tax Credit and decent healthcare for all.


January 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges People Across Illinois to Participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Serve Illinois Website Offers Thousands of Volunteer Opportunities
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and the Serve Illinois Commission today encouraged people across Illinois to take part in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20. Governor Quinn today visited Spencer Elementary Technology Academy, one of Chicago Cares’ 14 sites across the city for Celebration of Service.


January 17, 2014
Illinois EPA Refers DeKalb County Landfill in Cortland to Attorney General for Enforcement
Agency Alleges Emission of Gas from Landfill
SPRINGFIELD— Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett has referred an enforcement action to the Illinois Attorney General’s office against Waste Management, Inc., for an emission of gas from the DeKalb County Recycling and Disposal Facility (landfill) that resulted in an estimated 63 students and teachers at a nearby school being medically evaluated after complaining of being ill from a strong odor on January 14.


January 16, 2014
Illinois EPA files Emergency Rules Addressing Coke and Coal Piles
Permit Decisions Suspended for All Petcoke Operations
SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett today filed emergency rules with the Illinois Pollution Control Board to ensure stringent regulation of petcoke piles throughout Illinois. The rules are part of Governor Pat Quinn’s directive earlier this week to address the growing problem of petcoke storage in Illinois and protect Illinois residents and the environment.


January 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Working Families to Apply for Earned Income Tax Credit
More Than 900,000 Families Received $160 Million in Tax Relief in 2013
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today encouraged working families across Illinois to apply for Illinois’ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The Governor fought for and signed legislation in 2012 that doubled the value of Illinois’ EITC. In 2013 the credit helped more than 900,000 families receive $160 million in tax relief. The announcement is part of the Governor’s agenda to drive economic growth and support working families across Illinois.


January 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Presents SHARP Award to McCook-Based Company for Workplace Safety
Tru Vue, Inc. Recognized for Setting Example for Workplace Safety
MCCOOK – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Joseph Costigan to recognize Tru Vue, Inc. of McCook with the department’s SHARP Award for creating and maintaining high safety standards for its employees. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to workplace safety in Illinois.


January 15, 2014
IEMA Encourages People to Resolve to be Prepared in 2014
Will Highlight Preparedness, Safety Topics Each Month
SPRINGFIELD – It’s not too late to make a resolution for 2014 and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has a suggested resolution that will help you and your family stay safe when disaster strikes – resolve to be better prepared for emergencies this year. The agency will make keeping this resolution easier by offering information and tips on preparedness and safety topics each month in 2014.


January 14, 2014
Governor Quinn, Earvin “Magic” Johnson Announce 200 New Jobs for Illinois
Insurance Company EquiTrust to Open in Chicago
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined EquiTrust Life Insurance Company to announce that the company is opening new offices in Illinois that will create 200 jobs in the coming year and could employ hundreds more in years to come. According to company officials, EquiTrust will open their first Illinois office in Chicago, where they expect to add approximately 200 employees over the coming year. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


January 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Celebrates Successful Startups at 1871
Digital Hub’s Alumni Have Created More than 300 New Jobs to Date and Generated More than $10 Million in Revenue
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined 1871, Chicago’s leading hub for digital startups, to honor 26 alumni companies for their astonishing success and impact on Illinois’ economy, creating more than 300 new jobs and $10 million in revenue. The event serves as a milestone to recognize the significant achievements of the tech hub’s first 18+ months as it enters its second phase under the leadership of recently appointed CEO Howard Tullman. Mr. Tullman takes over from interim 1871 CEO Jim O’Connor Jr.


January 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Emergency Rules to Protect Illinois Residents from Petcoke
Rules Will Require Total Enclosure of Petcoke Piles and Other Environmental Protections
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced emergency administrative rules designed to protect Illinois residents from petroleum coke (petcoke). Under the Governor’s order, the rules will be filed later this week as part of his agenda to protect Illinois’ natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


January 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Salutes Illinois Farmers for Nation-Leading 2013
New Figures Show Illinois Now Top Soybean-Producing State in the Nation
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today saluted Illinois' grain farmers on an outstanding 2013, including a nation-leading soybean crop. Final 2013 crop production figures released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) show Illinois harvested 462 million bushels of soybeans last fall, 51 million more than any other state in the country.


January 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Thanks Emergency Crews and Personnel for Winter Storm Response
Heroic Rescue Stories Emerge; Thousands Worked Around the Clock to Keep Illinois Residents Safe During Winter Blast
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today thanked the emergency workers who provided around-the-clock assistance during this week’s historic winter storm and freeze. Since last week, thousands of state employees worked tirelessly to clear Illinois roads, rescue stranded motorists and keep people safe. During the storm, many heroic rescue stories surfaced and the Governor thanked workers who made the state’s effective storm response possible.


January 10, 2014
State Fire Marshal Warns The Public To Beware Of Fire Danger From Alternative Heat Sources
Heating Equipment: Leading Cause of Home Fatal Heating Fires in U.S.
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of The Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is raising awareness about winter fire risks, especially with the use of space heaters and fire places as alternative sources to heat homes. Nearly half of all home heating related fires occur between the months of December and February, according to the National Fire Protection Association.


January 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Reminds People to Stay Alert for Flooding and Ice this Weekend
Rainfall and Melting Snow Could Combine to Cause Hazardous Flooding
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today reminded people throughout Illinois to stay alert this weekend for flood hazards caused by melting snow and rain. In addition, low overnight temperatures could freeze puddles and other wet areas to create dangerous slick spots on roads and sidewalks.


January 9, 2014
Governor Quinn: State Will Appeal Federal Denial of Aid for Tornado-Impacted Local Governments
FEMA Aid Would Have Helped Nine Counties Recover Expenses Following Deadly November Storms
CHICAGO – Hours after FEMA denied the state’s request for federal assistance to help local governments in nine counties recover expenses related to the deadly storms on Nov. 17, Governor Pat Quinn today announced the state will appeal the decision. While the federal government has approved millions of dollars to date of aid to help people and businesses recover, today’s decision denies aid to local governments in impacted communities throughout Illinois.


January 9, 2014
Temporary Change to Hours and Access For Select Southern Illinois Veterans’ Service Offices
SPRINGFIELD – Over the coming weeks Veterans and family members in and around Southern Illinois may experience challenges in meeting in person with a Veteran Service Officer (VSO) due to a medical absence. The Veteran Service Officer (VSO) for the Saline County office in Harrisburg will be unavailable duty for due to medical absence. This VSO’s area of responsibility includes the office in Harrisburg, with iterant offices in Carmi and Metropolis, Illinois, on a rotating basis. During the VSO’s absence, other southern region IDVA VSOs will be providing area coverage and assistance to our Illinois Veterans there.


January 9, 2014
Illinois Named Five-Star State by MADD for Efforts to Keep Drunk Drivers Off of Roads
Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving Report Released Today
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced that Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has given Illinois its highest rating for drunk-driving prevention, as it named Illinois a five-star state for drunk driving prevention in its 2014 Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving report, released today.


January 8, 2014
Statement by Governor Pat Quinn on Selection of Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas to Baseball Hall of Fame
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the selection of Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas to the National Baseball Hall of Fame:


January 7, 2014
Motorists Urged to Slow Down; Roads Remain Snow Packed and Icy Statewide
Motorists Driving Too Fast for Dangerous Conditions
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reminded motorists today to slow down when travelling during the severe weather conditions. Road conditions are improving in some areas, but the majority of roads throughout the state are still snow and ice covered. Blowing and drifting snow remains a problem, and the extreme low temperatures reduce the effectiveness of the salt being spread by IDOT winter weather crews. Motorists are still encouraged to stay home and avoid travel until roads are clear and safe.


January 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Implements Winter Storm Preparedness Plan
Continuity of Government Operations Plan to Ensure Continued Delivery of Essential Services During Winter Storm
CHICAGO - Due to the severe winter storm and dangerously low temperatures and wind chills that have followed, causing hazardous conditions across Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn today implemented the State’s Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Plans (COOP/COG). The inter-agency plans will ensure continued delivery of critical state response services during the severe winter weather conditions while ensuring the safety of the state’s workforce. State government employees – except those serving in critical government functions – are instructed to stay home on Monday, Jan. 6.


January 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Provides Statewide Update on Response to Historic Winter Storm
Critical State Services Continue; Illinois National Guard Activated to Join Other State Emergency Responders
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by key state emergency officials to provide a comprehensive update on the state's response to the historic winter storm and freeze. As all critical and emergency state services continue, the Governor has also activated the Illinois National Guard to help emergency crews across the state provide assistance during the bitter cold and dangerous weather conditions, which have included a hazardous combination of black ice and snow drifts.


January 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Continued State Response to Extreme Winter Weather
Reminds Residents to Stay Safe and to Check on Their Neighbors
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced measures that will continue to be taken by Illinois state agencies in response to the ongoing extreme winter weather affecting more than 90 percent of the state. He also urged residents to stay safe and warm and to check on their neighbors during the bitter cold and snowy weather.


January 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces State Preparedness Measures Ahead of Winter Blast
Governor Urges Residents to Stay Inside, Safe and Warm Ahead of Forecast Snow and Cold; Check on Neighbors
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced measures being taken by Illinois state agencies to prepare for the extreme cold and additional snowfall that is forecast for the next several days. He also urged residents to follow recommended winter safety procedures and to check on their neighbors during the bitter cold and snowy weather. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to keeping all Illinois residents safe and warm this winter.


January 3, 2014
Governor Quinn opens more than 100 warming centers to help residents beat the bitter cold
State agencies urge safety during record low temperatures
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn is urging residents to take advantage of the state’s warming centers as temperatures across the state dip to dangerous lows. The state has opened more than 100 warming centers across Illinois to provide respite from the bitter cold.


January 3, 2014
Clean Up Efforts Continue After First Major Storm of 2014 – Anticipating Round Two As New Storm Enters Illinois with Snow on Saturday and Colder Temps
IDOT Winter Weather Crews Currently Clearing Shoulder Drift Buildup Due to Blowing Snow
CHICAGO –The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that winter weather crews are continuing cleanup from Winter Storm Hercules, the New Year’s Day storm, with additional winter storm advisories coming for Saturday night and Sunday in Illinois.

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