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February
2014


February 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $4 Million in Fire Safety Investments for 193 Illinois Communities
Funding Will Help Purchase Protective and Life Saving Equipment
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis today announced a $4 million investment to help 193 fire departments across the state purchase safety equipment, protective clothing, breathing apparatus and other tools for firefighters. These small equipment grants are supported by a small percentage of the sales of all fire insurance sold in Illinois. The grant awards are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of people in every community across Illinois.


February 28, 2014
Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grants Awarded
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) today announced that 32 Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grants have been awarded from the fall 2013 application period. A total of $24,115.25 has been distributed.


February 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims March as Severe Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
IEMA, local emergency management officials to provide preparedness tips for tornadoes, severe storms and flooding
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed March as Severe Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois and encouraged Illinois citizens to take steps to be better prepared for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding. During March, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) will join with the National Weather Service (NWS) and local emergency management agencies to increase awareness of these severe weather hazards.


February 28, 2014
IDOT Weather Crews Prepared Statewide to Deploy for Winter Storm Titan
Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rain to Create Slick Roads and Bridges Starting Saturday Night
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that snow and ice from Winter Storm Titan will create slick and dangerous road conditions for the traveling public statewide. The National Weather Service forecasted a cold front to move through beginning today to be followed by a snowfall band expected of 6 to 10 inches throughout Illinois from Saturday night through Sunday night.


February 27, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Federal Funding to Continue Spring 2013 Flood Cleanup
$646,000 of U.S. Department of Labor Funds Will Pay for Temporary Employment of Eligible Workers
CHICAGO– Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the federal government has approved his request for more than $640,000 to continue the employment of temporary workers who are helping Illinois communities with cleanup and recovery efforts from the spring 2013 floods. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to doing everything possible to help Illinois communities recover from natural disasters.


February 27, 2014
State awarding $1 million in grants to reduce youth access to tobacco sales
First-ever combined tobacco/liquor seminars, teen video contest also announced
CHICAGO – To help protect the health of our children, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) is awarding $1 million in grants to communities throughout the state to implement the Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here tobacco enforcement program.


February 26, 2014
State Issues Statement on Illinois Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Constitutionality of Employee Classification Act
Act Prohibits Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors; Protects Workers Rights to Earned Compensation, Benefits, and Overtime
CHICAGO—Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Joseph Costigan issued a statement on the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the state’s Employee Classification Act, which protects individuals working in the construction industry from being misclassified as independent contractors and ensures a level playing field within the industry. The Court rejected a constitutional challenge posed by a roofing contractor that claimed the law violates “due process rights and is impermissibly vague,” (Bartlow v. Costigan, Ill., No. 2014 IL 115152, 2/21/14) and stated the law was constitutional on Feb 21. Since the law went into effect in 2008, the Department has conducted 111 investigations and collected $314,325.70 in penalties.


February 26, 2014
Governor’s Cyber Aces Championship is Saturday
Careers Among Fastest Growing in Nation; Illinois Bests All Other States
CHICAGO – Illinois’ leading role in recruiting Veterans and career changers to enter the cybersecurity workforce shines this Saturday in the state’s first ever Cyber Aces State Championship, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said today. Illinois’ top 125 participants have accepted invitations to Championship Saturday following a year-long competition led by Gov. Pat Quinn to identify individuals with skills conducive to seeking a cybersecurity career in the military or private sector. Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills will host the championship in which participants will compete in NetWars, a simulation utilized by the U.S. Air Force.


February 25, 2014
IDOT Kicks Off 25th Annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Conference: Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward
Event to Help Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Firms Qualify for Highway Construction Contracts
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced the start of the 25th annual Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Reward (TCTR) conference at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center in Springfield. The two-day event offers educational workshops, networking opportunities and information on how to get Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) more work on highway construction contracts.


February 25, 2014
Former Crystal Lake Police Officer Indicted for Fraud
Defendant Accused of Making False Statements Regarding His Medical Condition in Order to Obtain Benefits
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today announced a recent workers’ compensation fraud investigation has resulted in an indictment of a former Crystal Lake Police Officer. Michael Avila was arraigned earlier today. He is charged with workers’ compensation fraud, insurance fraud, theft of government property, and theft by deception in connection to statements he made in order to create the impression that the nature and extent of an injury he claimed to have suffered to his wrist while at work was more extensive than it really was.


February 25, 2014
Illinois’ 2014 Spring Trout Fishing Season Opens April 5 at 47 sites
Four new locations added this year
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The 2014 Spring Trout Fishing Season in Illinois will begin at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller announced today.


February 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Joins President Obama to Announce New Digital Manufacturing Hub in Illinois
Quinn Administration Helped Lead Application and Funded Key Components That Will Make Digital Hub Possible
WASHINGTON - Governor Pat Quinn today joined President Barack Obama to formally announce that Illinois had won a new digital manufacturing hub, supported by funding from state and federal governments and corporate partners. The hub will have a far-reaching impact on jobs across many industries and benefit small businesses across the nation. The White House announced a $70 million Department of Defense award for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute, which UI Labs will operate in Chicago. The support from President Obama, coupled with $16 million from the Quinn Administration, gives the institute the necessary funds to build partnerships with manufacturers and strengthen Illinois' economic comeback.


February 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of Harold Ramis
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement about producer, director, actor and comedian Harold Ramis, who died early this morning at the age of 69:


February 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Calls for Overhaul of Disaster Funding Rules at National Forum
Discusses Illinois’ Disaster Response After Year of Extreme Weather
WASHINGTON – Governor Pat Quinn today delivered the keynote address at the National Journal's Natural Disaster Forum in Washington, D.C., where he discussed Illinois’ preparedness and response to several major natural disasters and called for needed changes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster aid criteria. Under Governor Quinn’s leadership the state of Illinois has managed response to disasters ranging from deadly tornadoes to recent extreme winter storms. The Governor is working with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and the congressional delegation pass legislation to improve the federal formula in the disaster assistance process and help more people rebuild their lives.


February 24, 2014
State Highlights Workers’ Rights and Construction Opportunity Summit
Illinois Departments of Labor and Transportation, Quad Cities Interfaith Come Together to Help Strengthen Local Workforce
CHICAGO— The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL), along with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Quad Cities Interfaith, hosted a Workers’ Rights and Construction Opportunity Summit to help create awareness about workplace safety, highlight new job opportunities for unemployed or underemployed residents and to increase overall diversity in the Quad City workforce. Nearly 150 workers, local leaders, building trades and union members, and more than two-dozen faith-based organizations attended the summit held on Sat., Feb 22 at the Second Baptist Church in Rock Island.


February 22, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $70 Million Department of Defense Award to UI Labs
Will Combine with $16 Million in State Funding to Launch Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago
WASHINGTON D.C. – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $70 million to UI Labs of Chicago, a public-private partnership that will combine the award with $16 million in state funds and other contributions to form the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute. The DMDI will be a first-of-its-kind digital hub with the capability to transform American manufacturing. Today's announcement is part of Governor Quinn's agenda laid out in his State of the State address to advance the high-tech industry in Illinois, creating jobs and driving the state's economy forward.


February 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Meets with President Obama About Raising the Minimum Wage
Measure Would Help Alleviate Poverty and Drive Economic Growth
WASHINGTON – Governor Pat Quinn today met with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and senior administration officials at the White House to discuss raising the federal and Illinois minimum wage rates. Governor Quinn’s ongoing fight to raise Illinois’ minimum wage is in line with President Obama’s push to raise the federal minimum wage. The Governor first proposed raising the minimum wage in his 2013 State of the State address and today’s meeting with the President is part of his agenda to alleviate poverty, drive economic growth and ensure that all Illinois workers are treated fairly.


February 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Marriage Equality Ruling
Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act Effective Immediately in Cook County as Result of Federal Court Ruling
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement on the federal court ruling that true marriage equality for thousands of couples in Illinois will arrive several months early. Under the ruling, all couples who are married in Cook County will receive the rights and protections of marriage effective immediately, rather than having to wait until June 1, the initial effective date of historic legislation. Governor Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act on Nov. 20, fulfilling his 2013 State of the State commitment to ensure that Illinois embraces all people.


February 21, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Promotes Oral Health During National Children’s Dental Health Month
SPRINGFIELD – In recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging parents and caregivers to plan dental visits and discuss the importance of good oral health for their children.


February 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement Regarding Violence in Ukraine
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the ongoing conflict in the nation of Ukraine. Dozens of people have been killed or injured in ongoing violence that broke out after what had initially been non-violent demonstrations in support of free speech and democracy:


February 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on The Gap’s Move to Raise Its Employee Minimum Wage
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn issued the following statement on The Gap, Inc.’s decision to raise its own minimum wage to $10 for all U.S. employees, a move that is expected to impact 65,000 American workers. The Gap has almost 40 Illinois locations:


February 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Coordinated Measures Being Taken for Extreme Weather Across Illinois
Flooding Issues Anticipated from Snow Melt; Motorists Encouraged to Use Extreme Caution
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced coordinated measures being taken by Illinois state agencies to prepare for heavy snow and rainfall, along with potential flooding and treacherous driving conditions in areas throughout the state. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to keeping all Illinois residents safe this winter.


February 20, 2014
IEMA Announces UIUC First Illinois University to Attain Ready to Respond Campus Designation
Safety Initiative Now Open to Campuses Statewide
SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign today became the first higher education institution in the state to receive the Ready to Respond Campus designation from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). UIUC is one of nine campuses in Illinois that participated in a pilot of the Ready to Respond Campus program, an initiative aimed at enhancing campus safety, preparedness and response efforts.


February 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Joins Vice President Biden and Transportation Secretary Foxx at America's Central Port in Granite City
Event Marks Fifth Anniversary of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Which is Funding $12 Billion in Illinois Projects
GRANITE CITY – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood at America's Central Port in Granite City to mark the fifth anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The port's new South Harbor is being funded in part by the ARRA and the state of Illinois, and is among $12 billion in Illinois projects benefiting from the federal economic stimulus program.


February 18, 2014
Lower the flags at half-staff on behalf of: Michael Holmes of the Illinois Department of Transportation
Please lower the United States flags and the State flags from: Sunrise: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 until Sunset, Friday, February 21, 2014


February 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois is the Nation’s Top Green Building State
U.S. Green Building Council Ranks Illinois Number One in the Sustainable Building Design Movement
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the U.S. Green Building Council has ranked Illinois number one among all 50 states in the sustainable building design movement. Illinois has more than 29 million square feet of certified green buildings, or 2.29 square feet for every resident. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


February 14, 2014
IDOT Winter Crews Prepare for Snow and Freezing Rain
Roads to Become Slick and Dangerous through Weekend
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road conditions are expected to change throughout the state today and into next week due to the anticipated snow and ice. The National Weather Service forecasts snow up to four inches and freezing rain starting today, creating slick and dangerous driving conditions for motorists.


February 14, 2014
Statement from Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider
“We are deeply saddened by a tragic accident this morning that claimed the life of one of our Illinois Department of Transportation employees. Michael Holmes of Wyoming, Illinois was a monthly snowbird worker for IDOT and had been with the Department’s winter operations team since November 2007,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. Holmes was 49 years old.


February 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Issues Statement on Sixth Anniversary of NIU Tragedy
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn issued the following statement on the sixth anniversary of the NIU tragedy of Feb. 14, 2008:


February 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Tragic Death of Transportation Worker in Stark County
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the Friday morning Stark County accident that killed Illinois Department of Transportation employee, 49-year-old Michael Holmes of Wyoming, Ill.:


February 13, 2014
IDNR Planning Illinois Deer Hunting Changes for 2014-15
Hunters invited to weigh in through online survey
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) plans to revise deer population objectives for more than 40 counties beginning with the 2014-15 deer season, following a two-year review of Illinois deer management efforts. The IDNR is also asking deer hunters to provide input, through an online survey, on a proposal to end the recent practice of selling remaining firearm deer permits over-the-counter through the end of the firearm season, except for youth under age 16.


February 13, 2014
23rd Anniversary Desert Storm Remembrance Ceremony
Springfield – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is honored to host the 23rd Desert Storm Remembrance Ceremony to honor and remember those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Desert Storm 23 years ago.


February 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $5 Million for Welcome Home Heroes Affordable Loan Program
Affordable Loans Fueled State’s Record Year of Homeownership to Help Families and Drive Economic Growth
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $5 million in Illinois Jobs Now! construction funding to help an additional 500 military families purchase a home affordably through the Welcome Home Heroes program. At events in both Springfield and Midlothian, Governor Quinn also discussed the success of 2013 as the Year of Homeownership in Illinois. Welcome Home Heroes is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to help Illinois’ military families transition to civilian life, and to strengthen and stabilize communities by making homeownership more affordable.


February 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Proposes Groundbreaking Five-Year Plan to Transform State’s Healthcare System
“The Path to Transformation” Proposal Designed to Reduce Costs and Improve Health of People Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the draft of five-year plan for one of the most innovative and far-reaching healthcare transformation programs in the country. The “The Path to Transformation” proposal would allow the state to obtain $5.2 billion in federal funds over five years to modernize healthcare infrastructure and services and lower long-term costs. The plan, which requires federal approval, is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve the health of the people of Illinois and increase access to quality, affordable healthcare.


February 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Names Leaders in Public Service, Sports, the Arts and Business to Receive State’s Highest Award
The Order of Lincoln Will be Presented May 3 in Chicago
SPRINGFIELD – As Illinois celebrates the 205th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, Governor Pat Quinn today announced this year’s recipients of the Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service.


February 11, 2014
Governor Quinn and Governor Ávila Honor Benito Juárez on Eve of Lincoln’s Birthday
Wreath-Laying at Juárez Statue and Lincoln-Romero Meeting Reenactment Strengthen 150-year Friendship Between Mexico and Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by the Governor of the State of Mexico Eruviel Ávila for a wreath-laying ceremony to honor Benito Juárez and the 150-year friendship between Illinois and Mexico. Governor Ávila has traveled to Illinois as a result of Governor Quinn’s trade mission to Mexico City which took place in April 2013. This week’s visit is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to strengthening relations between Illinois and Mexico.


February 10, 2014
Governor Quinn and Governor Ávila Open New Cultural Office, Present Free Concert by Orquesta Sinfónica
150-year Friendship Between Mexico and Illinois to be Celebrated and Strengthened During Two-Day Official Visit
CHICAGO – Today Governor Pat Quinn welcomed to Illinois the Governor of the State of Mexico Eruviel Ávila for an official state visit that celebrates the 150-year friendship between Illinois and Mexico. Governor Ávila’s trip is a result of Governor Quinn’s trade mission to Mexico City which took place in April 2013. This week’s visit is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to strengthening relations between Illinois and Mexico.


February 10, 2014
‘Defense Area’ Redevelopment Brings Housing and Jobs to Madison County
Illinois Housing Development Authority provides crucial funding to build Emerald Ridge and create 80 local jobs
EAST ALTON – In one year, a new development of 46 new rental single-family homes for working families will open on the former site of a World War II-era development known as the “Defense Area” properties of East Alton.


February 10, 2014
Get Your Insurance Coverage in Order for 2014
Department of Insurance says the New Year is a good time to review coverage
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron suggests starting off the new year by reviewing your insurance coverage. The department shares some tips to help consumers review.


February 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Encourages Illinois Residents to Consider Rescuing a Pet
Governor and Comptroller Topinka Hope to Make 2014 the Year of Animal Rescue; First Dog of Illinois Rescued from PAWS
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today was joined by Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka at Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS) Chicago to encourage all Illinois residents to consider adopting a pet this year. Today’s event is a part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to protect pets and their owners, while ensuring that all animals in Illinois are treated ethically and responsibly.


February 8, 2014
Governor Quinn Opens Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Over Mississippi River
Monumental Bridge Will Improve Safety and Reduce Traffic Congestion
EAST ST. LOUIS – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and a number of local officials to open the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. The monumental $695 million bridge provides a better and safer way for millions of motorists to cross the Mississippi River between Illinois and Missouri. Today's event is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


February 7, 2014
Governor Quinn to Host Mexico State Governor Eruviel Ávila
Official Visit to Include Benito Juárez Tribute, World Premiere at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced he will host Mexico State Governor Eruviel Ávila for an official state visit from Feb. 9 to Feb. 12. Governor Ávila’s trip is a result of Governor Quinn’s trade mission to Mexico City which took place in April 2013. Next week’s visit will include several events, including a ribbon-cutting at Illinois’ new “Casa del Estado de Mexico” (a trade office representing the state of Mexico), a free concert from the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, a wreath-laying at the Benito Juárez statue on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and the world premiere performance of “Of Mutual Interest: Lincoln and Mexico” at the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. The visit is part of the Governor’s commitment to strengthening relations between Illinois and Mexico.


February 6, 2014
IEMA Appeals FEMA Denial of Tornado Assistance for Local Governments
Appeal Includes $21.4 Million in Disaster-Related Expenses
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today appealed FEMA’s denial of the state’s request for federal assistance that would help tornado-ravaged communities in nine counties recover from the Nov. 17 deadly tornado outbreak. The appeal includes more than $21.4 million in disaster-related expenses for local governments in Champaign, Douglas, Grundy, Massac, Tazewell, Vermilion, Washington, Wayne and Woodford.


February 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Salutes Illinois Olympians
Urges Illinois Residents to Enjoy Winter Activities
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today saluted the Illinois athletes and Chicago Blackhawks players who are competing in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, saying they personify the Olympic motto of “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (“Swifter, Higher, Stronger”) and Olympic ideal of “unity among diversity.” The Governor also unveiled a website to showcase our Olympic heroes and inform Illinois residents where they can partake in winter sports activities.


February 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces MATTER, a New Healthcare Technology Startup Hub
Innovative BioHub is Part of Governor's State of the State Commitment to Create Jobs, Drive Illinois’ Economy Forward
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by J.B. Pritzker and key civic and business leaders to announce MATTER - a new startup center for next-generation healthcare technology companies. A priority in the Governor’s 2014 State of the State address, the not-for-profit BioHub will drive entrepreneurship in the rapidly expanding medical and biotechnology fields. Supported by a $4 million state investment, MATTER is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


February 5, 2014
Illinois State Fire Marshal Warns Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Dangers
Carbon Monoxide is a Silent Killer; Poisoning Cases Increase during Winter Season
SPRINGFIELD – Due to extremely low temperatures and winter storms in the Midwest this winter, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is stepping up its efforts to raise awareness about fire safety as well as the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Fire Marshal is urging homeowners to be aware of the dangers that carbon monoxide poses.


February 5, 2014
Moraine Valley Community College Receives Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veteran Education
Chicago – With a tradition of proven support for veterans, military students and their families, Moraine Valley Community College was presented with the Fall 2013 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Veteran Education, at a ceremony Wednesday, February 5, at the main campus in Palos Hills.


February 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Safe Travel as New Snowstorm Approaches
Residents Should Use Extreme Caution While Traveling
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today urged people across Illinois to continue to take necessary precautions to stay safe and warm as the state continues to face a historic winter. As another major snowstorm approaches the area later today, strong measures are being taken by Illinois state agencies to continue keeping roads safe and clear. Today’s update is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to keeping all Illinois residents safe and warm this winter.


February 4, 2014
Fraud, Tax Evasion Nets 27 Months in Prison
CHICAGO - A Southern Illinois man was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison and ordered to repay the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) $44,670 for collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working and tax fraud. James L. Quirin, 59, of Sauget, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay the Internal Revenue Service $384,780, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District.


February 4, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Warns of Buffalo Fish Causing Illness
Rare disease suspected in two people
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is warning people who purchased buffalo fish from Fresh Farms International Market in Niles in Cook County after January 30, 2014, not to eat the fish. Health officials in Chicago and Cook County are reporting two people who consumed the fish have been seen at the hospital for suspected cases of Haff disease.


February 4, 2014
Winter Storm Nika Blasts Illinois Roadways, Creates Dangerous Driving Conditions
Officials Advise: Stay Home; If Travel Is Unavoidable, Take it Slow and Allow Extra Time
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that snow from Winter Storm Nika already is impacting roads and bridges from Central to Southern Illinois creating slick and dangerous travel conditions for motorists, with additional snow and drifting expected overnight across the state.


February 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Hof Haus Meat Products Company Expanding in Chicago
State Loan Helps Firm Add 25 New Jobs as Part of $9.6 Million Expansion
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined John Hofmeister & Son, Inc. to announce that the long-time, family-owned Chicago meat products company will undergo a $9.6 million expansion and create 25 new jobs. The project will be supported by a $2 million loan from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


February 3, 2014
IDOT Winter Crews Clean Up, Prepare for Heavy Snowfall on Illinois Roads
Snow Accumulation, High Winds, Freezing Rain Forecasted
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that winter weather crews are cleaning up from this weekend’s storm to prepare for the forecasted snowfall expected on Tuesday into Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service forecasted snow accumulations of five to nine inches throughout Illinois. Forecasters also warn of high winds up to 25 mph in some areas. The anticipated winter weather will create slick and dangerous travel conditions for motorists.


February 3, 2014
Man from Normal Sentenced to 8 ½ Years in Prison for Workers’ Compensation Fraud
Longest Sentence for Workers’ Compensation Fraud in Illinois Since Anti-Fraud Provisions First Enacted in 2005
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today announced a recent workers’ compensation fraud investigation has resulted in an eight and a half year sentence for a central Illinois man. Elbert Rayford, Jr., of Normal, was sentenced on January 24 to more than eight years in prison for attempting to obtain roughly $45,000 in workers’ compensation benefits through fraud. Rayford, a former employee of T.G. Gum Trucking in Farmer City, misrepresented his medical condition and exaggerated his symptoms to doctors and physical therapists in order to remain off work, collect temporary total disability (TTD) benefits, and receive medical care that was no longer necessary.


February 2, 2014
New Study Ranks Illinois 3rd Best in Business Growth
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced an independent study has identified Illinois as having one of the most thriving private sectors in the nation. The report provides further evidence that the state is recovering steadily from the worst economic hardship since the Great Depression.


February 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Assistance Workshops for Financial Aid Awareness Month
Reminds Students and Families to File Now for College Student Aid
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a series of free workshops statewide for parents and students in connection with Financial Aid Awareness Month during February. The workshops, conducted by experts from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), will help families navigate the college financial aid process and apply for assistance. In his 2014 State of the State Address, Governor Quinn called for increasing the amount of financial aid available to Illinois college students. Today’s announcement is part of the Governor’s agenda to prepare every child for success in college, career and beyond.

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