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2014


March 31, 2014
New Rule Restricts Transportation, Release and Harvest of Feral Swine
Rule will aid management of destructive animals
SPRINGFIELD, IL – A new administrative rule regulating the release, transportation, and harvest of feral swine (wild hogs) in Illinois is now in effect. Hunters should be aware they will only be allowed to harvest feral swine during Illinois’ firearm deer seasons. The new rule, approved by the Illinois General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) on March 19, is designed to help the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) better address the management of feral swine and deter those who would seek to establish and promote hunting of feral swine in Illinois.


March 31, 2014
IDOT Joins Other Motorcycle Safety Advocates to Encourage Riders to “Gear Up - Ride Smart”
Riders Advised to Use Proper Safety Gear, Get Bikes Checked and Not Ride After Drinking
SPRINGFIELD - In an effort to reduce motorcycle fatalities and injuries, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association (IMDA) joined forces to kick off the 2014 riding season’s “Gear Up-Ride Smart” motorcycle safety campaign. As the riding season gets under way, IDOT and IMDA are urging cyclists to have their bikes safety-checked to make sure they are in proper running condition, check their high-visibility (Hi Viz) clothing and take advantage of the free motorcycle training classes throughout the state.


March 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Illinois Residents to Seize Historic Opportunity for Health Coverage
Encourages Uninsured People Across Illinois to Attend a “Last Chance” Enrollment Assistance Event
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today attended one of Get Covered Illinois’ (GCI) “Last Chance” enrollment events to urge everyone still waiting on the sidelines to take action to obtain affordable health coverage. With just three days left for uninsured residents to enroll in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), GCI is hosting a series of late-night “Last Chance” enrollment events to provide in-person assistance. For the next three nights, GCI will also be extending call center hours until midnight.


March 29, 2014
Illinois EPA Honors Young Environmentalists in 27th Annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest Ceremony
Students recognized for creativity on the importance of environmental justice
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett today honored a group of distinguished fifth and sixth grade students selected for their creative skills used to express environmental awareness, as part of the Agency’s 27th Annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest. The writers and artists selected from throughout Illinois were recognized at a reception in the Old State Capitol building in downtown Springfield.


March 28, 2014
Director Miller Welcomes Newest Illinois Conservation Police Class
Fourteen new Illinois Conservation Police Officers recognized during graduation ceremony
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller today welcomed the newest members of the Illinois Conservation Police at a graduation ceremony in their honor at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The 14 recruits completed 24 weeks of intense general law enforcement training and specific conservation police training totaling nearly 1,000 hours to prepare them for their new jobs.


March 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Celebrates Life of César Chávez as Biographical Film Opens
New Movie Highlights Chávez’s Fight for Fair Wages
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today honored the life of César Chávez as millions of moviegoers across the nation prepare see the film biography of the legendary activist. The Governor also proclaimed March 31 as César Chávez day in Illinois, and encouraged people across the state to take time to learn about the life of the historic leader and the causes he championed.


March 27, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces U.S. Treasury Support of New Community Stabilization Effort
Up to $30 Million in Federal Resources to Eliminate Blighted Properties, Provide Fiscal Boost to Neighborhoods
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the U.S. Department of the Treasury will support the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) efforts to leverage up to $30 million of its federal Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) resources to eliminate blight in communities throughout the state. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to stabilize neighborhoods and return vacant properties to productive use to advance the economy.


March 27, 2014
Illinois Communities to Observe National Alcohol Awareness Month
Nearly 50 town hall meetings scheduled statewide to discuss risks of underage drinking
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – In honor of National Alcohol Awareness Month, 47 community organizations across Illinois are hosting town hall meetings in April and May to discuss underage drinking. The town hall meetings, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), will bring together community leaders and residents to discuss the problem of underage drinking in their community and work together to find solutions.


March 27, 2014
IDNR Biologists Offer Fish Restocking Advice to Pond Owners
Many Ponds and Small Lakes Experience Winter Fish Kills
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Fisheries is receiving reports of fish kills on lakes and ponds around the state. Dead fish have become apparent as ice cover thaws. IDNR biologists emphasize that occasional fish kills are natural and occur when light cannot penetrate ice, slowing the growth of algae and plants that produce oxygen. It is often difficult to determine the full extent of a winter fish kill since not all fish killed may be visible. As a result, many pond owners are seeking additional information on the cause, and advice on restocking after a winter fish kill.


March 27, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Issues Consumer Warning
Illegally manufactured Mexican-style cheese causing foodborne illness
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is warning people about the dangers of consuming illegally manufactured cheeses. Health officials are reporting around 100 cases of salmonellosis in 13 counties believed to be linked to consumption of an illegally manufactured Mexican-style cheese. A sample of the cheese obtained from the home of a person who became ill tested positive for Salmonella. IDPH is working with local health departments to identify the manufacturer of the contaminated cheese.


March 27, 2014
Governor Quinn Encourages “Lights Out” During 2014 Earth Hour on March 29
Orders State Facilities to Keep Lights Off Across State
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today urged Illinois residents and businesses to participate in Earth Hour 2014 by turning off their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 29. He also ordered “lights out” from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. that day at many state facilities, including the James R. Thompson Center, Michael A. Bilandic Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds and other state facilities in Springfield, Peoria, Rockford, Champaign, Carbondale and Marion.


March 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Delivers Fiscal Year 2015 Budget and Five-Year Blueprint to Secure Illinois’ Financial Future
Proposes Significant Property Tax Relief for Homeowners and Highest Investment in Education in Illinois History
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Quinn today proposed his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, “Securing Illinois’ Financial Future.” The Governor’s address detailed an honest and responsible budget for the next fiscal year along with a five-year blueprint that will secure the state’s finances for the long-term, provide significant tax relief to homeowners and working families and invest like never before in education and early childhood.


March 25, 2014
Illinois’ First Comprehensive Study of Youth Who Have Sexually Offended Finds They Are Highly Amenable to Treatment and Unlikely to Reoffend
Recommendations: Illinois should implement evidence-informed policies for professionals who work with victims and youth offenders; provide individualized, community-based, family-focused treatments and services; and repeal counter-productive sex offender registration requirements and categorical restrictions for young people.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission on Tuesday released the results of the state’s first comprehensive study of laws, policies and best practices for working with youth who have sexually offended. Based on those findings, the Commission made a series of recommendations to increase public safety, improve outcomes for young offenders, hold youth accountable in a manner that supports victims and families, and allocate scarce public resources effectively.


March 25, 2014
Minority Health and Health Care Reform Eliminating Disparities
2014 Minority Health Conference goes mobile
SPRINGFIELD – Building on the momentum of national health care reform, the 2014 Illinois Minority Health Conference, hosted by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Center for Minority Health Services and the Illinois Public Health Association, offers sessions focused on the Affordable Care Act and health workforce development.


March 24, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Monday, March 24, 2014.
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, Monday, March 24, 2014.


March 24, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Monday, March 24, 2014.
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, Monday, March 24, 2014.


March 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Veterans Affairs Director Selected White House Champion of Change
Army Veteran Erica Borggren One of 10 Honored Nationwide
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) Director Erica Borggren has been named a Woman Veteran Champion of Change by the White House. Director Borggren’s recognition was for her leadership at IDVA in creating the Illinois Joining Forces public-private network to assist Illinois servicemembers, veterans and their families.


March 24, 2014
Champaign and Vermilion County Schools Tops in Youth Archery Tournament
IDNR Hosts Tournament That Draws Hundreds of Young Archers to Springfield
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources hosted the National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament March 22 in Springfield. More than 870 young men and women competed in the day-long event held at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Schools from Champaign and Vermilion Counties took top honors in the team competition.


March 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Joins Consuls General to Celebrate Benito Juárez’s 208th Birthday
James R. Thompson Center Exhibit Honors “The Father of the Americas”
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn was joined by several Consuls General and leaders of Illinois’ Mexican-American community today to celebrate the 208th anniversary of Benito Juárez’s birth. The Governor also proclaimed today as “Benito Juárez Day” across Illinois, calling him one of “humanity’s giants.”


March 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $1.4 Billion Illinois Tollway 2014 Capital Construction Program
Largest Year of Construction Investment in Agency History Will Rebuild 160 Lane Miles, Repair 70 Bridges and Improve 20 Interchanges
SCHAUMBURG – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the Illinois Tollway will invest $1.4 billion in transportation improvements in 2014 – the largest one-year infrastructure investment in the agency’s history. The investments will rebuild 160 lane miles of roads, repair 70 bridges and build or improve 20 interchanges while supporting up to 15,000 jobs. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


March 21, 2014
Renewal of Chicago Fire and Chicago PD means jobs for Illinoisans, film office says
NBC decision follows industry’s 2013 record spending in state
CHICAGO—The Illinois Film Office said today that NBC’s decision to renew the TV programs Chicago Fire and Chicago PD for another season will provide an important boost to the state’s economy. Both of the hit shows are filmed in Chicago.


March 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Hillary Rodham Clinton Will Receive State’s Highest Award
Clinton to Join Seven to Receive the Order of Lincoln on May 3 in Chicago
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will join seven distinguished Illinoisans to receive The Order of Lincoln, the State's highest honor for professional achievement and public service.


March 20, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Saturday, March 22, 2014.
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, Saturday, March 22, 2014.


March 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Visits Gap to Salute the Increase in their Minimum Wage
Continues Fight to Increase Illinois’ Minimum Wage from $8.25 to at Least $10
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited Gap to salute their move to raise the company's minimum wage as he fights to raise the minimum wage in Illinois. Earlier this year, Gap Inc. announced it would raise its minimum wage to $10 for all U.S. employees in 2015, a move that impacts 65,000 American workers, including 4,000 in Illinois. Governor Quinn first proposed raising the minimum wage in his 2013 State of the State address and today’s event with Gap is part of his commitment to build an economy that works for everyone.


March 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims National Service Week March 23 – 29
Encourages Residents to Volunteer in their Communities and Take Part in April 1, 2014 Day of Recognition
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed March 23 – 29 National Service Week in Illinois and encouraged people across Illinois to find ways to give back to their communities. Governor Quinn also reminded residents to take part in recognizing national service programs in their communities during the Mayors Day of Recognition of National Service on Tuesday, April 1. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to encourage volunteerism in Illinois.


March 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of Vernita Gray
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the passing of longtime equality advocate Vernita Gray:


March 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Salutes Downtown Chicago Development and Workers Making it Happen
Related Midwest’s $180 Million Investment in Long-Vacant Building Has Created More Than 1,000 Construction Jobs
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today saluted the developers and workers on the 111 W. Wacker project in downtown Chicago. The $180 million project by Related Midwest has employed more than 1,000 skilled construction workers and is transforming a long-vacant and partially-completed building into a new residential tower. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


March 18, 2014
IDNR Awards Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants to Schools
Privately Funded Program to Assist Nearly 8,000 Students in Learning about Illinois’ Natural Heritage
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller today announced the awarding of more than $96,000 in Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants. The 103 grants to schools in 41 counties, made possible through private donations, will assist more than 7,700 students to visit Illinois state parks, museums and other natural resources sites to learn about nature and conservation.


March 18, 2014
Pre-Register for March 26 Veteran Hiring Event to Maximize Job Opportunities
IDVA, IDES and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Partner to Put Veterans to Work; More than 150 On-the-Spot Job Offers Last Year
CHICAGO – The Hiring Our Heroes - Chicago event, one of the largest efforts to help Veterans and their family members find employment, returns to Chicago on Wednesday, March 26. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) are primary hosts. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of Illinois Chicago Forum at 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago.


March 18, 2014
New Illinois State Freight Advisory Council Appointed
Expert Panel Will Advise IDOT, State Agencies on Freight Issues, Policies
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today announced that 41 members with extensive experience and expertise in the multimodal movement of freight have been chosen to serve on the new Illinois State Freight Advisory Council. The council, representing both the private and public sectors across the various modes of transportation, will advise IDOT on the best policies and practices for improving freight transportation statewide, helping to maintain the state’s position as the freight hub of the nation.


March 18, 2014
IEMA Offers Safety Tips during National Flood Safety Awareness Week March 16-22
On flooded roads, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” can save lives
SPRINGFIELD – With the spring 2013 floods still fresh in the minds of many Illinois residents, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today joined the National Weather Service (NWS) and other emergency management organizations across the country to observe National Flood Safety Awareness Week March 16-22. Throughout the week, IEMA will encourage Illinois residents to learn more about flooding and to take steps to be better prepared.


March 17, 2014
Fourteen Organizations to Receive More Than $241,000 in Grants
Thanks to Veterans Cash Lottery Ticket Sales
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) today announced a total of $241,582 in grants from Veterans’ Cash scratch-off lottery ticket sales to help fourteen non-profits and local governmental entities deliver specialized programs and services to the Illinois veteran community.


March 17, 2014
Cook County Woman Honored as Illinois Veteran of the Month
Chicago -- The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) recognized Akeela White – a U.S. Army veteran, distinguished veteran leader, and the Assistant General Counsel in the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Legal Department for JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A – as the Illinois Veteran of the Month for March 2014 at a ceremony at in Chicago today.


March 17, 2014
A Sure Sign Spring Is On The Way- IDNR Prepares For Prescribed Burns
Fire management keeps natural areas healthy and safe
SPRINGFIELD - For the next several weeks, crews from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be conducting prescribed burns statewide. Spring burn season typically starts as soon as the weather is suitable and continues through mid-April. Most Illinois habitats are adapted to periodic fires, and a prescribed fire is one of the most cost-effective tools available to stimulate growth of native vegetation and control invasive plant species.


March 15, 2014
Statement by Governor Pat Quinn on St. Patrick’s Day
CHICAGO - Governor Quinn today released the following statement as people across Illinois celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day:


March 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Reappoints Doug Scott as Illinois Commerce Commission Chair
Scott has Helped Illinois Become First in Nation in Renewable Energy, Saved Consumers Hundreds of Millions
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that he has named Doug Scott to a second term as chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). First appointed in 2011, Scott has helped Illinois to become first in the nation in renewable energy and saved consumers hundreds of millions of dollars. Today’s announcement is a part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to protect consumers and ensure a clean and healthy environment for generations to come.


March 14, 2014
March 27 event in Chicago will help women entrepreneurs create jobs
CHICAGO— The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced that women entrepreneurs who want to expand their businesses and create jobs should attend an upcoming conference that will feature informative programs and opportunities for networking. The second annual Women Business Owners Symposium (WBOS) will be held March 27 at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road. The event is free and organized by DCEO with support from Nicor Gas, Macy’s, Verizon, and Score Chicago.


March 13, 2014
Actor Martin Sheen Joins Governor Quinn’s Fight to Raise the Minimum Wage
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by actor Martin Sheen to continue his ongoing fight to raise Illinois’ minimum wage from $8.25 to at least $10. Last year the Governor proposed raising the minimum wage in his 2013 State of the State address and today’s visit to Chicago’s historic St. Pius V Church is part of his agenda to build an economy that works for everyone.


March 13, 2014
Don’t Wait To File Your Taxes
$524 million in refunds already paid
CHICAGO – With spring around the corner, the Illinois Department of Revenue wants to remind taxpayers to file their taxes as soon as they can. More than 2.3 million taxpayers have already filed their individual income taxes and more than half of those taxpayers are getting refunds.


March 13, 2014
Liquor Control Commission February Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In February the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 211 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 49 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Seventy-seven percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


March 12, 2014
Illinois State High School Archery Tournament Set for March 22
Top finishers Among 873 Young Archers Will Advance to National Tournament
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will host the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Illinois State Tournament Saturday, March 22 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Participation continues to grow as 873 archers from 32 schools have qualified to compete. The 2013 State Tournament drew about 700 archers. 400 students competed in 2012. Top finishers qualify for the NASP National Tournament to be held May 9-10 in Louisville, Kentucky.


March 12, 2014
IDOT, Illinois State Police and Local Law Enforcement Across the State Remind Celebrators to Designate a Sober Driver this St. Patrick’s Day
Stepped Up Enforcement Designed to Get Drunk Drivers Off the Road
CHICAGO – As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police and nearly 200 local law enforcement agencies urge motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel after drinking. Now through the March 17th holiday, state and local law enforcement officers across Illinois will have an increased presence to crack down on drunk drivers as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.


March 11, 2014
Incoming Storm Expected to Bring Heavy Snow and Possible Blizzard Conditions to Illinois Roadways
Motorists Advised to Use Extreme Caution and Prepare for Possible Hazardous Driving Conditions
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced Tuesday that snowfall expected in the Northern part of the state later tonight and into Wednesday morning could impact travel routes. The forecasted weather system is expected to bring several inches of heavy snow, gusting winds and the potential of blizzard conditions. Blowing and drifting snow associated with the storm could lead to treacherous weather and driving conditions in areas throughout the state. Roads and bridges could be snow and ice covered, creating slick and dangerous travel conditions for Illinois motorists.


March 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Coordinated State Measures Being Taken as Winter Storm Approaches
Heavy Snow Anticipated Across Parts of Illinois; Motorists Encouraged to Use Extreme Caution
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced coordinated measures being taken by Illinois state agencies to prepare for heavy snowfall this evening that can create 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.


March 10, 2014
Registration opens Monday for the 2014 Conservation Congress
Sessions to be held April 11-12 at IDNR Headquarters in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today that registration for Conservation Congress 2014 is now open. The theme of this year’s gathering is: Charting a Course to Protect and Preserve Our Natural Resources. Sessions will be held April 11-12 at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources headquarters in Springfield.


March 7, 2014
The Office Of The State Fire Marshal Reminds Residents To Change Their Smoke Alarm Batteries As Clocks Are Set Forward This Sunday
Sunday, March 9th: Change your Clock, Change your Batteries
SPRINGFIELD – As a biannual initiative to keep Illinois families safe, The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) reminds the public to change their smoke alarm batteries as clocks are set forward one hour this Sunday, March 9th, 2014. Smoke alarm batteries should be changed twice a year in an effort to prevent injuries and deaths in case of a fire emergency.


March 7, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois is First in the Nation in Renewable Energy Use
New Report says 91 Illinois Communities Have Achieved 100 Percent Renewable Electricity
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that a new report has found Illinois leads the nation in the number of communities using renewable electricity. The report shows 91 Illinois communities have achieved 100 percent renewable electricity, far more than any other state. 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.


March 6, 2014
State Presents Governor’s 2014 Downstate Occupational Safety and Health Award Posthumously to Former IDOT Safety Training Manager
Russ W. Ridder’s Accomplishments in Workplace Safety Honored and Remembered at 23rd annual “DIOSH” Day
SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Joseph Costigan presented a Governor’s Award for Excellence Occupational Health and Safety Award posthumously to Russ W. Ridder, former IDOT Safety Training Manager who passed away in 2011 and was recently nominated for the award. The Governor’s Award recognizes the contributions and efforts of individuals who have made a significant impact on occupational safety and health in downstate Illinois. Dir. Costigan presented the award to Ridder’s widow, Nanci, at the 23rd Annual Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety & Health (DIOSH) Day event on Wednesday, March 5.


March 6, 2014
State Regulators Honor National Consumer Protection Week
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is working with the Federal Trade Commission and state and local governments across the country to help struggling families cope with financial challenges. Its three divisions: Banking; Financial Institutions; and Professional Regulation work directly with Illinois families that borrow money, own homes, have accounts at Illinois depository institutions or hire the more than one million licensed professionals in the state. Our mission is to help prevent fraud and unprofessional behavior by regulating thousands of businesses and by providing assistance to Illinois residents who have had unsatisfactory experiences with professional licensees.


March 6, 2014
Illinois Arts Council Agency Announces Poetry Out Loud State Final
16 Regional Winners Advance from 6,800 Participants in 62 Illinois High Schools Statewide
ILLINOIS -- The Illinois Arts Council Agency is pleased to announce Illinois’ 2013-2014 Poetry Out Loud State Final, featuring recitations by sixteen regional contest winners. The event will take place on Friday, March 14, 2014, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Springfield’s Hoogland Center for the Arts. Attendance is free, open to the public, and accessible.


March 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces More Affordable Opportunities for Buyers of Vacant Homes
Assistance Available to 240 Qualified Low- to Moderate-Income Buyers of Vacant Homes in Targeted Communities
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced an innovative state program to help provide affordable homeownership opportunities for people and communities in need. The Illinois Homebuyer Rehabilitation Assistance Program will allow hard-working families buying vacant homes to apply for grants up to $25,000 to help encourage the reuse of vacant single-family properties. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to strengthen and stabilize Illinois communities by making homeownership more affordable.


March 5, 2014
Gov. Quinn Announces $45 Million State Relief Package for Communities Devastated by November Tornadoes
Governor Secures State Resources After Denial of FEMA Funding Appeal; Aid Will Help Local Governments Recover
SPRINGFIELD – Following federal denial of urgently-needed disaster assistance, Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $45 million state relief package to help Illinois local governments recover from the deadly November tornadoes. This assistance was assembled at the Governor's direction following the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denial of the state's appeal for federal disaster assistance for local governments.


March 4, 2014
Illinois iBid Website to Auction Heavy Construction Equipment
CMS is Offering More than 550 Pieces of Equipment for Bids on 3/17
SPRINGFIELD – The Department of Central Management Services (CMS) announced today that it will be holding its largest web-based auction of surplus heavy equipment ever through the state’s online “iBid” website. The state’s equivalent of “eBay,” “iBid” (http://ibid.illinois.gov) has sold more than $10 million dollars worth of surplus property and equipment since 2003. The site has sold everything from agricultural equipment to motor vehicles, but has never featured The Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) heavy equipment sale before.


March 4, 2014
IEMA Encourages Public Schools, Colleges to Submit School Security Grant Application by March 14
Total of $25 million in grants to be awarded for security enhancements
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today encouraged public elementary and secondary school districts, community colleges and state universities to submit their applications for a portion of $25 million in grants to be awarded under the Illinois School Security Grant Program. The deadline for submitting applications is March 14.


March 4, 2014
Illinois Conservation Police Cite Businesses Selling Shark Fin Products
Enforcement of state law helps protect shark populations throughout the world
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police have issued 20 citations to four businesses in northern Illinois for selling shark fin products. The citations were issued on February 28, 2014 as part of a continuing effort to enforce a state law banning the sale, trade or distribution of shark fins in Illinois.


March 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on State’s Immediate Recognition of Marriage Equality
Attorney General Provides Guidance that Any Prohibition on Marriage Equality is Unconstitutional
SPRINGFIELD – Attorney General Lisa Madigan today provided guidance to every county clerk in Illinois that marriage equality should be the law of Illinois effective immediately.


March 4, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on FEMA’s Denial of Assistance for Tornado-Ravaged Illinois Communities
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement following the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) denial of the state's appeal for federal disaster assistance for local governments that were impacted by the Nov. 17, 2013 tornado outbreak:


March 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Ranks #3 in Nation for Business Development
Illinois Rises from Last Year’s Ranking; Governor Highlights Growth at Small Businesses Like Punchkick
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois has moved up to third in the nation—and the Chicago area is now the number one metro market in the country for new and expanded corporate facilities. Illinois moved up two spots from last year’s fifth place ranking and the Chicago region went from second place last year to first place this year, according to the annual analysis by Site Selection magazine, one of the nation’s premier corporate real estate and economic development publications. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to economic development and job creation in Illinois.


March 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Casimir Pulaski, Polish-Born Revolutionary War Hero
“Father of the American Cavalry” Fought and Died for Freedom
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today honored Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski on the annual holiday held in his memory. With Pulaski’s struggle for freedom and Illinois’ Eastern European community in mind, Governor Quinn also urged peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

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