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April
2014


April 30, 2014
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs FY 2015 Budget
Chicago – As the Illinois General Assembly remains in session in Springfield until May 31, the Illinois Department of Veterans seeks to highlight the impact of pending FY2015 budget decisions.


April 30, 2014
Illinois Conservation Police arrest three in Carlyle Lake Duck Poaching Case
More than 30 ducks taken out of season March 6
VANDALIA – Illinois Conservation Police (CPO’s) have arrested three men in connection with a March duck poaching incident at Carlyle Lake Wildlife Management Area near Vandalia.


April 30, 2014
IEMA Conducts Tornado Drill as Part of ‘America’s PrepareAthon!’
National Day of Action Encourages People to Take Steps for Preparedness
SPRINGFIELD – More than 100 employees of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today practiced the tornado plan for their office building as part of the first-ever nationwide America’s PrepareAthon!


April 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Leads Push to Double MAP Scholarships for Students in Need
Organizes Students and Educators from Across Illinois for Rally to Support Plan to Double Monetary Award Program (MAP) Scholarships for Deserving Students in Financial Need
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by hundreds of students and educators from across the state at the “MAP Matters Day Rally,” an event organized to raise awareness for the Governor’s plan to double funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) over the next five years. From Rockford College to Southern Illinois University–Carbondale, college students from far and wide traveled to gather in the Capitol’s rotunda to voice their support for MAP scholarships and the importance of this program. In the first year alone, Governor Quinn’s plan to double MAP funding will provide 21,000 more students with an opportunity to attend college that would not otherwise be available. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality education and opportunity.


April 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Third Consecutive Year of Record-Breaking Statewide Tourism Numbers
U.S. Visitors to Illinois Rose 4.5 Percent to 103 Million in 2013
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois welcomed more than 103.5 million U.S. residents to the state in 2013, the largest number of domestic visitors to Illinois ever and the third consecutive year of record-breaking numbers. The 2013 total was up 4.5 percent from the prior year, and one of the strongest growth sectors in 2013 was leisure travel, up 5.7 percent from 2012.


April 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Names Bobbie Gregg Director of DCFS
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today appointed Bobbie M. Gregg to continue to lead the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Gregg, who has been interim director of the state child welfare agency since February, will now become Acting Director. A social worker with a law degree from Northwestern University and a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University, Gregg brings more than three decades of administrative and legal experience to the post.


April 29, 2014
Conservation Congress 2014: The Results Are In
Constituents communicate top priorities in conservation to IDNR
SPRINGFIELD – Acquiring new wildlife habitat, strengthening conservation laws and expanding the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ constituencies through outreach emerged as the top priorities during Conservation Congress 2014. Priorities identified reflected the theme of the meeting: Charting a Course to Protect and Preserve Our Natural Resources. The event was held April 11-12 at Illinois Department of Natural Resources Headquarters in Springfield.


April 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Illinois Residents for Exemplary Community Service
Volunteer Service Awards Highlight Volunteers From Across Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service today announced the winners of the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The prestigious award recognizes volunteers and volunteer programs that have made a difference in Illinois, and highlights the importance of community service. Today’s announcement is a part of the Governor’s agenda to promote volunteerism and an ethic of service throughout Illinois.


April 28, 2014
Illinois EPA Kicks-off Air Quality Awareness Week with Illinois Air Quality Flag Program and Clean Air Activities
Color-Coded Flags to Alert Residents to Daily Air Quality Forecast
SPRINGFIELD — In celebration of Earth Month and Air Quality Awareness Week, Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett and Illinois Partners for Clean Air have joined together to promote Air Quality Awareness Week in Illinois. The week April 28 – May 2 has been proclaimed by Governor Pat Quinn and designated by U.S. EPA to help educate the public about air quality and encourage citizens to regularly check their local air quality forecast.


April 26, 2014
Illinois EPA and Boy Scouts of America Team-Up for Annual 20-Mile Lincoln Trail Hike
Lincoln Pilgrimage honors Abraham Lincoln’s 20-mile trek; Scouts pick-up litter along the scenic trail
SPRINGFIELD—Over 700 area Boy Scouts are spending the day taking part in the annual Lincoln Trail Hike, so named because hikers retrace the steps of a young Abraham Lincoln as he journeyed from New Salem to Springfield to borrow books. The Lincoln Trail Hike is part of the weekend activities of the 69th Annual Lincoln Pilgrimage, which is hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Council Boy Scouts of America. This is the 20th year the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has teamed with the Council for the event.


April 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Welcomes Great Lakes Governors and Canadian Premiers to Chicago
Two-Day Summit to Focus on Great Lakes Protection, Regional Economic Growth
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today welcomed Governors and representatives from the eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces to Chicago for the Council of Great Lakes Governors 2014 executive meeting. The two-day summit is focused on protection of the Great Lakes and finding innovative ways to grow the economy throughout the Great Lakes region.


April 25, 2014
The Office Of The State Fire Marshal Encourages Residents To Follow Safe Cooking Practices
Cooking Fires Rank Second as Cause of Home Fires
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is taking the lead in educating Illinois residents to practice safe cooking habits to prevent home fire tragedies. Unattended cooking continues to be a top cause of home fires and injuries since 1990. Since 2011, cooking fires have ranked second as the cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.


April 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on New Proposal to Enact Term Limits for Constitutional Officers
MARION – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on a new proposal – sponsored by Leader Durkin and Leader Radogno – to enact term limits for constitutional officers in Illinois:


April 24, 2014
State Insurance Regulators Urge Property Owners to Review/Add Coverage to Protect from Floods & Water Damage
Most homeowners’ policies do not cover flood damage
CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today urged people to prepare and protect their homes from possible flooding. As Illinois communities welcome springtime weather after the significant snowfall during this winter season, potentially heavy rains could result in another rough year for flood-prone areas throughout the state. Spring is a visible reminder of the potential for floods with torrential rain and damaging winds. In 2013 flooding in 49 Illinois counties broke all-time records. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States and one of the most expensive.


April 24, 2014
Cases of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HIV on the Rise Nationally
Residents Are Encouraged to Get Tested for STDs
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging residents who are sexually active to talk with a health care professional about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and get tested. In the United States 20 million new STDs, including 50,000 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections occur each year. Almost half of those cases are among young people age 15 to 24 years.


April 24, 2014
Statement from Governor Quinn on the Passing of Dr. Jerry Umanos
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement on the death of Dr. Jerry Umanos. Dr. Umanos was a Chicago pediatrician who moved his practice to Afghanistan and was among three Americans killed Thursday at a Kabul hospital by an Afghan guard.


April 23, 2014
Douglas County students win statewide contest
Governor proclaims April 23 "YOUR ACTIONS MATTER!" DAY as statewide underage drinking prevention efforts are kicked off in eastern Illinois
VILLA GROVE – The State of Illinois announced today at Villa Grove High School that students from the eastern Illinois school won the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s (ILCC) statewide video public service announcement (PSA) contest. The announcement ceremony at the Douglas County school also served as the statewide kickoff for this spring’s YOUR ACTIONS MATTER! underage drinking awareness campaign.


April 23, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims “Wrigley Field Day”
Home of the Chicago Cubs Turns 100 Years Old Today
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed “Wrigley Field Day” to mark the 100th anniversary of the iconic Chicago ballpark. The first ballgame was played at Wrigley Field on April 23, 1914, exactly 100 years ago today.


April 23, 2014
Statewide Conference Addresses Suicide Prevention Among Youth and Young Adults
CHICAGO – Federal, state and local health care professionals, along with community organizers, educators and others will gather in Springfield on Friday, April 25 to attend the Illinois Youth Suicide Prevention Project’s (IYSPP) 2014 Statewide Suicide Prevention Conference. Participants will learn about the latest in research on youth suicide prevention to gain a better understanding of prevention, intervention and aftercare strategies. The conference will be held from 8 am to 4:15 pm at the University of Illinois Springfield.


April 22, 2014
Governor Quinn Promotes Welcome Home Illinois Program at Annual Affordable Housing Conference
Addresses Industry Leaders on State’s Improving Housing Market and New Program for First-Time Homebuyers
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today addressed the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing where he discussed the state’s commitment to affordable homeownership and his new Welcome Home Illinois loan program for first-time homebuyers. The mortgage assistance package has seen significant interest since its launch in March – so far 384 Illinois residents have reserved $46 million in total financing. The conference is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward by improving access to affordable housing.


April 22, 2014
Illinois EPA Recognized for 40 Year of Graduate Public Service Internship Partnership with University of Illinois at Springfield
Agency Internship Programs Help Students Gain Real-World Knowledge of Environmental Protection and Regulations
SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois EPA and Director Lisa Bonnett received recognition for the Agency’s continued participation in the Graduate Public Service Internship (GPSI) Program with the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) – formerly Sangamon State University (SSU). As part of the Illinois EPA’s Earth Day celebration, the Agency is highlighting three internship programs the Agency participates in each year, the GPSI, the Governor’s Environmental Corp, and the Pollution Prevention & Energy Efficiency Internship Programs.


April 22, 2014
Redeploy Illinois Program Diverts Thousands of Youth From Prison System, Saves State $60 Million
New analysis of prison diversion initiative shows 54 percent reduction in juvenile incarceration
CHICAGO – The state of Illinois has diverted thousands of youth from prison and onto the right path, while saving $60 million in incarceration costs, according to the 2012-2013 Redeploy Illinois annual report recently released by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).


April 22, 2014
IEMA Encourages Participation in ‘America’s PrepareAthon!’ on April 30
First National Day of Action Expected to Draw Millions of Participants
SPRINGFIELD – On April 30, millions of people are expected to take part in the first-ever America’s PrepareAthon!, a national day for preparedness actions sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies throughout the state are encouraging individuals, families, businesses, schools, community organizations and others to be part of the event by participating in a preparedness activity related to tornadoes or floods.


April 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims Tuesday, April 22, Earth Day in Illinois
Urges People Across the State to Go Green and Continue Environmental Consciousness
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed Tuesday, April 22 as “Earth Day” in Illinois and urged residents to get outdoors and involved in keeping Illinois at the forefront of conservation and sustainability. The Governor also discussed the work the state is doing to improve sustainability and protect our environment. Today’s proclamation is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


April 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Releases 2013 Tax Returns
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released his 2013 federal and state income tax returns.


April 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Green Initiative to Mark Earth Week
State employees encouraged to consider environment before printing
CHICAGO — In honor of Earth Week, Governor Pat Quinn and the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) today encouraged employees to participate in the State’s “No Print Week” program from Apr. 21-25, to help increase awareness about paper usage and reduce unnecessary paper consumption. After the success of 2013’s “No Print Day,” this year’s efforts will span all of Earth Week and will highlight tips on how to reduce both the State’s environmental impact and costs.


April 21, 2014
WIC Celebrates 40 Years of Strengthening Illinois Families
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the nation’s public health nutrition program. WIC provides families with the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthful choices, which they can carry with them for a lifetime.


April 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Easter
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on Easter weekend:


April 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Investments to Conserve Lake Michigan Shoreline
Visits Volunteer Beach Clean-up to Announce Investments That Will Support Environmental Education and Stewardship Projects
CHICAGO – In honor of Earth Month, Governor Pat Quinn today visited a volunteer clean-up of Chicago’s Oak Street Beach to announce a $1.6 million investment in environmental and education projects along the Lake Michigan shoreline and in the Millennium Reserve-Calumet region. The projects will be funded through the Illinois Coastal Management Program (ICMP), which was formed in 2012 by Governor Quinn to protect Illinois’ 63-mile Lake Michigan shoreline. 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.


April 18, 2014
Illinois Schools Win No Child Left Behind Waiver
Federal Government Approves Flexibility Needed for Successful Implementation of State Strategies to Improve Student Learning
CHICAGO – After pushing for more than two years, Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that Illinois has won approval from the United States Department of Education for its request for flexibility from parts of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law to improve the quality of education for Illinois’ schoolchildren. The approved waiver gives Illinois needed flexibility to continue its progress in implementing a comprehensive strategy to improve education in Illinois by closing achievement gaps, supporting our most challenged districts and preparing all students for college, career and beyond.


April 18, 2014
Adopt-A-Highway Spring Cleanup Begins Today
Annual Event Honors Earth Day, Tackles Roadside Litter After Harsh Winter
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider announced today that the Illinois Department of Transportation will conduct its annual Adopt-A-Highway spring cleanup along state highways starting today through April 27. The secretary is encouraging all Adopt-A-Highway partners to come together, clean up their designated sections of roadways throughout the state and tally the bags of trash they collect in support of Earth Day activities throughout the month of April.


April 18, 2014
Proposed Rules for Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act Filed
SPRINGFIELD – The state of Illinois today announced that the proposed rules for implementation of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act have been published in the Illinois Register. The new draft rules include changes from the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA), the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR), and will be available for an additional 45 days of public comment until the General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) begins its review. The draft proposed rules have already been posted and available for comment on the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program website at www.mcpp.illinois.gov for more than 70 days. Over the past several months, the state has heard from people with chronic illnesses, business entrepreneurs, medical cannabis advocates, municipalities and others commenting on the draft proposed rules.


April 18, 2014
Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today granted 43 and denied 65 clemency petitions. After inheriting more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration, the Governor continues to make significant progress acting on clemencies.


April 17, 2014
Illinois filmmakers invited to enter state’s Shortcuts competition
7th year for Illinois Film Office contest honoring local talent
CHICAGO – The 7th annual Shortcuts contest kicks off today. Illinois filmmakers are invited to enter the statewide short film competition sponsored by the Illinois Film Office (IFO) and designed to showcase local production talent. Contest entrants must be Illinois residents over the age of 18 or students over the age of 18 who attend Illinois colleges and universities. The winning entry will receive a cash prize and will be screened during the 50th Chicago International Film Festival this October.


April 17, 2014
Liquor Control Commission March Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In March the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 378 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 41 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. Eight-nine percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


April 17, 2014
State-wide Veterans Service Offices Will Be Closed for Annual Training
CHICAGO – All of the State’s Veterans Service Offices will be closed for annual training and certification from Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25, 2014 as all of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veteran Service Officers will be attending mandatory annual training and certification in at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, 3000 S. Dirksen Drive, Springfield, IL.


April 17, 2014
Injured Worker Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud
Defendant Lied Under Oath to IWCC Arbitrator in an Attempt to Obtain Benefits
CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today announced a workers’ compensation fraud investigation has led to another indictment. Jeffrey Fessler, of St. Charles, was arraigned today on felony charges for perjury and workers’ compensation fraud, in connection with false statements he made under oath during a hearing before an arbitrator from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC).


April 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Releases First-Ever Illinois Bike Transportation Plan
Plan Formally Makes Bicycles Part of Illinois’ Long-Range Transportation Vision
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced the release of the Illinois Bike Transportation Plan – the first statewide bicycle plan in Illinois’ history. The bike plan provides the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) with policies, best practices and strategic direction for implementing a sustainable, multi-modal transportation system across Illinois. The plan is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


April 16, 2014
IEMA, American Lung Association Announce Winners in Student Video, Poster Contests
Winning entries unveiled during IEMA’s 11th Annual Radon Networking Day
SPRINGFIELD – Participants at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s (IEMA) Radon Networking Day today got the first peek at the top posters and videos created by Illinois students for the state’s annual radon contests. More than 40 professionals from county health departments, non-profit groups and other health organizations are participating in the one-day radon workshop in Springfield.


April 16, 2014
Governor Quinn to Address Small Business Advocacy Council Annual Meeting
Will Discuss His Proposals to Drive Small Business Development and Expansion
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today will address the annual meeting of the Small Business Advocacy Council and discuss his strong support for small business in Illinois. Governor Quinn’s initiatives have helped small businesses start and expand in Illinois, and proposals he unveiled in his recent State of the State and Budget Addresses will continue to improve the state’s small business environment. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward by supporting small business in Illinois.


April 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Jackie Robinson
Barrier-Breaking Baseball Player Was American Icon
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today honored Jackie Robinson and the remarkable impact the legendary baseball player and civil rights icon had on American culture. Today marks the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut at Ebbets Field, breaking the color barrier in the major leagues. The Governor today released the following statement:


April 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Homebuyers to Act Fast and Take Advantage of Welcome Home Illinois Program
Program Offers First-Time Homebuyers Down-Payment Assistance and a 3.75 Percent Interest Rate on a 30-Year Fixed Mortgage
CHICAGO – Two weeks after first launching the Welcome Home Illinois loan program, Governor Pat Quinn is traveling to cities across Illinois to raise awareness of the program, discuss its benefits and explain how people can participate. The Governor is visiting Chicago, Rockford, the Quad Cities and Peoria to discuss the impact first-time homebuyers have on the state’s economy and urge them to act fast while the program is available. The events are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive economic growth by making homeownership more affordable in Illinois.


April 14, 2014
Extending Federal Unemployment Would Help 64,000 Illinois Workers
86 Percent Still Without Work One Month Later; Veterans and Older Workers Hardest Hit
CHICAGO – When federal long-term unemployment benefits ended in December, 74,000 Illinois workers immediately lost their temporary help. One month later, 64,000 or 86 percent, still were without work, according to an Illinois Department of Employment Security analysis released today.


April 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Passover
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the beginning of Passover:


April 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $52.7 Million for Local Transportation Improvement Projects
Investment Will Fund 71 Community Projects Including Bike Paths and Walking Trails, Supporting More Than 400 Jobs
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $52.7 million investment in community transportation projects throughout Illinois. The investment will support more than 400 jobs through 71 projects, including bike paths, walking trails, historic preservation and streetscape beautification projects in communities across Illinois. The funding is through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) – a federally-funded, competitive program that encourages transportation-related projects.


April 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Visits Brookfield Zoo to Proclaim Autism Awareness Day
Event Makes Special Connections Between Children with Autism and Animals
BROOKFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today promoted autism awareness at Brookfield Zoo. He also declared Autism Awareness Day throughout Illinois. Today’s event is a part of the Governor’s agenda to ensure all people have the opportunity to follow their dreams and reach their full potential.


April 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Appoints Orion Samuelson to the Illinois Racing Board
National Radio Broadcasters Hall of Famer, National 4-H Trustee, and Civic Leader Appointed to Six-Year Term
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today appointed legendary broadcaster Orion Samuelson to the Illinois Racing Board. Samuelson was the host of the “U.S. Farm Report” for 30 years and is an expert in agribusiness. Today’s announcement continues the Governor’s commitment to making Illinois government more accountable, transparent and effective.


April 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Passage of Amendment to Prohibit Voter Discrimination
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the Illinois House and Senate’s passage of a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit voter discrimination in Illinois.


April 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Passage of Job Protection for Pregnant Women
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement about the Illinois House passage of House Bill 8, which provides job protection for working pregnant women:


April 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $223 Million to Restore Chicago to Rockford Amtrak Service
Route Through Elgin, Huntley and Belvidere Will Begin in 2015 and Create Hundreds of Jobs
ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $223 million state capital investment that will create hundreds of jobs and restart Amtrak service between Rockford and Chicago beginning in 2015. The return of passenger rail to Rockford for the first time since 1981 will begin with one round trip daily between Chicago’s Union Station and a temporary station located in Rockford. Service will be expanded the following year and will eventually continue west to Dubuque, Iowa. The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


April 9, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Thursday, April 10, 2014 until Sunset, Saturday, April 12, 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 from Sunrise, Thursday, April 10, 2014 until Sunset, Saturday, April 12, 2014.


April 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Unveils Six-Year, $8.6 Billion Transportation Construction Program
New Multi-Year Plan Will Improve 1,845 Miles of Highway, Replace or Rehabilitate 384 Bridges and Make Major Investments in Public Transit
SPRINGFIELD – Days after receiving positive feedback from bond rating agencies regarding his fiscal year 2015 budget plan, Governor Pat Quinn today unveiled a six-year, $8.6 billion construction program that will improve roads and bridges throughout Illinois while making major investments in public transportation. The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


April 8, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Recognizes National Youth Violence Prevention Week
Violence is preventable – Not inevitable
SPRINGFIELD – All this week, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck encourages parents, schools, communities, law enforcement and government leaders to recognize National Youth Violence Prevention Week by identifying ways to curb youth violence across Illinois. Youth violence is the second leading cause of death for youth 10 to 24 years of age, both nationally and in Illinois. Homicide among people aged 15–24 years accounts for more deaths than from cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, birth defects, influenza and pneumonia combined.


April 8, 2014
IDNR Announces New Management for Eagle Creek Golf Course
Course will be open to public on Friday, April 11th
FINDLAY, IL – Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller today approved a contract with Green Golf Partners to maintain and operate the Eagle Creek Golf Course, located on the shore of Lake Shelbyville in Findlay, Illinois. The agreement, which will keep the course open for public play, marks the first time operations of the Eagle Creek course will be led by an experienced golf course management firm.


April 8, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Fairer Wages for Women On Equal Pay Day in Illinois
Wage Gap Still Exists Between Women and Men in the Workplace
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined local elected officials to recognize Equal Pay Day and raise awareness of the disparity that remains between workplace earnings among women and men. This date, proclaimed by the Governor and designated by the Illinois General Assembly, marks how far into the current year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year. Today’s observance is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive economic growth and ensure that all Illinois workers are treated fairly.


April 7, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $100 Million for Local Transportation Improvements Across Illinois
Illinois Jobs Now! Investments Includes $60 Million to Address Chicago-Area Potholes and Other Critical Needs Following Historic Winter
CHICAGO – As the spring thaw begins, Governor Pat Quinn today announced $100 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program to repair municipal and township infrastructure throughout the state. The funding will help communities throughout Illinois combat potholes and make other critical infrastructure repairs following the historic winter weather Illinois faced. Today’s announcement is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


April 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $16.5 Million for Local Park and Open Space Projects
46 Local Park District Projects Will Expand Outdoor Recreation Opportunities and Promote Healthy Lifestyles
LA GRANGE PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $16.5 million in investments for 46 local park projects across Illinois. The investments will expand outdoor recreation opportunities in communities across Illinois, and are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure that no child is left inside.


April 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Tours Readiness Center at Heartland Community College
$19.7 Million National Guard Facility Houses 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and Will Invest $2.8 Million Annually in Community
NORMAL – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Brig. Gen. Daniel Krumrei, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, to tour the Readiness Center construction project on the campus of Heartland Community College in Normal. The $19.7 million Illinois Army National Guard facility included $8 million in construction funds from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program and is supporting 100 construction jobs. Once the project is complete later this year, 22 full-time and approximately 200 part-time servicemembers will work out of the Readiness Center.


April 4, 2014
Governor Quinn to Address Annual Tornado and Severe Weather Seminar
Will Join WGN’s Tom Skilling and National Weather Service Director to Discuss State Response to Recent Weather Emergencies
BATAVIA – Governor Pat Quinn will be joined by WGN’s Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling and National Weather Service Director Dr. Louis Uccellini at the Annual Fermilab/WGN Tornado and Severe Storms Seminar this weekend. While there, Governor Quinn will discuss the state’s response to the high number of severe storms that have impacted Illinois over the past several years.


April 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Bioscience Innovator LanzaTech to Establish Global Headquarters in Illinois
Company is Pioneering the Production of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals from Waste Gases
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today announced that LanzaTech, a company founded in New Zealand, will establish its global headquarters in Illinois. The move will generate 30 new Illinois jobs with employees transferred from New Zealand, and 35 additional employees will move from Roselle to the new site in Skokie during 2014. The new location also will serve as the company’s research and development center with a new investment of more than $17 million.


April 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Discusses Plan to Make College More Affordable and Accessible
Visits DePaul University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois to Discuss Plan to Double the Monetary Award Program Over Five Years
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited three major Illinois universities to discuss his plan to double the state’s investment in the Monetary Award Program (MAP) over the next five years. In the first year alone, Governor Quinn’s plan will provide 21,000 more students with an opportunity to attend college that would not otherwise be available. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality education and opportunity.


April 3, 2014
IDNR Initiates Further Reforms to Advance Regulatory Transparency
Efforts will increase public participation; strengthen internal controls within the agency
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller today announced significant reforms to further improve transparency and strengthen regulations in the agency’s Office of Mines and Minerals. These reforms continue the effort to rebuild and renew IDNR that the administration of Gov. Pat Quinn began with the appointment of Director Miller in 2009.


April 2, 2014
Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett today, as part of the Agency’s Earth Month activities, announced household hazardous waste collections have been scheduled in eight communities for spring 2014. Through household hazardous waste collections, citizens are given the opportunity to safely dispose of unused or leftover household products commonly found in homes, basements and garages. 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.


April 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Major Home Loan Program for First-Time Buyers in Illinois
‘Welcome Home Illinois’ Loan Program Offers $7,500 in Down-Payment Assistance with Below-Market Interest Rate to Make Homeownership a Reality
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced his new Welcome Home Illinois loan program to help make homeownership a reality for Illinois’ first-time home buyers. The program provides $7,500 in down-payment assistance with an interest rate as low as 3.99 percent for a secure, 30-year fixed rate mortgage. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive economic growth by making homeownership more affordable in Illinois.


April 1, 2014
State’s Top Doc Announces Illinois Public Health Datapalooza Challenge Winners
Open health data fuels new app and map creations
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck recently announced the winners of the Illinois Public Health Datapalooza App Challenge. The challenge was designed to highlight the availability and benefit of having open (readily accessible) health data from government agencies. Teams built apps or maps that provided the best use of health data in solving a problem faced by health care communities in Illinois. The challenge was announced at the first statewide Illinois Public Health Datapalooza held in November 2013, an event that brought together experts from technology and health care sectors to show how health data can be put to work in Illinois and other states.


April 1, 2014
Illinois Attorney General and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Announce Coal Mine Permitting Process Reforms
Reforms to improve transparency of regulation stem from Banner Mine case settlement
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Marc Miller today announced major reforms to improve transparency and strengthen regulations in the department’s Office of Mines and Minerals.


April 1, 2014
IEMA Highlights Preparedness for the Whole Community in April
Encourages families, businesses, schools and other organizations to develop emergency plans that address all needs
SPRINGFIELD – In the past 12 months, Illinois residents have endured flooding, tornadoes, snow storms, a Polar Vortex and other public safety emergencies. While these and other disasters can’t be prevented, their impact can be reduced when people, businesses, schools and others in a community are properly prepared.

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