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May
2014


May 31, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Passage of $1.1 Billion Road and Bridge Construction Bill
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 3794, legislation that will authorize an additional $1.1 billion in road and bridge improvement projects throughout the state. The bill previously passed the Illinois House, and now heads to the Governor’s desk:


May 31, 2014
Statement from Governor Quinn on End of 2014 Legislative Session
Accomplishes Important Bills to Help Working Families; More Work to Do on Budget
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the end of the 2014 legislative session:


May 31, 2014
The Illinois Office Of The State Fire Marshal Highlights Safety Awareness And Preparation During National Safety Month
June is National Safety Month – “Safety: It Takes All of Us”
SPRINGFIELD – The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM), in conjunction with the National Safety Council (NSC) is highlighting fire safety education as part of the annual observance of National Safety Month. This year’s campaign theme is “Safety: It Takes All of Us” and is aimed at encouraging the public to practice safe behavior to prevent personal injuries and deaths.


May 30, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Friday, May 30, 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, Friday, May 30, 2014.


May 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Passage of Grant Accountability Legislation
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois House passage of House Bill 2747. The bill, which the Governor has been working since February to enact, creates the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act to strengthen and streamline requirements for all state grants across all state agencies:


May 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Fiscal Year 2015 Budget
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the fiscal year 2015 budget:


May 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Passage of House Bill 105
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the Illinois General Assembly’s passage of House Bill 105, legislation that will increase access to voting in Illinois. The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk for his signature:


May 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Millionaire Tax for Education
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 3816:


May 29, 2014
Laotian-born, Navy Veteran from Elgin Honored as Illinois Veteran of the Month
Chicago - In a simple and moving ceremony at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, Mr. Chindavanh Keomuongchanh was honored by Erica Borggren, Director, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) as the Veteran of the Month for May 2014 at the Elgin Veterans Memorial Park.


May 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Passage of Anti-Bullying Bill
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 5707, a bill that sets a comprehensive anti-bullying standard for Illinois school districts. The measure had previously passed the Illinois House, and now heads to the Governor’s desk:


May 29, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Bipartisan House Passage of Highway Construction Bill
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois House passage of House Bill 3794, legislation that would authorize $1.1 billion in transportation infrastructure projects throughout the state. It will now be considered by the Illinois Senate:


May 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Wrigley Company Expanding in Illinois
Company Will Create 75 Jobs Producing World-Famous Skittles Candy in Yorkville
YORKVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company will strengthen its presence in its home state by adding production of Skittles, one of the world’s most popular candy brands, to its Yorkville facility. The expansion, assisted by the state of Illinois, will help Wrigley create 75 permanent manufacturing jobs and support hundreds of construction jobs. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


May 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Passing of World-Renowned Poet and Author Maya Angelou
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the passing of world-renowned poet, author and performer Maya Angelou:


May 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Passage of Minimum Wage Referendum Bill
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 3814, legislation that would place a question on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot asking voters if the state’s minimum wage should be raised to $10 per hour by Jan. 1, 2015. The bill previously passed the Illinois House, and now heads to the Governor’s desk:


May 28, 2014
Department on Aging Launches A Newly Designed, User Friendly Website
Information about state programs and protections to seniors available at http://www.illinois.gov/aging
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., today announced the launch of the agency’s redesigned website. The updated website provides a simplified and more accessible experience for users. The newly designed website is available at www.illinois.gov/aging.


May 27, 2014
IDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway Spring Cleanup Collects 800 Bags of Trash From State Highways
Event Draws More Than 400 Volunteers Following Long, Harsh Winter
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider announced today that 422 volunteers collected and removed almost 800 bags of trash from state highway roadsides as part of the inaugural Adopt-A-Highway spring cleanup April 18-27.


May 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Memorial Day
CHICAGO – In honor of Memorial Day, Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement, recognizing all servicemembers across our state and country:


May 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Military Families with Welcome Home Heroes Program
Visits Cities Across Illinois to Promote Program and Continues Push to Protect Critical Veterans Services from Budget Cuts
WINNEBAGO – As part of his agenda to support our veterans in honor of Memorial Day, Governor Pat Quinn today will visit cities across Illinois to discuss his Welcome Home Heroes program. As part of this program, veterans and their families can take advantage of the $10,000 in cash down-payment assistance that is available. Visiting Rockford, Chicago, Rock Island and Decatur, the Governor is continuing his push for a responsible budget that adequately funds critical veterans services.


May 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Fights for Responsible Budget that Properly Funds Schools
Visits Schools in Rantoul and DeKalb and Fights Against Classroom Cuts
CHICAGO – With one week to go left in the spring legislative session, Governor Pat Quinn today continued to push for a responsible budget that properly funds schools and avoids devastating cuts to the classroom. If the Illinois General Assembly fails to pass a budget that provides adequate revenue for schools, education at all levels could face $1.1 billion in cuts – including elementary, secondary and higher education – which would result in up to 15,000 teachers being laid off across the state. The Governor will discuss the importance of properly funding education today at a high school academy in Rantoul and later at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, while urging lawmakers to pass a balanced budget that avoids cuts to schools.


May 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Fallen Servicemembers During Memorial Day Weekend
“Portrait of a Soldier” Memorial Exhibit on Display at Illinois Tollway Oases through Independence Day
SCHILLER PARK – Governor Pat Quinn today commemorated Memorial Day by unveiling the “Portrait of a Soldier” memorial exhibit at the O’Hare Oasis and announced the summer exhibit schedule at Tollway Oases in northern Illinois. The exhibit features a series of hand-drawn portraits of nearly all of the more than 300 Illinois men and women who have died while serving our country since Sept. 11, 2001.


May 23, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on President Obama’s Cabinet Appointments
CHICAGO- Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s recent appointments to head the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


May 23, 2014
The Office Of The State Fire Marshal Urges Campers To Practice Fire Safety
Following Safety Tips Can Prevent Outdoor Cooking Fires and Serious Accidents
SPRINGFIELD – With the season for outdoor cooking and camping trips now here, the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is encouraging campers to consider fire safety as a priority to ensure a safe and fun experience.


May 22, 2014
Governor Quinn, Secretary White and State Superintendent Koch Encourage Students to Use Free Reading Tool During Summer Break
‘Find a Book’ Search Tool Aims to Fight Summer Learning Loss
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn, Secretary of State Jesse White and State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch today encouraged all students across Illinois to access free online tools designed to promote reading, maintain math skills and inspire learning outside the classroom. The state leaders agree that summer vacation should not signal a break from learning for Illinois’ two million students.


May 21, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Noon on Monday, May 26, 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 to Noon on Monday, May 26, 2014.


May 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Illinois Senate Passage of AED Training Legislation
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of a bill that will require automated external defibrillator (AED) training for students in all Illinois high schools. The measure, House Bill 3724, has already passed the Illinois House and now heads to the Governor’s desk.


May 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Passage of Legislation to Protect Pregnant Women
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 8, an important bill strongly supported by the Governor to provide job protections for pregnant women. This legislation will protect moms-to-be in the workplace.


May 20, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on House Passage of Minimum Wage Referendum
Advisory Referendum Asks Voters if They Support Raising Illinois’ Minimum Wage
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding Illinois House passage of House Bill 3814 – an advisory referendum to ask voters if they support increasing the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour. The bill is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan and now goes to the Illinois Senate. Governor Quinn is committed to raising the minimum wage in 2014.


May 20, 2014
IDOT, ISP, Local Law Enforcement Encourage All Motorists to “Click It or Ticket” to Help Avoid Fatal Vehicle Crashes
Memorial Day Enforcement Effort to Crack Down on Unbuckled and Drunk Drivers
CHICAGO – With the arrival of Memorial Day and the start of the summer travel season, at several events throughout the state, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today highlighted data showing the ages of individuals who have died unbelted in motor vehicle crashes in recent years. This data was stressed as a reminder to people of all ages as the Illinois State Police and over 500 local law enforcement agencies step up seat belt enforcement efforts heading into Memorial Day weekend as part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.


May 20, 2014
Illinois Honors Achievements in Hiring and Promotion of People with Disabilities
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The state of Illinois today honored the achievements of those who have done an outstanding job of providing equal opportunity and access to people with disabilities, including the Illinois Tollway and a number of other state agencies that have participated in the Successful Disability Opportunities program. The awards were presented by Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) Director Rocco J. Claps and Illinois Department of Human Services Secretary (IDHS) Michelle R.B. Saddler at a ceremony of the state’s Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED).


May 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Cloverleaf Cold Storage Company Opening New Facility in Monmouth
Company Will Create 155 Jobs and Invest $30 Million in Local Economy
MONMOUTH – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Cloverleaf Cold Storage Company will open a $30 million refrigerated warehouse and distribution center that will create 155 local full-time jobs. The facility will serve the Smithfield Farmland Corporation, which has an adjacent site in Monmouth. Today’s announcement follows recent news that Illinois’ unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2008 and is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to keep the progress going by creating jobs and driving Illinois’ economy forward.


May 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Visits Innovative Manufacturer as Illinois Comeback Continues
State Unemployment Rate Reaches Lowest Level Since 2008
CICERO – As Illinois’ unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in more than five years, Governor Pat Quinn today visited an innovative and growing local manufacturer, United Gasket Corporation, to discuss the state’s ongoing economic recovery from the worst recession since the Great Depression. Illinois’ unemployment rate has dropped to 7.9 percent – its lowest level in more than five years and lower than when the Governor took office. Today’s event is part of the Governor’s commitment to driving Illinois’ economy forward.


May 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Participates in President’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness
Joined by Other State and Federal Officials in Des Moines to Discuss Better Preparation and Response to Weather-Related Disasters
DES MOINES – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by local, state and federal officials for the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, part of President Barack Obama's federal efforts to address disasters caused by climate change. This is the third of four meetings the group will hold before recommending ways the nation can be better prepared to meet weather-related events. Today’s meeting is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


May 13, 2014
IDES Website Becomes Mobile Friendly
Upgrades Help Workers Apply for Jobs; 4.4 Million Unique Visitors in Past Year
CHICAGO – People using mobile devices can better interact and communicate with the Illinois Department of Employment Security following website improvements launched this week, the Department said today.


May 13, 2014
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Reassures Illinoisans of Vigilance for MERS-CoV
No spread of MERS-CoV from first U.S. case, but second U.S. case identified
CHICAGO – Although there is no transmission of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) related to the first U.S. case who traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana on April 24, 2014, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director LaMar Hasbrouck is reassuring Illinois residents that IDPH, local health departments and health care providers remain vigilant for any new cases of MERS-CoV.


May 13, 2014
IDOT Employee Honored by the White House as a Transportation Champion of Change
Prestigious Award Recognizes Commitment to Community
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today proudly announced that Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) employee Wanda Vazquez has been selected by the White House as a Transportation Champion of Change. The prestigious award honors Americans who are making positive changes in their communities.


May 13, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise to Sunset on Thursday, May 15, 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 to Sunset on Thursday, May 15, 2014.


May 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $14.5 Million for Community Health Centers Throughout Illinois
Funds Will Help Meet Healthcare Demand in Underserved Communities
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced $14.5 million available to build and renovate community health centers throughout Illinois. The funds, included in Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, will allow the state to reduce healthcare spending and save taxpayers money. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda ensure all people have access to quality healthcare and improve the health and well-being of people throughout Illinois.


May 12, 2014
Public-private partnership to train women, minorities for technology jobs
CHICAGO—State officials today announced the start of a program to train women and minorities for jobs in high-demand technology fields. Called Creating IL Talent, the program will offer hands-on training in web and mobile app development and will make its graduates ready for immediate employment.


May 12, 2014
May is Asthma Awareness Month
Know Your Triggers and Develop an Action Plan for Effective Management
CHICAGO – Nearly 26 million Americans suffer from asthma, a chronic lifelong disease that affects the lungs. Asthma causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning. In the United States, approximately half of people with asthma had at least one asthma attack in 2012. More children (55%) than adults (49%) had an attack. Asthma attacks cause adults to miss work and children to miss school.


May 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Start of Planning for Illinois Bicentennial Celebration
200th Birthday Observance Will be a Year-Long Celebration of State’s Past With an Eye Toward the Future
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today officially started the planning for Illinois’ 200th birthday in 2018, a year-long celebration that will engage residents and communities throughout the state and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. The Governor signed an Executive Order to create the 2018 Illinois Bicentennial Commission, a grass-roots organization that will plan a celebration that is meaningful to every resident and spur history-based tourism.


May 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Hosts “On the Table” Discussion on Volunteerism and Service
Part of Chicago Community Trust 99th Anniversary
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today hosted volunteer and community leaders from across the Chicago area for a discussion focused on the future of volunteerism and service in civic life. The roundtable discussion, hosted by the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, is part of the Chicago Community Trust's 99th anniversary "On the Table: Service Edition" celebration. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to fostering volunteer service in Illinois.


May 12, 2014
Governor Quinn Meets With President of Ireland Michael Higgins
Welcomes Irish Leader and First Lady to Discuss Strong Ties Between Ireland and Illinois
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today welcomed President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and First Lady Mrs. Sabina Higgins to Illinois. The leaders met to discuss the strong historic and cultural ties between the nations, and about how to further relations between Illinois and Ireland.


May 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Senate to Pass Bill to Protect Pregnant Women
Celebrates Mother’s Day by Walking to Fight Breast Cancer
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today celebrated Mother’s Day by urging the Illinois Senate to pass House Bill 8, which provides job protections for pregnant women. The Governor called for passage of this important legislation to protect moms-to-be while walking alongside thousands of participants in the Susan G. Komen Mother’s Day Race for the Cure in Grant Park to show his support for mothers and grandmothers across Illinois. The walk is dedicated to raising awareness and supporting the fight against breast cancer.


May 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Boko Haram Kidnappings
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from their dormitories in northern Nigeria, which has prompted international calls for freedom and led to the hashtag #BringOurGirlsBack:


May 9, 2014
Illinois Law Enforcement Out in Force to Remind Motorists to “Click It or Ticket”
High Number of Unbuckled Motor Vehicle Fatalities Occur at Night
CHICAGO– The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police and over 500 local law enforcement agencies today announced plans to crack down on seat belt law and impaired driving violators. To kick off the busy summer travel season, a two-week, law enforcement mobilization will begin May 9th and run through Memorial Day, May 26th. During this time, police will enforce seat belt, impaired driving and other traffic laws 24/7, with a large number of patrols occurring during late-night hours when the most unbuckled fatalities occur on Illinois roads.


May 9, 2014
Governor Quinn Congratulates 2014 Golden Apple Award Winners
Recognizes Teacher Appreciation Week, Thanks Teachers Across Illinois for Making a Difference
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today congratulated this year’s 2014 Golden Apple Award winners for their excellence in teaching and thanked them for making a difference in the future of Illinois’ students. The award, which is one of the education community’s most prestigious, was presented this week to ten outstanding teachers for excellence during National Teacher Appreciation Week.


May 8, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on House Passage of Illinois Clean Water Initiative Expansion
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding Illinois House passage of a bill to expand the Illinois Clean Water Initiative to include stormwater and green infrastructure projects, a key part of the Governor’s agenda. Governor Quinn called for this measure in his 2014 State of the State address as part of his agenda to create more jobs and build an economy that works for everyone. Senate Bill 2780 has previously passed the Illinois Senate and now heads to the Governor’s desk.


May 8, 2014
May is Older Americans Month in Illinois
Observance highlights state’s leadership in providing quality programs that offer independence and protections to seniors
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed May as Older Americans Month in Illinois and joins the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) to honor more than two million adults, aged 60 years or older, who live in the state. (A copy of the full proclamation follows this release). Each May, a campaign theme is chosen to recognize older adults for the contributions they make. This year's theme Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow focuses on injury prevention that emphasizes helping older adults stay active, which is timely as we are witnessing an increase in the number of adults reaching retirement age who are remaining strong and active for longer than ever before.


May 7, 2014
Governor Quinn Addresses Annual Meeting of Illinois Business Leaders
Discusses Agenda to Support Business Development and Expansion
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today addressed the Illinois Retail Merchants and Illinois Manufacturers Association’s annual Business Day meeting and discussed his strong record of support for businesses in Illinois. Governor Quinn’s initiatives have made Illinois a better place to do business and proposals he unveiled in his State of the State and Budget Addresses will continue to strengthen Illinois’ economic comeback.


May 7, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement Urging Passage of Job Protections for Pregnant Women
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement urging the Illinois Senate to pass House Bill 8, which provides job protections for working pregnant women. The bill has passed the Illinois House and recently passed out of the Illinois Senate’s Executive Committee.


May 7, 2014
Illinois EPA Hosts Inaugural Water Loss Accounting Meeting, Celebrates Drinking Water Week in Illinois
Recognizes the 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act
SPRINGFIELD —Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett today convened the first Water Loss Accounting Steering Committee meeting at Agency headquarters. The meeting coincides with Drinking Water Week, a national observance that highlights the value of water to each of us in our everyday lives. The week May 4-10 has also been proclaimed by Governor Pat Quinn as Drinking Water Week in Illinois.


May 7, 2014
IDOT, Law Enforcement and Safety Advocates Remind Motorists to Start Seeing Motorcycles
Governor Quinn Proclaims May Motorcycle Awareness Month; Seeks to Lower Fatalities on Illinois Roadways
SPRINGFIELD – For the 31th year, May has been proclaimed Motorcycle Awareness Month in Illinois as part of a statewide campaign to reduce motorcycle crash fatalities and injuries. Governor Pat Quinn, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police, Gold Wing Road Riders Association and A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education (ABATE) joined in support of the campaigns to urge Illinois motorists to “Start Seeing Motorcycles” and “Look Twice- Save a Life.”


May 7, 2014
IEMA Releases Disaster Preparedness Radio Spots Featuring Alan Kalter
‘Late Show with David Letterman’ announcer is ‘voice of reason’ as he encourages people to prepare for disasters
SPRINGFIELD – A voice familiar to many late-night TV fans is now promoting disaster preparedness to radio listeners across Illinois. Alan Kalter, widely known as the “announcer” and for his comedic sketches on “Late Show with David Letterman,” recently recorded two radio spots for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s (IEMA) statewide preparedness campaign.


May 6, 2014
Governor Quinn, IDNR Tout International Migratory Bird Day, Illinois Spring Bird Count on Saturday, May 10
Governor says “When birds flourish, people flourish”
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller invite every Illinoisan to get outside and celebrate the 21st annual International Migratory Bird Day culminating with a statewide “Spring Bird Count” on Saturday, May 10.


May 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Honors Illinois Firefighters During Annual State Capitol Ceremony
Governor Honors Two Fallen Firefighters and 44 Others for Life-Saving Acts of Bravery
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis and firefighters from across the state to honor Illinois’ fallen firefighters and those who performed life-saving acts of bravery this year. The recognitions were part of the 21st Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighter Medal of Honor Awards Ceremony at the Illinois State Capitol. The ceremony paid tribute to two firefighters who died in the line of duty and recognized 44 firefighters or departments for acts of bravery within their communities.


May 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ First Pay for Success Project
Innovative Project Will Increase Support for At-Risk Youth Through Performance-Based Contracts Backed by Private Investment
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the state’s first Pay for Success (PFS) contract will increase support for at-risk youth who are involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Illinois. Also known as Social Impact Bonds, the first contract awarded under this innovative initiative will go to One Hope United, in partnership with the Conscience Community Network (CCN). Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure that all Illinois youth have the opportunity to follow their dreams and reach their full potential.


May 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Urges Senate to Pass Legislation to Reform Grant Procedures and Strengthen Oversight
Working to Enact Grant Reform for All State Agencies
CHICAGO – As legislators head back to Springfield, Governor Pat Quinn urged members of the Illinois Senate to pass House Bill 3820. The bill, which the Governor has been working to enact since February, would create the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act to strengthen and streamline requirements for all state grants across all state agencies.


May 3, 2014
Governor Quinn to Present Hillary Rodham Clinton with Illinois’ Highest Award
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today will present Hillary Rodham Clinton with the Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest honor. He released the following statement:


May 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Presents “Coach K” With State’s Highest Award
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today presented Chicago native and Duke University men's basketball coach Michael Krzyzewski - Coach K - with the Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest honor.


May 2, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $25 Million in Grants to Enhance Security at Schools, College Campuses
Grants will fund more than 1,300 projects at 448 schools, campuses
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced grant awards totaling $25 million to enhance security at 448 public elementary and secondary school districts, community colleges and state universities in Illinois. The grants will support 1,312 projects, including reinforced doors, shatter-resistant glass, physical locks and other security measures that will enhance safety for students, staff and visitors.


May 1, 2014
$26.3 Million Recovered from Unemployment Fraud Brings Program’s Three-Year Total to $120 Million
Integrity Effort Protects Workers and Employers
CHICAGO – Illinois so far this year confiscated $26.3 million in federal tax refunds from individuals who knowingly collected unemployment insurance while working, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today. The three-year-old program has recovered $120.57 million through tax garnishments and convincing individuals to enter into repayment plans to pay off their debt.


May 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims May “Invasive Species Awareness Month”
Illinois Residents Urged to Help Combat Invasive Species
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has issued a proclamation declaring May to be “Invasive Species Awareness Month.” The proclamation will promote awareness of the damage caused by invasive species and encourage Illinois residents to become more involved in combating invasive species and preventing new ones from being introduced.


May 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Yom HaShoah
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust during today’s “Yom HaShoah” – Holocaust Remembrance Day – in the Old State Capitol in Springfield. The Governor proclaimed April 27 – May 4 as Days of Remembrance throughout Illinois.


May 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Legislation to End “Puppy Mill” Sales at Pet Shops
House Bill 4056 Would Make Illinois First State in the Nation to Require Pet Shops Only Sell Dogs and Cats Acquired from an Animal Shelter or Animal Control Facility
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced his support for legislation to end “puppy mill” sales at pet stores in Illinois. The legislation, sponsored by State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) and State Representative Dan Burke (D-Chicago), would prohibit Illinois pet shops from selling dogs and cats they have acquired from commercial “breeders” – often large facilities that mass-produce animals for sale. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve animal welfare in Illinois and protect pets and their owners.

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