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June
2014


June 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Cuts State Budget
Uses Veto Authority to Reduce Budget by $250 Million; Orders Sale of Nearly Half of State's Airplanes
CHICAGO – Governor Quinn today cut Illinois’ Fiscal Year 2015 state budget, zeroing out $250 million for renovations of the state Capitol. In addition, as part of his ongoing budget review, the Governor directed state agencies to identify additional efficiencies, including selling nearly half of the state’s aircraft.


June 30, 2014
The Illinois Office Of The State Fire Marshal Reminds Residents To Leave Fireworks To The Professionals
Fourth of July Celebrations - In U.S., Firework Incidents Leave Thousands Injured
SPRINGFIELD – As communities across Illinois are preparing for Fourth of July holiday celebrations, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is reminding residents that the best way to have a safe holiday weekend is to let trained professionals handle fireworks. The public is urged to attend public firework displays and avoid using consumer fireworks.


June 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Harris v. Quinn Decision
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the case of Harris v. Quinn:


June 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Hobby Lobby Decision
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.:


June 30, 2014
Governor Quinn Names Erica Borggren Acting Transportation Secretary
Borggren Has Served as Veterans Affairs Director Since 2011; Rodrigo Garcia to Lead IDVA
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today appointed Erica Borggren as Acting Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). An Illinois native and Army veteran, Borggren has served as Director of the Illinois Department of Illinois Veterans Affairs (IDVA) since 2011.


June 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law Promoting the Purchase of Solar-Produced Electricity in Illinois
Legislation Will Help Lead Illinois on Path towards Sustainability
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to promote the purchase of solar-produced electricity in Illinois. The law requires that a special existing fund be used to purchase solar power and emphasizes the development of distributed solar generation, such as the installation of solar panels on residential rooftops. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to protect the state’s natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


June 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation That Will Allow Quad Cities – Washington DC Air Service Take Flight
Legislation Will Clear Way for Direct Flights to Nation’s Capital
MOLINE – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that clears the way for daily flights from the Quad Cities to Washington, DC. Today's action will enhance transportation and economic development opportunities in the Quad Cities area and is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward.


June 28, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Help Military Families Enroll Children in Illinois Schools
Streamlines Transfer Process and Eliminates School Roadblocks for Children with One or More Parents Serving in the Armed Forces
MASCOUTAH – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to make it easier for military families to enroll their children in Illinois schools. The law eliminates many of the educational roadblocks these families face when their military assignments take them from one state to another. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to honor and support Illinois’ military veterans and their families.


June 27, 2014
Governor Quinn, Senator Durbin, Union Pacific Announce $90 Million Investment in West Line, Celebrate End of $82 Million CREATE Project
Improvements to Create Jobs, Make Rail Movements More Efficient
BELLWOOD – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Union Pacific Railroad President and COO Lance Fritz to announce that the Union Pacific (UP) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are making a significant investment in Metra’s West Line. Each will invest $45 million for the construction of a new third main line track on the UP/Metra’s West Line, from River Forest to Melrose Park and then from West Chicago to Geneva. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.


June 27, 2014
Governor Pat Quinn Statement on the Beginning of Ramadan
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the beginning of Ramadan, which begins at sunset June 28th:


June 26, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Anti-Bullying Legislation
New Law Cracks Down on Bullying, Helps Protect All Illinois Students
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to crack down on bullying in Illinois. The bill will help protect Illinois students from bullying both inside and outside the classroom. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of students in every community across Illinois.


June 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Anniversary of Fair Labor Standards Act
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the landmark law on June 25, 1938, which banned oppressive child labor, set a maximum hourly workweek and established the nation’s first minimum wage at 25 cents an hour. If the minimum wage had kept pace with inflation, it would be at $10.75 today.


June 25, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Law to Improve Access to Mental Health Care
Illinois Becomes Third State in the Nation Allowing Clinical Psychologists to Write Prescriptions
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to improve access to mental health care by allowing certain clinical psychologists to write prescriptions for their patients. The new law requires clinical psychologists to meet high education and training standards before applying for a license to prescribe medicine. Illinois is now the third state, along with New Mexico and Louisiana, which allow patients to get necessary medication from a psychologist. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare and improve the health and well-being of the people of Illinois.


June 24, 2014
Governor Quinn Cuts Employee Parking Spots by 30 Percent
Ends Free Parking for Many State Officials to Save Taxpayers $100,000
CHICAGO – As part of his ongoing budget review, Governor Pat Quinn today directed state agencies to cut 80 paid parking spaces for state employees in downtown garages – more than 30 percent of the total spots reserved. The move will save taxpayers more than $100,000 annually and follows yesterday’s announcement that the state will save taxpayers an additional $55 million this year in reduced lease costs for state buildings. The cuts are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make state government efficient and accountable to taxpayers.


June 24, 2014
Navy Veteran from Montgomery Honored as Illinois Veteran of the Month
Aurora, Illinois – On December 23, 1966, Herschel “Lucky” Luckinbill was just that, when shells from hostile North Vietnamese shore batteries ripped through the USS O’Brien, killing two sailors and wounding four others.


June 24, 2014
Use Resume Builder and Hear the Words “You’re Hired”
Helps Workers Uncomfortable with Computers, Internet
CHICAGO – A new tool on Illinois’ help wanted job board targets workers who previously did not need a resume to get hired and those who lack confidence with their computer and internet skills, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today.


June 23, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Successful Results of Inaugural Illinois Corporate-Startup Challenge
Pilot Program Has Resulted in 18 Startups Actively Pursuing Partnerships with Five Leading Illinois Corporations
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by CEOs from some of Illinois’ top companies and rising startups to announce the successful results of the inaugural “Corporate-Startup Challenge” program. The pilot program, conceived by the Illinois Innovation Council and managed by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC), has resulted in 18 startups actively pursuing partnerships with leading Illinois corporations. The partnerships vary by company, but include investments, contracts and mentorships. These partnerships with leading corporations are critical to the long-term success of the startups. The initiative is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive innovation and create jobs throughout Illinois.


June 23, 2014
Governor Quinn Cuts Property Leases to Achieve Additional $55 Million in Savings
Since Taking Office Governor Quinn Has Achieved $220 Million in State Savings by Eliminating More Than 2.5 Million Square Feet of Leased Space – Equivalent to Emptying Out Chicago’s Trump Tower
CHICAGO – As part of his ongoing budget review, Governor Quinn today announced that the state of Illinois had again cut property leases to save an additional $55 million by continuing to downsize the space it leases in the upcoming fiscal year. This brings the total savings accomplished since the Governor took office to $220 million in property leases through consolidation, elimination or negotiation – roughly the equivalent of space in Chicago's Trump Tower.


June 22, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Give Voters a Voice in Increasing the Minimum Wage
Referendum to Ask Voters if Minimum Hourly Rate Should Rise to $10 by 2015
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today gave voters the chance to make their voices heard on an important issue that would benefit hundreds of thousands of working people across Illinois. Governor Quinn today signed House Bill 3814, which places an advisory question on the November 4 ballot that asks if the state’s minimum wage for those over the age of 18 should be raised to $10 by January 1, 2015.


June 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Support Illinois’ Farmers’ Markets
New Law Will Increase Consumer Safety and Encourage Residents to Shop Locally by Standardizing Regulation of Farmers’ Markets
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that will create uniform, statewide standards to regulate farmers’ markets and help increase protections for consumers who shop locally. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protecting and improving the health of the people of Illinois.


June 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Expand Medical Services to Those in Need
Also Signs Bill to Increase Access to Flu Vaccines
PEORIA – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to expand medical access to those in need by expanding volunteer opportunities by medical professionals and allowing additional qualified medical professionals to administer flu vaccines. Today’s actions are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare.


June 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Assist With Local Fire Truck Purchases
New Law to Ensure Fire Departments Have Necessary Equipment to Keep Illinois Communities Safe
MOLINE – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help local governments purchase firefighting vehicles. The law increases the maximum amount municipalities may borrow at no or low interest from the state to make these purchases. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.


June 21, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Improve Safety in Schools Across Illinois
New Laws Will Help Keep Illinois’ Students Safe
ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today visited RESA Middle School in Rockford to sign three new pieces of legislation that help increase safety, ensure crisis planning and provide security improvements at all Illinois schools. Today’s actions are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to provide a safe learning environment for all Illinois students.


June 20, 2014
Honoring Illinois' Fallen
United States and Illinois flags at half-staff from Sunrise on Sunday, June 22, 2014 until Sunset on Tuesday, June 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 from Sunrise on Sunday, June 22, 2014 until Sunset on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.


June 19, 2014
Governor Pat Quinn Statement on the Passing of Lisa Radogno
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the passing of Lisa Marie Radogno, daughter of Illinois State Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno:


June 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $69 Million for DuPage County Clean Water Projects
Projects Will Create Hundreds of Jobs as Illinois Unemployment Rate Drops to its Lowest Point Since November 2008
BENSENVILLE – As Illinois’ unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point since November 2008, Governor Pat Quinn today announced a nearly $69 million investment to create hundreds of jobs improving water treatment facilities in DuPage County. The projects are funded by Governor Quinn’s $2 billion Illinois Clean Water Initiative (CWI) and are part of his agenda to drive Illinois’ economy forward and protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ infrastructure.


June 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation Strengthening Oversight of Used Tire Facilities
New Environmental Protections Signed on Anniversary of Hoopeston Fire
CHICAGO – On the anniversary of a devastating fire in Hoopeston, Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to strengthen oversight of used tire processing and storage facilities. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


June 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Welcome Home Illinois Setting All-Time Records
Mortgage Program Has Helped 2,800 First-Time Buyers Purchase Their Dream Home Since Launch in April
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that his Welcome Home Illinois program is setting all-time records in homeownership across the state. Since the program’s launch in April, 2,830 homebuyers in 85 counties have reserved more than $360 million in financing, creating an estimated 1,400 new jobs. The response is the greatest the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has seen in its 30-year history of providing mortgage financing. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive economic growth by making homeownership more affordable in Illinois.


June 18, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on the Observance of Juneteenth
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States:


June 17, 2014
Governor Quinn and 1871 Announce Major 25,000 Square Foot Expansion
Move Will Grow Chicago’s Digital Entrepreneurship Hub by 50 Percent This Summer
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman and members of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center board of directors to announce that 1871 will grow by 25,000 square feet this summer. The $2.5 million expansion will increase 1871’s size by 50 percent and is the latest major accomplishment for the innovative co-working space, which just had its second birthday.


June 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces eBay Inc. to Expand in Illinois
Online Marketplace Giant to Add 360 Jobs in Chicago
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that global online marketplace leader eBay Inc. is expanding in Illinois and will create 360 new jobs in downtown Chicago. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


June 16, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Reform Illinois’ Medicaid System
Landmark New Law Modernizes Outdated Medicaid System, Restores Dental and Podiatric Care to Patients, Supports Affordable Care Act
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to modernize and improve Illinois’ Medicaid system. The new law will benefit Illinois’ three million residents who currently receive Medicaid, as well as the state’s 200-plus hospitals and 1,200 nursing homes by restoring adult dental and podiatric care, providing increased protections and more. The legislation is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare and improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Illinois.


June 16, 2014
Nearly 200 Illinois Responders Participating in Multi-State Earthquake Exercise June 16-20
CAPSTONE-14 to test state, federal and private sector capabilities for responding to, recovering from a catastrophic earthquake
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois and several other Central U.S. states will join federal agencies, volunteer organizations and the private sector in a large-scale earthquake exercise June 16-20. The exercise will test state, regional and national response and recovery capabilities for a major earthquake in the New Madrid and Wabash Valley seismic zones.


June 16, 2014
IDOT Opens New DBE South Suburban Resource Center
Second in Chicago Area Provides One-Stop Shop for Interest in State Projects
CHICAGO - Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider joined state and local officials today for the grand opening of the new Illinois Department of Transportation South Suburban Resource Center in Park Forest. The center, located in the Ludeman Development Center, 114 N. Orchard Drive, will provide guidance and assist minority- and women-owned businesses interested in IDOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program.


June 16, 2014
Liquor Control Commission May Underage Compliance Report
SPRINGFIELD – In May the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 367 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 62 for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-three percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.


June 16, 2014
The Illinois Department of Public Health Adds a Test to Newborn Screening
All newborns in Illinois will now be tested for severe combined immunodeficiency
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today announced that IDPH is now testing all babies born in Illinois hospitals for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and other immunodeficiencies. SCID is an inherited disorder, which causes improper development of white blood cells that are the primary defense against viruses, bacteria and fungal infections. People with SCID are very susceptible to recurrent infections and may develop pneumonia, meningitis or other complications.


June 15, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Ban Police Ticket Quotas
Senate Bill 3411 Will Eliminate Ineffective System and Improve Safety
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to prohibit municipalities from requiring police officers to meet ticket quotas. The new law also prevents quotas from being used to evaluate an officer’s performance. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to maintain integrity in local government.


June 14, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces $20 Million Investment in Illinois’ Public Museums
Illinois Jobs Now! Funding Will Help 47 Museums Improve Their Facilities and Develop New Exhibits
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that 47 Illinois museums that attract 16.5 million visitors annually will receive $20 million in state capital investments to improve their facilities and develop new exhibits. The investments are through Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, and are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.


June 13, 2014
IDOT Offers First-Time Online Training for Emergency Responders in Illinois
Traffic Incident Management Training to Provide Life-Saving Information
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), in partnership with the Illinois Center for Transportation and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, announced today that the Traffic Incident Management Training Program will now be offered online for emergency responders, including transportation workers, police, fire and towing and recovery crews.


June 13, 2014
IDNR Launches “State Parks, Great Parks” Initiative
Agency reinvestment in state parks beginning to pay off; new website makes it easier to find sites and outdoor recreation throughout Illinois
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller today officially launched a new initiative aimed at using dedicated funds to make Illinois state parks great parks. During the last year, the agency has been using new sustainability funds to hire more staff and replace aging maintenance equipment at state parks. The “State Parks, Great Parks” initiative will continue the effort to rebuild the Illinois State Park System this summer with infrastructure improvements throughout Illinois.


June 13, 2014
Governor Quinn Statement on Passing of Ruby Dee
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the passing of award-winning actress and prominent civil rights activist Ruby Dee:


June 13, 2014
Governor Quinn to Sign Legislation to Create New Lottery Instant Game for Special Olympics Illinois
“Go for the Gold” Ticket Proceeds Expected to Raise Nearly $700,000 for Illinois’ Athletes
NORMAL – Governor Pat Quinn today will visit the 2014 Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games Opening Ceremonies to sign legislation that creates a "Go for the Gold" Lottery ticket to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Proceeds from this new scratch-off game will provide funding for increased opportunities for Special Olympics athletes across the state. Today's action is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to ensure all people have the opportunity to follow their dreams and reach their full potential.


June 12, 2014
Woman Sentenced to Six Years for Role in $9.1 Million Fictitious Employer Fraud
IDES’ Fraud Unit Uncovered Scheme Involving Six States
CHICAGO – Jay Rowell, Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), issued the following statement today after United States District Judge Joan H. Lefkow sentenced a woman to six years in prison for actions related to unemployment insurance fraud. The woman was a central figure in a 17-person enterprise that scammed $9.1 million from Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. IDES’ anti-fraud unit uncovered the suspicious activity that launched the multi-state investigation.


June 12, 2014
IDHS and IDPH Join Forces to Help Control Prescription Drug Abuse in Nursing Homes
June is Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program Month
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Long Term Care (LTC) initiative, an unprecedented opportunity to change the drug prescribing culture in nursing homes. Based upon concerns regarding substantial use of behavioral health medications within the nursing home population, IDHS and IDPH entered into an interagency agreement to reduce the use of chemical restraints and improve the quality of care.


June 12, 2014
DOI Announces Ten Issuers Apply to Offer 504 Qualified Health Plans for Year Two of Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace
Number of Plans Submitted Demonstrates Strong Interest from Health Issuers in Serving Illinois Consumers under the Affordable Care Act
CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) today announced that it has received applications from ten health issuers seeking to provide 504 Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) to people seeking health insurance coverage through Get Covered Illinois (GCI) and the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace, which was launched this year, was created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to deliver affordable health coverage along with federal assistance to eligible consumers.


June 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims “Borinqueneers Day” to Honor Puerto Rican War Heroes
Veterans to Receive Long Overdue Congressional Gold Medal
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed June 14 as “Borinqueneers Day” in Illinois to honor the veterans of the legendary 65th Infantry Regiment, the all-Puerto Rican unit that distinguished itself in every United States war from 1898 to 2008. The United States Congress voted in May to issue the Congressional Gold Medal to the Borinqueneers.


June 11, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Strengthen Education in Illinois
Bills Increase Support for Birth-to-Three Early Childhood Programs and Help Provide Incentives for Deserving Teachers
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to strengthen education in Illinois. The new laws support early childhood education funding and make it easier to give incentives for teacher excellence. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to give every child the opportunity for a high-quality education.


June 11, 2014
Statement from IDNR Director Marc Miller on American Black Bear Sightings
Bear sightings continue in northwest Illinois
“The recent sighting of an American black bear in northwest Illinois has, understandably, generated many questions. While these animals once roamed the Illinois landscape 150 years ago, seeing one today can be, at the very least, a startling sight. While the black bear sighted most recently has shown no aggressive behavior towards humans, it should not be approached. Help us keep this bear from being accustomed to people. Always observe wildlife from a distance.


June 11, 2014
State Health Department Partners with “Real Men Cook” to Provide Free Health Screenings at 25th Annual Father’s Day Event
Celebrating Men’s Health Week
CHICAGO – National Men’s Health Week is June 9 – 15. This annual health observance is celebrated every June with a goal to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.


June 10, 2014
Governor Quinn Joined by 12-Year-Old Chloe Stirling to Sign “Cupcake Bill”
Bill Signing Ceremony Takes Place in Chloe’s Kitchen; New Law Loosens Regulations for Home Kitchen Operations in Illinois
TROY – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by 12-year-old Chloe Stirling and her parents at their Troy home to sign legislation that supports home kitchen businesses in Illinois. The “cupcake bill” was drafted after county health officials shut down Chloe’s home-based cupcake baking business. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make business opportunities available to everyone in Illinois and drive the state’s economy forward.


June 9, 2014
IDOT Hosts Safety Summit to Reduce Fatalities, Serious Injuries on Illinois Roadways
Two-Day Event Attracts National Transportation Experts to Collaborate on Effective Strategies to Save Lives
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that it will host the Illinois Safety Summit on June 10 and11 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. The two-day event provides an opportunity for safety stakeholders from all over the state to participate in the effort to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on Illinois roadways.


June 8, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Ban Microbeads, Protect Illinois Waterways
Illinois Now First State in the Nation to Prevent Use of Personal Care Products Containing Synthetic Plastics
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to make Illinois the first state in the nation to ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.


June 7, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs “Clean Slate” Juvenile Record Expungement Legislation
New Law Clears Arrest Records for Non-Violent Juvenile Cases
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to automatically clear arrest records for less serious, non-violent juvenile cases. The Governor was joined by state and local officials and advocates to sign the “clean slate” measure that prevents a minor arrest from doing permanent damage to a young person’s life. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.


June 6, 2014
Governor Quinn Recognizes Illinois’ Scripps National Spelling Bee Finalists
Congratulates Recent Finalists Alia Abiad and Pranav Sivakumar
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today congratulated Illinois’ recent finalists in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for their achievements as representatives of the state. Alia Abiad, an eighth grader at McClure Junior High School in Western Springs, recently returned from the prestigious event in Washington, D.C. where she placed fifth. Also recognized was Pranav Sivakumar, who placed second in last year’s Bee. The Governor congratulated Abiad and Sivakumar today at an event in Chicago.


June 5, 2014
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation Ensuring Students in all Illinois High Schools Have CPR and AED Training
New Law to Provide Secondary Students with Life-Saving Skills in Case of an Emergency
NORMAL – Governor Pat Quinn today signed a bill that will require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training for students in all Illinois high schools. The Governor was joined by the Laman and Bell families and the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois at their annual meeting in Normal to sign the measure. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of people in every community across Illinois.


June 4, 2014
IDOT Releases Human Capital Strategic Plan, Aims to Build 21st Century Transportation Workforce
State Partners With Industry to Address Transportation “Skills Gap”
CHICAGO – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today released the Illinois Department of Transportation’s first Human Capital Strategic Plan to help create and foster a skilled, knowledgeable workforce that can meet and fulfill the emerging needs in transportation. The secretary kicked off the plan’s release by hosting a roundtable with more than 20 industry leaders in Chicago to begin building a 21st century workforce that supports the state’s multi-modal transportation system.


June 3, 2014
Governor Quinn Continues Push to Properly Fund Education in Illinois
Urges Critical Investment in Education to Give Every Child the Opportunity for Success
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today visited students and teachers at the Jane Addams Elementary School in Chicago to continue his push to properly fund education in Illinois. In March, Governor Quinn proposed an honest and responsible budget that made historic investments in education. Last week the Illinois General Assembly instead chose to send the Governor an incomplete budget that delays the important fiscal decisions.


June 2, 2014
Governor Quinn Celebrates Marriage Equality in Illinois
Attends Wedding Ceremony of James Darby and Patrick Bova
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today celebrated marriage equality in Illinois by attending the wedding of James Darby and Patrick Bova during a day of ceremonies at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago. The Governor announced yesterday that marriage equality is now in effect, allowing all couples in Illinois the ability to receive the rights and protections of marriage. The new law is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation.


June 2, 2014
IDHS Announces Increase in WIC Benefits to Purchase More Fruits and Vegetables
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is pleased to announce that children in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will receive an increase in the amount allocated for fruits and vegetables. Effective June 2, 2014, children one and older will receive an additional $2 per month – from $6 to $8 – to redeem for any WIC eligible fruits and vegetables.


June 1, 2014
IEMA Offers Tips for Summertime Safety
Vacation safety first of four topics to be highlighted during June
SPRINGFIELD – After a long, brutal winter, Illinois residents are embracing the return of balmy weather by spending more time in the great outdoors. Throughout June, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies throughout the state will offer tips to help people stay safe while enjoying this summer.


June 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces First Day of Marriage Equality
Law Takes Effect Today, Giving Everyone in Illinois Full Rights and Protections of Marriage
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that all couples in Illinois are now able to receive the rights and protections of marriage. The Governor led the charge for historic legislation he signed in November to make Illinois the 16th state in the nation to embrace full marriage equality, and today that law takes effect. The new law is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the nation.


June 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Proclaims June “Leave No Child Inside” Month in Illinois
Encourages Youth and Families to Get Outdoors and Get Active this Summer
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed June as “Leave No Child Inside” month in Illinois, and encouraged families to spend time outdoors enjoying recreation opportunities, activities and events throughout the state.


June 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Names Acting Communications Director
Deputy Communications Director Grant Klinzman Assumes Top Press Post
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Grant Klinzman will immediately assume the role of Acting Communications Director for the Governor's Office. Klinzman has been serving as Deputy Communications Director. The Governor's chief spokesman and Communications Director, Brooke Anderson, is leaving the Governor’s Office to join the Quinn for Illinois campaign.

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